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French kisses for Llanelli leader




Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 09.58.04THE LEADER of Llanelli Town Council has been having an extramarital affair partly funded by Council Tax payers, The Herald can reveal.

Following this newspaper’s article on controversy surrounding the allocation of places on town twinning visits and other events to which the council contributes towards costs, we were contacted by the estranged wife of Council leader Carl Lucas.

According to Petra Lucas, the Town Council leader has been having an affair with a councillor from Agen, Llanelli’s twin town, since 2014.

Mr Lucas has been having an affair with Ellen Thompson Harwood who is also a councillor in Agen and a member of the Llanelli – Agen Twinning committee.

Mrs Lucas told us that Mr. Lucas had been visiting Agen regularly both in a private capacity and as leader of Llanelli Town Council.

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 09.58.56In an interview with The Herald Petra Lucas told us: “I found out by phoning his office. I was told he was working for Airbus in Toulouse. He was away for almost a year going every other weekend. I phoned him and he admitted he was having an affair.

“A lot of people in Llanelli are not happy about it. They know he is on the twinning and it does not look good for both towns what they have done.

“I can’t understand why they are keeping him as leader. Apparently it is nothing to do with the council because it is his private life. It doesn’t look good for the twinning. He has left the marital home. He is living in Llanelli and he is still with her.

“It is terrible because we were married for thirty five years and we had two children. The children were devastated. I trusted him 100%.

“It is such a shock. I did say to him that he should be resigning from the council. I think she should resign. I was never invited out there once, now I know why.

“I phoned him because he was out in Agen. I asked what had been going on and he said he had been having an affair for the last year. That was in 2015, while the Prune Festival was on and he was attending as a member of Llanelli Town Council.

“He is even on You Tube with her at the time saying: “My name is Carl Lucas. I am the leader of Llanelli Town Council.”

“We had been together since we were thirteen years of age. You can live with people but you never know them. I never thought he would do this to me. He should have been honest from the beginning. If he wasn’t happy he should have said so.”

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Man ‘fit for work’ collapses and dies at job centre




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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£100k funding boosts local food production




LOCAL AM, Lee Waters has announced £100,000 of funding for a project to transform local food production and boost the economy across Carmarthenshire.

The project by Carmarthenshire Public Service Board will provide business opportunities for locally or regionally-based companies and bring environmental benefits by lowering food miles and associated carbon costs. It has been funded as part of a £4.6m package to boost the foundational economy.

The foundational economy approach is being adopted by cities and regions across the world, but Wales is the first country in the world to embrace it on a national scale. The foundational economy is made up of the everyday goods and services we all need and use with estimates suggesting it accounts for four out of every 10 jobs and £1 in every three we spend.

Lee Waters, who is also the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport in the Welsh Government, said,

“I came into politics and Government with the aim of helping the communities where I grew up and those like them.

“Supporting the Foundational Economy is a key way to do this. This is a vitally important part of the economy which makes a big difference to the livelihoods of many people as well as our cities, towns and villages.”

The announcement was made alongside the First Minister Mark Drakeford at an event at University of Wales Trinity St David.

Another project to be awarded funding is being led by Cyfle Building Skills Ltd. It will receive £86,500 to work with construction employers and provide opportunities for apprentices to receive valuable work experience placements throughout the industry in Carmarthenshire.

Lee Waters added “It’s been great to join the First Minister in Carmarthen to learn more about what it potentially a very exciting project and one which will change the way food is procured locally for the benefit of area’s communities.

“The Foundational Economy Challenge Fund is a clear demonstration of our commitment to supporting people in all parts of Wales today, tomorrow and into the future.”

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15 charges following clamp-down on quad bike thefts




A MAN has admitted 15 offences including Burglaries and thefts of quad bikes following a police clamp-down.

Jeffrey Wayne Bevan, aged 50 of Swansea, appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday, November 15, where he pleaded guilty to all the offences including five counts of burglary, four counts of theft of vehicles, one count of criminal damage, and one theft from a vehicle.

Bevan was arrested following a number of enquiries by Dyfed-Powys Police, which culminated in a substantial quantity of stolen property being recovered during searches carried out in the South Wales Police area.

Detective Inspector Andrew Cotterell said: “The Carmarthenshire division was hit by a spate of thefts overnight on October 28, with farms being targeted.

“Tools and a horse box were reported as stolen from four properties, and suspicious activity was reported at two others during the night.

“Because of the number of reports, we started looking for connections between the offences, and Rural Crime Team PCSO Helen Fender was instrumental in identifying linked offences. This resulted in a targeted operation being expedited, and suspects from the South Wales Police area being considered.”

Bevan and one other male was arrested and a number of properties searched in the Swansea area. They were arrested on November 13 and Bevan charged to appear at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court. He will next appear at Swansea Crown Court on November 29.

A second man was released on bail pending further enquiries.

DI Cotterell said: “The theft of quad bikes and other equipment has a huge impact on the farming community, and we are doing all we can to bring those responsible to justice.

“We are actively targeting these offenders, while also working with the farming community to disrupt criminal activity of this kind.”

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