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Man with suspected counterfeit mobile phones arrested during day of action



POLICE arrested a man with a number of suspected counterfeit mobile phones during a day of action in Llanelli.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers took part in coordinated patrols to tackle substance-related crime and antisocial behaviour on Thursday, May 20, as well as carrying out three warrants in the town.

Sergeant Scott Morris said: “This was the latest in a series of days of action which have been held in Llanelli and wider Carmarthenshire over the past couple of months.

“Our aim was to work together to combat drug-related criminality, including county lines and antisocial behaviour, through proactive policing action.

“Our reason for conducting these days of action is that we understand the misery drug-related crime can cause in our communities, and believe coordinated action is the most effective way to put a stop to it.”

Three drug warrants were executed during the day, with two having positive results for class A substances and cannabis. An imitation firearm was also located and surrendered voluntarily by its owner.

Four stop-searches were carried out, with six crimes recorded for fraud and possession of controlled substances.

Sgt Morris said: “One of the searches relates to a man who caught the attention of officers on patrol in the town centre.

“A number of sealed Samsung Galaxy mobiles, iPhones and Apple Airpods were found in his car, many of which had the same serial numbers as one another, which would suggest they were fake.

“The items, which if legitimate would be worth in excess of £5,000, were seized and the man was arrested on suspicion of fraud.”

The 25-year-old from the Wolverhampton area has been released under investigation while further enquiries take place, and work will be carried out with Trading Standards to determine if the items were genuine.

Sgt Morris said: “The day of action was successful both in terms of results and in giving our younger-in-service officers exposure to the kind of work they might not usually experience at this stage in their career.

“I would like to thank everyone involved for their enthusiasm, which wasn’t dampened by the awful weather conditions.”

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



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.


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

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli



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

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



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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