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Llanelli drugs and antisocial behaviour raids

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE carried out eight warrants in Llanelli in one day, acting on concerns over drugs and antisocial behaviour in the community.

The force has also issued statistics around crime in the Glanymor ward to allay worries from members of the community.

A day of action took place on Tuesday, April 9, with neighbourhood officers, Integrated Offender Management unit, problem solving teams and the dog unit taking to the Glanymor and Seaside areas.

A team of 20 officers targeted homes in Clos Dewi Medi, New Dock Road, Waddle Court, Als Street and Pantycelyn.

Substances including unprescribed dihydrocodeine tablets, diazepam tablets, pregablin tablets, cannabis, a small quantity of heroin, and a brown powder suspected of being crushed psychedelic mushrooms were seized.

Four people present at the addresses attended Llanelli police station to be interviewed. Enquiries are ongoing, and officers are awaiting the results of forensic testing on the seized substances.

Llanelli Inspector Bleddyn Jones, who coordinated the day of action, said: “We are aware of concerns about the presence of drugs in Llanelli – and in particular the Glanymor ward – which have increased following a recent public meeting and subsequent media headlines.

“We would like to reassure people living in the area that we are acting on all the information that we are given as quickly as possible.

“A lot of the work we carry out goes on behind the scenes, and through both proactive work and enquiries carried out on the back of intelligence submitted from the public, we are consistently disrupting the supply of drugs in the area.

“We can confirm that none of the warrants carried out today were linked to County Lines.”

The Glanymor ward is one of Llanelli’s most densely populated wards, and includes the Seaside area, where a recent public meeting was held for members of the community to discuss their concerns over drugs and antisocial behaviour.

Inspector Jones has issued statistics from the ward, which is one of the five making up the Llanelli town area, for the past three months (January to March 2019) to offer context around the level of crime and antisocial behaviour.

Of the 68 crimes of drug possession recorded across Llanelli town over three months, 16 – or 23.5 per cent – were in Glanymor, six of which were in Seaside**. The majority of proactive warrants – 72 per cent – carried out by police in Llanelli town took place in Glanymor, which goes some way to account for the level of drugs possession crimes in the area.

Of 310 violent crimes (with or without injury) recorded in Llanelli town, 61 – or 19.7 percent – were in the Glanymor ward, and just seven took place in Seaside.

Of the 289 antisocial behavious crimes recorded in Llanelli town, 49 – or 17 per cent – took place in Glanymor, with 18 recorded in Seaside.

Inspector Jones said: “I would like to be transparent with our communities, and hopefully these figures will go some way to show that crime in Llanelli is not centred around Glanymor or the Seaside area.

“A lot of proactive work has been carried out in the area – and a closure order that was put in place on a property in Catherine Street is already having a positive effect in reducing the supply of drugs in the area.

“Having said that, if there are further concerns from within the community, we would encourage people to come to us so we can discuss them, and hopefully come to a solution.”

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Llanelli bus depot to close after 100 years

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THE LLANELLI HERALD understands that the Llanelli Bus Depot at Inkermans Street will be closing its gates for good. 

The Bus Depot has served the local community for approximately 100 years, Drivers will now be sent to work from depots in Carmarthen, Swansea and Tycroes. 

All services will remain in the the town, this newspaper can confirm, and our reporter was told that there will not be any redundancies. 

One bus driver told us that he and he co-workers were “not completely happy”, but the unnamed source added “At least we still have jobs to go to.” 

Further updates are expected on this developing story.

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Two week national ‘Firebreak Lockdown’ announced for Wales from 6pm on Friday

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MARK DRAKEFORD, The First Minister of Wales has announced a two week ‘fire break’ lockdown from Friday October 23 at 18:00 HRS, to last until Monday November 9 at 00:01 HRS

Mr Drakeford said: “This firebreak is the shortest we can make it. It must be sharp and deep in order to have the impact we need it to have on the virus.”

All non essential businesses, including tourism businesses will be told to close.

Businesses have been told that they will be given £1000 each automatically to help with the economic impact of the shutdown.

Mr Drakeford added that children will be the priority and that childcare facilities will open as normal. Primary schools will open after half term.

Secondary schools will be closed for a week after half term to help control the virus.

Universities will offer a mixture of face-to-face learning and learning via video link. Students must stay at their university accommodation during the lockdown.

Responding to the Welsh Government’s announcement of a Wales-wide lockdown, Paul Davies MS, the Leader of the Opposition in the Welsh Parliament, has called the lockdown “not-proportionate” and is calling on the Welsh Government to be “open and transparent” on the evidence to support a lockdown and if the First Minister is committing Wales to rolling Wales-wide lockdowns every month.

Paul Davies MS said: “Sadly, the First Minster has failed to get public support for this second Wales-wide lockdown, failing to be open and transparent about the evidence to justify this lockdown and what his actions will entail for the future.

“The Welsh Government also has to be honest that this road they are taking us down is committing Wales to rolling Wales-wide lockdowns. This is not a two-week break to solve the pandemic, it is likely that we will see regular lockdowns across the rest of the year. The Welsh Government must be clear what actions they are taking during the lockdown to prevent further Wales-wide lockdowns which will have a significant impact on people’s lives and livelihoods.

“However, the main concern is that this national lockdown is not proportionate. The impact on businesses in areas such as Powys, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, who have the lowest rate of Covid-19 cases in Wales, will be severe at a time when they are desperately struggling to recover from the pandemic so far this year.

“The First Minister needs to urgently come to the Welsh Parliament and answer these questions, to face effective scrutiny by elected representatives and not run his government by media.”

Preseli Pembrokeshire MP, Stephen Crabb told The Herald: “The evidence to support an all-Wales lockdown is weak and I am sceptical that this so-called ‘fire-break’ will tackle the situation in those parts of Wales where infection rates have been out of control. The key issue for Welsh Government to address is what will be done differently after the firebreak ends in those parts of Wales where infection rates have spiralled out of control. Otherwise the whole of Wales risks being dragged back into a series of rolling lockdowns.

“As we saw earlier in the year, lockdowns come with huge costs in terms of harm to the economy and to people’s emotional and mental wellbeing. With the Welsh Government asking UK Government to fund this lockdown, I hope that as many businesses as possible get support they need quickly. Pembrokeshire’s hospitality businesses will be hit particularly hard by these latest restrictions and I will be fighting hard again to see that they are protected as the lockdown kicks in.”

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Drakeford to make decision on ‘fire-break’ lockdown in Wales by Monday

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WALES is facing a national lockdown lasting at least two weeks in plans described as a “fire-break” by the first minister.

He said a decision was likely to be made on Monday, while talks continue with health officials, scientific advisors and councils over the weekend.
“Doing nothing is not an option,” he said.

Responding to the speculation First Minister, Mark Drakeford, is set to announce a ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown in Wales, Welsh Conservative health spokesperson, Andrew RT Davies MS said: “I implore the First Minister to think again before heading down this path.

“The decision to lockdown Wales once again will have devastating consequences – from an economic and public health perspective – and should be the last resort.

“Only yesterday, the former director of communicable diseases at Public Health Wales, Dr Roland Salmon, said a circuit-breaker is likely to fail and the Welsh Labour Government should listen carefully to his warning.

“Earlier this week, Welsh Conservatives called for the urgent resumption of shielding in Wales with a substantial package of support to ensure the financial, physical and mental well-being of those most at risk is protected.

“This should be the immediate action taken by ministers along with prioritising PPE and testing in the problem areas in Wales such as hospitals, care home, universities and meat factories.

“It’s not too late for the Labour Government to reconsider and choose a different approach in Wales.”

Mr Drakeford warned that 2,500 people were now being infected with coronavirus every day in Wales, with critical care units in hospitals full.

“A successful fire-break would re-set the virus at a lower level,” he added.

Together with a new national set of rules for the whole of Wales after the fire-break period we would have slowed the virus down enough to get us through to Christmas.”
Plaid Cymru has been calling on Mr Drakeford to introduce the circuit-breaker without delay, while Labour at Westminster says a similar approach should be adopted in England.

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