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Milkman stamped on partner’s head

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jail-prison-cell-door-lock-keyA LLANELLI milkman who beat up his partner on Christmas Eve and stamped on her head has been jailed today (Jan 27) for four years and eight months.

David Mark Morris, aged 48, attacked Alison Turner so viciously she needed an emergency operation for a collapsed lung.

Morris admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.

Judge Peter Heywood, sitting at Swansea Crown Court, said he would have jailed Morris for seven years but his early plea of guilty earned him a discount.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, said the couple had argued and Morris went drinking in the town centre, returning to their home in Druce Street at 2:45am on Christmas Eve.

The argument flared up again and Morris, a keen guitarist, followed Miss Turner into a bedroom where he punched her and told her he was going to kill her.

Morris then stamped on her head so many times it was later noticed his left sock was covered in blood.

At one stage he left the bedroom and Miss Turner made three silent 999 calls. Although she was too afraid to speak in case Morris heard her police managed to trace the calls.

As soon as she opened the front door the officers called for an ambulance.

Mr Davis said her injuries included several broken ribs, a collapsed lung and cuts to her head and face.

After his arrest Morris said he could not remember what had happened.

James Hartson, the barrister representing Morris, said he was a well thought of milkman who delivered to schools and care homes.

“He is mortified by what he did and has told me he will never forgive himself.

“The argument continued after he got back home and, in his words, he lost it,” added Mr Hartson.

Judge Heywood told Morris, “You are disgusted by what you did and so should you be.

“This was a sustained and savage attack and you used your foot as a weapon,” he added.

Judge Heywood also issued a restraining order banning Morris from contacting Miss Turner for five years.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

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

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

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

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