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National Grid powers knowledge with school visit

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PUPILS at Llannon Primary School were given a hair-raising insight into electricity through a hands-on education session powered by National Grid.

With the help of engineers from National Grid, a class of 29 Year 3 and 4 pupils were taught how their homes are powered and took part in experiments to make their own electricity.

National Grid has been refurbishing a 75km stretch of overhead power line between Swansea and Pembroke and organised the session to teach the children about some interesting aspects of the science behind electricity. Pupils also learned about National Grid’s role in supplying the local area’s energy, both today and historically.

Experts from National Grid were on hand to help facilitate the bilingual session, answer questions and to encourage discussion about the role of electricity in modern day life. The team then handed over to education provider, Mad Science, who continued the workshop with the pupils exploring the subject of electricity through making a range of circuits with bulbs, switches and spinning motors. The Van der Graaf generator was the hair-raising finale, which stood out as a definite fan-favourite.

Simon Chandler, National Grid Project Manager said: “This is a fantastic way to mark the end of a successful project and we’d like to thank Llannon Primary School for their warm welcome. Using the local pylons as an example can teach them about site safety, local history and the science behind electricity.

“Sharing the knowledge and experience we have at National Grid with the community is an important part of us acting as a responsible business. Using our education sessions to enhance the curriculum for young people in science and technology benefits their learning and inspires future engineers.”

Work began on the lines in March and continues until December 2018. The work will help to maintain the electricity supply in the area and keep power flowing to homes and businesses for years to come.

Marie Langabeer, headteacher, said: “The pupils had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in the experiments and learning more about engineering and electricity.

“Our school statement is ‘preparing together today for tomorrow’s future’. Our thanks go out to National Grid for supporting our mission by organising such a fun yet informative session.”

The £50m project is due to finish in December, almost a year after the work first started. More information is available at nationalgrid.com/pembroke.

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Llanelli ‘Banksy’: Mayor covers graffiti rat in protective plastic

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LLANELLI Mayor David Darkin believes graffiti found on charity shop wall could potentially be a Banksy.

The piece has been covered with protective plastic by the council while they determine the authenticity of the piece.

David Darkin, Mayor of Llanelli told this newspaper: “I was approached by a local artist Roz Moreton, who believes the artwork is a Banksy in an attempt to preserve the piece.

Roz who studied art in Bristol and lived in London has said she has been exposed to numerous Banksy works including his rats on Westminster Bridge, and spotted the ‘rat’ straight away.

Darkin added “She first spotted the graffiti around ten years ago, but she kept her findings to herself so that she could go back and visit the work.

“It was only after the recent news of the incident in Swansea, where part of a suspected piece of Banksy artwork was stolen, that she decided to approach me to ask for help to protect the piece”.

The art dealer who bought Banksy’s ‘Season’s Greetings’ which appeared on a garage in Port Talbot in December, has met with the mayor in Neath to view images of the artwork.

John Bradner, Essex based gallery owner, paid six figures for the Port Talbot addition, is planning on visiting the site to see the piece for himself.

Mr Darkin added “After showing John Bradner the images he is fairly confident that the piece is Banksy’s work, the fact it was spotted ten years ago ties in with ‘Banksy’s rats’ which was his theme at the time when they appeared across industrial towns.

“Mr Bradner called me yesterday and asked if there was anything else I can do to preserve the piece until he comes to view it in a few weeks to check its authenticity.”

Speaking on the piece Councillor John Jenkins said “Fingers crossed it is a Banksy, but worst-case scenario it isn’t and is still a talking point and people still come and see him.”

Speaking to Mr Darkin he said no attempts have been made yet to contact Banksy to confirm the piece as far as he is aware.

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36 charges relating to chemicals and components for making bombs

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A 33-YEAR-OLD male  is facing 36 charges relating to chemicals and components which can be used to make bombs.

He was remanded in custody at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday (Feb 15)

The man, from Port Talbot, was arrested in October 2017 in an operation between counter terrorism officers, South Wales Fire and Rescue and The Welsh Ambulance Service.

Detective Superintendent James Hall said no known links to terrorist offences or groups were found. The man will appear in court again at a date to be fixed.

He has also been charged with possessing a taser and manufacturing and possessing class A drugs.

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University makes formal criminal complaint

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A FORMAL criminal complaint has been by made by Swansea University, as part of the ongoing investigation into the issues surrounding the recent suspension of four members of staff.

South Wales Police said: “Dyfed-Powys Police and South Wales Police can confirm that they have received a complaint which is currently subject of consideration by both forces.”

Last November, the university’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Richard B Davies, Dean of the School of Management Prof Marc Clement, as well as two other members of staff, who have not been named, were suspended.

Prof Davies has been suspended for alleged gross negligence whilst Prof Clement was suspended for alleged gross misconduct. Both individuals have denied any wrongdoing. Registrar Andrew Rhodes confirmed at the time that this action was taken after an internal investigation.

In a statement, the university said: “Swansea University has been in regular dialogue with the authorities since November 2018 based on the findings of our initial investigation. A formal criminal complaint has been made and the matter is with South Wales Police and Dyfed Powys Police. We will of course continue to co-operate fully with them. Our processes, which are being carried out by an independent investigating manager, are ongoing.”

The investigation has looked into the academics’ involvement in both the £200m Life Science and Wellbeing Village project in Llanelli, and a £600m plan for a private medical university and hospital in Kuwait.

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