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Ambulance took over three hours to arrive

Thomas Sinclair

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Waiting for the emergency services: Injured Pat and Good Samaritan Paul O’Connell.

Waiting for the emergency
services: Injured Pat and Good
Samaritan Paul O’Connell.

AN ELDERLY person’s three and a quarter hour wait in agony for an ambulance has been the subject of furious comment on Facebook.
A post by Good Samaritan Paul O’Connell tells the whole story about the incident which took place on Wednesday: ‘Driving down to Penclawdd with a delivery and I see this dear 71-year-old lady on the floor groaning in agony, obviously seriously distressed, and in a great deal of pain with a clearly broken arm, and maybe hip after a nasty fall’.
Mr Connell continues: ‘So, I pull over and phone 999 and do the best I can to make her comfortable. Well, firstly I was on the phone for 10 minutes to the ‘emergency’ services, because they didn’t know where Penclawdd was, even when I gave them a them a correct postcode! But eventually they found us and an ambulance was dispatched.
‘I sat with the lady and waited, just trying to do my best to help her, keep her warm and try to calm her down and humour her, and do whatever I could to help – as anyone would do I’d like to think.
‘Hour goes by no ambulance… More and more people turning up, all ringing 999 themselves now to see what’s happening. 2 hours later… nothing.
‘3 hours later she’s still on the cold floor greatly in pain, distressed and not looking in a good way at all. Very pale, traumatised and obviously in state of shock. Finally, after 3 and a quarter agonisingly slow hours, and by this time her children were there and lots of her neighbours and friends, quite shocked and some angry at the wait this poor lady had the indignity of waiting, thankfully an ambulance arrived.
‘After a few questions to the overworked and totally overwhelmed ambulance personnel, who after today I’ve got the upmost respect for, it turns out, even though there’s an A&E hospital 11 miles away, but all the 5 (yeah 5) ambulances to serve the 380,000 people in the county and surrounding areas were ‘backed up’ waiting to offload patients because there were no free beds locally.
‘We had to wait for one to come from Carmarthen over 30 miles away, and wait that disgraceful amount of time when the guidelines state 30 minutes maximum is the target they’ve set for themselves.
‘The family of the wonderfully dignified Pat asked me to post this here, to the local paper and MP – because I was first on the scene, and made that first call…and I certainly weren’t leaving till she was safely in that ambulance. They all said they’d be doing the same tonight or tomorrow as well, because we all thought this just really wasn’t good enough, and quite frankly shockingly worrying, and a disgrace – and the people of Wales deserve to know, and should know.
‘This is not a dig at the very hard worked, totally overwhelmed ambulance personnel, and great health workers crippled by cuts, an ever expanding population and red tape. But more of a question for the Welsh assembly government and its first minister Carwyn Jones, and ironically ‘locally boy’ and Carmarthenshire born and raised minister for health and social services, Professor Mark Drakeford’.

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Four charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs

Carli Newell

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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

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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

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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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