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Carmarthenshire day of action

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POLICE have carried out a day of action across Carmarthenshire, disrupting criminal activity and targeting those who prey on the most vulnerable.

Officers from Ammanford, Carmarthen, Llanelli town and rural, Roads Policing Unit, CID and British Transport Police joined forces for the day of action on Thursday, June 18.

As a result, three people were arrested, more than 10 people were stop searched, four people will be voluntarily interviewed, and eight were reported for traffic offences.

Temporary Inspector Mike Ross explained: “The aim of the day was to take a coordinated approach to targeting both known offenders, the locations crimes take place, and to disrupt illegal activity.

“With support from departments across the force, as well as British Transport Police, we were able to cover a significant area, and saw many positive outcomes.

“As well as targeting crime, our outreach van was out in the community so officers could talk to the people we serve, and listen to any concerns.”

As part of the operation, railway stations were targeted with plain clothed patrols, and officers travelled on trains to gather intelligence around people who use the rail network for criminal purposes.

This resulted in two men from Milford Haven being searched at Carmarthen train station. They were found to be in possession of cannabis, and around £2,000, which has been seized under Proceeds of Crime Act.

Two drugs warrants were executed in Llys y Morwr and Coldstream Street, Llanelli, with a third in Carmarthen’s Llamas Street.

Cannabis was found at all three properties, and four people will be voluntarily interviewed.

Road checks were also carried out during the day – one on the A484 at Loughor Bridge, and another on the A483 at Tycroes – to check for traffic offences.

Five vehicles were seized due to the driver having no insurance, one driver was reported for having an expired licence, and one person was found in possession of controlled drugs.

As an objective of the day was to target people who cause harm to the most vulnerable in the community, visits were carried out at the homes of known sex offenders. This was done with support from the Police Online Investigation Team (POLIT) and Managing Sexual Offenders and Violent Offenders (MOSAVO) unit.

The purpose of the visits was to ensure no offences were being carried out and that any court conditions are being adhered to.

Outstanding suspects in crime investigations were also targeted, resulting in two arrests. One man was arrested on suspicion of a number of thefts of vehicles and shoplifting in Llanelli, and another for domestic violence offences.

T/Insp Ross said: “This was a very positive day of action, with a number of successful outcomes.

“Not only did we make a number of arrests, and have people to interview on suspicion of possessing illegal substances, but we have gained intelligence which will assist with future operations and investigations.”

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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.

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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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