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Llanelli: Large fire destroys derelict church

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Park United Reform Church burns in Llanelli on August 13. (PIC: Jonathan Smith)

Park United Reform Church burns in Llanelli on August 13. (PIC: Jonathan Smith)

HOMES were evacuated in Llanelli on Thursday (Aug 13) as firefighters tackled a large blaze at a derelict church in the town.

Fire crews were called to Park Congregational Church on Murray Street at about 19:00 HRS on Thursday evening after reports of smoke in the tower.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said twenty firefighters would remain at the scene to dampen down.

Residents living close to the church were evacuated to Llanelli Leisure Centre and the Vista Lounge restaurant. Murray Street and the surrounding roads were closed for safety reasons but no casualties were reported.

Dyfed-Powys Police Inspector James Davies told The Herald: “Emergency services were alerted to a large fire in Park Church, Murray Street, Llanelli at approx. 7pm this evening. The church is well alight and has sustained substantial damage.”

“Due to concerns for safety, a large number of properties in the surrounding area have been evacuated and a cordon is in place.”

The cause of the fire is being investigated and if anyone witnessed the fire or has any information related to it they are asked to call police on 101.

Park United Reform Church was sold for £100,000 in 2005. The company who bought it, Topaz properties were twice prosecuted for their management of the building.

The owners of the property were given twelve weeks to clean up the outside of the building in July – or face prosecution from Carmarthenshire County Council.

 

UPDATE 23:22 HRS 13.08.2015

Inspector James Davies told The Llanelli Herald: “Emergency services remain at the scene of a large fire in Park Church, Murray Street, Llanelli. Due to concerns for safety, properties in Murray Street, Cowell Street and Inkerman Street have been evacuated, and a rest centre established in Llanelli Leisure Centre for those affected. Carmarthenshire County Council Social Care Staff are on hand to assist.  Officers are also maintaining cordons. I would like to thank all those affected for their co-operation so far, but for their own safety urge that no one crosses the cordons as the incident progresses. It has not been possible to assess the structural safety of what remains of the Church, therefore the cordons and evacuation are vital to minimise risk to anyone in the area.

“There are no reported casualties at this stage. The cause of the fire is being investigated, and if anyone witnessed the fire or has any information related to it they are asked to call police on 101.”

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager Andy Francis said: “Our crews have worked to prevent the spread of the fire to neighbouring properties, which we are pleased to confirm has been successful. We are now damping down at the scene and ensuring that there is no re-ignition overnight.”

 

Images Taken By: Johnathon smith and Adrian Shades

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Global Litter Charity has announced the date of its next Welsh litter picking event

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Uocean project Carmarthenshire weekend clean up taking place on Saturday 25th September 21 at Pembrey Country Park

THE UOCEAN Project, part of the Vayyu Foundation, which has set itself the target of removing 1 billion kilos of waste from the world’s oceans by 2030, will be holding its next litter collection taskforce event at Pembrey Country Park  in Carmarthenshire.

Everyone is invited to join The UOcean Project volunteers and to make a difference by collecting litter, especially plastics, which are polluting our environment and ending up in the world’s oceans.  The UOcean Project has highlighted the dramatic increase in litter from plastic bags to face masks since lockdown restrictions were lifted, making it even more important to clean-up and reduce waste pollution. 

Chris Desai, head of The UOcean Project commented. “Picking up one plastic bottle or single use face mask may not appear to be significant, but at each event we are collecting many kilos of plastic because more and more individuals are joining our litter picking teams.

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The combined collections here and overseas are the only way to make a difference and start fighting back against pollution.” 

The UOcean Project organises litter pick-up teams who work across the UK, especially around coastlines, as well as internationally.  By organising volunteers into Chapters and providing them with the tools and equipment to pick up litter, they have already collected 53,000 kilos of waste which would have ended up in the seas.  

All volunteers are provided with the equipment needed to safely pick up litter so that it can be disposed of in the right way.  For more information about The UOcean Project please go to the website www.theuoceanproject.com

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli

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the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous

Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in

POLICE are warning drug users in Llanelli to take extra care following information received that dangerous valium is circulating in the area.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We have reasons to believe that the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately should they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit https://barod.cymru/where-to-get-help/west-wales-services/ddas-dyfed-drug-and-alcohol-service/

Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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