ONE OF Plaid Cymru’s newest members, Lucie Wiltshire was given the honour of introducing Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood to the stage for her set piece speech at the party’s spring conference in Llanelli.
Lucie,17, from Llanelli, who is an A-level student at Coleg Sir Gar explained to a packed audience how she came to join Plaid Cymru and Plaid Ifanc in Llanelli after being inspired after meeting Leanne Wood and Helen Mary Jones.
Lucie said: “When one of my new college friends excitedly informed me that Leanne Wood was coming to Coleg Sir Gar, I didn’t really know what to expect, at that time, I didn’t know what that one visit would lead to.
“It always feels odd, seeing someone from TV in real life, and suddenly I found myself inside the Leanne campaign van, clinging to my best friend, while we were faced with two amazing politicians.
“I’m not sure what I expected, but I certainly didn’t expect Leanne and Helen Mary Jones (Plaid Cymru’s Assembly candidate for Llanelli) to sit and listen to our views and thoughts. They took a great deal of time to talk to us about the future of Wales and how things don’t have to be like they are today. I’ve never felt so inspired and welcomed.
“Leanne was completely sincere and ready to actually listen to us, which is admittedly rare in a politician nowadays. We were overwhelmed, but more importantly, won over.
“That one visit means so much to me, looking back at it. That day, I met some amazing people, including Llanelli’s very own strong voice, Helen Mary Jones.
“Not long after Leanne’s visit, I took the plunge and joined up to Plaid Llanelli, where I was welcomed with open arms by the friendliest, most enthusiastic group of people, who I can now proudly call a group of friends.
“I don’t doubt that Leanne’s infectious passion made me make that decision. It was just amazing to see such a strong leader take time out to visit a town like Llanelli and actively engage the young people of the community.”
Lucie added: “Leanne Wood made me feel excited about politics, made it come alive, and made it real. I just hope that over the next few months, thousands of other people like me will get to meet her and be inspired in the same way, especially for the young girls wanting to go into politics, but feeling a bit pushed to the side by the largely male-dominated political world.
“Wales needs a strong leader, someone with vision to help places like my hometown – Llanelli, to help towns and villages across Wales, and I know that Leanne is the woman to do the job.”
Police appeal after river death in Ystradgynlais
DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for witnesses following the death of a man in Ystradgynlais.
At around 10am this morning (16 January 2020), a man aged in his 60s was seen entering the River Tawe near Gorsedd Park.
He was rescued from the water near Trebanos Rugby Club, but despite the best efforts of paramedics, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin and HM Coroner have been informed.
His death is not being treated as suspicious, or linked to the adverse weather.
Our thanks go out to all who assisted in the response to this tragic incident, in very difficult weather conditions.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police in Ystradgynlais online by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Use reference: DP-20200216-217
New Body Cameras for Transport for Wales Staff
Last year alone, saw over 350 reported accounts of physical or verbal abuse against staff on trains in Wales and whilst this is a small number in terms of the overall passenger journeys, TfW are keen to further reduce this number as any incident should not be tolerated.
Antisocial figures in Wales show an improving trend in comparison with the rest of the UK and TfW has previously committed to providing CCTV at every station across the Wales and Borders network and already introduced additional security staff.
This trial is another step forward in reducing this type of behaviour and is being delivered in partnership with the British Transport Police.
The trial will include four different type of cameras, and after a review period, one company will be selected to supplying 300 across the network.
Ken Skates, Welsh Government Transport and North Wales Minister, said:
“Everyone has the right to work or travel on our network without the fear of abuse or threats. The rail staff there to help us are no different to our family and friends. They are working hard to get us from A to B, often in difficult circumstances.
“We must stamp out anti-social behaviour and do everything we can to support staff to do their jobs and let passengers make their journeys in a safe and pleasant environment.”
Daniel Hopkin, a frequent rail passenger on the Neath to Cardiff line added:
“It’s great that Transport for Wales are fitting their staff with cameras. I regularly travel between Neath and Cardiff on the train and I think that any improvements in safety will benefit customers.
“The railway station can be really hectic and the fact that staff will have body cameras should act as a deterrent to some of the occasional bad behaviour. Transport for Wales seem to be considering different ways to improve things for the customer and I find that encouraging as a passenger.”
Marc Clancy, Transport for Wales Conductor said:
“We have to deal with a range of people daily and most of our customers are grateful and polite. We work extremely hard to give our customers the best possible experience when using our services, however at times staff and passengers do experience occasional antisocial behaviour and abuse.
“The introduction of these cameras should act as a deterrent to antisocial behaviour, support assault prosecutions and boost public confidence in safety.
“They will provide our front-line staff with more confidence when dealing with difficult situations and abusive customers.”
BTP Superintendent Andrew Morgan, said:
“The safety of passengers and our rail industry colleagues is our absolute priority and we do everything we can to protect them.
“We fully support the introduction of body worn cameras for Transport for Wales’ frontline staff – we know from experience that body worn video is a fantastic piece of kit that helps us in securing convictions against those who target staff with unnecessary violence or abuse.
“We hope the introduction will deter anti-social behaviour and provide reassurance to rail staff as well as passengers.
Fortunately, these types of incidents are few and far between, however if anyone has any concerns while travelling, they can text us on 61016.”
Police appeal following fatal road traffic collision
“Dyfed-Powys Police is appealing for witnesses to a single vehicle road traffic collision which occurred on an unclassified road eastbound between Afon Dulais and Pantygwyn, Capel Dewi around 3pm on Saturday 8th February 2020.
Sadly the 50-year-old female driver passed away at the scene.
The vehicle involved was a 64 plate Grey Nissan NV200 Acenta.
If anyone has any information on this incident please contact Carmarthenshire serious collision investigation unit on the 101 number quoting reference 185 for the 08th February
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