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CCTV released as dangerous driver is jailed

Carli Newell

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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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£100,000 of cannabis plants seized in west Wales police raid

Thomas Sinclair

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POLICE seized cannabis plants worth an estimated £100,000 during a warrant near Ammanford.

Dyfed-Powys Police searched a home in Garnant on Wednesday, July 21, where 100 plants were discovered to be growing in the front room and two bedrooms.

Given the number and maturity of some of the plants, officers estimate the quantity of cannabis growing to be worth around £100,000.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “This was a significant seizure of cannabis plants, which were growing in a sophisticated set-up across three rooms.

“Our investigation is ongoing into who is responsible, as there was nobody present at the time of the warrant, and we are carrying out all possible lines of enquiry to identify a suspect.

“I would like to thank all officers involved for showing great teamwork during the warrant and subsequent enquiries.”

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DPP/2891/21/07/2021/02/C.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org

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Four charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs

Carli Newell

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FOUR people have been arrested and charged as part of an investigation into an organised crime gang supplying class A drugs from London to Aberystwyth, Llanelli and Swansea.

Dyfed-Powys Police, with support from The Met Police, carried out warrants at four addresses on July 21, resulting in four arrests.

Mohammed Osman, aged 23, Yonis Mohammed, aged 20, Salman Mohamoud, aged 23 – all from Islington – and Amy Simmons, aged 21, from Dulwich were charged with a total of 12 offences:

  • Mohammed Osman: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine,
  • Yonis Mohammed: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.
  • Salman Mohamoud: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine
  • Amy Simmons: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.

All four appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 23, where they were remanded in custody. They are due to appear at Swansea Crown Court for their next hearing on August 20.

The investigation is being carried out by the Ceredigion Serious and Organised Crime Team, Aberystwyth CID and the Operation Orochi command of the Met Police.

Detective Sergeant Steve Jones said: “These four arrests and charges are the result of a coordinated approach to target an organised crime gang we believe is running a county lines operation into the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.

“We will continue to work diligently to disrupt gangs of this kind, to prevent the supply of illegal substances into our community.

“I would like to thank all officers involved, as well as the Met Police for their part in the operation.”

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New children’s play area in Bryn as part of new council housing development

Carli Newell

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A NEW children’s play area has opened in time for the summer holidays in Bryn, Llanelli as part of a new £5.9million council housing development.

Carmarthenshire County Council is building 32 new homes on land close to the Dylan housing estate in Bryn.

The scheme will be made up of 22 two-bedroom homes, four two-bedroom bungalows and six four-bedroom homes and is part of the council’s ongoing drive to deliver more affordable homes across the county. It has been part funded through the Welsh Government’s Affordable Housing Grant.

The development also includes a new children’s play area, funded by the council in partnership with Llanelli Rural Council, which will take over the running and maintenance of the play area on completion.

Executive Board Member for Housing Cllr Linda Evans said: “I am delighted the park has been completed in time for the summer holidays for the local children to enjoy.

“We are committed to delivering more affordable housing across Carmarthenshire and this development will benefit dozens of families in Llanelli, as well as proving much needed facilities for the local community.

“I would like to thank the rural council for collaborating with this us on this and I hope the children are thrilled with it.”

Before designing the play area, the rural council liaised with local schoolchildren to find out what play equipment they wanted at their new park.

Llanelli Rural Council Chairman Cllr Tegwen Devichand said: “The council is delighted to be working in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council to provide this wonderful new play area for the community.

“The opening of the play area couldn’t have been better timed to coincide with the school holidays. I hope the local children will enjoy the range of challenging play equipment on offer and that they have lots of fun using it over the summer.”

The housing development is due to be completed by the beginning of 2022.

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