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Flat fire in Llywnhendy

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EMERGENCY services attended a serious flat fire that took place this afternoon (August 12) in Llwynhendy.

A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called on Monday, August 12, at approximately 12:03pm to reports of a fire in a residential area in Llanelli. We responded with one emergency ambulance and crews from our Hazardous Area Response Team.”

Smoke was pouring from the windows of the property, with the ground floor window now gone and dark black smoke stains visible across the front of the house.

A crowd of onlookers gathered as firefighters dealt with the blaze.

It is not yet known how the blaze began, or whether anyone was seriously hurt. However, police investigations are currently taking place at the scene.

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Tesco grant boost for Llanelli children.

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An organisation working with children in Llanelli has received a £2,000 grant from a special costal voting round of Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.

The grant for Clybiau Plant Cymru will go towards delivering workshops and out-of-school childcare clubs that encourage children to play outdoors and connect with nature in coastal areas.

Naomi Evans, the Regional Manager for Clybiau Plant Cymru, said the funding will help combat issues of childhood obesity in Wales, giving children the opportunity to play freely and get active away from distractions such as social media.

“We’re truly grateful to Tesco for its support and funding through the Bags of Help scheme,” she said. “We aim to promote health, wellbeing and environmental awareness through fun, outdoor activities, so every donation has a huge impact on kids’ lives.

“The clubs provide valuable play and learning opportunities outside of the school day, enabling parents to work and train, which in turn drives economic growth, tackles poverty and reduces inequalities.”

“Through the funding we are delivering 12 workshops within four clubs in the Llanelli area to children and our staff.” She added. “It will engage up to 200 individuals, as well as providing skills and knowledge which staff can apply on an ongoing basis to provide quality childcare for years to come.”

Tesco shoppers in Llanelli cast their votes using blue tokens handed out at checkouts as part of the special voting round supporting groups in 42 coastal communities across the UK. More than 100 projects working to improve Britain’s coastline shared the combined funding pot worth £300,000.

Bags of Help, run in partnership with the charity Groundwork, sees funding awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. To date £80m has been awarded through the scheme, with more than £5m awarded to projects in Wales.

Claire de Silva, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a huge success since we introduced the scheme and we are glad to be able to support great projects, including this scheme to support children in Llanelli.

“We saw a fantastic mix of projects shortlisted and I’d like to thank customers for casting their votes and supporting these important initiatives in their community.”

The scheme is ran in partnership with community charity Groundwork. Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve their local spaces and the places that matter to them. We’re pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to groups enjoying, protecting and improving Britain’s coastlines.”

Full details of the Bags of Help scheme can be found at www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

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Concerns raised to police over burglaries in Llanelli

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CONCERNS are being raised regarding burglaries reported to Dyfed-Powys Police in the Llanelli and Rural areas over the last week.  I want to reassure the community that patrols have been increased to target vulnerable areas and deter criminal activity.  I also want to take the opportunity to ask the community to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police in order to prevent crimes of this nature from taking place.   

Officers from the Neighbourhood Police Teams are conducting patrols in the community and providing support to victims of crime.  If members of the community have concerns or want to provide information please get in touch with us on 101 by telephone or email on LlanelliRuralNPT@Dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk.  In an emergency or if an incident is on-going the public should phone 999.

Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:

•Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)


•Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)


•Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures – a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)


•Install good outside lighting


•Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property


•Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied


•Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition


•Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage


•Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home


•Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property


•Ensure rear fencing is in good repair


•Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges


•Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise


•Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme


•Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows


•Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.

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Genweirwyr o bob gallu yn cael y cyfle i bysgota yn afon Tawe

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Mae Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru wedi gwneud gwelliannau diweddar a fydd yn galluogi genweirwyr o bob gallu i gael mynediad at afon Tawe yng Nghlydach, Abertawe, er mwyn dilyn eu camp o bysgota mewn afonydd.

Yn rhan o’r gwaith, adeiladwyd llwybrau, grisiau a phlatfformau sy’n cynnig rhywle diogel i gyrraedd mannau pysgota ar hyd yr afon, ac mae’n cynnwys adnewyddu platfform genweirio anabl sy’n hygyrch i ddefnyddwyr cadair olwyn.

Dywedodd uwch-swyddog o Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru, Dave Charlesworth:

“Mae gan Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru gylch gorchwyl i ddatblygu pysgodfeydd cynaliadwy yng Nghymru, ac mae ail-fuddsoddi refeniw sy’n deillio o werthu trwyddedau pysgota â gwialen yn un ffordd y gallwn sicrhau bod pobl o bob gallu yn cael mannau pysgota o safon uchel yn agos i ble maen nhw’n byw.

“Rydym wedi gweithio’n agos gyda’r gymdeithas genweirio leol, Cymdeithas Genweirio Mond, i ddatblygu ei hisadeiledd genweirio fel ei bod hi’n haws i aelodau gyrraedd afon Tawe i bysgota.

“Yn wir, dyma un o’r prin leoliadau ar hyd afonydd yn ne-orllewin Cymru sy’n cynnig cyfle realistig i enweiriwr anabl ddal eog.

Dywedodd Mike Oliver, Ysgrifennydd Cymdeithas Genweirio Mond:

“Bydd y gwelliannau hyn y mae mawr eu hangen ar ein darn ni o afon Tawe yn galluogi ein haelodau ifanc, hŷn ac eiddil i fanteisio ar yr afon, ac oherwydd y grisiau newydd ar ochr Abertawe o Bont Glais, gallwn fynd i leoedd yn is ar yr afon am y tro cyntaf erioed.

“Mae gan Gymdeithas Genweirio Mond gysylltiad hir â Chlwb Chwaraeon a Chymdeithasol Purfa Nicel Cwm Clydach, a bydd gwelliannau Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru ar hyd y darn hwn o’r afon yn galluogi mwy o bobl i fwynhau manteision cymdeithasol ac iechyd pysgota ar gyfer brithyllod, brithyllod y môr ac eogiaid.”

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