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Mum-of-three dies in Pembrey motorcycle crash

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A MOTORCYCLIST has died after falling from her bike at Pembrey Circuit on Sunday (Jul 7).

Mother-of-three Laura Davies, 39, had been riding her Yamaha R1 at the Carmarthenshire race track when she fell off the bike, suffering suffered serious head injuries. Ms Davies was airlifted to University Hospital Wales in Cardiff but later passed away.

In a statement, Phil Bevan Trackdays, the company which organised the race event said: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we must inform you that due to an incident on Sunday’s Event (Jul 7) one of our riders, Laura Davies has passed away.”

“At 4.39 pm, in the final intermediate session of the day, she fell from her R1 at Brooklands Hairpin and suffered serious head injuries. She was immediately attended to by the Pembrey Medical Team and the Wales Air Ambulance summoned. She was then flown to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff at approximately 5.45 pm. No other rider was involved in the incident.

We, as the Phil Bevan Trackdays team, wish to pass on our sincere condolences to both the immediate family and friends at such a tragic time. We would also like to thank the medical team at Pembrey Circuit and University Hospital of Wales. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you rest in peace, Laura.”

A ride in memory of Ms Davies had been organised by motorcyclists and will take place on Wednesday (Jul 10) in Haverfordwest.

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Llanelli: Trostre Road closed due to accident

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TOSTRE ROAD is currently closed off due to a road accident, please avoid the area.

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Llanelli has now become a “thriving market for drugs” court hears

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LLANELLI has now become a “thriving market for drugs” due to a surge in “county lines” gangs, Swansea Crown Court heard last week.
Locals are being targeted by gangs from Birmingham and Liverpool selling Class A drugs such as crack and heroin.

Organised crime groups have been sending dealers – often youngsters with no criminal records to avoid suspicion to Carmarthenshire to set up shop.

The details emerged at the sentencing of a teenager last week who was sent to Llanelli to sell crack cocaine by a criminal gang.
Cameron Davy, 18, of Duncumb Road, Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham was found in a block of flats at Clos Dewi Medi in Morfa, Llanelli with 29 wraps of the class A drug and £1,132 in cash on 10 January.

Swansea Crown Court heard that police knew the teenager was from the Midlands and believed he may have been linked to a ‘county lines’ operation.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, told the court that when police were able to analyse the defendant’s phone they found numerous texts relating to drug deals over the preceding weeks and messages that showed he had regular contact with a criminal drugs gang known to police as “The Marco Line.”

Davy pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply and to possessing criminal property. The court heard he had no previous convictions.

Kate Williams, for Davy, said her client’s dealing had lasted a “couple of weeks” and he had been due to be paid £300 for his trip to Llanelli.

She said the defendant was very much at the bottom of the chain of command of the gang and had declined to name those who had sent him to west Wales. The barrister said when Davy’s mother had received the phone call to say her son was in custody she had no idea where Llanelli was, let alone why he was there.
Williams added that gangs tended to use people with no previous convictions to do their work because they were less likely to come to the attention of police.

Recorder Simon Mills told Davy custody was inevitable for those who dealt in Class A drugs.
Giving the defendant a one-third discount for his guilty pleas he sentenced the teenager to two years four months for the drugs charge, and to eight months for the money laundering charge – the sentences will run concurrently making an overall sentence of two years and four months in youth detention.

Davy will serve half that sentence in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.

The judge said the defendant would still be 19 when he was released from the custodial element of the sentence and he then faced a stark choice.
He told the defendant he would still be “a young man with your whole life ahead of you” and could either stay involved in drugs – becoming “a broken addict looking old beyond your years” or a “hardened thug in a gang facing prison sentences in double figures” – or he could turn his back on that lifestyle and lead a “decent life”.

As he sent him down, Recorder Mills added: “I urge him to think about that moment his mother got the phone call from him.”

Speaking after the sentencing Dyfed-Powys Police detective inspector Andrew Griffiths told The Llanelli Herald that tackling the trade in drugs was a priority for the force.
He said: “Illegal drugs cause misery and they need to be taken off the streets.
“Tackling the issue is a top priority, and I encourage anyone with any information or concerns about drug misuse to contact us. As the sentencing of Cameron Davy shows, we will take action.”

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Community order for woman who stopped train from proceeding

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150-YEAR-OLD law was used to prosecute a Llanelli woman who stood in a train doorway preventing it from leaving the station.

Josie Bridget O’Brien, 34, of High Street was in a train which had arrived at Llanelli railway station on May 21 but following an argument would not leave the train “by placing one foot on the platform and the other on the locomotive”, Llanelli Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday (Oct 18).

The Crown Prosecution Service used section 36 of the Malicious Damages Act 1861 to successfully prosecute O’Brien.

The offence was laid as follows: At Llanelli, by a wilful omission or neglect, namely failing to alight the train by placing feet on the platform blocking doors from closing, obstructed an engine or carriage using the railway.

O’Brien also pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour contrary to the Public Order Act 1986.

Taking into account her early guilty pleas the bench at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court decided to make a community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement. O’Brien was also fined £120 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £85.

No action was taken over a charge of commission of a further offence whilst subject to a conditional discharge order imposed at Carmarthenshire Magistrates’ Court on February 1.

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