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North Dock water safe for triathlon



CONCERNS that algae present in the water at North Dock Llanelli is toxic have been allayed by the organisers of this weekend’s Llanelli Multi-Sports Event.

Water quality tests have confirmed that the water quality in the North Dock is excellent and that the algae detected at the beginning of April was not the toxic blue/green algae which poses a risk to water users.

Carmarthenshire County Council had taken precautions to ensure public safety by erecting signs to inform the public not to swim or bathe at North Dock while tests were carried out.

Water Samples were taken by Public Health once the North Dock was closed for bathing and these were Micro-Biology tests which showed that compared to the National Standards for water bathing quality the water quality in the North Dock was ‘Excellent’.

Water samples were also taken by Natural Resources Wales and their initial findings were that the algae was most likely marine algae. Water tests taken out at sea also gave the same results.

The North Dock was emptied and re-filled on the high tides of April 29-30.

Further water samples were then taken by Public Health and Natural Resources Wales.

Public Health test results were returned on May 8 and once again showed that the water quality was ‘Excellent’.

NRW once again found that marine algae was the most likely found.

Healthy Life Activities following advice from the governing body British Triathlon engaged the services of Swim Safety – an independent company used to test water bathing quality.

Water Samples were sent to their labs from the North Dock on Friday, May 5.

These test results were returned on May 8 and showed that the algae present was NOT blue/gree Algae.

Following the receipt of these Test Results and in-depth discussions with the Local Authority, Swim Safety and British Triathlon the decision has been taken that the events on the weekend can take place as the water quality poses no risk to human health and is safe for bathing.


Police say ‘stop protecting’ murder suspect Steve Baxter



JUST over two weeks ago Simon Clark, aged 54, was found dead at Grove Caravan Park in Pendine, Carmarthenshire.

Dyfed-Powys Police is continuing its manhunt for Steve Baxter, who is wanted on suspicion of Simon’s murder.

Baxter also known as Steve Tidy, Steve Rowley, Wayne Tidy or William Tidy, is aged 52, 5’5” (1.65cm) tall and has tattoos on his forearms – the name Chez and entwined circles on his left arm and a serpent on his right arm.

He has connections in the West Wales, South Wales, South West and North England areas of the UK.

Officers and staff are working round the clock to follow all possible lines of enquiry.

The independent charity Crimestoppers is also offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Steve Baxter and he has been added to the Most Wanted section of their website. Information would be taken by the charity anonymously.

Detective Superintendent Huw Davies said: “It’s over two weeks since Simon Clark was murdered at Grove Caravan Park, Pendine.

“The manhunt for Steve Baxter is ongoing and I must stress to the public that officers and staff are working round the clock to investigate all possible lines of enquiry that could lead us to him.

“I urge anyone with information of Baxter’s whereabouts to come forward. If you do not want to speak to police directly, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, which is also offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to his arrest.

“Someone knows where he is or has been in the last two weeks. Please stop protecting him. Simon Clark’s family deserve to see all those involved in his death brought to justice.”

Four people have been charged in connection with the murder: Jeffrey Stephen Ward, aged 40, from Pendine, has been charged with murder; Linda Mary Rowley, aged 52, from Pendine, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder); Kirston Macklin, aged 52, from Newport, Gwent, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder) and Julie Louise Harris, aged 46, from Tonypandy, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder).

If you see Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 999. Do not approach him.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 immediately.

To pass on information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at

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Disruption to 999 calls in some parts of Carmarthenshire – mobiles unaffected



POLICE have warned residents of distruption to 999 calls in parts of Carmarthenshire.

A police spokesperson said: “We’ve been notified by BT of a distruption to the 999 service in Laugharne, Llandeilo and Llanelli.

“If your number starts with 0199442, 01558822, 01558823, 01558824, 01558825, 01554785, 01554780 or 0155477, you may be affected.

“999’s from a mobile are unaffected.

“BT aims to have it restored by around 3.25pm on 16.10.18”

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Three charged with serious drug offences



THREE people have been arrested and charged with supplying heroin, crack cocaine and a psychoactive substance in Llanelli.

Jeremy Andrew Pegler, aged 40, of Great Western Crescent, has been charged with four counts of supplying heroin and one count of supplying crack cocaine. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on October 26.

Eugene Junior Brannigan, aged 24, of HMP Oakwood, was charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and was remanded in custody to appear in Swansea Crown Court on October 26.

Daniel George Croft, aged 22, of Penrhiw Road in Morriston, was charged with possessing a psychoactive substance with intent to supply. He has been remanded in custody to appear in Swansea Crown Court on October 26.


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