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Town saddened by loss of popular Deputy Mayor

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Chris Reed MBE: Sadly passed away at his Llanelli home (pic. Shahana Najmi)

THE TOWN of Llanelli has been shocked by the sudden death of the former Deputy Mayor Chris Reed MBE at his home yesterday (Jan 30).

The popular councillor was a massive figure in the town having been a leading figure in the Boy’s Scout movement as well as the main figure behind the campaign to keep Cae Maen Home open.

Local politicians including former mayor Shahana Najmi and serving mayor Bill Thomas have expressed their sadness at the loss.

Leading the tributes, Nia Griffith MP said: “I am very sorry indeed to hear about the sudden death of Llanelli Town Councillor Chris Reed: he will be sorely missed. I got to know and appreciate Chris as a great campaigner through his excellent work fighting to keep our care homes open. He clearly had the interests of the community at heart, and we were delighted when he agreed to put his name forward as a Labour councillor for Llanelli Town Council.

“He had the gift of being able to bring people together, and to speak up strongly without being aggressive or negative. Everywhere you went with Chris, people would recognise and greet him – a tribute to his many, many years of serving the community through the Scouts.

“I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to his family and friends.”

Former mayor of Llanelli and close friend of Mr Reed, Shahana Najmi, said: There are no words that can express how saddened I am for the loss of such am amazing man. he was a true friend, a great husband to carol and a doting father and grandfather and not to mention a very supporting deputy mayor during my year in office.

“He left a lasting impression on everyone who knew him and will be dearly missed.”

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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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