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Local AM secures new bus services for Burry Port

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LOCAL Assembly Member Lee Waters has secured new and extended services for bus passengers in Burry Port.

The AM who has campaigned for better public transport for the area has welcomed the announcement from First Cymru that they are extending the hours of services travelling to Burry Port from Llanelli from January. New buses will run from Llanelli to Burry Port at 20:45 and 22:45, giving passengers more flexibility in the evening. In addition, First will be extending the 111 service to serve Burry Port on Sundays and diverting the route to serve Park Trostre.

“Residents in Burry Port have been asking me whether the services can be extended for some time, and I’ve fed this back to First Cymru. I’m delighted they’ve listened to us.” the Llanelli AM said.

Lee Waters, who is the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport in the Welsh Government, meets regularly with the bus company to push for a better deal for passengers right across the constituency.

“These new services serve a real need for people in Burry Port, and will allow people to access work and leisure in Llanelli more easily. ” the Llanelli AM said.

Lee Waters, who has championed the development of Swansea Bay Metro since he was elected, added:

“Ultimately the bus companies are private firms and will only run services if they think there’s a commercial case for them.  If they don’t think a route can run at a profit they rely on subsidies to keep it going. Many routes have been withdrawn or scaled back as Councils have suffered cutbacks because of the UK Government’s Austerity project.

“The Welsh Labour Government are changing the way we regulate the private industry to make sure we get the best value for the £250 Million we invest every year.

“I want to see more people using buses instead of cars, so we need to find ways to get the bus companies to run routes people want to use. It’s a real win that we’ve managed to do that in Burry Port and I’m grateful to First for agreeing.” the Welsh Labour AM said.

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Three men arrested over charity box and cafe thefts

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THREE men are being questioned by police in connection with a burglary in Llanelli this weekend.

A cash register containing around £1,500, a charity collection box, and approximately £1,000 worth of stock were stolen from Marzano’s Café Bar in Cowell Street in the early hours of Sunday, February 16.

Today (Tuesday) three men aged 35, 39 and 27 were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Chief Inspector Chris Neve said property searches were also being conducted in the Llanelli area as part of the investigation.

“I would like to reassure the community of Llanelli that we take incidents like this extremely seriously,” said Chief Inspector Neve.

“I would also like to thank everyone who has come forward with information so far.”

Café owner Andrew Marzano said: “I am extremely grateful to Dyfed-Powys Police for their efforts since we reported the incident to them. 

“I am also extremely grateful and humbled to the local community as we have had hundreds of messages of support from far and wide.”

Anyone with further information that could help police should contact 101, quoting reference DPP/0005/17/02/2020/01/C.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired you can also text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Dyfed-Powys Police appeal following Llanelli road traffic collision

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Dyfed-Powys Police is appealing for information following a road traffic collision which occurred at approximately 12.15am, this morning, Tuesday 18th February, 2020.

A black Audi A4 estate and a pedestrian were involved in the collision on Station Rd, Llanelli. The pedestrian was taken to hospital with what are described as serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, anyone who has information regarding the collision or information relating to the occupant of the vehicle is urged to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit quoting reference DP-20200218-006.

Police can be contacted by phoning 101, online at http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, or by email. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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Lee Waters AM meets with prize winning students

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LOCAL Member of the Senedd Lee Waters visited Coleg Sir Gar to meet with prize winning students on Friday.

Three students from the college have won prestigious medals in the UK leg of the World Skills championship. WorldSkills UK Live is the UK national final for vocational skills competitions and brings together apprentices and young people from across the four nations to compete to world class standards in their chosen fields.

Llanelli’s Kieran Davies won a gold medal in the IT Support Technician category. Anwen Evans won a bronze in the health and social care category after being judged for how well she dealt with a patient with autism in a mock flat, and Lewis Hall won a Gold for woodworking.

Lee Waters MS said:“I was very impressed by the achievements of these award winning Coleg Sir Gar students beating off stiff competition from across the UK to win medals at the UK leg of the world-wide WorldSkills championship.

“It’s huge credit to them and their tutors for these real achievements.”

Pictured are Kieran Davies (wearing Red), Lewis Hall (wearing chequered shirt), Anwen Evans, Lee Waters MS and Andrew Cornish of Coleg Sir Gar

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