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Llanelli man stabbed his girlfriend’s brother to death

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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.

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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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Cllr Kevin Madge elected as new county council Chairman

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THE new chair of Carmarthenshire County Council said he will work tirelessly during his term of office.

Cllr Kevin Madge, member for Garnant, takes the chain of office whilst celebrating 40 years as a councillor.

Taking the chair, Cllr Madge paid tribute to outgoing chairman Cllr Mansel Charles, member for Llanegwad, saying he had fulfilled his duties with passion.

Cllr Madge will chair the council for the next 12 months, with Cllr Ieuan Davies, member for Llanybydder, as his vice chair, and his wife Catrin as his consort.

“I’m very much looking forward to the year ahead, I will do my best for everyone. I will work tirelessly,” he said.

Cllr Madge has chosen the Trussell Trust, which supports a nationwide network of food banks and emergency food provision for people in crisis, as his Chairman’s Charity of the Year.

The Chair is the first citizen of Carmarthenshire County Council, and is elected at the Annual General Meeting.

Duties include chairing full meetings of the council, representing the council at formal and ceremonial occasions, welcoming visitors to the county, and attending and supporting events organised by local people and organisations.

Cllr Madge has been a county councillor since 1996, and a member of Cwmaman Town Council since 1979.

He also serves as chairman of the Royal British Legion Garnant branch, Garnant Family Centre and Cwmaman Meals on Wheels, and is a member of Amman Valley League of Friends.

He represents the county council on the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, and the Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm Community Fund, and is on the governing body of Ysgol Y Bedol.

A former pupil of Amman Valley School, Cllr Madge has worked in the Amman Valley throughout his life, most recently as agent and researcher to Dr Alan Williams MP until 2001.

A keen football supporter, he has served as chair and president of Cwmaman Football Club and spent 25 years as a Welsh League and Neath and District football referee.

He is married with two children and three grandchildren.

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‘UK Government should work with the Welsh Labour Government on Tata’

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LOCAL Assembly Member Lee Waters and Nia Griffith MP have called on the UK Government to work with the Welsh Labour Government to come up with a deal to protect steel making at Trostre, and across Wales and the UK.

Lee Waters AM met with representatives from Tata Steel on Wednesday to discuss the future for steel making at the plant following the reported collapse of the proposed joint venture with Thyssenkrupp.

During the meeting he stressed the need to protect the entire steel supply chain in Wales, including the high quality jobs at Trostre, and those that depend on its presence in Llanelli.

Lee Waters AM said “It’s clear that the support Welsh Government provided during the crisis of 2016 has been critical in getting extra investment into Port Talbot which will secure the works for years to come. However, Tata is a company run from India, and we simply don’t know what the board will decide about its future strategy. They may well be looking for a new joint venture partner, so we’ll have to vigilant about the implications for our local plants.”

“Tata has said it intends to continue with its existing business plan, and honor commitments made to the Trade Unions, so Nia and I will be keeping a close eye to make sure that happens.”

Welsh Government has been in active discussions with Tata steel following the collapse of the merger with Thyssenkrupp. In a written statement and during questions on Wednesday, the Welsh Government committed to invest in Welsh steel to protect its future and is looking at a range of measures to assist on energy costs, business rates and procurement of steel for public sector contracts.

Lee Waters AM said “The Welsh Government have given significant support to the steel industry here but it can’t do everything, and we now need the UK Government to work with them to ensure a future for skilled work in the steel industry in Llanelli and elsewhere in Wales.”

Nia Griffith AM said ““This latest news from Tata means yet more uncertainty for steelworkers. Their announcement about keeping Port Talbot is a start, but now we need real commitment from Tata on Trostre.

“We also need close cooperation from the company with the Trade Unions. Lee Waters AM and I will be urging the UK Government to follow Welsh Government in doing everything possible to secure the future of our steel industry.”

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MP and AM call for Trostre certainty after merger fails

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LOCAL ASSEMBLY MEMBER Lee Waters and Nia Griffith MP have called on the UK Government to work with the Welsh Labour Government to come up with a deal to protect steel making at Trostre, and across Wales and the UK.

Lee Waters AM met with representatives from Tata Steel on Wednesday to discuss the future for steel making at the plant following the reported collapse of the proposed joint venture with Thyssenkrupp.

During the meeting he stressed the need to protect the entire steel supply chain in Wales, including the high quality jobs at Trostre, and those that depend on its presence in Llanelli.

Lee Waters AM said “It’s clear that the support Welsh Government provided during the crisis of 2016 has been critical in getting extra investment into Port Talbot which will secure the works for years to come. However, Tata is a company run from India, and we simply don’t know what the board will decide about its future strategy. They may well be looking for a new joint venture partner, so we’ll have to vigilant about the implications for our local plants.”

“Tata has said it intends to continue with its existing business plan, and honor commitments made to the Trade Unions, so Nia and I will be keeping a close eye to make sure that happens.”

Welsh Government has been in active discussions with Tata steel following the collapse of the merger with Thyssenkrupp. In a written statement and during questions on Wednesday, the Welsh Government committed to invest in Welsh steel to protect its future and is looking at a range of measures to assist on energy costs, business rates and procurement of steel for public sector contracts.

Lee Waters AM said “The Welsh Government have given significant support to the steel industry here but it can’t do everything, and we now need the UK Government to work with them to ensure a future for skilled work in the steel industry in Llanelli and elsewhere in Wales.”

Nia Griffith AM said “This latest news from Tata means yet more uncertainty for steelworkers. Their announcement about keeping Port Talbot is a start, but now we need real commitment from Tata on Trostre.

“We also need close cooperation from the company with the Trade Unions. Lee Waters AM and I will be urging the UK Government to follow Welsh Government in doing everything possible to secure the future of our steel industry.”

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