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Courts fine a Llwynhendy man for illegal cockling

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A man from Llwynhendy in Llanelli has been fined £1,032 for illegal cockling at Burry Inlet Cockle Fishery.
Terry Royston Butchers, aged 64, was summoned to appear at Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, 31 January, 2020.

He admitted taking live cockles from the licensed area twice and failing to comply with instructions from an enforcement officer.

He was fined £240 and ordered to pay Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW) legal costs totalling £760, plus £32 court costs.

During a night time patrol on 29 June, 2019, he was found attempting to get sacks of cockles from his quad bike onto a 4×4.

He gave false details and tried to escape several times. NRW officers stopped him and then positively identified him with assistance from Dyfed-Powys Police .

His cockle gathering equipment was seized and he was ordered to place all live cockles back on the cockle beds.Andrea Winterton, Marine Services Manager of Natural Resources Wales, said:

“Our enforcement officers work hard, often in difficult circumstances, to tackle illegal cockling. It is an essential part of our careful management of the cockle beds.

Illegal cockling not only damages people’s livelihoods, it can seriously damage cockle habitat and the sustainability of the cockle population.

”Natural Resources Wales manages the cockling industry at Burry Inlet to maintain the delicate balance between the needs of the local economy and the area’s protected wildlife.

Licensing the area puts measures in place to protect the habitat. Dealing with persistent illegal cockling, helps to prevent the cockle beds from having to close.

There are currently 36 licensed cocklers who can fish sustainably at Burry Inlet. There are 61 people on a waiting list.

Andrea Winterton added:

“The Burry Inlet Fishery is important to our local heritage. If we look after our environment, the economy, society and wildlife can all benefit.

“I would encourage people to report concerns about illegal shell fishing or other fishing practices to the confidential NRW incident hotline on 0300 065 3000.”

Anyone wanting to gather cockles within the Burry Inlet Fishery must have a valid licence.

The only exception is an area between Llanrhidian Pill in the South and Llanelli Dock in the North, where people can gather a maximum of 8kg a day without a licence for personal consumption.

Find out more about the Burry Inlet Cockle Fishery.

To report concerns around illegal cockling, call the NRW hotline on 0300 065 3000 24 hours a day.

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Dumped rubbish cost Llanelli man hundreds of pounds

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A Llanelli man has been ordered to pay over £600 after his household waste was found dumped in a quarry in Llwynhendy.

Robin Adam Collins of Pottery St, Llanelli, admitted failing to ensure his waste was deposited legally when he appeared at Llanelli Magistrates Court.

The court heard that Carmarthenshire County Council enforcement officers visited Genwen Quarry following a complaint from the public of waste being dumped there.

Officers found a large pile of household waste including black and blue bags, plastic and cardboard.

After recovering items, the rubbish was traced back to a property in Pottery Street.

When officers visited the property the 43-year-old admitted the waste had belonged to him and his partner but claimed that he had paid a man named Alex who he found on Facebook to take his rubbish away. Collins was unable to provide any further information as to the identity of the person who he claimed had transported his waste. He was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). After failing to pay Carmarthenshire Council took the matter to court.

Collins was fined £120 and was ordered to pay £458.36. He must also pay £32 victim surcharge.

Carmarthenshire Council’s Executive Board Member for Public Protection, Philip Hughes said: “Every householder has a responsibility to ensure their waste is disposed of in the proper manner. It is also their responsibility to ensure that whoever they choose to engage the services of to remove any waste is a licenced waste carrier. If not, and your waste is found dumped then we will not hesitate to take action and if necessary go to court.”

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Commissioner proud of ‘Seaside Kicks’ project

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POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn proud of new youth initiative in Llanelli area – Seaside Kicks.

Following funding from the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, a new youth initiative has been set up in partnership with Swansea City Football Club Community Trust. Seaside Kicks was launched in Llanelli in January 2020 to engage the youth of the Glanymor and Tyisha area in positive activities.

Having only begun in January, already more than 150 young people in the area participate on a weekly basis. They take part in various practical activities with the Seaside Kicks, such as football coaching sessions, as well as informal sessions that addressing crime issues.

Whilst visiting one of the sessions that are being held on Ysgol Penrhos’ 3G field, Llanelli on 25 February 2020, Dafydd Llywelyn said “I am privileged to be here to see for myself the positive influence an initiative such as Seaside Kicks is having on the youth here, and the wider community. As a sports enthusiast, and having played football at many levels in my youth, I am fully aware of the influence that sport and exercise have on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities in general.”

The initiative is run through the English Premier League’s ‘Kicks’ national program, and is delivered locally by Swansea City Football Club Community Trust. The program aims to use football and sport in general to inspire youth living in deprived areas.

Craig Richards from the Swansea City FC Community Trust, said “Premier League Kicks provides free weekly football sessions and educational workshops to young people, giving them opportunities, support and pathways to reach their full potential and divert them away from crime or criminals. It was a pleasure to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn to Seaside Kicks session to see so many young people having great fun in a safe environment”.

Sean Rees, Llanelli Town Councillor for the Glanymor Ward added, “We were delighted to welcome the Commissioner to ‘Seaside Kicks’ whose funding has helped to make this happen.  This is partnership work at its best.  It is a pleasure to link up with the Swansea City Football Community Trust, Police and Crime Commissioner, our PCs and PCSO’s, Ysgol PenRhos, Seaside AFC, Llanelli Town Council and the Community Safety Partnership in bringing forward such an exciting project.

“My thanks go to all the young people who are really enjoying and their parents who continue to turn out in such great numbers to support these sessions. 

“Given its overwhelming success, the next step now should be to make ‘Kicks’ a permanent project in Glanymor Community.”

The investment in Seaside Kicks is part of a wider investment by the Commissioner in the Glanymor and Tyisha areas. Both areas have been identified as some of the most deprived areas in Wales. The Commissioner has allocated funds of £50,000 towards community projects and initiatives in these areas.

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Burglary in Burry Port Marine Services

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POLICE are investigating a burglary in Burry Port in which more than £3,000 worth of equipment was stolen.

Overnight between 6pm on February 3 and 6am on February 4 a perimeter fence at Burry Port Marine Services was cut to gain access to the compound.

A window was also smashed.

Among the items taken were Suzuki, Johnson and Mariner outboard motors, screwdrivers, spanners, power tools and fishing equipment.

These items would have required numerous people to help remove them.

If you were in the area and saw anything suspicious, have been offered these items for sale or have been approached to transport or store them please contact Dyfed-Powys Police online at http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, via email at contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by phoning 101.

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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