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Attacker broke jaw with one punch

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A LLANELLI man with a ‘trend towards extreme violence’ appeared before magistrates in Llanelli ​last Thursday (Nov 2).

Ethan Rhys Evans, 20, of Heol Hen, Llwynhendy, pleaded guilty to assaulting another man by breaking his jaw in the Met Bar​,​ Llanelli on February 25 of this year.

Abul Hussein, prosecuting told the court that CCTV showed the victim in the smoking area of the Met Bar in Llanelli, talking to two males before the defendant punched him in the face.

Before throwing the punch, Evans said to his victim: “Do you know who I am?”

The victim didn’t fall to the ground but left the area, without initially reporting the assault. The following day he experienced pain and contacted his dentist​,​ who advised him to visit the hospital.

An X-ray examination revealed that the victim had sustained a broken jaw, for which no surgery was needed.

Mr Hussein added that Evans was of clean character​,​ although he received a caution last year for assault following a domestic disturbance at his home.

Representing Evans, Peter Rhys-Jones said that the defendant had thought his friend was under attack. “His friend pushes the victim on the CCTV. Mr Evans was extraordinarily unwise and he has expressed deep remorse during police interview and wishes to make a personal apology to his victim,” he added.

Mr Rhys Jones pointed out that since the offence​,​ Evans had been put on a curfew by police and re-bailed three times.​

“He has one caution and no convictions. Last year’s offence is now settled and my client has unresolved grief issues as well as alcohol issues, which he’s now addressing. Mr Evans is employed as a tiler and trying to get his life back on track,” he told the court.

District Judge David Parsons told Evans that he had ‘a trend towards extreme violence’.

“The offence took place in licensed premises and in the presence of others – this increases the seriousness for me.

This may have been a single blow with the consequences greater than the intention, but it’s had serious consequences,” he added.

Evans will be sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on November 24. He was granted unconditional bail until then.

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Global Litter Charity has announced the date of its next Welsh litter picking event

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Uocean project Carmarthenshire weekend clean up taking place on Saturday 25th September 21 at Pembrey Country Park

THE UOCEAN Project, part of the Vayyu Foundation, which has set itself the target of removing 1 billion kilos of waste from the world’s oceans by 2030, will be holding its next litter collection taskforce event at Pembrey Country Park  in Carmarthenshire.

Everyone is invited to join The UOcean Project volunteers and to make a difference by collecting litter, especially plastics, which are polluting our environment and ending up in the world’s oceans.  The UOcean Project has highlighted the dramatic increase in litter from plastic bags to face masks since lockdown restrictions were lifted, making it even more important to clean-up and reduce waste pollution. 

Chris Desai, head of The UOcean Project commented. “Picking up one plastic bottle or single use face mask may not appear to be significant, but at each event we are collecting many kilos of plastic because more and more individuals are joining our litter picking teams.

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The combined collections here and overseas are the only way to make a difference and start fighting back against pollution.” 

The UOcean Project organises litter pick-up teams who work across the UK, especially around coastlines, as well as internationally.  By organising volunteers into Chapters and providing them with the tools and equipment to pick up litter, they have already collected 53,000 kilos of waste which would have ended up in the seas.  

All volunteers are provided with the equipment needed to safely pick up litter so that it can be disposed of in the right way.  For more information about The UOcean Project please go to the website www.theuoceanproject.com

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli

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the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous

Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in

POLICE are warning drug users in Llanelli to take extra care following information received that dangerous valium is circulating in the area.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We have reasons to believe that the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately should they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit https://barod.cymru/where-to-get-help/west-wales-services/ddas-dyfed-drug-and-alcohol-service/

Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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