ON THURSDAY (May 16), Bernadette George a 57-year-old carer from Pembrey was sentenced to a suspended term of imprisonment for off ences of fraud regarding an elderly client and one of her own relatives. _ e o_ ences came to light when the police were contacted by solicitors acting for the estate of the late Mr Howard Topliss, for whom George had acted as carer for over ten years before his death last year at the age of 92. Prosecutor Andrew Smith told Llanelli Magistrates that Mr Topliss’ relatives were aghast to discover that there was not enough money to cover his funeral costs.
When interviewed about the the_ s from Mr Topliss, the Defendant claimed that Mr Topliss’ relatives were motivated by greed, saying: “No one wanted him, now he is dead everyone wants his money.” Mr Smith told the Court that a Police investigation had uncovered the fact that Bernadette George had been taking money from Mr Topliss’ bank accounts. A large number of Mr Topliss’ family were present at court to witness proceedings. George had also been collecting Mrs Margaret George’s pension a_ er volunteering to do her shopping and pay her bills.
Andrew Smith told the court that the defendant had originally sought to conceal her wrongdoing in respect of Margaret George, who had complained to family members of being short of money, by alleging that her victim was spending money on alcohol. It also emerged that Margaret George’s Barclaycard had a debt of £5,000 and that all her utility bills were in arrears. When Barclaycard had written to Margaret George about ‘her’ indebtedness, the defendant had lied and told the company that her victim was in a care home. The court heard that the George had used the Barclaycard to pay the rent and rates for her daughter who was living in Hertfordshire.
Defending solicitor Richard Morgan told the court that his client had a clean record and had never been before the courts. He said: “She isn’t in the best state of health and I can safely say that she has been extremely anxious about this case and has made herself ill worrying.” Mr Morgan told the court that George had been known to Mr Topliss for 35 years and had played an active role in caring for him. The e court was also told that the real reason for the crime was that the defendant’s daughter was having financial dificulties. Mr Morgan said that George ‘accepts she should not have done it and she accepts that she has dug herself into a deeper hole. She acknowledges how family members would feel towards her but she cannot turn back the clock’. George was given a 24 week prison sentence for each offence suspended for 24 months and placed on a 6 months supervision order. She was also fined £3000 and ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital
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.
M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea
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”
Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment
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 email@example.com 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.