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Ysgol Y Strade pupil threatens mass shooting

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A PUPIL at Ysgol Y Strade has allegedly been involved with police amid mass shooting threats made over social media on Wednesday (Sept 25).

A Year 10 student of Ysgol Y Strade was found to be posting messages on social media sites such as Snapchat and Instagram as well as posing for the camera with an air rifle under the caption ‘felt cute, might shoot up the school later’.

The messages that were posted were sent to another pupil whilst the alleged potential shooter was on holiday abroad and included phrases like “I don’t do hits, I prefer mass shootings. I can put you on the priority list.” It is believed that the pupil that received the images and texts is from the year above.

Ysgol Y Strade took to Twitter to state: “Message to all parents; it has come to our attention that there are currently several social media comments being made concerning an alleged situation involving a pupil from Ysgol Y Strade. We would like to assure parents that the police, who brought the issue to our attention, are dealing with the matter and there is no need to be concerned.”

The statement was met with some backlash from users associated with the school, stating that regular lockdown drills should be practised and that they hope the pupil is never allowed to return as they will be moving their children elsewhere in the county if not.

Members of the public took to social media to alert parents of the situation and warning them to be wary of the potential threat to their children’s lives. One such post which was seemingly created to pass on the information stated: “Anybody who has kids in Strayed, can you please message me?”

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “We are aware of reports of malicious comments on social media and consequent concerns amongst pupils and parents of a local school. Officers have been working with Ysgol Gyfun Y Strade to carry out their enquiries. The comments have been investigated and the risk to the school and members of the public is deemed to be very low. The school is open as usual.”

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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