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Megan Rees: “I’m so glad I took the leap and did it.”

CARMARTHEN’S own Megan Rees will take part in this year’s series of ‘Ex on the Beach’, which premieres on MTV on August 11. Megan, who took part in the filming earlier this year at a Mexican resort, spoke to The Herald about her time on the beach.

MTV say that this year’s series of ‘Ex on the Beach’ guarantees even more drama around who will appear on the beach, as it’s not who’s ex, but who’s celebrity ex is next.”

This series of the dating show will include Kirck Norcross from ‘The Only Way is Essex’ and his ex Cami Lee, who appeared on ‘Big Brother’. As well as these celebrities, ‘Magaluf Weekender’ star Jordan Davies, who has been described as a ‘top player’, will try and find ‘the one’.

20-year-old Megan from Llanpumsaint will appear on the show as the youngest contestant, but she told us: “I definitely voiced my opinions when the time was right on the show and, being the youngest, I made sure no one walked all over me. I bring a ‘take no nonsense’ attitude to the show.”

“What made you want to apply for the show?” we asked.

“I’m not going to say that I joined the show for love because I didn’t, and I didn’t have fame or money on my mind. I went on the show to make memories with new people. It was an opportunity I couldn’t say no to, and I’m glad I didn’t.”

Megan tells us she found herself ‘in a funny way’ by taking part in the show: “I found what type of person I wish to be and wish not to be. I realised just how much my family and friends back home really do mean to me.

“I went on the show with the mindset of having no loyalty to anyone in there and that’s because I tend not to trust anyone because I don’t want to get hurt,” Megan told us when we asked if she made any friends or enemies, “I think being in that type of environment, you don’t really get a chance to get to know everyone on a true, personal level, but you can see me evolve throughout the show and begin to trust some of the people in there – some wrongly so.

“I left the villa thinking I wouldn’t speak to most of the cast again as I felt as though we didn’t fully connect, now, two months later, you get to know people over time and you sort out your differences like adults in a very different environment to the show. It’s the people you least expect that you sometimes get the closest to and now I’d like to believe I’ve made some true friends for life.”

Megan said that her relationships with her exes are like most peoples when it comes to an ex, and she likes to shut them off completely when a relationship ends. “Words are exchanged and feelings get hurt, I commend anyone who finishes a relationship amicably.”

The hairdresser says that her best experience while filming was when she went on an adrenaline-filled date, where she was zip-lining 90m from the ground through the jungle. She said that her worst times were waking up in the morning with bed hair and no make-up on as the cast were filmed 24/7 for four weeks.

Megan will be moving to London in September to study Editorial Hair and Make-up Artistry, she says she is looking forward to the future

and seeing what amazing opportunities life brings. She ended our conversation by saying: “I had so much fun on the show and I’m so glad I took the leap and did it.”

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Antisocial behaviour falls as police operation continues




POLICE said that they saw a reduction in antisocial behaviour involving young people in Carmarthenshire over the weekend, following weeks of increased activity.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers proactively patrolled areas which have recently become hot spots for teenagers to gather and drink alcohol as part of an ongoing operation.

A police presence was also maintained on trains between Llanelli and Carmarthen to identify how many youngsters were travelling in the area and where they were getting off.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “Over the weekend we continued our work to target, deter and deal with antisocial behaviour and underage drinking in hot spots identified primarily in Llanelli and Burry Port.

“Section 34 dispersal orders had been put in place ahead of the weekend, meaning we could move on anyone likely to cause antisocial behaviour, but thankfully they were not required. This is an improvement on previous weekends when we have had to exercise these powers.

“A significant number of young people were spoken to, with the vast majority being pleasant, not under the influence of alcohol, and not causing any trouble.

“Members of the public acknowledged the high police presence, as did the young people, and this might have deterred underage drinking.

“We are very pleased to have seen the change in attitudes and behaviour this weekend.”

The force received just one call reporting youngsters gathering at Burry Port harbour, with no offences or antisocial behaviour identified by attending officers.

Of the young people spoken two over the weekend, two were found with alcohol which was seized. Follow-up antisocial behaviour letters will be issued, and home visits will take place shortly.

Groups were also reminded of the dangers of swimming near the harbour and were encouraged to take their rubbish home.

Officers on the rail network removed one drunk adult from a train.

Sgt Davies said: “I would like to thank all officers involved in the operation over the weekend, as well as the young people who made sure they stayed within the law while enjoying the weather.

“We will be out and about again next weekend and throughout the summer, making sure the area is enjoyable for all who visit.”

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Lord Lieutenant visits Mass Vaccination Centre




Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sarah Edwards, has paid tribute to all those involved in the COVID-19 vaccination programme during a visit to the Y Ffwrness Mass Vaccination Centre in Llanelli.

During the visit on Wednesday 9th June she was joined by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Lt Col David Mathias, and the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Mr.Jonathan Gravell. They met and spoke to the centre’s vaccinators, NHS staff, security staff and volunteers.

To date, the collective efforts of mass vaccination centres, GP practices and community pharmacies in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, have resulted in the Hywel Dda University Health Board delivering over 431,850 vaccinations. This means 266,785 of the eligible population have now received a first vaccine, and 165,056 have received both doses.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed said: “It was wonderful to see first-hand the incredible work being undertaken by the vaccinators, NHS staff and volunteers. They have played a crucial role in the success of the vaccine rollout programme. I would also pay tribute to the public for their overwhelmingly positive response to getting vaccinated.”

Maria Battle, Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board, added: “On behalf of the health board, I was delighted to welcome Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Lt Col David Mathias, and the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Mr Jonathan Gravell. I am deeply proud of everyone involved in the vaccination programme and I’m glad they got to see for themselves the incredibly work being undertaken to help get us through this pandemic.”

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Alcohol seized and teenager arrested as police deal with antisocial behaviour




POLICE seized large amounts of alcohol and arrested a teenager as they continued to deal with antisocial behaviour over the weekend.

Dyfed-Powys Police had proactive plans in place to deal with ongoing issues of groups of youngsters gathering in Carmarthenshire following rising reports of alcohol-related antisocial behaviour over the past two months.

Dispersal orders were in place across Llanelli and Burry Port, giving police the powers to move anyone believed to be causing a nuisance, harassment or distress out of the area.

Officers patrolling the rail network in Carmarthenshire on Saturday noticed a large amount of young people getting off the train at Ferryside, where an additional dispersal order was put in place and alcohol was seized.

Officers were also required to deal with children trespassing on the railway tracks.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “We had received reports of children with alcohol running across the tracks, which posed a huge danger to themselves and others, and had to be stopped as a priority.

“One boy who was detained became abusive towards officers and could not be reasoned with. Officers had no choice but to arrest him for his own safety and to prevent further offences from being committed.

“This incident goes to show that the kind of behaviour we are dealing with goes beyond groups of young people meeting to have a good time, and is putting people in highly dangerous situations.”

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on the railway and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries by British Transport Police.

Early intervention was taken in the Trostre area of Llanelli, where officers noticed groups of children meeting on Saturday.

Sgt Davies said: “More than 60 young people were moved on from both locations and a large amount of alcohol was seized.

“Out of these groups, four notices were issued to those causing the most trouble in the Trostre area which prevented them from returning, and each of these youngsters were taken home.

“This swift action was a deterrent to other young people who were planning on joining the groups and were still travelling to the area.”

“We will continue to put plans in place each weekend and over the summer holidays to deal with antisocial behaviour, using all powers available to us to put a stop to it.”

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