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Operation Ulysses – outstanding defendant sentenced

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POLICE have released a statement confirming that the last remaining defendant to be found guilty as a result of their anti drugs operation called ‘Ulysses’ has been sentenced.

In 2018 the operation saw 33 defendants receive a total of 215 years imprisonment. Operation Ulysses was the investigation conducted by Dyfed-Powys Police Serious Organised Crime Team between 2016 and 2017, into the supply of large quantities of Heroin and Cocaine into Llanelli and Aberystwyth by an Organised Crime Group from North Wales and Merseyside. But there was one defendant outstanding, and on Monday November 30 2020, 45 year old Hillal Mukbil Saleh from Liverpool, was sentenced to 44 months imprisonment for Conspiracy to Supply Heroin, and a further 3 months to be served consecutively for Bail Act offences (fail to appear).

Hillal Saleh was given court bail in 2017, but in October 2017 he failed to appear and a warrant was issued by Swansea Crown Court. The Serious Organised Crime Team carried out significant enquiries to trace Hillal Saleh, but he remained outstanding despite their efforts. Then in October 2020 Saleh handed himself in, and appeared before Swansea Crown Court on Monday November 30, where he pleaded guilty to the conspiracy offences.

Detective Inspector Rhys Jones said: “This was a prolonged, demanding operation, and was the most complex investigation undertaken by the Serious Organised Crime Team at the time, due to the number of organised crime groups involved throughout Wales and Liverpool. Of course we were happy with the sentencing of 33 defendants in 2018, but the fact that one individual was still outstanding was disappointing. We were determined to see Hillal Saleh also brought to justice, and carried out significant enquiries in pursuit of that. As I said back in 2018, drugs misuse creates such misery and despair, and there is a human cost to the trade of supplying drugs – and we will work tirelessly to stop it. Although he evaded justice until now, he is now paying the price for his part in the conspiracy to supply Heroin. The Serious Organised Crime Team would like to thank everyone involved in the investigation for their assistance throughout the course of the investigation, and for ensuring this successful conclusion to the operation.”

The Dyfed-Powys Police Serious Organised Crime Team continues to work determinedly to ensure the Dyfed-Powys area remains a hostile environment for those involved in Serious and Organised Crime at all levels.

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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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