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WRU slammed over insurance

Thomas Sinclair



Jayden Gibbons: Injured on tour.

Jayden Gibbons: Injured on tour.

A PONTHENRI mother has attacked the Welsh Rugby Union after it turned out that her son was not fully insured while on a club rugby tour.

15 year-old Jayden Gibbons was playing for Pontyberem RFC on a club tour to Ireland. In a game against Cork Dolphins he snapped his fibia and tibia in a tackle. “I tried moving my leg, and my ankle just fell to the floor,” he said.

Jayden was rushed to Cork University hospital with two club coaches in attendance. “They asked me how much pain I was in on a 1-10 scale, and I said 7, and they gave me pain relief and put a back slab on,” Jayden told us.

Even though his mother, Amanda had signed a form giving permission for the coaches to give consent to operate, she received a phone call that night saying that she had to go to Cork to sign a consent form. She left immediately and arrived in Cork early on Sunday morning. One of the club coaches had stayed with Jayden overnight. “The coaches were brilliant,” she said.

“When I got to the hospital, the consultant said that they wanted to operate, but he was sixteenth on the list, and they said it would be at least Wednesday before they could operate. Then he went down to 19th. They explained that we’d have to stay in Ireland for at least a few days after for Physiotherapy and checks, and they couldn’t put a time frame on how long we’d be there. I asked if it was possible to take him back to Wales for treatment, and the consultant gave consent and all the x-rays and medical details. They advised us to fly back.”

Meanwhile, back in Pontyberem, the club were in talks with the WRU. Before leaving, they had asked what insurance was necessary, and had been told to take out travel insurance, which everyone did. The club said that they received an email from the WRU which told them that players were insured during matches.

However, when they informed the WRU of the situation, the only response they got was that they would only pay out in cases of fatality or life-changing disability. Amanda then received a bill for the treatment that Jayden received in Ireland.

“If we had known they were only covered for fatality and disability, we’d have taken out our own insurance,” Amanda said.

“The coaches asked the WRU if we needed extra cover, and they said no, only travel insurance.”

Jayden’s leg has now been set, but he can’t walk on it for three months, and faces at least three months of recovery after the plaster is taken off.

Thankfully the club had raised money for the tour through its own fundraising activities, and they generously paid for Jayden’s treatment, as well as Amanda’s travel expenses.

“The club and the coaches have been amazing – I can’t thank them enough – but the WRU should have done this,” she pointed out.

She also thanked the hotel where Jayden stayed in Ireland, who let her stay there for free while she waited for news, and Stena Ferries, who helped transport Jayden home.

Amanda advised any club thinking about touring outside the UK to check the insurance policy thoroughly.

The Herald contacted the WRU asking for clarification on their insurance policies, but despite repeated phone calls, and emails, no one had responded at the time of going to press.

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Four charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs

Carli Newell



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



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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Burry Port Harbour lighthouse overhaul tops council’s £2million investment

Carli Newell



A £2MILLION investment in Burry Port Harbour is nearing completion, topped off with the iconic lighthouse getting a fresh lick of paint.

Carmarthenshire County Council is behind a range of improvements to maintain and restore the historic harbour which is one of the county’s most loved and well visited beauty spots.

Restoration of the Grade II listed harbour walls, undertaken under the guidance of CADW, will conclude within the next few weeks.

The council has also been working alongside The Marine Group, which operates the harbour, to improve mooring facilities. They are working closely with fishermen to bid for funding for new commercial pontoon infrastructure.

It will add to investment made over previous years which saw the council spend almost £1.5million on new pontoons, and over £300,000 in maintaining the harbour railings and bridge.

A local operator has agreed a lease for a cafe and public toilets on east side of Harbour, and the refurbishment of the old RNLI harbour office has recently started by The Marine Group (TMG) to create a harbour-side coffee house.

TMG has also invested in a state-of-the-art dredger which arrived at the harbour last autumn. Dredging is well underway and will continue until targeted depths are reached.

Boat lifting equipment and new fuelling points are also planned.

The council has introduced community safety officers to patrol the harbour assisting tourists and local people during the summer months, especially to advise around Covid regulations, as part of a tourism hotspot plan to take care of issues such as parking, litter, street cleansing, enforcement and signage.

Temporary car parking surfacing has also been laid on the east side along with new pay and display facilities ahead of a wider multi-million regeneration plan that will transform the harbour with a mix of housing, commercial and leisure space covering around 13 acres of prime development site.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We are proud of our continued investment in Burry Port Harbour. We are spending millions restoring and maintaining historic features that are much-loved by local people and visitors who come from far and wide to enjoy what the harbour has to offer.

“We continue to work closely alongside The Marine Group and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council to plan and prioritise works and ongoing maintenance. We are as keen as everyone else to ensure it is well-maintained and continues to be a place people can enjoy.

“We appreciate that there has been some upheaval during these improvement works but we ask people to understand that our investment will make Burry Port Harbour an even better place for the future.”

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