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Police officer was bitten during arrest

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A ‘VULNERABLE’ Llanelli man who bit a police officer after they attended a disturbance at his flat appeared in court on Thursday (Aug 16).

David Walters, 45, of Dolau Court, pleaded guilty to one charge of assaulting a police sergeant in the execution of their duty.

Prosecuting, Sharon Anderson told magistrates that police visited Walters’ flat in the early hours of July 26 following reports of a disturbance.

When they arrived, the lights were on and the officers could hear a man shouting and a woman crying. They knocked on the door but received no answer, and the man could be heard getting more aggressive so they entered through the unlocked door.

As they entered they were confronted by an ‘aggressive and bare-chested’ man who asked why they were there and told them to ‘f*** off’.

When they told him why they were there, Walters raised his arms and pushed one of the officers, forcing him backwards. He then pulled the officer’s radio off before punching him in the face.

The officer then took Walters to the floor using a ‘knee strike’. Walters was described as ‘uncontrollable’ and ‘frothing at the mouth’.

Ms Anderson explained that the officer had tried to record the incident on his body-camera, but Walters attempted to remove it.

Walters then bit the officer on the elbow, sinking his teeth into the skin. He was handcuffed and placed under arrest.

The court was shown pictures of the injuries suffered by the officer, and an application was made for compensation.

In a police interview, Walters gave a prepared statement, which said that police had made their way into his house, and he had been taken to the ground and handcuffed to the rear before being punched by one of the officers, who he bit as ‘an instinctive reaction’.

Defence solicitor Laura Sherwood suggested that the aggravating factors in the case were balanced out by Walters’ early guilty plea.

She added that during the initial confrontation there had been a lot of people in a confined space, and claimed that officers were made aware that Walters was a vulnerable adult from the onset.

“Unfortunately officers did not take account of this,” she added, before showing magistrates pictures of the injuries sustained by Walters during the incident.

“This was not as one-sided as the prosecution makes out,” she remarked.

However, Ms Sherwood acknowledged that her client had been drinking, and suggested that magistrates followed a recommendation from the probation service that Walters carry out rehabilitation activity.

The defendant clearly needs some assistance with alcohol issues and thinking skills, she concluded.

Describing the offence as ‘very serious’, magistrates sentenced Walters to a 12 month community order, with 20 days of rehabilitation activity, and ordered him to pay compensation of £200 and costs totalling £170.

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Gigabit broadband voucher scheme boost for Wales

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THE UK’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is to be given a boost in Wales thanks to a new partnership between the Welsh and UK Governments. Ministers from both Governments are now urging Welsh businesses and communities to apply for the funding to get gigabit speeds.

The announcement follows an agreement between the UK and Welsh Governments, and reflects the higher costs of deploying fibre infrastructure in Wales, as a result of the country’s topography and the location of premises.

The UK Government’s Gigabit broadband vouchers – worth up to £2500 – are currently available to small businesses and surrounding local communities to contribute to the installation costs of a gigabit-capable broadband connection.

Under the new arrangements, the Welsh Government will provide an additional £3,000 for businesses up to a certain size and an additional £300 per residential property. This means that for group* projects in Wales up to £5,500 is available per business, compared with £2,500 elsewhere in the UK. Up to £800 will now be available per residential property in Wales, compared with £500 elsewhere.

Deputy Minister for Economy Lee Waters said: “Although the vast majority of premises in Wales can now access superfast broadband, we are working hard on assisting the remaining five per cent that cannot access it and where commercial companies have no plans to reach. There is no one size fits all solution to reach the final premises, and the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme is an important part of a suite of measures to achieve this.

“This voucher scheme can provide a vital funding source for group connectivity projects, and could be of great benefit to communities currently without access.
I’m pleased we’ve been able to work with the UK Government to provide an enhanced scheme for Wales, taking into account the particular challenges we face here with geography and the location of premises.”

UK Minister for Digital Margot James said: “This exclusive scheme for Welsh businesses and communities is a vital part of our modern Industrial Strategy and build a Britain that is fit for the future. Working with the Welsh Government, together we can make sure that everyone in Wales has the connectivity they need for the digital age.”

The voucher scheme forms part of a package aimed at improving connectivity in Wales. The Welsh and UK Government funded £200 million Superfast Cymru programme has already taken superfast broadband speeds to more than 733,000 Welsh homes and businesses commercial companies had no plans to cover. The Welsh Government is also investing a further £22.5 million to reach an additional 26,000 premises and the UK Government is introducing a Universal Service Obligation** that will make fast broadband a legal right for every home and business in Wales by 2020.

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Rescuers attend to injured construction workers in New Dock Street

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A MULTI AGENCY rescue operation is underway in Llanelli involving all three emergency services after an incident at a construction site.

Workers have been at the New Dock Street site, working for around three years, The Herald understands.

The Herald has been told that a piece of plant malfunctioned causing the emergency, which happened earlier this evening (Mar 19).

Four fire engines and three ambulances are at the scene, our reporter said.

A specialist line rescue team is involved in the recovery operation.

An eye-witness told the press that three workers have been affected.

The source said: “Concrete had just been mixed and had been poured into a skip which was then lifted using a machine. The concrete was being lowered into the hole, it’s probably about 20ft and then the machine toppled over.”

He added: “Two men climbed out of the hole on their own and as a precaution the third man was told to stay down there. The workers were told to leave the site as a precaution.”

At least one person has been seen being taken away in an ambulance.

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Llanelli: Met Bar incident investigated

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AN INCIDENT which resulted in a 51-year old man having to go hospital is being investigated by Dyfed-Powys Police.

The man has been discharged from Glangwili Hospital but police are looking in to how the incident happened and how the man fell down some steps.

The incident happened outside the Met Bar in Llanelli on Saturday night (Mar 16).

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police told the Herald: “At approximately 10.55pm on Saturday March 16, officers responded to reports of an injured man outside The Met Bar, Station Road, Llanelli, after he’d fallen down some steps at the location.

“Ambulance was at scene, and the 51 year old man was conveyed to Glangwili Hospital with what was thought to have been a serious head injury. He was then later discharged from hospital, and the head injury was no longer believed to be serious.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police by calling 101 and quoting DPP/3011/16/03/2019/02/C. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908

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