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No action taken over dog fights

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RSPCA: on the ball

RSPCA: on the ball

RUMOURS have circulated that there have been illegal dog fights taking place in St Clears over the weekend, but it has been confirmed that no action has been taken by the police or the RSPCA.

On Saturday (May 30), a local man posted on the internet a warning about dog fights in Carmarthenshire: ‘Warning: Apparently a group of people were detained last night in St Clears in connection with dog fighting, there have been several abductions of dogs in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire to act as bait for the fighting dogs… Worth keeping an eye out for your dogs!’

With around 2,000 shares, the message reached a large amount of people in the area, but upon speaking to Dyfed-Powys Police, it was revealed that the rumour was not true.

A spokesperson from Dyfed- Powys Police said: “Police in St Clears are not aware of this report,” but they advised, “If you suspect someone is taking part in dog fighting, please contact your local police on 101 or call the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 1234 999.”

Although the RSPCA said that no action had been taken and stated that no arrests have been made in regards to this rumour, a spokesperson said: “People look at me with amazement when I tell them about some of the things I’ve seen when it comes to dog fighting and cockfighting.”

We at the Herald recently reported that a freedom of information request by the BBC highlighted the large number of dogs that had been stolen across Wales. Though, the report showed that less than 1% of dog thieves were arrested for the offence.

Since 2010, only 15 people have been charged with the theft of a dog despite the fact that, during that time, more than 520 dogs were stolen. Dyfed-Powys themselves have dealt with 114 cases of dog theft, but have only seen one person convicted as a result of their crime.

To keep your pets safe, the RSPCA emphasises that you should ‘ensure your dog is identifiable through a microchip, or at least a collar and tag’. A collar and tag is in fact a legal requirement.

The Welsh Government have also recently completed a consultation in regarding microchips, making it compulsory for all dogs in Wales to be microchipped.

More information about microchipping can be found at www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/ pets/general/microchipping

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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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