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Burry Port men given bravery award

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Marmalade: Pictured with owner Mrs Hayler

Marmalade: Pictured with owner Mrs Hayler

TWO men who rushed into a burning house and put out a fire, saving a pet cat, have been rewarded with a bravery award from the RSPCA.

Richard Price and Daryl Webb were driving home through Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, when they spotted flames at the home of Kathryn Hayler.

Richard dialled 999 while Daryl raced into the house after the owner, who had been visiting a neighbour when the blaze started.

The pair managed to evacuate Mrs Hayler from the smoke -filled front room and stamp out the fire which had spread from the blazing curtains , saving Marmalade the cat who was cowering in the corner.

Richard, 21, said: “We could see flames at the window and pulled over to help. I phoned the fire brigade while Daryl ran into the house after the woman who lives there.

“The curtains were alight. There was a lot of smoke. Afterwards we saw Marmalade was crouching down on the floor.

“I checked the woman over while we waited for the emergency services to arrive. Fortunately, both she and Marmalade were okay – it could have been much worse.”

He added: “We just acted on instinct, we wanted to help, but looking back it was very scary.

Daryl, 32, a charity volunteer, added: “No one knew Marmalade was even there until he meowed. He was hiding in the lounge and then went running into the kitchen. His owner was very happy to see him.”

He added: “It’s very unexpected to get an award from the RSPCA, I just did what anyone would have done.”

Mrs Hayler, said she will never forget their bravery tackling the blaze and saving Marmalade , a 17-year-old rescue cat , from the fire in February.

She added: “I didn’t know Marmalade was in the house at the time – he would have been very scared and hid himself away in the corner.

“If they hadn’t managed to put the fire out, I dread to think what would have happened to him. I’m so grateful to them for saving Marmalade.”

The pair were nominated by the Army Cadet Force Association where Richard is an Adult Under Officer, and were awarded the RSPCA’s bronze gallantry award.

Major Dewi Branch, the Commanding Officer of Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF, said Richard was nominated for the calm and professional manner he has whilst dealing with emergencies.

He added: “He displayed courage and leadership beyond his years and it is firmly believed that his steadfast approach saved lives that day.”

RSPCA Chief Executive , Jeremy Cooper , said: “Daryl and Richard showed incredible bravery tackling a fire which was spreading quickly and filling the house with smoke.

“I know Marmalade’s owner will always be grateful to them for not only saving her home , but also her muchloved cat.

“They are very deserving of their award for their heroic actions and I’m very proud to present it to them.”

For more than 100 years, the RSPCA Honours have been given to recognise those people and organisations who’ve helped us in our goal to end cruelty, protect animals from abuse and further our knowledge of animal welfare.

The RSPCA Honours ceremony was held on Saturday (Jun 18) at The Law Society in London , which was especially appropriate as 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act. Since its introduction , the RSPCA has helped more than 150,000 cats and dogs.

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Antisocial behaviour falls as police operation continues

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POLICE said that they saw a reduction in antisocial behaviour involving young people in Carmarthenshire over the weekend, following weeks of increased activity.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers proactively patrolled areas which have recently become hot spots for teenagers to gather and drink alcohol as part of an ongoing operation.

A police presence was also maintained on trains between Llanelli and Carmarthen to identify how many youngsters were travelling in the area and where they were getting off.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “Over the weekend we continued our work to target, deter and deal with antisocial behaviour and underage drinking in hot spots identified primarily in Llanelli and Burry Port.

“Section 34 dispersal orders had been put in place ahead of the weekend, meaning we could move on anyone likely to cause antisocial behaviour, but thankfully they were not required. This is an improvement on previous weekends when we have had to exercise these powers.

“A significant number of young people were spoken to, with the vast majority being pleasant, not under the influence of alcohol, and not causing any trouble.

“Members of the public acknowledged the high police presence, as did the young people, and this might have deterred underage drinking.

“We are very pleased to have seen the change in attitudes and behaviour this weekend.”

The force received just one call reporting youngsters gathering at Burry Port harbour, with no offences or antisocial behaviour identified by attending officers.

Of the young people spoken two over the weekend, two were found with alcohol which was seized. Follow-up antisocial behaviour letters will be issued, and home visits will take place shortly.

Groups were also reminded of the dangers of swimming near the harbour and were encouraged to take their rubbish home.

Officers on the rail network removed one drunk adult from a train.

Sgt Davies said: “I would like to thank all officers involved in the operation over the weekend, as well as the young people who made sure they stayed within the law while enjoying the weather.

“We will be out and about again next weekend and throughout the summer, making sure the area is enjoyable for all who visit.”

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Lord Lieutenant visits Mass Vaccination Centre

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Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sarah Edwards, has paid tribute to all those involved in the COVID-19 vaccination programme during a visit to the Y Ffwrness Mass Vaccination Centre in Llanelli.

During the visit on Wednesday 9th June she was joined by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Lt Col David Mathias, and the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Mr.Jonathan Gravell. They met and spoke to the centre’s vaccinators, NHS staff, security staff and volunteers.

To date, the collective efforts of mass vaccination centres, GP practices and community pharmacies in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, have resulted in the Hywel Dda University Health Board delivering over 431,850 vaccinations. This means 266,785 of the eligible population have now received a first vaccine, and 165,056 have received both doses.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed said: “It was wonderful to see first-hand the incredible work being undertaken by the vaccinators, NHS staff and volunteers. They have played a crucial role in the success of the vaccine rollout programme. I would also pay tribute to the public for their overwhelmingly positive response to getting vaccinated.”

Maria Battle, Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board, added: “On behalf of the health board, I was delighted to welcome Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Lt Col David Mathias, and the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Mr Jonathan Gravell. I am deeply proud of everyone involved in the vaccination programme and I’m glad they got to see for themselves the incredibly work being undertaken to help get us through this pandemic.”

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Alcohol seized and teenager arrested as police deal with antisocial behaviour

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POLICE seized large amounts of alcohol and arrested a teenager as they continued to deal with antisocial behaviour over the weekend.

Dyfed-Powys Police had proactive plans in place to deal with ongoing issues of groups of youngsters gathering in Carmarthenshire following rising reports of alcohol-related antisocial behaviour over the past two months.

Dispersal orders were in place across Llanelli and Burry Port, giving police the powers to move anyone believed to be causing a nuisance, harassment or distress out of the area.

Officers patrolling the rail network in Carmarthenshire on Saturday noticed a large amount of young people getting off the train at Ferryside, where an additional dispersal order was put in place and alcohol was seized.

Officers were also required to deal with children trespassing on the railway tracks.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “We had received reports of children with alcohol running across the tracks, which posed a huge danger to themselves and others, and had to be stopped as a priority.

“One boy who was detained became abusive towards officers and could not be reasoned with. Officers had no choice but to arrest him for his own safety and to prevent further offences from being committed.

“This incident goes to show that the kind of behaviour we are dealing with goes beyond groups of young people meeting to have a good time, and is putting people in highly dangerous situations.”

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on the railway and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries by British Transport Police.

Early intervention was taken in the Trostre area of Llanelli, where officers noticed groups of children meeting on Saturday.

Sgt Davies said: “More than 60 young people were moved on from both locations and a large amount of alcohol was seized.

“Out of these groups, four notices were issued to those causing the most trouble in the Trostre area which prevented them from returning, and each of these youngsters were taken home.

“This swift action was a deterrent to other young people who were planning on joining the groups and were still travelling to the area.”

“We will continue to put plans in place each weekend and over the summer holidays to deal with antisocial behaviour, using all powers available to us to put a stop to it.”

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