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Police seize 200 cannabis plants

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE seized approximately 200 cannabis plants from a house at Swansea Road, Llanelli, yesterday (Oct 12).

The plants, along with lighting and growing equipment, were discovered during a search warrant by Carmarthenshire drugs team and Llanelli Neighbourhood Policing Team at the house.

A male has been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the production of a class B drug and remains in police custody.

Officers are investigating the discovery; anyone with information about drugs use is asked to report it to Llanelli Police Station, or by calling 101. Alternatively, phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311908.

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Unwanted musical instruments needed for new homes

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LOCAL AM Lee Waters is calling for people around the Llanelli region to donate any unused musical instruments to a new Welsh Government pilot, Instruments for Kids.

The scheme was launched at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on 2nd November by the Novello Orchestra using instruments donated by Assembly Members.

Lee Waters, who donated an old guitar, said: “Learning to play an instrument is an opportunity that should be given to every child. Music is one of life’s joys, and learning to play an instrument is fun! I was pleased to pass this old guitar on for someone else to enjoy.”

People across Wales are being encouraged to donate their once loved, but no longer played instruments across Wales between 20th and 24th November – a week that’s been designated ‘Music Instrument Amnesty Week’. The collected instruments will then be distributed through local authorities to children and schools that need them

David Mahoney, Founder of The Novello Orchestra and member of Only Men Aloud, is just one of several Welsh musicians supporting the campaign.

He said: “Music is such a big part of Welsh culture.The benefits of music making are endless and this scheme will provide a perfect opportunity to introduce musical performance to those who may not otherwise have been exposed to it.”

The nearest drop-off point for Llanelli residents will be at the Lord Mayor’s Reception, Guild Hall, Swansea, SA1 4PE (public entrance by clock tower) on November 23-24, between 9am and 7pm.

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Police reaffirms commitment to a safe working environment

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has pledged to maintain its ongoing work to provide a safe working environment for all its staff.

Following the high profile accusations against members of the entertainment industry and reports that have subsequently followed from all corners of society, the force has taken action to ensure its staff and officers are aware of the existing support and mechanisms available to them.

While much work has already been – and continues to be – undertaken to tackle and eliminate unacceptable behaviour within Dyfed-Powys Police, chief officers are actively developing a culture where all members of staff are confident in speaking out.

An open letter has been issued to all employees, in which Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Claire Parmenter has reaffirmed that ensuring all staff can work in a fair and safe environment remains a key priority.

In it, she says: “The chief officer group wants to reassure you all that in Dyfed-Powys Police we hold our staff at the heart of our service and we will do everything we can to provide a safe working environment where everyone has the equal right to respect and dignity.

“The #MeToo Campaign was re-launched in the wake of the early allegations and has since been used by millions of women and men as an instantly recognisable method of removing the stigma that surrounds sexual harassment, by both victims and supporters of the campaign.

“While much work has already been undertaken to tackle and eliminate harassment, bullying and discrimination, work in this area is never done. Therefore, ensuring a fair, safe and equitable working environment for our staff in Dyfed-Powys Police remains an absolute priority.

“I have pledged my support to ongoing work aimed at reminding all officers and staff of the existing support and mechanisms available by which Dyfed-Powys Police encourages the reporting of wrong-doing. We will be reviewing policy, procedure and practice to ensure they remain current and that they are both supportive of victims and alleged perpetrators.

“We will also engage with staff associations and networks, the Police Federation and Unison to better understand staff concerns, embed high standards of conduct and reduce fear experienced by victims.”

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Emergency works may cause disruptions

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A NUMBER of council buildings will be without mains power for a period this afternoon (Nov 15) due to essential emergency works to a sub-station adjacent to Ty Elwyn, Llanelli.

The council’s emergency arrangements have been implemented to ensure minimal impact on services and members of the public, however some council buildings – Ty Elwyn and Llanelli Town Hall – are currently closed to staff and public.

Alternative power supplies have been arranged by the council and Western Power Distribution to ensure services continue at a number of other buildings in the vicinity, including Llanelli Leisure Centre, Caemaen Care Home and Day Centre, the Coleshill Centre and the cash desk at 2-4 Coleshill Terrace.

Telephone lines will however be affected at these buildings, as well as at Llanelli Library, Dafen Equipment Store, Maes Lliedi, Maes Y Morfa Integrated Children Centre, and Llanelli area Flying Start offices.

The council’s main contact centre is unaffected and customers can still access many council services and make contact with the council online at www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales, as well as calling 01267 234567.

Whilst emergency works are underway, further disruptions may be possible.

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