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Fundraising schoolboy gets surprise from rugby star

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28.11.16 Principality Achievment Award Winner Sam Milligan with Ospreys player James King (left) and Principality Finance Director Steve Hughes (right) at the Peony Breast Cancer Unit, Prince Phillip Hospital, Llanelli Picture by Nick Treharne

Sam Milligan: With Ospreys player James King (left) and Principality Finance Director Steve Hughes (right)

A SCHOOLBOY from Llanelli got an extra special surprise from a Welsh rugby star who presented him with an award honouring his fundraising efforts for a local breast cancer ward.

Sam Milligan, a year eight pupil at Ysgol y Strade, was presented with Principality Building Society’s Achievement Award by Welsh international rugby player James King, after he raised £2000 for the Peony Suite breast cancer ward at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital. After his mother Heidi Milligan was treated for breast cancer at the hospital, Sam started fundraising through charity cycle rides, receiving the support of his school mates, family and teachers with donations along the way.

Visiting Prince Phillip Hospital to hand over his fundraising cheque to the ward, Sam had no idea he would also be presented with the inaugural Principality Building Society Achievement Award, with an Ospreys player on hand to do the honours.

Wales’ largest building society Principality currently work with Ysgol y Strade through its Business Class scheme, a business engagement programme for schools across Wales aiming to help develop life skills and financial education in young people. After hearing of Sam’s outstanding fundraising total, Principality launched the Achievement Award, which will now be given to a different pupil every term who has done something remarkable to help their community.

Sure to be the most popular student in school, Sam has won a tour of the home of Welsh rugby, Principality Stadium, as well as lunch in a VIP hospitality box for him and his 23 classmates.

After receiving the special honour from Principality Building Society, 13 year old Sam said: “I was totally shocked and surprised. I was really excited to see James King as he is a great rugby player. My parents were really shocked and extremely proud of me. When my classmates found out about the VIP tour of the Principality stadium they were ecstatic.”

Head of Business at Ysgol y Strade, Daniel Hughes, said: “Sam is an exceptional young man who sets an example to his peers. Everyone at the school is extremely proud of him and his efforts. His determination and passion to support such a great cause has been excellent and we’re proud to say that he’s a pupil of Ysgol Y Strade.

“Being able to surprise him this evening with the Principality Achievement Award gives him the recognition he deserves. Sam is the award’s first winner and has set the highest of benchmarks for the future.”

Principality Building Society will be working with Ysgol y Strade for three years through its Business Class scheme, helping to build confidence and aspirations in the young people at the school.

Group finance director of Principality, Steve Hughes, said: “Sam’s achievements are incredible and very deserving of the first Principality Achievement Award.  He is a great example of a courageous, hard-working and driven young person, it was fantastic to meet him and his family, teachers and friends must be so proud.

“It was great to be involved and we at Principality are proud to be at the heart of communities across Wales. We hope the Business Class scheme will further raise the aspirations of young people at Ysgol y Strade and across the country before they enter the workplace. Sam is a great role model.  I’m sure he and his classmates will enjoy a special and well-deserved day out at Principality Stadium.”

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Stand up for slowing down speed campaign launched

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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

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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

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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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