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Police rammed banned driver

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POLICE deliberately rammed a banned driver in an attempt to bring a high speed chase to an end.

The officers hoped to make Jack Brennan, aged 19, spin onto a grass verge by making contact with the back of his Vauxhall Vectra, however he handled the spin and raced away again.

Brennan, of Long Row, Llanelli, admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop for a police officer and driving without insurance.

Craig Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea crown court how police saw the Vectra at Trostre roundabout late on February 17 being driven without any lights on.

The officers signalled for Brennan to stop but he sped off.

During the next few minutes he swerved through ‘no entry’ signs, dashed through cross roads without giving way to on coming traffic and almost hit railings after losing control.

Mr Jones said Brennan reached 55mph along narrow residential roads and the officers became so worried they tried to force him off the road.

The chase came to an end when Brennan suddenly stopped, got out of the Vectra and knelt on the ground with his arms in the air.

After his arrest Brennan told police he had panicked because he knew he had already been banned from driving. Mr Jones said Brennan already had two convictions for dangerous driving.

Brennan’s barrister, John Hipkin, said his driving record was appalling and only one sentence could follow. He said Brennan intended leaving the area after his release from prison.

Judge Paul Thomas said he doubted the citizens of Llanelli would miss him.

“For a nineteen year old you have a very bad driving record. This is the third time in little over a year you have been before the court for dangerous driving and the fourth time for driving while disqualified.

“You took a risk with other people’s lives at almost every junction you passed.

“You have not yet killed or injured someone but in my opinion it is only a matter of time before you do,” he added.

Disqaulifications ‘did not work’, said the judge, because Brennan simply ignored them.

Brennan was jailed for 40 weeks and banned from driving for three years. Judge Thomas also ordered the confiscation of the Vauxhall Vectra.

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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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