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Cyclist kicked police car

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A LLANELLI man who rode his bicycle into a police car and officer causing over £500 of damage appeared before magistrates in Llanelli last Thursday (Sept 28)​,​ charged with using drunk and disorderly behaviour in a public place and damaging the bodywork on a police vehicle.

Rhys Peter Howell, 23, of Coldstream Street in Llanelli pleaded guilty to both offences which took place on September 1 of this year.

Lisa Jones​,​ prosecuting​,​ said that just before 4pm on that day police officers attended an address in Llanelli about an unrelated matter.

During the call, they saw the defendant who was muttering under his breath.

Officers dealt with their call and upon leaving the address, spoke to a witness who had seen the defendant cycling up and down the street saying ‘Why are the police here, I’m going to kick their wing mirror off’. The witness saw Howell ride his bike up the road, attempt to kick the wing mirror of the police car and miss.

The defendant was then seen to attempt to cycle back towards the police vehicle and kick out at the front passenger door. A loud bang was heard and the impact caused scuff marks and dents to the door. An invoice from a company later stated that the damage caused would cost £635.70 to repair.

Police attempted to detain Mr Howell at the scene but he sped off along the footpath in an attempt to get away, skidding for approximately 50m before colliding with a police officer.

Mr Howell shouted and screamed at the officer​​ ‘you can’t do this to someone with f***ing mental health, f*** off I’m losing my f***ing head here’. Other expletives were also used. The behaviour was captured on the police camera.

During police interview the defendant stated that he’d kicked the police vehicle by accident, although as Ms Jones noted, the summary indicated that he had approached the vehicle on numerous occasions. Howell added that he had done it because ‘his head had gone’ and he’d ‘lost the plot going into a rage’, and he apologised for his actions.

Howell claimed that he was cycling on the pavement to go to his house, but there were ​18 minutes of shouting according to the police record. Howell told police that he had been ‘stupid’.

Defending, Laura Sherwood said that Howell was dealing with physical and emotional issues as a result of living on his own
Howell was given a 12​-​month conditional discharge, and ordered to pay compensation of £500 and costs totalling £105.

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being

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CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.

The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.

Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.

To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (gov.wales)

The survey closes on 25 January 2023.

Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.” 

Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”

Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.

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Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade

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LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.

A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.

These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.

Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.

At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.

At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.

When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.

This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.

More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.

Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at llanlva2009@aol.com.

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at enquiries@llanellitowncouncil.gov.uk.

Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.

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Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar

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MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.  

Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.

With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.

Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.

The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.

“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.

“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”

Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.

“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.

“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”

One of the calendar photos (Images: Graham Harries Photography)
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