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‘A hundred youths’ in station antisocial behaviour incident

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POLICE responded to reports of antisocial behaviour involving a group of around 100 youths on Friday evening (May 28) at Burry Port train station. British Transport Police officers along with Dyfed-Powys PCSOs attended, but the situation escalated after the youths, most of them intoxicated, became abusive and disorderly. The group dispersed into smaller groups, with a number of them boarding the train for Llanelli.

Inspector Dawn Fencott-Price said: “Two Sergeants also boarded the train, to try and deter further antisocial behaviour, and provide some reassurance to other passengers and the train driver. They were in a carriage with 30-40 of the youths, and during the journey a fight broke out between the group. The two Sergeants attempted to separate them, and arrest the suspects. They faced aggression and obstruction, but they eventually managed to separate the offenders from the rest of the group. However, in doing so, both were assaulted by one of the suspects.

“A number were arrested for assault and assault police. The disorder then spilled out onto the platform at Llanelli train station, and more were arrested for being drunk and disorderly and public order offences.

“The aggression towards officers continued and many refused to leave, despite some being issued dispersal notices and being directed to leave. Therefore officers had to forcibly remove them from the platform onto the street.

“It took a considerable amount of time and resources to disperse the youths and to bring this incident to a safe conclusion, at a time when demand for our resources is high anyway. This level of disorder is inexcusable, and understandably causes the community and residents concern and distress.”

The youths arrested were conveyed home to their parents to be dealt with at a later date by British Transport Police, who will be taking primacy of the investigation.

Inspector Dawn Fencott-Price added: “We would appeal directly to parents to be aware of where their children are, and what they are doing. Antisocial behaviour and disorder of this kind will not be tolerated, and we urge parents to be accountable for their children’s actions.

“We have received calls from residents in Burry Port who are concerned about the behaviour of large groups of young people in the town for some time, and would encourage them to continue to tell us about such behaviour. Proactive action has been taken to address this. We have and continue to put additional resources in place to allow officers to respond swiftly.”  

British Transport Police Constable Rhys Lewis said: “Our officers, and network of CCTV cameras, are monitoring the railway 24/7.

“Our top priority is to keep passengers and rail staff safe and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. We’ll have officers on high-visibility patrols at these locations over the weekend and are working closely with our partners at Dyfed Powys Police and Transport for Wales to ensure those travelling can do so safely.

“Anyone who experiences any issues while travelling can text us on 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40.”

Llanelli Neighbourhood Policing Team, supported by response officers, are carrying out high visibility patrols in the area, covering areas known to be popular with youngsters. We are also working closely with our partners such as British Transport Police, Carmarthenshire County Council, and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, and will not hesitate to disperse groups. 

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Detectives ask for help following an assault outside a Llanelli bar

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DETECTIVES from Dyfed-Powys Police are looking to speak to several men to help with its enquiries following an assault outside a Llanelli bar.

At around 3am on Monday, 29 August, a man was attacked outside the Met Bar in Station Road. He was left with a fractured eye socket, cuts and bite marks.

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.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. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220829-062.

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Prince and Princess of Wales to visit Wales

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THE PRINCE and Princess of Wales have planned a trip to Wales to visit a variety of communities across the nation and learn about the work of key charitable organisations. 

The Prince and Princess have a deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey, and have thoroughly enjoyed their previous visits and the warmth and kindness shown by the Welsh people. 

Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to spending more time in Wales over the next few years, they hope to strengthen their relationship with communities in all parts of Wales. 

During their first engagement, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, where they will meet crew, volunteers and some people who have been supported by their local unit.

Holyhead is one of the three oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coast and has a remarkable history of bravery, having received 70 awards for gallantry. 

Their Royal Highnesses will then take a short walk to the Holyhead Marine and Cafe Bar, where they will meet local people, including representatives of small businesses and organisations, including the Coastguard and Sea Cadets. 

In their second engagement, the Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to visit Swansea. 

Their Royal Highnesses will visit St Thomas Church, a re-developed church in Swansea which supports people in the local area and across the City and County of Swansea. 

Over the last two years the church has been transformed into a thriving community hub and is home to a vast array of services, including:

  • A foodbank which supports over 200 people per week
  • Swansea Baby Basics which distributes essential items for vulnerable mothers across the city, such as toiletries and clothes
  • Facilities for the homeless including food, showers and toilets
  • A not-for-profit cafe and community training kitchen
  • A surplus food distribution network which collects food from supermarkets at the end of each day and distributes it from the church to prevent food waste and to help end food poverty

As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet those volunteering at the church across different initiatives including Baby Basics and the foodbank. Their Royal Highnesses will also spend some time meeting members of the public gathered outside the church. 

The Princess of Wales has previously worked with Baby Banks and the in summer of 2020 brought together 19 British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks nationwide, operated by Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities. 

Her Royal Highness has visited a number of baby banks across the UK, including in London, Sheffield and West Norfolk where she has spent time speaking with families about their experiences of using their local baby bank services, as well as helping unload donations. 

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Road closed after man suffers serious injury in Burry Port

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OFFICERS from Dyfed-Powys Police are investigating after a man suffered a serious injury in Station Road, Burry Port.

Officers were called to a report that the man had suffered an injury at around 10.45pm on Saturday, 24 September. He has been taken to hospital.

A 39-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault. He remains in police custody.

A road closure is in place for scene preservation and is likely to remain for a number of hours.

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.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. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220924-360.

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