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Joe Marler to open sports shop in Llanelli

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Joe Marler: At the Town Hall in Llanelli

Joe Marler: At the Town Hall in Llanelli

ENGLAND prop Joe Marler is to open a new sports shop in Llanelli this summer.

The ‘gentle giant’ of rugby has decided to invest in a building within the town centre, which was formally the YMCA.

Marler told the Herald that the store side of the business would be spread out on two floors with a new gymnasium on a third floor: “The ground floor will be selling mainly England RFU merchandising and memorabilia.”

We asked Marler if he thought the store would be welcome given his controversial personality and outspokeness, he said: “It is not about personalities, it is about regenerating the town and bringing new life into an old building. Something like Eddie Jones has done with our Grand Slam winning team.

I love Llanelli and I may just consider buying a property in the area if I need to spend more time on the business.” The new store is expected to create around 100 new jobs when it is opened.

Marler is not without his haters. He looks the part with his shaven locks, burly frame and menacing visage. He is often the target of hostile jibes from the sidelines.

Marler may appear an angry young man but he has a soft side. In his spare time he cycles around his home town rescuing stray kittens, he explained: “I have about 60 kittens at the moment and I may incorporate a facility into the new store whereby people can come and take one home. We have even had England kits knitted for them to keep them warm.

Marler has been a victim of his own self-image. He has sported a Mohican cut and it has been said that he likes to play like one. He has been involved in scraps and scrapes, all drawing attention away from his hardness and durability where it really mattered, at the scrummaging coal-face.

He was keen to point out that he has no grudge against coal miners, leeks, daffodils or sheep but that he loathes Welsh rugby. Marler will be visiting Llanelli in the coming weeks just to ‘look around and gauge the footfall around the YMCA site.’

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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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