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Cambrian & Clydach v Llanelli Town.

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CAMBRIAN & CLYDACH   1   LLANELLI TOWN   0

DESPITE going down to yet another defeat courtesy of an 88th minute goal, the Reds can take heart from the overall effort shown by the players newly recruited from the Carmarthenshire league who all played their part in a gutsy performance which, with a little more luck, could well have earned them all three points.

Two of the three signings from Seaside were named in the starting line-up, Callum Thomas and Jack Watkins, while the other, Jamie Jenkins, along with Rob Owens from Calsonic and Lenny Evans from Dafen were on the bench, although all three featured in the latter stages of the game.

Also making welcome returns after lengthy injury lay-offs, were Jordan Davies and Ross Jones, who brought some much needed stability in midfield and showed they had lost little of their previous skills.

A dismal afternoon in the Rhondda with frequent rain showers and an artificial surface which has seen better days, perhaps was not the ideal introduction for the visitors` new faces, but they all coped well, and given a few more matches to adapt to their new environment, they all look useful additions to the squad.

The hosts, in the early stages, appeared to be given too much leeway going forward, with Liam Edwards twice going close to opening their account, and their opponents were being forced on to the back foot.

However, they survived this initial threat and began to exert some pressure themselves on the home goal, with Liam Samuel having hit shot on the turn safely dealt with by goalkeeper Cameron Clarke.

The Reds goal then survived a close call when a ball hoisted long downfield found the head of Sam Jones, whose finish was marginally off target with Kai Rees off his line.

Rees was called into action to gather a free kick driven low into the goalmouth by Leon Jacks, before the visitors had a golden opportunity of taking the lead with the award of a penalty on 27 minutes following a foul on Nathan Logan in the box by Kyle Jones.

Samuel stepped up to take the kick, but it was a poor effort, lacking both pace and direction, and was kept out with some ease by Clarke.

Heads might have dropped following this disappointment, but to their credit the Reds continued to search for a breakthrough, and went agonisingly close to doing so when a shot by Logan beat Clarke before rebounding off the inside of the far post and into the grateful hands of the keeper.

When he hosts countered, Corey Shepherd blasted over the top from the edge of the box, while Callum Thomas brought off a saving block to deny Cameron Keetch after a surging run from his own half had afforded him the chance.

Still scoreless at the break, the visitors again came close to opening their account early in the second half when a run by Samuel culminated with a delivery into the goalmouth which was met by Kyle Copp, but somehow, from point blank range, Clarke managed to keep it out, more by luck than judgement.

At the other end, Rees was called into action to turn around a near post effort by Keetch, while a Reds attack saw Logan have his finish diverted for a corner, which when taken fell to Davies, but he lofted his shot high over the goal.

The visitors` goal then survived a close call when a slick move involving Jacks and Andre Griffiths led to the latter delivering a ball low across the face of the net, and Liam Reed was fractionally away from making contact.

The Reds then made a couple of changes, with Evans and Owens replacing the tiring Davies and Chris Thomas respectively on 73 minutes, with Jenkins coming on for Logan five minutes later.

With time running out, it appeared as if the game would end scoreless, before a situation arose which went against the visitors and ultimately cost them the dearly.

When a ball was hoisted high into their box, both Rees and Lee Bevan rose to deal with it, colliding heavily and ending up on the ground and needing treatment, but when the game was restarted, possession of the ball was given to the home side with Bevan still waiting to come back on to the field, and they took full advantage by sending a diagonal pass into the path of Keetch who rifled his finish into the bottom corner with just two minutes of normal time remaining.

This was a bitter pill to swallow for the Reds who had certainly played well enough to have earned at least a share of the points, but at the moment they are not having the rub of the green, and will be hoping that they can turn matters around with the visit of STM Sports to Stebonheath which supporters are asked to note will be on Friday evening, kick off 7.30 p.m. and not Saturday, as previously announced.

CAMBRIAN & CLYDACH;   Clarke; Griffiths; Keetch; Coles; K. Jones; Strinati (Davies, 79); Reed (Thomas, 65); Shepherd ©; S. Jones; Edwards (Bradley, 80); Jacks;

Subs. not used; Owen; Grahame.

LLANELLI TOWN; Rees; Callum Thomas; Brown; Watkins; Chris Thomas (Owens, 73); Bevan ©; Copp; Jones; J. Davies (Evans, 73); Samuel; Logan (Jenkins, 78);

Sub. not used; G. Davies.

SCORER; Cambrian & Clydach;   Keetch, 88.

YELLOW CARDS; Cambrian & Clydach;  K. Jones; Edwards; Strinati.

Llanelli Town;  Brown; Bevan; Chris Thomas; J. Davies; Watkins; Copp;

REFEREE; Gavin Townsend.

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Two charged following serious Llanelli assault

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TWO people have been charged following a serious assault in Llanelli.

Police were called to the incident in Clos Sant Paul, in the early hours of June 16, following a report that a serious assault had occurred with a number of casualties.

Three victims -two females and one male- were taken to hospital for examination.

Following investigations, one male and one female were later arrested and charged with assault.

Chad White, 28, was charged with Assault by beating, GBH without intent, affray and ABH.

Alicia Clark, 21, was charged with assault by beating, GBH without intent and affray.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said “Police were called to Clos Sant Paul, Llanelli, at around 2.10am on June 16 following a report of a serious assault and a number of injured people.

“Three victims – two women and a man – were spoken to, saying they had been punched and that one had been struck to the head with a TV.

“All three were taken to hospital to be examined. Two suffered cuts and bruises, with the third sustaining a suspected fractured eye socket.

“Two people were arrested later that day, and were charged to appear at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on June 18.”

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Socially distant but always on duty – using technology to catch waste criminals

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Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is using high-tech surveillance techniques to tackle unscrupulous waste operators seeking to take advantage of the Coronavirus crisis.

Government guidelines on social distancing mean NRW officers are unable to use their usual investigation methods. As such, they have turned to sophisticated drone technology and satellite cameras to help in the tracking of waste criminals.

The new approach includes:

• Using drone footage to investigate illegal waste disposal.
• Participating and benefiting from research and tools created in partnership with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency through the Life SMART Waste Project.
• Trialling the use of satellite imagery obtained from the European Space Agency, as well as high resolution commercial satellite data.
• Adrian Evans, head of NRW’s Tackling Waste Crime initiative, explained:

“Social distancing is impacting on how companies supplying goods and services operate and waste criminals are taking advantage of this.

“We have had to modify our ways of working by developing technological solutions to support our work and ensure that waste operators comply with environmental regulations.

“This technology will ensure the environment of Wales is protected for the people who live here and for legitimate waste operators who abide by the rules and work in a responsible manner.

”Those hoping to exploit the lockdown restrictions to commit waste crime should think again. We have the capability and technology to continue to identify and pursue those that flout the law.”

This type of surveillance is already underway in south east Wales, where NRW and Gwent Police are using drones to investigate illegal activity.

PC Matt Andrews, who, as part of Gwent Police’s Rural Crime team, is the embedded officer with NRW and assists the South East Wales Operations team in tackling all types off illegal activity, said:

“During lockdown our waste team continues to have close communications with permitted waste sites, but we’ve also strived to find alternative ways to having boots on the ground.

“Drone work has helped us investigate illegal activity in remote locations while adhering to the social distancing guidelines.

“For example, the imagery can be used to identify the extent of illegal tipping on land which would normally take two NRW waste officers to physically investigate.”

The public and businesses can help by reporting any suspected illegal waste activity on our hotline 0300 065 3000.

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Police and Crime Commissioner reveals plans for proposed new Policing Hub and Custody Suite

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POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn has revealed planning application documents for the proposed construction of a new Policing Hub and Custody Suite for Dyfed Powys Police, to be built at land west of Heol Aur, Dafen, Llanelli.

The new build is to be an ambitious sustainable construction, with a BREEAM excellence rating.  BREEAM related developments offer more sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work within them, and help protect natural resources. 

Amongst some of the sustainable credentials of the new build will be a photovoltaic solar power installation to minimise the carbon footprint of the building; a rainwater harvesting facility for toilets and non-potable water, and electric car charging facilities.

The proposed Dafen suites

Earlier in 2019, Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn approved a decision to pursue the purchase of a council-owned site in Dafen, valued at £150,000, for the purpose of constructing the new Policing hub. 

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said; “This is a major investment for us which will see an ambitious, modern, sustainable fit for purpose policing hub and custody suite that will meet the needs and expectations of modern policing. 

“We are still very much in the early stages in terms of the planning permission process, but I’m pleased to have reached this point in the process.  I’ve worked extremely hard with partners over the last couple of years to get to this position, and to announce and make public the initial planning application documents for the proposed new construction”.

As well as the planning consultation documents, proposed building plans and supporting documents have also been made available as part of a pre-application public consultation period.  The consultation provide those who may be interested in the proposals with an opportunity to view the draft application package and express their views. 

Usually, all planning consultation and application documents would be available to the public at their local library and online.  However, due to current circumstances with government enforcing social distance measures due to COVID-19, libraries within the local area are closed.   As such, anyone who wishes to view the application package are able to visit Asbri Planning’s website to view all documents;  www.asbriplanning.co.uk/statutory-pre-application-consultation, or to contact their office on 02920 732652.

Public consultations on planning applications usually last for 28 days, but due to the current circumstances, the consultation period has been extended by five working days to 35 days, to account for any delays associated with the circumstances. 

Dafydd Llywelyn said, “All these planning documents have now been made available for public consultation.  I encourage local residents in Llanelli and the wider community to obtain the planning application pack from agents Asbri Planning, and should they wish to submit any comments, they can do so by writing formally to colleagues at Asbri.”

The new Custody Suite will be one of seven custody locations across the force area with others located in Newtown, Ammanford, Brecon, Cardigan, Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest.

Chief Inspector Richard Hopkin, Dyfed-Powys Police’s operational lead on the new build, said: “We feel very fortunate to be having a new build custody suite and hub coming to Llanelli.

“Our current Llanelli estate is old, so to see a new build that is being designed with such consideration for the environment and the wellbeing of our staff and the community within which it sits is really positive.

“This build will not replace the existing presence of our neighbourhood team in Llanelli town centre, but will enhance the service across the town and the wider communities.”

Once planning is granted, the aim is to complete the construction of the new build within a period of two years.

Heddwyn Thomas, Director of Estates at the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner at Dyfed Powys said, “The development will provide a fit for purpose future proof solution which will complement the town centre Neighbourhood Police Team base. This process brings us another step closer in the delivery of the new facility.”

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