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Drunken violence in Llanelli graveyard

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Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 10.42.01TWO Llanelli men: 18-yearold Corey Nightingale from Station Road and 21-year-old Joshua Palethorpe from Llys F ran, appeared before Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday (Mar 10), both men pleading guilty to being threatening and abusive to Police Officers.

Prosecutor Sharon Anderson told the court:

“At 2.30am on February 16, police on duty saw two males running across the road and into the graveyard near Vaughan Street, Llanelli. Nightingale was carrying a bottle of vodka and Palethorpe had his trousers down around his ankles and blood splattered all over his white t-shirt.

“PC Ebenezer and PC Davies shouted out to the two males, and got a string of profanities shouted by Nightingale in reply.”

Police approached the two males in the cemetery. Mr Palethorpe kept trying to walk away whilst Constable Ebenezer was questioning him about his blood-covered shirt and his trousers which were down by his ankles.

Ms Anderson continued: “Constable Ebenezer had to grab his arm to keep him from walking away. Mr Palethorpe was shouting abuse and profanities at both police officers, and moved his head forward as if to headbutt Constable Ebenezer.

“She took a step back to avoid him and continued her questioning. Mr Palethorpe then moved his head forward a second time in an attempt to headbutt the officer. She said that Mr Palethorpe’s breath smelled of alcohol.

“Constable Ebenezer was fearful for her own safety, and Constable Davies was afraid that the defendant would assault her. Constable Davies then put Mr Palethorpe onto the ground, where he continued to shout derogatory comments at both officers.

“Whilst Mr Palethorpe was being arrested, Nightingale continued to shout abuse and was then spoken to by Constable Davies, who told him to leave the area. Mr Nightingale refused and continued to shout abuse and profanities.

“People in the surrounding houses began to look on at the commotion in the graveyard, at which point Mr Nightingale was arrested. Mr Nightingale is in breach of his six month conditional discharge which was issued in December last year for a drug order.”

Mr Lloyd, defending both Nightingale and Palethorpe, told the court: “Mr Nightingale’s offence was of using threatening abuse and behaviour. My client was reacting to his friend being arrested. Mr Palethorpe had to be floored two times by officers, to which Mr Nightingale shouted ‘I have to help my friend.’

“While words were used, there was no violence involved in this case. My client gave a guilty plea at the earliest possible opportunity, and there are no other pending offences against him.

“As you can see, Mr Nightingale’s conditional discharge which was issued in December was only six months and not 12, which highlights that it was not a very serious issue, so I ask you to please take this into account when considering the outcome of this case.

“Mr Palethorpe wants to apologise through the defence to both the court and to Officers Ebenezer and Davies and does not challenge any of what was said in the prosecution. He has 43 previous offences, many of which are public offences.

“Mr Palethorpe was drinking as it was the anniversary of the death of a close relative. He is ashamed of his actions, especially of his behaviour towards the police officers.

“He has no memory of why his trousers were down or how he injured himself to have blood splattered all over his t-shirt, but he unreservedly apologises to the officers and accepts all blame.

“There was no injury or assault on either of the police officers, and he was justifiably taken to the ground on two occasions throughout the arrest.

“Following his arrest, he was taken by police directly to Swansea prison for 14 days as a result of his actions on the night in question. He will remain on probation until 2017.”

Llanelli Magistrates issued Palethorpe with a fine of £120, which was reduced because of his early guilty plea. Additionally, he had to pay £85 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge, as well as continuing with his probation until 2017.

Nightingale was given an £80 fine, which was also reduced due to his early guilty plea. He had to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20. Magistrates also told him that his conditional discharge would continue to run for the remainder of its term.

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Llanelli: Stop notice issued for school planning application

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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

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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

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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 https://claims.fscs.org.uk Or you can contact its Customer Services Team on 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100

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