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Jail for man who abused PCSO and lied about swallowing heroin

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05 Jun 2020

A man who hurled racist abuse at a PCSO and wasted police time by falsely claiming to have swallowed heroin after being arrested has been jailed.

Ethan Smith put officers at risk of being exposed to COVID-19 when he was taken to hospital for fear he could become seriously unwell after ingesting 22g of heroin.

When told he had been seen before genuinely ill patients, the 23-year-old laughed and told medical staff he had purposely wasted police time.

Smith was arrested on May 22, when Dyfed-Powys Police officers on patrol in Llanelli suspected he was driving while disqualified.

Two PCSOs saw Smith in the driver’s seat of a blue Citroen in a lane behind Station Road while patrolling the area. They recognised the driver, and followed him to a garage, where he claimed another man had been behind the wheel.

When cautioned by one of the PCSOs, he became aggressive, resisted arrest, and shouted racially aggravated abuse at the PCSO, insulting his nationality.

On arrest, he claimed to be feeling unwell, saying he had swallowed 20g of heroin.

Inspector Mike Ross said: “The defendant was clearly trying to evade arrest, and became very aggressive towards the PCSOs.

“Due to his claims that he had swallowed a large quantity of heroin, he had to be taken to hospital as he could have been seriously unwell. He later admitted to a nurse that this had been a lie he said to waste police time.

“There were safety implications for the officers who escorted him to hospital, as well as NHS staff, due to the potential exposure to COVID-19, and was completely unnecessary.

“To make matters worse, when he was told he had been seen to before genuinely ill patients, he had the audacity to laugh in the face of a doctor and nurse, showing his complete disregard for medical professionals.”

Smith, of Clos Cilsaig in Dafen, admitted charges of driving while disqualified and without insurance, using racially aggravated words or behaviour to cause another person harassment, alarm or distress, and causing wasteful employment of police. He appeared at Swansea Crown Court on Wednesday, June 3, where he was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison.

Insp Ross said: “We take offences against officers incredibly seriously, and will not tolerate abusive behaviour towards emergency services who are carrying out their duty to protect the public.”

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Global Litter Charity has announced the date of its next Welsh litter picking event

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Uocean project Carmarthenshire weekend clean up taking place on Saturday 25th September 21 at Pembrey Country Park

THE UOCEAN Project, part of the Vayyu Foundation, which has set itself the target of removing 1 billion kilos of waste from the world’s oceans by 2030, will be holding its next litter collection taskforce event at Pembrey Country Park  in Carmarthenshire.

Everyone is invited to join The UOcean Project volunteers and to make a difference by collecting litter, especially plastics, which are polluting our environment and ending up in the world’s oceans.  The UOcean Project has highlighted the dramatic increase in litter from plastic bags to face masks since lockdown restrictions were lifted, making it even more important to clean-up and reduce waste pollution. 

Chris Desai, head of The UOcean Project commented. “Picking up one plastic bottle or single use face mask may not appear to be significant, but at each event we are collecting many kilos of plastic because more and more individuals are joining our litter picking teams.

RSVP TO JOIN WWW.THEUOCEANPROJECT.COM

The combined collections here and overseas are the only way to make a difference and start fighting back against pollution.” 

The UOcean Project organises litter pick-up teams who work across the UK, especially around coastlines, as well as internationally.  By organising volunteers into Chapters and providing them with the tools and equipment to pick up litter, they have already collected 53,000 kilos of waste which would have ended up in the seas.  

All volunteers are provided with the equipment needed to safely pick up litter so that it can be disposed of in the right way.  For more information about The UOcean Project please go to the website www.theuoceanproject.com

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli

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the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous

Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in

POLICE are warning drug users in Llanelli to take extra care following information received that dangerous valium is circulating in the area.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We have reasons to believe that the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately should they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit https://barod.cymru/where-to-get-help/west-wales-services/ddas-dyfed-drug-and-alcohol-service/

Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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