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St John Lloyd pupil tragically passes away

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POLICE have confirmed that a pupil of St John Lloyd School has tragically passed away this afternoon (Sept 12).

The family of the child have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious and stress that parents have no need to worry about their children at the school.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police is in attendance at St John Lloyd School in Llanelli after concerns were raised for the wellbeing of a pupil.

“Tragically, we can confirm that the child has passed away in hospital. His family has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

“The incident is not being treated as suspicious and there is no need for other parents to be concerned for the welfare of their children.

“Our thoughts are with the family and the school at this sad time.

“St John Lloyd is working with the local authority, the diocese and Dyfed-Powys Police in order to ensure pupils and staff are supported.”

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    Jeremy Hywel

    September 13, 2018 at 7:06 am

    A personal reflection…

    SUICIDE DOESN’T KILL PEOPLE. SADNESS DOES.

    Earlier this week was World Suicide Prevention Day and probably passed with minimal awareness by most of us and most never even paid a glimpsing thought to the subject of suicide or even the more painful subject of child suicide.

    The tragedy of the saddest of news from St. John Lloyd School has sadly brought this unthinkable topic to front of mind.

    And the rise in child suicides is worrying. In the last 12 months, the number of children and teenagers who are taking their own lives has hit its highest rate in 14 years with more than four suicides a week. This summer has seen child suicides in London rise 107% in the last three years, four times the national rate. In many places around the world, suicide is the leading non-natural cause of death for children. All these statistics are growing.

    An unthinkable topic. A needless waste of young lives.

    The lives of children and young people these days have changed versus previous generations.
    The number of likes on Instagram and how many followers on social media define popularity. Traditional classroom arguments amongst a small pupil group traditionally may have cooled off overnight but today is fuelled by exponential public sharing and shaming via social media channels.
    Students’ academic life and college chances are determined by numbers, various scores and ranks. In the early 1960s, only 4% of school leavers went to university, rising to around 14% by the end of the 1970s. Nowadays, more than 40% of young people start undergraduate degrees – but it comes at a cost. Today’s students leave with debts of £40,000 and upwards to pay back over their working lives.

    When the current generation of parents was young, we had few worries about social media, cyber bullying, student loans, drug/alcohol abuse or violence in schools.

    All this adds pressures and painful strain on our young people. The very recent NHS state of health in England shows that mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, along with substance abuse, now account for a third of all ill health.

    What can we do about it? On the macro level, the greater awareness of the problem and solutions must be driven. On a local and personal level, we can help as individuals. Don’t assume it’s a problem which won’t impact us. Today, a local family in our community, friends in our own schools, wake up to a nightmare which will never go away – the heart breaking tragedy of a teen suicide. And with suicides come the ever-circling vultures of guilt, blame, shame and the insanity of the words ‘what if…’.

    When suicidal thoughts are so common to all generations, how come society is so blind to the 6,600+ people who died of suicide in the UK alone each year? That’s twice the number of victims of the tragedy of the 9-11 Twin Towers?

    So, what can we do? Appreciate the added pressures facing our youngster in today’s society. Shame and spotlight the social media trolls and bullies. Extend a friendly hand to those who are lonely or disconnected. Speak up about those being bullied or experiencing abuse. Show support and care to those living with mental illness. Embrace those facing bereavement. Be a friend to those having low self-worth.

    Don’t cross the street to avoid these individuals nor turn a blind eye in the school corridors.

    No one, especially a child or a teen, should face the feeling of no hope or no purpose to life when life can be so beautiful. There are far, far better things ahead than what we leave behind.

    Jeremy Hywel

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    Anna Ernsting

    September 13, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Well said. I am disappointed the report says that parents at the school need not be concerned. The parents should be very concerned that bullying is taking place at their children’s school.I hope all steps are taken to identify the children concerned and their parents to ensure this is NEVER allowed to happen again. RIP Bradley. Thoughts are with ALL his family at this sad time.

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Business offer Welsh Government help in ‘non-essential’ shopping row

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THIS morning (Tuesday, October 27), the Wales Retail Consortium, CBI Wales and Association of Convenience stores presented the Welsh Government joint recommendation to resolve the confusion over non-essential items.

The three industry bodies’ statement expresses the hope that the Welsh Government, ‘will agree to these recommendations and the people of Wales can refocus all their energies on respecting the Fire Break’.

The recommendations come in response to confused and confusing messaging from the Welsh Government, which allowed its public health message to be drowned out over the weekend by rows over whether toasters, Lee Childs novels, and size 16 jeans were essential items for customers. The confusion was not helped by a mistaken tweet by supermarket giant Tesco which claimed women’s period products were not essential items when they are and always have been.

The WRC, CBI Wales and ACS believe their recommendations will fulfil retail’s role in tackling the spread of the virus while allowing for discretion to be used on an individual basis – as recommended by Health Minister Vaughan Gething in a tense press conference yesterday, http://pembrokeshire-herald.com/61929/welsh-health-minister-defends-retail-restrictions/.

The business bodies recommend:

  • To limit the spread of the virus and allow for individual discretion, retailers will prominently display Welsh Government approved signage in front of known non-essential items and in communal areas. The signage will make clear the government’s regulation and the need to abide by it.
  • This message will be reinforced through in-store announcements and social media messaging. Advising customers to put off non-essential purchases
  • We recommend the individual customer is trusted to make their own decision as to whether a product is non-essential or not, taking into account the notices displayed throughout the store and their immediate needs
  • If the customer goes ahead with the purchase of the item the final liability ought to rest with the customer
  • Retailers will remove special in-store promotional displays of non-essential items in order to minimise browsing and avoid triggering a non-essential purchase.
  • These recommendations would mean non-essential items are not removed from shelves – or cordoned off in stores – but large notices are placed in front of the products and in communal spaces informing customers of the Welsh Government’s regulations and the Welsh public are trusted to make the right decision.

They also say they ‘look forward to engaging with Welsh Government again this morning and we hope consensus can be reached’.

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Llanelli Christmas Carnival goes online

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Preparations are underway to host the first ever virtual Llanelli Christmas Carnival. 

The carnival will go digital for the first time in its 42-year history due to the Covid-19 pandemic and in line with current Welsh Government guidance and increasing concerns about the spread of coronavirus linked to large gatherings. 

Whilst there won’t be the usual street parade, people will be able to get into the festive spirit from the comfort of their own home. 

The online celebration will be hosted as an event on Discover Carmarthenshire’s Facebook page on Friday, November 13. 

Over the years, thousands of people have been involved in the Llanelli Christmas Carnival – either dressing up to enter a float in the parade, volunteering, or simply enjoying the atmosphere with generations of their families. 

They can still get involved this year by sharing photos and video to help people celebrate good memories and help others reminisce about carnivals gone by. 

There will be a broadcast of music from talented local performers who would usually sing from the main stage, and people will still be able to countdown to the switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights. 

The largest Christmas carnival in Wales, Llanelli’s festive celebrations are a joint effort by Carmarthenshire County Council, Llanelli Town Council, Llanelli Rural Council and Llanelli Round Table. 

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “It’s very unfortunate that we can’t hold Llanelli Christmas Carnival this year, but we’re determined to keep the spirit of the carnival alive. Let’s come together and celebrate one of the biggest events in Wales from the comfort of our homes – celebrate with generations of memories and look forward to a bigger and better carnival next year.” 

Sign up to attend Llanelli’s first virtual Christmas carnival – visit facebook.com/discovercarmarthenshire 

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Free Community Crime Prevention Kits to be distributed in Llanelli area

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OVER the coming weeks, residents from both the Ty Isha and Glanymor areas in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, will receive free crime prevention kits that will aim to deter offenders and make both communities safer.

The prevention kits have been purchased through funding that was secured from the Home Office’s Safer Street Fund by Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn.

The funding of £195,673 that was secured by Mr Llywelyn will go towards measures proven to cut crime, and will include employing two Community Wardens; purchase of SelectaDNA kits, Community crime prevention activity support, Environmental improvements and Community Crime Prevention kits.

SelectaDNA kits and Bike register kits are two of the Community Prevention kits that will be distributed to residents within the local communities over coming weeks.

The SelectaDNA kits are property marking kits that include a unique formula of DNA, UV tracer and microdots, which people can use to mark their valuable household items, so that if stolen, police are able to trace them. 

Similarly, the bike register kits include stickers, frame markings and microdots to uniquely identify a bike.  Users can add descriptions and photos to ensure that in the event of a theft, their bicycle can be easily identified and returned by Police through the BikeRegister Scheme.

Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys said, “I am delighted that both these crime prevention kits have been purchased through the Safer Streets funding that I secured earlier this year.  Hopefully, as they are distributed over the coming weeks, we will see that they will have a positive impact within the area.  Criminals know that DNA is the police’s most powerful weapon in convicting criminals therefore the DNA fear-factor is highly understood and acts as a huge deterrent.

“I have invested significantly in the area over recent years with community grants I made available in addition to the new CCTV system that is in place across the town. These new crime prevention kits that have been purchased through the new additional Safer Streets funding will further build upon my work over recent years and I hope the residents will feel a positive difference in their communities.

Both Ty Isha and Glanymor areas are considered to be two of the most deprived areas in Carmarthenshire according to the Welsh Government’s Index of Multiple Deprivation. The funding secured will focus on tackling all acquisitive crime such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery within the identified areas.

PCC Llywelyn added, “Ensuring the security and safety of residents is a priority of mine – everyone deserves to live safely, and free from harm. Acquisitive offences are the crimes that the public are most likely to encounter, and they are estimated to cost society billions of pounds every year. There is strong evidence that these crimes can be prevented by tactics that either remove opportunities to commit crime or act as a deterrent by increasing the chances of an offender being caught. I now look forward to continue working closely with all partners that have supported us with our bid, to tackle these crimes in both areas and to ensure that they become safer environments for community residents.”

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