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Air ambulance moves to new Dafen base WALES AIR AMBULANCE

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On standby: WAA crew at their new base

On standby:
WAA crew at their new base

WALES AIR AMBULANCE has moved into the charity’s first owned home, following a 12-month project to build a new headquarters and airbase for its South Wales operation.

The service has transferred its helicopter and fundraising staff to a purpose-built facility at Llanelli Gate, Dafen and aircrews have started to operate from the new hangar.

Wales Air Ambulance Chief Executive , Angela Hughes , said: “To build a permanent home marks a new chapter for the charity, and it’s thanks to kind donations from people across Wales that we have been able to do this.”

Since its launch on St David’s Day 2001, the charity has responded to more than 23,000 missions.

After 15 years of being split between two rented premises in Swansea, the move brings Wales Air Ambulance’s headquarters and south-based helicopter together on one site for the first time.

The initiative will save the charity tens of thousands of pounds annually in reduced costs, including rent. Around £40,000 will be saved each year by having its own fuel supply.

“Having our own property will not only save us money which we can put straight into flying missions, but it also means we are future-proofing the service,” said Ms Hughes. “Our goal is to become a 24-hour operation, able to help people both day and night, and this new base brings us a step closer to reaching that goal.”

The airbase has been custom-built specifically for air ambulance operations, with the latest technology and facilities for aircrews.

Service Manager , Mark Winter , said: “We’ve worked with the construction team every step of the way to build a base that is designed especially for the needs of an air ambulance service. This includes room for medical equipment and training simulations, and facilities for night missions in the future.”

The charity launched an Airbase Appeal in July last year, calling for donations to help build the hangar and helipad. Carmarthenshire County Council welcomed the charity to the county with a grant from the European Regional Development Fund for the head office.

Ms Hughes added: “I’d like to thank Carmarthenshire Council for their vital contribution, and the people of Wales for donating to our appeal. It is thanks to their donations we have come this far; we simply couldn’t fly without them.

“We are still calling for support for the Airbase Appeal throughout the summer, while we complete the site. We hope to soon welcome people to come and see our new home, as soon as the crew have settled in.”

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Appeal follows fatal road traffic collision in Llanelli

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a fatal road traffic collision that happened in Llanelli last night. At approx. 8.15pm on Saturday 22 February the collision happened between a white Suzuki Swift car and a male pedestrian, at Church Street, Llanelli, near the Magistrates Court. Emergency services attended, but sadly the 53 year old pedestrian had sustained fatal injuries.

The Serious Collision Investigation Unit is appealing for any witnesses to the collision to get in touch, but they are also appealing to anyone who may have Dashcam footage of the incident to contact them. You can get in touch by phoning 101. Please quote reference DP-20200222-347, so our busy call handers can marry your information to the correct incident as quickly as possible. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Three men arrested over charity box and cafe thefts

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THREE men are being questioned by police in connection with a burglary in Llanelli this weekend.

A cash register containing around £1,500, a charity collection box, and approximately £1,000 worth of stock were stolen from Marzano’s Café Bar in Cowell Street in the early hours of Sunday, February 16.

Today (Tuesday) three men aged 35, 39 and 27 were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Chief Inspector Chris Neve said property searches were also being conducted in the Llanelli area as part of the investigation.

“I would like to reassure the community of Llanelli that we take incidents like this extremely seriously,” said Chief Inspector Neve.

“I would also like to thank everyone who has come forward with information so far.”

Café owner Andrew Marzano said: “I am extremely grateful to Dyfed-Powys Police for their efforts since we reported the incident to them. 

“I am also extremely grateful and humbled to the local community as we have had hundreds of messages of support from far and wide.”

Anyone with further information that could help police should contact 101, quoting reference DPP/0005/17/02/2020/01/C.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired you can also text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Dyfed-Powys Police appeal following Llanelli road traffic collision

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Dyfed-Powys Police is appealing for information following a road traffic collision which occurred at approximately 12.15am, this morning, Tuesday 18th February, 2020.

A black Audi A4 estate and a pedestrian were involved in the collision on Station Rd, Llanelli. The pedestrian was taken to hospital with what are described as serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, anyone who has information regarding the collision or information relating to the occupant of the vehicle is urged to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit quoting reference DP-20200218-006.

Police can be contacted by phoning 101, online at http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, or by email. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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