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Llanelli man stabbed his girlfriend’s brother to death




swansea-crown-courtA LLANELLI man has been jailed for nine years and four months for stabbing to death his girlfriend’s brother following a fireworks party at her home.

Wesley Jones, 30, of Y Bythyn, admitted the manslaughter of Simon Lee Bell, aged 22, at the home of Bell’s sister Stacey in Dillwyn Street, Llanelli on November 6 last year.

Jones stabbed him twice with a two inch long lock-knife.

The first stab caused only a minor injury to his shoulder but the second went into his chest and severed an artery in Mr Bell’s heart.

He died a few hours later in Swansea’s Morriston Hospital despite receiving emergency surgery.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court on Monday (Apr 25) that Stacey, a mother of three, had organised a fireworks and hot dogs party at her home attended by her brother, who lived in Llwynhendy, Llanelli, and Jones, who Stacey had been in an “on off relationship” with for seven years.


Wesley Jones

The prosecutor said Jones and Simon took heroin in a shed at the house and later the pair became involved in a heated argument over a drug debt Mr Bell claimed Jones owed him.

“Stacey paid her brother £50 out of her own money to settle the argument but the defendant was not happy and telephoned his father for a loan so he could pay her back.”

The court heard Mr Bell left at this point but Stacey said she and Jones continued “screaming and shouting” at each other which led to Mr Bell forcing his way back into the house.

Mr Davis said Stacey Bell said, “He’s kicked my front door in and he’s like come running into the living room.”

The two men swapped punches before Jones used the lock-knife then left the scene in his father’s van, throwing the knife out of the window onto a grass bank.

Mr Davis said outside her house, Stacey Bell “was hysterical and calling for help”, a scene witnessed by drinkers at the Duke of Wellington pub nearby.

A passer by took her phone off her and dialled 999 but by the time paramedics arrived Mr Bell was unresponsive.

After being arrested Jones initially tried to say it was mother of three Stacey who had stabbed Mr Bell but he later admitted manslaughter, accepting he was the one who used the knife.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, Mr Bell’s devastated mother Gilian Davies said:,“He was taken from me at such a very young age. I’m at a loss for words to say how I feel. I’ve been upset to the point there are no more tears left to cry.

“I have had to move out of my house because the memory of the happy years spent there with Simon are too difficult for me to bear.”

The judge, Mr Justice David Holgate, told Jones, “For some time after the offence you did not show any remorse at all for the killing and its consequences.

“It is said now that you accept full responsibility for your behaviour and deeply regret your actions and the terrible suffering you have caused.

“This was a serious incident. The punching was started by Simon but there are aggravating circumstances.

“You were under the influence of heroin, there was no evidence that Simon threatened you with any weapon or gave you any cause to think he had or might use a weapon.

“The use of the knife was wholly unjustified and unlawful.”

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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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