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CCTV released as dangerous driver is jailed

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A MAN who sped up a Llanelli road before hitting a pedestrian at 50mph and driving off has been jailed for nearly two years.

Lee Jackson caused substantial head, leg and arm injuries when his Audi hit the victim, in a collision which could have been avoided had he kept to the speed limit.

The incident was captured on a Dyfed-Powys Police CCTV camera on Station Road, with the footage leaving up to the collision being released by the force to highlight the danger posed by driving at excessive speed.

PC Protheroe, who oversaw the investigation, said: “This was a shocking incident, which saw totally reckless and unacceptable driving on the part of Lee Jackson.

“The victim was simply crossing the road when he was hit at a speed way over the limit for that area, and suffered serious injuries.

“Not only that, but Jackson chose not to stay and face the consequences, instead showing no regard for the victim by driving off and leaving him on the floor in the middle of the road.”

Police were called to the scene at around 12.20am on February 18, and on arrival saw the victim in the road with family and members of the public around him.

A search was immediately launched to locate the driver, who had left without reporting the collision to the force.

Initial officers at the scene identified a witness who had been working nearby when he heard a car speeding up Station Road and hitting a building.

“He realised Jackson had also hit a pedestrian, and on seeing him drive off he followed to try and identify him,” PC Protheroe said.

CCTV operators at the force control room were able to capture footage of Jackson making his way up Station Road, and making contact with the victim at such speed that he was thrown into the air.

The defendant claimed to have panicked and drove home, where he went to bed. When he woke up, friends informed him that police were looking for him, and he handed himself in.

“Enquiries from the CCTV footage showed that Jackson was driving at between 51mph and 53mph,” PC Protheroe said.

“If he had been adhering to the 30mph limit, there is a very high chance that the collision would not have happened.

“This shows the danger posed by speeding, which in this incident could have had tragic consequences.”

Jackson, of Sandy Road in Llanelli, was charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at a collision, and driving with no insurance. He was sentenced to 22 months in prison when he appeared at Swansea Crown Court.

He was also banned from driving for three years 11 months, and will be required to complete an extended driving test.

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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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