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Curious weasel visits Llanelli flood defence

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NATURAL RESOURCES WALES (NRW) staff had a surprise visit from a local weasel while inspecting flood defences at Machynys, Llanelli.

Staff noticed the curious mammal while preparing the 4.5km flood defences for upcoming maintenance work and decided to film the uncommon sight.

The flood defences run along the Millennium Coastal Path and were originally built in the 1980’s to protect from potential coastal flooding.

Today these defences protect several designated sites and over 1,400 properties – as well as the local weasel population.

Their furry friend was so impressed that it dropped its meal to admire the wall for a second before running off into the nearby woods.

Jonathan Ebenezer, Operations Controller for NRW, said: “Maintaining these flood defences is an important job we carry out but it’s always nice to see something a little different while out on site.

“It’s great to see Wales’ animals in the wild but it’s even better when it’s one of the rarer species.

“I felt bad at first that the weasel had dropped his dinner during the visit but luckily it popped back later to collect it!”

Weasels are fairly strong animals for their size and its prey in the video is thought to be a large mole. Weasels typically hunt moles, voles and even small birds.

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Victoria Road: Meat stolen shed not fit for humans, say police

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is warning that meat stolen during a burglary in Llanelli is not fit for consumption by humans.
Several bags of frozen chicken and other meat were taken from a shed in Queen Victoria Road some time over the past few days, along with a radio controlled car and an electric saw.
If eaten, the meat could result in food poisoning.
Officers are concerned that the offender could be intending to sell the meat on, or might already have sold it.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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Llanelli: Woman on trial for fiddling more than £100,000 in benefits

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A LLANELLI woman is to stand trial accused of fiddling more than £100,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Emma Jane Campbell, aged 49, appeared at Swansea Crown Court today for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

Campbell, of Elizabeth Street, denied retaining wrongful credits totalling £42,908 between 2002 and 2010, £63,113 between 2002 and 2016 and £7,722 between 20002 and 2013.

The amounts were said to relate to income support, housing benefit and council tax relief received by Campbell when she had capital in excess of the permitted amount.

Campbell is also charged with fraud by claiming Jobseeker’s allowance and employment support allowance but failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions of her true financial position.

Campbell entered pleas of not guilty to all the charges.

She was granted bail until the start of her trial on April 17.

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Burry Port RFC welcomes asset transfer

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BURRY PORT RFC has welcomed its takeover of its home base from Carmarthenshire County Council.

The Rugby Club has signed a 99 year lease for the playing fields and changing rooms at Burry Port Memorial Park as part of the county council’s asset transfer programme.

The club has also been awarded a Maintenance Grant to assist with maintaining the asset and an Improvement Grant to assist with making any improvement works they may wish to undertake.

Around 80 per cent of the county council’s recreation assets have already been transferred, or are nearing completion, to town or community councils, or community groups.

Two years ago the council’s executive board agreed a package to offer community councils or groups the opportunity to take over the running of facilities in their areas.

Councillors believe it gives local people greater control in the future of their area and their community.

Burry Port RFC secretary Jonathan Davies said the club accepted that changes had to be made although it would not have chosen it.

“In hindsight I think it is a positive thing for the club. It has increased the assets of the club and given members a sense of belonging to the park.”

Executive board member for assets Cllr David Jenkins said: “Unfortunately, we can no longer afford to maintain all the recreational assets in our portfolio.

“However, this is not just a cost saving exercise – communities are often best placed to manage facilities in their local environment.

“I’m pleased that Burry Port RFC has taken over and is looking forward to the future.”

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