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St John Lloyd pupil tragically passes away

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POLICE have confirmed that a pupil of St John Lloyd School has tragically passed away this afternoon (Sept 12).

The family of the child have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious and stress that parents have no need to worry about their children at the school.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police is in attendance at St John Lloyd School in Llanelli after concerns were raised for the wellbeing of a pupil.

“Tragically, we can confirm that the child has passed away in hospital. His family has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

“The incident is not being treated as suspicious and there is no need for other parents to be concerned for the welfare of their children.

“Our thoughts are with the family and the school at this sad time.

“St John Lloyd is working with the local authority, the diocese and Dyfed-Powys Police in order to ensure pupils and staff are supported.”

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  1. Jeremy Hywel

    September 13, 2018 at 7:06 am

    A personal reflection…

    SUICIDE DOESN’T KILL PEOPLE. SADNESS DOES.

    Earlier this week was World Suicide Prevention Day and probably passed with minimal awareness by most of us and most never even paid a glimpsing thought to the subject of suicide or even the more painful subject of child suicide.

    The tragedy of the saddest of news from St. John Lloyd School has sadly brought this unthinkable topic to front of mind.

    And the rise in child suicides is worrying. In the last 12 months, the number of children and teenagers who are taking their own lives has hit its highest rate in 14 years with more than four suicides a week. This summer has seen child suicides in London rise 107% in the last three years, four times the national rate. In many places around the world, suicide is the leading non-natural cause of death for children. All these statistics are growing.

    An unthinkable topic. A needless waste of young lives.

    The lives of children and young people these days have changed versus previous generations.
    The number of likes on Instagram and how many followers on social media define popularity. Traditional classroom arguments amongst a small pupil group traditionally may have cooled off overnight but today is fuelled by exponential public sharing and shaming via social media channels.
    Students’ academic life and college chances are determined by numbers, various scores and ranks. In the early 1960s, only 4% of school leavers went to university, rising to around 14% by the end of the 1970s. Nowadays, more than 40% of young people start undergraduate degrees – but it comes at a cost. Today’s students leave with debts of £40,000 and upwards to pay back over their working lives.

    When the current generation of parents was young, we had few worries about social media, cyber bullying, student loans, drug/alcohol abuse or violence in schools.

    All this adds pressures and painful strain on our young people. The very recent NHS state of health in England shows that mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, along with substance abuse, now account for a third of all ill health.

    What can we do about it? On the macro level, the greater awareness of the problem and solutions must be driven. On a local and personal level, we can help as individuals. Don’t assume it’s a problem which won’t impact us. Today, a local family in our community, friends in our own schools, wake up to a nightmare which will never go away – the heart breaking tragedy of a teen suicide. And with suicides come the ever-circling vultures of guilt, blame, shame and the insanity of the words ‘what if…’.

    When suicidal thoughts are so common to all generations, how come society is so blind to the 6,600+ people who died of suicide in the UK alone each year? That’s twice the number of victims of the tragedy of the 9-11 Twin Towers?

    So, what can we do? Appreciate the added pressures facing our youngster in today’s society. Shame and spotlight the social media trolls and bullies. Extend a friendly hand to those who are lonely or disconnected. Speak up about those being bullied or experiencing abuse. Show support and care to those living with mental illness. Embrace those facing bereavement. Be a friend to those having low self-worth.

    Don’t cross the street to avoid these individuals nor turn a blind eye in the school corridors.

    No one, especially a child or a teen, should face the feeling of no hope or no purpose to life when life can be so beautiful. There are far, far better things ahead than what we leave behind.

    Jeremy Hywel

  2. Anna Ernsting

    September 13, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Well said. I am disappointed the report says that parents at the school need not be concerned. The parents should be very concerned that bullying is taking place at their children’s school.I hope all steps are taken to identify the children concerned and their parents to ensure this is NEVER allowed to happen again. RIP Bradley. Thoughts are with ALL his family at this sad time.

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Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions

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A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).

As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.

Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
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Police target burglary suspects in dawn raids

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SIXTEEN addresses have been raided by police in an operation responding to a spate of high-value burglaries in the south Wales area.

Officers targeted locations in Fforest-Fach, Clase, Morrison, Brynhyfryd and Bonymaen following a year of thefts in the city and Neath Port Talbot.

Operation Timmia also saw locations in Swansea citry centre targeted by South Wales Police.

Six people have been arrested and remain in custody, The Llanelli Herald has been told.

The large scale operation used the police helicopter, forensics teams, financial investigators and cash-detecting dogs.

Police seized three caravans, a cannabis cultivation, large amounts of cash and jewellery, and a number of other items believed to be linked to crimes.

Detectives said those arrested are being held on suspicion of several offences, including conspiracy to commit burglary.

They have also issued an appeal to trace a further four suspects: Daniel Casey, 27; Terrence Casey, 19; Michael Casey, 18; and Patrick Joyce, 20.

All four men have links with the travelling community and are known to travel throughout the UK, said police.

“We know the recent spates of burglaries and car thefts across the division has been of real concern in our local communities and I hope the scale of this morning’s enforcement action reassures the public that we do take the matter seriously and that we are fully committed to bringing those responsible to justice,” said Det Insp Dave Peart.

“We now have a number of individuals in custody and enquiries are ongoing to locate a number of outstanding suspects.”

As part of the raids, officers searched an industrial unit in the Fforestfach area of the city, and nine caravans on Millstream Way traveller site.

The force said the investigation follow what has been described as a “high number of burglaries and aggravated burglaries in the past year”.

In some instances, homeowners were confronted by armed gangs who either threatened or inflicted violence.

Supt Cath Larkman added: “During some of the recent burglaries we’ve seen an increasing use of, or willingness to use, violence, so today’s action was absolutely proportionate and necessary to protect the public from further criminality and potential harm.”

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Band leader sexually assaulted 14-year-old cadet

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THE LEADER of an Army cadet band turned a kitchen into a sauna and sexually assaulted a naked teenage boy.

And Philip Pryor, now 65, used a British Legion computer to download child pornography.

Pryor, of Llys y Llyfgell, Burry Port, has been jailed for two and a half years.

Swansea Crown Court heard how Pryor had been the leader of an Army cadet band in Burry Port, which attracted members from across west Wales, as well as being a branch secretary for the British Legion.

Robin Rouch, prosecuting, said the Army had a hut in Burry Port which the band used for rehearsals and some cadets slept there, as did Pryor, before a concert.

A man who was a 14-year-old cadet at the time told police how Pryor would boil pans of water and place towels around doors and windows and turn the kitchen into a sauna.

Boys were encouraged to take off their clothes, as did Pryor.

On at least three occasions he touched the boy indecently, said Mr Rouch.

The victim did not complain until many years later after he had seen a television news item about young footballers being abused and confided in a friend about what had happened to him.

He later told police that at the time Pryor, who had played in a military band while serving in the Army, had told him that because of his standing in the community there was no point in complaining as no-one would believe him.

Mr Rouch said a police investigation began and officers removed a British Legion computer used by Pryor and found he had downloaded a small number of indecent images of schoolboys.

Pryor admitted three offences of indecent assault and one of possessing child pornography.

His barrister, Frank Phillips, said Pryor was now remorseful and ashamed and had lived as a recluse since his arrest.

Judge Geraint Walters told Pryor he had been in a position of trust.

“You targeted him and abused him more than once.

“The fact that he went to the police so many years later demonstrates the long lasting effect of what you did to him. It has never left him.

“It shows the wickedness of an adult taking advantage of a youngster.

“There was some grooming here in that you allowed him to have alcohol and cigarette.

“I accept you have led a blameless life since the offending but it is not possible for me to pass a sentence that could be suspended,” he added.

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