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Llanelli LGBT Day a success

Jon Coles

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Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 09.27.23ON SATURDAY (Aug 6), crowds gathered in Spring Gardens, Llanelli, to come together to raise awareness and celebrate equality. 

There were a range of stalls and activities for everyone of all ages. Stalls included Asda, NUS Wales, Labour Party, Plaid Cymru, the Fire Station, fostering, and Communities First, and there were activities for children. Cariad charity was also in attendance.

A statement was read out on behalf on Llanelli MP Nia Griffith, in which she apologised for not being able to attend the event due to another commitment. She praised what the last Labour government had achieved during their tenure in office for the LGBT community and what needs to be done on an international scale.

The Llanelli MP’s speech also spoke about Stonewall’s campaign ‘Acceptance without exception’ and she commented that she would like to see Carmarthenshire County Council fly the Rainbow Flag, which is conspicuously absent every year from County Hall.

In his absence, a statement was read out on behalf of AM Lee Waters, in which he explained why diversity is cherished but cannot be taken for granted. The local AM also mentioned changes over 20 years that have been taken place in the LGBT community.

Sean Rees, Plaid Cymru Campaign Manager, read out a statement explaining why he attended the event and what needs to be prioritised to tackle stigma around some issues. He spoke of the athletes that are currently competing in Rio 2016, and that there are 42 athletes from the LGBT community – an increase from London 2012.

NUS Wales spoke about their organisation and the fact that it represents all LGBT+ students in both FE and HE education in Wales. They work on a number of campaigns that include tacking LGBT phobia in further education, improving transgender and asexual awareness and pushing for a Gender Identity Clinic in Wales. They also explained about their annual conference where people can run to be elected on to committees and pass through motions for changes they want to see and take part in workshops.

The Fighting Fifth Husky and The Big Bad Blues Band provided music. There was a highly energetic Zumba demonstration performed by Red Total Fitness, in which members of the public joined in.

For the children, there were some special guests, including the Minions from the Despicable Me films, who danced and had photos with everyone.

A cake was raffled and was won by Phil.

Jonathan Williams of CETMA said of the event: “The event went brilliantly, and everyone enjoyed. We are going to build the event up over the year and keep it family friendly. We would like to thank everyone involved in the event from organisations who attended, to our fantastic volunteers and also to The Herald for supporting the event.”

CETMA Manager Keith Evans thanked everyone who took part and attended: “Personal thanks to go Owen’s Transport for the stage, The Fighting Fifth Husky and The Big Fat Blues Band, Cariad for providing First Aid cover, ADJ Entertainments, Plusons mobile catering, RED Total Fitness, all the speakers, Communities First for doing the children’s activities and all the organisations who attended on the day! We’d also like to thank Carmarthenshire County Council for providing the venue and for all the help they gave. If anyone wants to get involved in organising next year’s event, then please contact us.”

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Stand up for slowing down speed campaign launched

Carli Newell

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INAPPROPRIATE speed contributes to around 11% of all injury collisions reported to the police, with 15% of collisions resulting in a serious injury and 24% of collisions resulting in fatalities.

Starting on the 26th July, the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) Speed Campaign will kick off across the UK, with GoSafe and the four Welsh Police Forces participating in both engaging with the public about the risks of speeding and enforcing the speed limits on the roads of Wales.

In 2019, 60,073 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued in Wales to drivers/riders for speeding.

Speeding is a major contributing factor to collisions on the roads of Wales. This includes both ‘excessive speed’, where the speed limit is exceeded, as well as driving or riding within the speed limit when this is too fast for the conditions at the time; for example, in poor weather, poor visibility or high pedestrian activity.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, we saw less traffic but higher speeds.  Now our restrictions are lifting, traffic volumes are up and as we are holidaying in the UK more, we are seeing more people speeding on the roads in Wales.  We want to change this, but can only do that with your help.

 Over the next few weeks you will see an increased presence on the road network of Wales as we aim to keep all road users safe and reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

 We know that the majority of road users comply with the speed limit; but the minority of those who do not increases the risk to the safety of all road users and need to be educated on the risks to their own safety as well as to the safety of those around them. Throughout this campaign, GoSafe and our partners in the Police and Local Authorities will encourage and educate more people to reduce their speed to save lives.

Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager said: “GoSafe enforce at sites across Wales in order to encourage motorists to comply with the speed limits and in turn make our roads and communities safer for everyone. If we all play our part and stand up for slowing down we can make a difference, and we can save lives on the roads of Wales.”

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change said: “I am very pleased to support this campaign. Driving at high speeds costs lives and a greater police presence on our roads will mean motorists will be more likely to drive within the speed limits, protecting lives and avoiding a speeding fine.”

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£100,000 of cannabis plants seized in west Wales police raid

Thomas Sinclair

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POLICE seized cannabis plants worth an estimated £100,000 during a warrant near Ammanford.

Dyfed-Powys Police searched a home in Garnant on Wednesday, July 21, where 100 plants were discovered to be growing in the front room and two bedrooms.

Given the number and maturity of some of the plants, officers estimate the quantity of cannabis growing to be worth around £100,000.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “This was a significant seizure of cannabis plants, which were growing in a sophisticated set-up across three rooms.

“Our investigation is ongoing into who is responsible, as there was nobody present at the time of the warrant, and we are carrying out all possible lines of enquiry to identify a suspect.

“I would like to thank all officers involved for showing great teamwork during the warrant and subsequent enquiries.”

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101.

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

Quote reference: DPP/2891/21/07/2021/02/C.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org

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Four charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs

Carli Newell

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FOUR people have been arrested and charged as part of an investigation into an organised crime gang supplying class A drugs from London to Aberystwyth, Llanelli and Swansea.

Dyfed-Powys Police, with support from The Met Police, carried out warrants at four addresses on July 21, resulting in four arrests.

Mohammed Osman, aged 23, Yonis Mohammed, aged 20, Salman Mohamoud, aged 23 – all from Islington – and Amy Simmons, aged 21, from Dulwich were charged with a total of 12 offences:

  • Mohammed Osman: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine,
  • Yonis Mohammed: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.
  • Salman Mohamoud: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine
  • Amy Simmons: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.

All four appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 23, where they were remanded in custody. They are due to appear at Swansea Crown Court for their next hearing on August 20.

The investigation is being carried out by the Ceredigion Serious and Organised Crime Team, Aberystwyth CID and the Operation Orochi command of the Met Police.

Detective Sergeant Steve Jones said: “These four arrests and charges are the result of a coordinated approach to target an organised crime gang we believe is running a county lines operation into the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.

“We will continue to work diligently to disrupt gangs of this kind, to prevent the supply of illegal substances into our community.

“I would like to thank all officers involved, as well as the Met Police for their part in the operation.”

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