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Five year prison sentence for Burry Port cannabis dealer




drugA BURRY PORT drug dealer was one of two men sentenced to a total of more than 14 years in jail for importing £1.5m of cannabis from South Africa into Avonmouth.

Despite hatching an elaborate plan to import 650kgs of cannabis – concealed in crates containing furniture – which was being imported from South Africa, the organised crime group from Swansea, were thwarted by Zephyr, the south west regional organised crime unit, working in partnership with the National Crime Agency and UK Border Force.

Karl Richter-John, 43, formerly of Spain, now Rhondda Street, Mount Pleasant, Swansea has been jailed for nine years. He will also be subject to Serious Crime Prevention Order when he is released from prison, which places various restrictions on the use of mobile phones and computers.

And Malcolm John (aged 52 years), of Penybryn Avenue, Burry Port, was sentenced to five years and four months.

The court previously heard that on 1 October 2013 a shipment of seven creates – believed to contain furniture being imported from South Africa – was  given a routine inspection by UKBF.

They discovered 650kgs of cannabis in three of the crates, which triggered an investigation to discover the UK recipient of the intended cargo and those involved in the ambitious plan.

As the lorry was destined to deliver the load to a storage yard in Avonmouth, near Bristol, Zephyr was notified and launched the investigation.

Detectives assumed the role of delivery drivers and called the intended recipient to advise the cargo was on route.

One of the defendants – Malcolm John – agreed to take receipt of the cargo at the storage yard. The owner of the yard knew nothing of the illegal cargo that had been arranged by John. When the lorry arrived at the yard the cargo Malcolm John took receipt of the crates which were placed into two shipping containers rented from the storage yard.

Malcolm John returned to his home address in the Burry Port area of Swansea. He contacted Karl Richter-John – believed to be the ringleader of the operation – who was living in Spain and was later extradited to the UK.

Malcolm John was later arrested from his home address and a search of a lock-up unit in Heol-y-Gars Road in Swansea undertaken, where a 20-tonne press and packaging material – used in drug trafficking operations – was discovered.

At the end of the trial, HH Judge Roach commended the Zephyr officers on the quality of their investigation.

DI Austin Goss of Zephyr said: “We are extremely pleased with the sentences handed out today which deliver a clear message to those involved in the illegal activity of drug dealing that it will not be tolerated.

“We remain committed to dismantle, disrupt and destroy organised crime and illegal drug activity in the South West region. This was complex multi-agency operation which will have a significant impact for the local community in South Wales and the South West region.

“This operation has been a team effort with Zephyr officers and staff, working closely with colleagues in the National Crime Agency and UK Border Agency.

“The sentences should send out a clear warning to those involved in drug activity that they will be hunted down and put before the courts.

“We will now begin the process under the Proceeds of Crime Act to seek a confiscation order from the courts to ensure that any benefits of the crime are removed from the offenders,” DI Goss added.

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Llanelli: Stop notice issued for school planning application




A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for a new 480-spaced school in Llanelli has been issued a stop notice by the Welsh Government.
Carmarthenshire County Council is proposing to build a new £9.1m school on Llanerch Fields in Llanelli and were looking to determine the planning application in the coming weeks. Welsh Government will now decide whether to call in the application or not.
The new school would accommodate 420 primary and 60 nursery pupils, set over two floors with larger classrooms with integrated IT facilities, a multi-purpose hall and specialist provision for pupils with additional learning needs.
Over recent years there has been much debate in the area on the choice of site for the new school with campaigners arguing that they support a new school, but object against Llanerch fields being built upon. Last year an attempt to get the land designated as a village green was turned down.
In 2017, Ysgol Dewi Sant as the first Welsh medium primary school to be provided by a local authority celebrated its 70th birthday.
Councillor Rob James, local member for Lliedi, stated “From day one I have raised concerns that the Council’s site choice and planning process opened the Council up to the possibility of the Welsh Government calling in the planning application. It is clear that these concerns were not misplaced and there is now a really chance that it will be. 

“As a local Councillor, a school governor and a parent, I am passionate about the need for a new school for the pupils of Ysgol Dewi Sant and it is important that local pupils get the benefits of a 21st century school.
“I will now be working with Council Officers to ensure that contingency plans are prepared in case the Welsh Government state that the planning application does not comply with national planning policy.
“I will also work with parents, pupils, residents and interested parties are able to engage with the Welsh Government during this process.”

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Third annual Burry Port Raft Race is eagerly awaited




THE THIRD ANNUAL BURRY PORT RAFT RACE, organised by Burry Port couple, Craig and Isabel Goodman, will be held on Saturday (July 27).

The event which is held in Burry Port Harbour, raises much needed funds for both Burry Port RNLI and a children’s football academy and primary school the couple support in The Gambia.

The day launches at 12pm with stands, food stalls and children’s inflatable games and rides and these will be available until 5pm. You’ll also have a chance to meet the crews, who’ll be busy putting the final touches to their rafts.

Rafts launch at 3pm, followed by a presentation ceremony, including prizes for first raft over the line, first raft to sink and best dressed raft.

Craig said: ” A huge thank you goes to all our sponsors, including overall sponsor Dawsons, along with continued sponsorship from Celtic Couriers, Parker Plant Hire, Burns Pet Nutrition, Burry Port Co-Op, Llanelli Star, LBS Builders Merchants, Burry Port Marina, First Choice Flooring and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council.

For any further information about the event, please contact 07825 842981.

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Compensation offered after FSCS declares Llanelli firm in default




CONSUMERS could get back money they have lost as a result of their dealings with a failed regulated firm in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. The firm is Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited formerly Assura Protect, Room 1, 7 Meadows Bridge, Parc Menter, Cross Hands, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA14 6RA.

The firm was declared in default in June 2019 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

FSCS is the UK’s statutory compensation scheme that protects customers of authorised financial services firms that carry out certain regulated activities. A declaration of default means FSCS is satisfied a firm is unable to pay claims for compensation made against it. This paves the way for customers of that firm to make a claim for compensation with FSCS.

Alex Kuczynski, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at FSCS, said: “FSCS steps in to protect consumers around the UK when authorised financial services firms go bust. This vital service, which is free to consumers, protects deposits, insurance, investments, home finance and debt management. We want anyone who believes they may be owed money as a result of their dealings with this firm to get in touch, as we may be able to help you.”

Since it began in 2001, FSCS has helped more than 4.5m people, paying out more than £26bn in compensation.

If you wish to make a claim with FSCS against Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited, you may be able to do so using FSCS’s online claims service at Or you can contact its Customer Services Team on 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100

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