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Welsh entrepreneurs launch app

Thomas Sinclair

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WELSH entrepreneurs are launching a search for the UK’s most fashionable pet to be the face of their new social petwork app, Fuzmo.

The free photo-sharing app launches live on the IOS and Android app store today (Friday 20th February). As part of the launch, the app is inviting owners to post pictures of their fashionista pets in a bid to become the face of Fuzmo.

The search follows a UK survey, conducted by Fuzmo, which reveals that one in five owners consider their pets to be fashionable while 70% dress up their pet or decorate its home for special occasions.

The results also reveal that UK owners are notably fashion conscious, with a quarter splashing out on pet clothes and two thirds investing in grooming products to style their pet’s look.

The Fuzmo app is an extension of Fuzmo.com, which already attracts 20,000 members worldwide and has more than three million followers on Instagram – including the likes of Katy Perry, Aaron Paul Sturtevant and Christina Perri.

Fuzmo was founded by Welsh entrepreneurs, Elliot Thomas and Jack Morris who launched the start up company with the help of online crowd funding, managing to raise £55,450 in just 11 days.

They then raised a further £50,000 following the success of their initial crowd funding project, receiving backing from three major investors including NewLook founder, Tom Singh.

The duo has recruited seven members of staff since the investment to help manage operations.

Elliot said: “We started by launching the Fuzmo website off our own backs, hoping it would support our business case to crowd fund the app. We knew we were on to something when we had thousands of members signup to Fuzmo.com from all over the world within just two months. Fortunately, many other people saw the potential of Fuzmo, too, and made a decision to invest in us. More than 20 of our initial investors are from the local community and we are so grateful for that vote of confidence which was invaluable in helping us to secure the investment we needed to launch the app. Jack and I make a great team. My background lies in tech and web design and Jack has an uncanny eye for spotting content which is going to be popular online – he can actually look at a photo and tell you how many likes and views it will get. Our combined skills meant that launching Fuzmo seemed to make perfect sense as a business venture.”

Jack said: “Our search for the UK’s most fashionable pet just shows what Fuzmo is all about – pampered pets that love to have their photograph taken and owners that want to share how much they love them with the world. Owners are very passionate about their pets and fill their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds with photos of them getting up to all sorts of mischief. By launching an app which allows pets to have an account of their very own, we hope to host an entire community of people who are passionate about animals and sharing pet-related content. The app will make it easy for owners to upload photos of their pets to Fuzmo when they’re on the move and we’re really excited to see cute and funny contributions from UK animal lovers.”

To take part in the search for the UK’s most fashionable pet, download the app to your device and post a photo of your pet using the hashtag #FaceofFuzmo.

To register an account with Fuzmo, download the app for free on iOS or Android, or visit fuzmo.com.

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Four charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs

Carli Newell

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FOUR people have been arrested and charged as part of an investigation into an organised crime gang supplying class A drugs from London to Aberystwyth, Llanelli and Swansea.

Dyfed-Powys Police, with support from The Met Police, carried out warrants at four addresses on July 21, resulting in four arrests.

Mohammed Osman, aged 23, Yonis Mohammed, aged 20, Salman Mohamoud, aged 23 – all from Islington – and Amy Simmons, aged 21, from Dulwich were charged with a total of 12 offences:

  • Mohammed Osman: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine,
  • Yonis Mohammed: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.
  • Salman Mohamoud: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine
  • Amy Simmons: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.

All four appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 23, where they were remanded in custody. They are due to appear at Swansea Crown Court for their next hearing on August 20.

The investigation is being carried out by the Ceredigion Serious and Organised Crime Team, Aberystwyth CID and the Operation Orochi command of the Met Police.

Detective Sergeant Steve Jones said: “These four arrests and charges are the result of a coordinated approach to target an organised crime gang we believe is running a county lines operation into the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.

“We will continue to work diligently to disrupt gangs of this kind, to prevent the supply of illegal substances into our community.

“I would like to thank all officers involved, as well as the Met Police for their part in the operation.”

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New children’s play area in Bryn as part of new council housing development

Carli Newell

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A NEW children’s play area has opened in time for the summer holidays in Bryn, Llanelli as part of a new £5.9million council housing development.

Carmarthenshire County Council is building 32 new homes on land close to the Dylan housing estate in Bryn.

The scheme will be made up of 22 two-bedroom homes, four two-bedroom bungalows and six four-bedroom homes and is part of the council’s ongoing drive to deliver more affordable homes across the county. It has been part funded through the Welsh Government’s Affordable Housing Grant.

The development also includes a new children’s play area, funded by the council in partnership with Llanelli Rural Council, which will take over the running and maintenance of the play area on completion.

Executive Board Member for Housing Cllr Linda Evans said: “I am delighted the park has been completed in time for the summer holidays for the local children to enjoy.

“We are committed to delivering more affordable housing across Carmarthenshire and this development will benefit dozens of families in Llanelli, as well as proving much needed facilities for the local community.

“I would like to thank the rural council for collaborating with this us on this and I hope the children are thrilled with it.”

Before designing the play area, the rural council liaised with local schoolchildren to find out what play equipment they wanted at their new park.

Llanelli Rural Council Chairman Cllr Tegwen Devichand said: “The council is delighted to be working in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council to provide this wonderful new play area for the community.

“The opening of the play area couldn’t have been better timed to coincide with the school holidays. I hope the local children will enjoy the range of challenging play equipment on offer and that they have lots of fun using it over the summer.”

The housing development is due to be completed by the beginning of 2022.

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Burry Port Harbour lighthouse overhaul tops council’s £2million investment

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A £2MILLION investment in Burry Port Harbour is nearing completion, topped off with the iconic lighthouse getting a fresh lick of paint.

Carmarthenshire County Council is behind a range of improvements to maintain and restore the historic harbour which is one of the county’s most loved and well visited beauty spots.

Restoration of the Grade II listed harbour walls, undertaken under the guidance of CADW, will conclude within the next few weeks.

The council has also been working alongside The Marine Group, which operates the harbour, to improve mooring facilities. They are working closely with fishermen to bid for funding for new commercial pontoon infrastructure.

It will add to investment made over previous years which saw the council spend almost £1.5million on new pontoons, and over £300,000 in maintaining the harbour railings and bridge.

A local operator has agreed a lease for a cafe and public toilets on east side of Harbour, and the refurbishment of the old RNLI harbour office has recently started by The Marine Group (TMG) to create a harbour-side coffee house.

TMG has also invested in a state-of-the-art dredger which arrived at the harbour last autumn. Dredging is well underway and will continue until targeted depths are reached.

Boat lifting equipment and new fuelling points are also planned.

The council has introduced community safety officers to patrol the harbour assisting tourists and local people during the summer months, especially to advise around Covid regulations, as part of a tourism hotspot plan to take care of issues such as parking, litter, street cleansing, enforcement and signage.

Temporary car parking surfacing has also been laid on the east side along with new pay and display facilities ahead of a wider multi-million regeneration plan that will transform the harbour with a mix of housing, commercial and leisure space covering around 13 acres of prime development site.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We are proud of our continued investment in Burry Port Harbour. We are spending millions restoring and maintaining historic features that are much-loved by local people and visitors who come from far and wide to enjoy what the harbour has to offer.

“We continue to work closely alongside The Marine Group and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council to plan and prioritise works and ongoing maintenance. We are as keen as everyone else to ensure it is well-maintained and continues to be a place people can enjoy.

“We appreciate that there has been some upheaval during these improvement works but we ask people to understand that our investment will make Burry Port Harbour an even better place for the future.”

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