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Council tackles litter with Tesco

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(L-R): Council officers Michael Roberts, Steve Raymond, Julie Richards, Cllr Jim Jones, store manager Alison Jones and PCSO Rhian James

(L-R): Council officers Michael Roberts, Steve Raymond, Julie Richards,
Cllr Jim Jones, store manager Alison Jones and PCSO Rhian James

C A R M A R T H E N S H I R E COUNTY COUNCIL has teamed up with Tesco in Ammanford as part of an awareness-raising campaign to tackle the problem of litter and dog fouling. Environmental enforcement officers set up a stand in the store foyer with information and advice for customers and to answer any questions they had. They were also joined by the local PCSO Rhian James and also gave out disposable ashtrays, gum wraps and poop bags. Keeping the county clean is a key priority for the council and much work is underway to educate people on the consequences of dropping litter and dog fouling.

Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “I must thank Ammanford Tesco for inviting officers into the store to help educate the public on littering and dog fouling issues and for all the work they do in the community and to protect the local environment. “We are very lucky here in Carmarthenshire that compared to other areas, it is very clean; however, there is always room for improvement and with the help of residents and businesses we can really make a difference.” Some litter can take years to degrade, causing significant harm to wildlife and the environment. It also spoils the appearance of an area and can lead to further crime being committed. Dog mess left anywhere can also cause a health risk.

Ammanford Tesco store manager Alison Jones said:“In addition to our national charity partnerships, Tesco Ammanford are really proud to work with hundreds of charities and community organisations every year at a local level, we are trying to shape how we can get involved in local community events, providing support where it is most needed, and help keep our customers up to date with the most recent activity. “Our colleagues in store regularly go out and litter pick in the community and we wanted to build stronger community relationship links through volunteer work which colleagues participate in on a regular basis. I’m hoping today’s awareness event will help our customers work with us to improve our local community. “Tesco are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and it is an essential as part of our commitment to be a responsible business.”

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Criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

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POLICE are investigating reports of thefts and criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

Two reports have been made, with a number of items stolen from two caravans at Tanylan Caravan Park.

The first incident took place between September 23 and October 12.

A number of items – including fishing equipment, computer consoles and £300 cash – were stolen, and an awning window was smashed.

The second report was made on October 13, with the crime taking place sometime after August 25.

Scooters, camping equipment, TVs, DVD players, Amazon fire sticks, a Wii U console, and several other items were taken.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact PC 810 at Carmarthen Police Station.

You can report information by calling 101.

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

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Abandoned property fire in Burry Port probed

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POLICE are investigating a fire at an abandoned property in Burry Port.

A call was made at around 1.20am today (Tuesday, November 19) reporting that a detached house in Graig was well alight.

The house is not lived in, and has sustained substantial fire damage.

There were no witnesses to indicate who has started the fire, but two people were seen running away from the scene.

Due to the temperature inside the building remaining high today, it has been unsafe for investigators to enter the building.

Anyone with information, or who saw a person or people acting suspiciously in the area between 12.30am and 1.30am is urged to contact the joint investigation unit at Llanelli Police Station.

You can report information by calling 101.

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

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Man ‘fit for work’ collapses and dies at job centre

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A 65-YEAR-OLD man has collapsed while waiting for an appointment in a job centre in south Wales. He was found slumped in his chair at 9.30am on Friday in Llanelli.

The DWP said: “Our thoughts and those of the staff at Llanelli Jobcentre are with the family and friends at this time.”

The Llanelli Herald understands that he was waiting for an appointment to discuss Jobseeker’s Allowance after being declared fit for work earlier this year.

Staff and customers rushed to help, but they were unable to get a response so lay him on the floor.

They started CPR and an ambulance was called while the job centre was evacuated, but paramedics declared him dead at the scene. A witness told The Metro newspaper: “I didn’t know him myself, but the man who was sat next to me told me that he had grown up with the guy.

“The man next to me told me that the poor guy had diabetes and had been declared fit for work by the job centre earlier in the year but he was obviously ill.

“The ambulance came but he sadly died and they had to take his body out of the job centre, it was awful.

“We were all very shook up; it was a horrible situation that should have never happened. The job centre is all shut down now.’

The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed to The Herald: “We were called on Friday November 15 at approximately 9.33am to reports of a person needing urgent medical attention on Stepney Street in central Llanelli. ‘We responded with one rapid response vehicle, one specialised medical vehicle and one emergency ambulance.’

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