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Water company fined £40,000 in NRW prosecution after 500 fish killed

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THE OPERATOR of a Swansea water treatment plant has been fined £40,000 at Swansea Magistrates Court after a chemical discharge killed more than 500 fish.

The incident took place at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s (DCWW) Felindre water treatment works, just outside Swansea, in July 2018. Felindre is one of the largest water treatment works in Wales, producing water for up to 400,000 customers in Swansea, Bridgend and Cardiff.

The pollution happened when lime slurry that was being transferred spilled into a surface water drain which led to the River Lliw.

An inspection of the river by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) officers found dead fish including trout, lamprey and bullheads, and invertebrates including 200 freshwater shrimps, mayflies and caddis flies.

In total, three quarters of a mile (1.2 kilometres) of the river was affected. Fish populations in the river are expected to take three to four years to recover.

DCWW admitted causing the pollution at a previous hearing in Swansea Magistrates Court.

Chris Palmer, senior water framework directive officer for NRW, said: “Our rivers are important for our wildlife, our economy and our health and wellbeing and we are committed to preventing pollution incidents whatever their source.

“Despite efforts by DCWW to contain the spill, a significant amount of pollution entered the river and had a devastating impact on fish and other wildlife. It will take years to recover.

“We will continue to work with the company to reduce the risk of this happening again, and to improve its environmental performance to lower the number of pollution incidents in the future.”

The company was also ordered to pay costs of £8,980.99 and a victim surcharge of £170.

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Police difuse hostage situation in Cae Glas

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AT APPROXIMATELY 10.10pm on Wednesday (Nov 6) police were requested to attend at a property in Cae Glas, Felinfoel, in respect of threats being made by a man within the property to harm himself and a woman inside with a knife.

Officers were deployed immediately, and to ensure the safety of everyone at the scene firearms officers were also deployed.

Chief Inspector Stuart Bell said: “A specialist negotiator worked with the man for a number of hours, bringing the incident to a close at about 1.45am this morning, when the man surrendered himself and was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

“A woman at the scene was also arrested for obstructing police officers. No injuries have been reported.

“There is no threat or danger to anyone outside of the property in the area, and we can reassure residents that there is no need to be concerned as this was an isolated incident.”

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Harry’s Halloween magic in town centre

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The people of Llanelli were spellbound last week as Harry Potter lookalikes arrived in Stepney Square for Ymlaen Llanelli’s Halloween extravaganza. Harry, Ron and Hermione lookalikes met children and adults alike on Tuesday 29th October after riding into town in a replica of the Weasley’s flying car, flanked by Dumbledore and a dementor guard.

A stunning replica of Hogwarts wowed the crowds; made completely out of recycled materials, it took local crafter Christine Clarke six months to create from scratch.


Event-goers also had the chance to see Harry and friends’ beloved pet owls up close in a display from West Wales Falconry.


Chair of Ymlaen Llanelli, Lesley Richards, said it was a great day: “There were so many children dressed up as their favourite characters and it was so lovely to see. Everyone had a magical time – we love putting on these children’s events and we’re glad that the kids love them too!”


At the event were Family Housing and the Wallich, who joined forces to give out 100 free packed lunches and pairs of gloves to children as part of Eradication of Poverty Day.


There were also arts and crafts including a special wandmaking table organised by Fusion, as well as facepainting and balloon modelling. Harry and Hermione even joined in the fun and took a turn on the children’s ride with some young witches and wizard. 

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Llanelli man charged following baseball bat attack

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A LLANELLI man has been charged following an alleged attack using a baseball bat in Burry Port.

Police attended Heol Elfed at around 10pm on Tuesday, October 22 in response to several reports of an assault taking place.

The victim, a man, was taken to hospital with head and arm injuries, and has since been released.

31-year-old Jamie Lee Clarke, of Denham Avenue, Llanelli, has been charged with aggravated burglary and breach of a restraining order, in connection to the incident.

He was remanded in to custody at Llanelli Magistrates Court today (October 24). He will next appear at Swansea Crown Court on November 25.

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