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Tribute to musician raises over £3,000 for charity

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OVER 150 music fans gathered in Llanelli over the weekend to celebrate the life of one of their own, raising over £3,000 for charity in the process.

Three live bands performed at the Thomas Arms on Saturday evening (Jan 26) to pay tribute to Clive Jones, who played in many bands over the years. Clive, who was 69, lost his battle with Parkinson’s Disease in May last year.

He is survived by his wife, Heulwen; his two sons, Richard and Greg; and his grandson, Ryan. A guitarist, Clive’s passion for music started in the 1960s, when he was a member of Llanelli bands including The Spartans and Freshwater Spring. He continued to gig with many other bands, alongside friends including ex-Llanelli policeman Robert Lewis, nurse practitioner Jonathan Lewis, and Wes Reynolds, of the Hall Street Blues barber shop.

Musicians at the tribute night included Robert, Jonathan, Phil Lewis, Mike Arthur, Chris Seager, Rob Seager, Andrew Morgan, Dennis Evans, Tony Rees, Greg Meyrick and Sharon Wells. Alun Rees, of Cadno Music on John Street, provided support with sound. All proceeds from the event will go to Parkinson’s UK, with over £3,000 having been raised.

Heulwen said: “It was a wonderful way to celebrate the life of my dear husband, Clive. It’s what he would’ve wanted – a night of live music, family, friends and laughs.

“But it wouldn’t have happened without people like Alison Trow, John Trow, Robert Lewis, Helen Lewis and others, who helped organise the event.”

Robert Lewis said: “Clive was like the older brother I never had. When I was growing up, I remember him helping out at my parents’ shop, Falcon Music on Park Street. He was a constant figure in my life, who is hugely missed by so many people.

“I was honoured to play his beloved Fender Stratocaster at the tribute night.”
Reverend Eldon Phillips oversaw an auction on the evening, which included a signed shirt and ball from the Scarlets, a signed Mark Knopfler box set, and a painting by Llanelli artist Patricia Hazard.

Clive was brought up on Lakefield Road in Llanelli. He married Heulwen in 1970, later living in Swiss Valley, New Road and Pwll. He worked for companies including Llanelli Steel, British Steel in Trostre, and European Profiles in Llandybie. Clive also spent time working in Abu Dhabi in the early 1980s.

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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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