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Llanelli drugs and antisocial behaviour raids

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE carried out eight warrants in Llanelli in one day, acting on concerns over drugs and antisocial behaviour in the community.

The force has also issued statistics around crime in the Glanymor ward to allay worries from members of the community.

A day of action took place on Tuesday, April 9, with neighbourhood officers, Integrated Offender Management unit, problem solving teams and the dog unit taking to the Glanymor and Seaside areas.

A team of 20 officers targeted homes in Clos Dewi Medi, New Dock Road, Waddle Court, Als Street and Pantycelyn.

Substances including unprescribed dihydrocodeine tablets, diazepam tablets, pregablin tablets, cannabis, a small quantity of heroin, and a brown powder suspected of being crushed psychedelic mushrooms were seized.

Four people present at the addresses attended Llanelli police station to be interviewed. Enquiries are ongoing, and officers are awaiting the results of forensic testing on the seized substances.

Llanelli Inspector Bleddyn Jones, who coordinated the day of action, said: “We are aware of concerns about the presence of drugs in Llanelli – and in particular the Glanymor ward – which have increased following a recent public meeting and subsequent media headlines.

“We would like to reassure people living in the area that we are acting on all the information that we are given as quickly as possible.

“A lot of the work we carry out goes on behind the scenes, and through both proactive work and enquiries carried out on the back of intelligence submitted from the public, we are consistently disrupting the supply of drugs in the area.

“We can confirm that none of the warrants carried out today were linked to County Lines.”

The Glanymor ward is one of Llanelli’s most densely populated wards, and includes the Seaside area, where a recent public meeting was held for members of the community to discuss their concerns over drugs and antisocial behaviour.

Inspector Jones has issued statistics from the ward, which is one of the five making up the Llanelli town area, for the past three months (January to March 2019) to offer context around the level of crime and antisocial behaviour.

Of the 68 crimes of drug possession recorded across Llanelli town over three months, 16 – or 23.5 per cent – were in Glanymor, six of which were in Seaside**. The majority of proactive warrants – 72 per cent – carried out by police in Llanelli town took place in Glanymor, which goes some way to account for the level of drugs possession crimes in the area.

Of 310 violent crimes (with or without injury) recorded in Llanelli town, 61 – or 19.7 percent – were in the Glanymor ward, and just seven took place in Seaside.

Of the 289 antisocial behavious crimes recorded in Llanelli town, 49 – or 17 per cent – took place in Glanymor, with 18 recorded in Seaside.

Inspector Jones said: “I would like to be transparent with our communities, and hopefully these figures will go some way to show that crime in Llanelli is not centred around Glanymor or the Seaside area.

“A lot of proactive work has been carried out in the area – and a closure order that was put in place on a property in Catherine Street is already having a positive effect in reducing the supply of drugs in the area.

“Having said that, if there are further concerns from within the community, we would encourage people to come to us so we can discuss them, and hopefully come to a solution.”

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Llanelli Town Mayor hosted the Easter Family Fun Day

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Llanelli Town Mayor David Darkin and Mayoress Kim Darkin with Cllr Suzy Curry and Cllr John Prosser also Nia Nia Griffith MP

ON Saturday 20th April Llanelli Town Mayor hosted the Easter Family Fun Day in the Selwyn Samuel Centre Arena.

The day was a huge success and raised lots of money for the mayors chosen charities – the main charity bring CYCA which provides support to children and young people in Carmarthenshire.

Attendees were treated to taster sport sessions with Rugby Tots, a selection of songs from Shrek Jr from the Hive Theatre Company, magic and fun from Crazy Clayton and a very special visit from Belle who sung songs and played games with the children.

Emergency services information stalls

The event was supported by many local community groups and even had a fire engine pop in for a visit.

Asda llanelli donated some of the Easter eggs and a huge thank you to other raffle prize donors including Joe’s ice cream, hungry horse and berridge-Jones photography.

Cllr David Darkin would like to thank everyone who supported and gave their time to make the event the success it was.

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Wales’ Largest Ever Coastal Walking Festival Launches May

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THIS May a new walking festival celebrating seven years of the 870-mile coast path will take place. The festival’s aim is to encourage locals across Wales to get outdoors, meet new people and appreciate the beautiful Welsh landscapes.

Walks will cover seven coastal regions will be organised by the Wales Coast Path and Ramblers Cymru.

The festival not only aims to showcase Wales’ beautiful coastline and countless natural assets, the Wales Coast Path Walking Festival will also boost local tourism along the path whilst encouraging residents to come together to celebrate the country’s iconic coastline.

Taking place 4th -19th May 2019, the festival will feature over 40 new guided walks created by Ramblers Cymru. The festival programme has been specifically designed to suit all ages and abilities, with the majority of the walks free to join.

From fully accessible and short family walks tonature walks and more challenging hikes, the festival aims to encourage people to enjoy outdoor exercise while exploring Wales’ iconic coastline. All walks will be led by experienced guides offering insights into the unique wildlife, fascinating history and culture that can be found along the way.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “This festival is set to be an excellent addition to Wales’ Year of Discovery and a way for visitors and locals to discover more about our unique Wales Coast Path. I’m delighted that the guided walks will encourage people to find out more about the landscape, history and wildlife associated with the coastal path and will also be an excellent way to be active while discovering more of Wales.”

Local authorities for each of the seven coastal regions, which include South Wales, The Gower, Ceredigion, the Llŷn Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen, and North Wales, will help support the event, along with partners National Resources Wales, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and a number of charities including Keep Wales Tidy.

The festival, which coincides with Visit Wales’ Year of Discovery 2019, will follow a theme of discovery which will be prominent throughout. The Wales Coast Path is the world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast and gives hikers access to undiscovered sections of the coast with stunning views, rugged landscapes and rare wildlife.

To learn more about the Wales Coast Path walking festival or book walks visit: www.walescoastpath.gov.uk

Register to attend the festival: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wales-coast-path-walking-festival-2019-18812644097

Admission free (additional charges for linear walks where transport is required).

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Swansea Bay City Deal leaders are supporting Neath Port Talbot Council’s proposals for changes

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SWANSEA Bay City Deal leaders are supporting Neath Port Talbot Council’s proposal to amend some of their projects due to be part-funded by the £1.3 billion investment programme.

Any amended or enhanced projects, they say, will be progressed through City Deal governance and approval processes before submission to the Welsh Government and UK Government for consideration.

This follows on from the City Deal’s Joint Committee accepting all recommendations arising from two reviews into the City Deal, which included enabling flexibility in the investment programme to bring new projects in if they’re beneficial to the region.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Bay City Deal Joint Committee Chairman, says a Neath Port Talbot Council call for the City Deal to change approach is also being put in place.

Cllr Stewart said: “As a Joint Committee, we have accepted all recommendations from the City Deal reviews, and work is ongoing to implement them as soon as possible.

“These include the appointment of an independent programme director to manage the City Deal, as well as flexibility to amend or enhance projects forming part of the investment programme if they’re good for the region.

“The City Deal is still at an early stage of its development, but we’re doing all we can to make governance and project approval processes more efficient to speed up the investment programme’s delivery.

“It would be too great a risk for communities and businesses in Neath Port Talbot to miss out on City Deal investment, so we stand ready to help Neath Port Talbot Council move their projects forward.

“All City Deal partners remain committed to delivery. It’s widely recognised that the City Deal presents a once in a generation opportunity to create considerable economic growth and well-paid jobs across the region as a whole.”

The independent review into the City Deal commissioned by both governments recommended immediate approval for two City Deal projects – the ‘Yr Egin’ creative sector development in Carmarthen, and the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District.

Cllr Stewart said: “We expect funds to be released for these projects imminently.

“We also welcome Neath Port Talbot Council’s continued commitment to the regional Homes as Power Stations project, which will help people save money on their energy bills by introducing cutting-edge energy-efficient technology to both new houses and existing buildings throughout South West Wales.”

The Swansea Bay City Deal investment programme is due to be funded by the UK Government, the Welsh Government, the public sector and the private sector. It’s being led by the four regional councils – Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea – in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea University, Hywel Dda University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

The City Deal is projected to create over 9,000 high-quality jobs and give the regional economy a £1.8 billion boost in coming years.

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