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Park Church Fire: Five teenagers arrested



Pic: Hidden Carmarthenshire

Pic: Hidden Carmarthenshire

Five teenagers have been arrested following the fire at Park Church in Llanelli on Thursday (Aug 14).

A police spokesman told The Llanelli Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police are continuing to investigate the fire at Park Church, Llanelli, last night.  Five youths have been arrested in connection with the incident – a 16 year old boy and four 15 year old boys. They are in police custody.”

Inspector James Davies added: “Following the large fire at Park Church, Llanelli last night, we are pleased to confirm that the cordon in Murray Street has been lifted. All residents have now also been allowed back in their properties. This comes after assessors deemed the church structure was safe. We are grateful to the community for their understanding and co-operation during the major disruption in the town. The joint investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing, and anyone who witnessed the fire or has any information in relation to it is asked to contact police by calling 101.”

Carmarthenshire County Council supported around 50 people evacuated from their homes during the height of the blaze. Staff from social care and leisure services assisted emergency services to evacuate people away from the scene, with a rest centre set up at Llanelli Leisure Centre, and a smaller number of elderly people and children conveyed to Llys Y Bryn Care Home, although most people found their own accommodation with friends and family.

The council’s civil contingencies staff were called into action shortly after 7pm, and stood down around 3am. They included officers from social care, leisure, building control, highways and caretakers.
Building control staff remain on scene this morning, working alongside emergency services personnel to assess the state of the building, given its weakened structure.

Cllr Hazel Evans, Executive Board Member for Environment, with responsibility for civil contingencies, said: “I wish to commend members of the public who were evacuated from their homes last night for their response to the incident, as well as our staff who implemented our civil contingencies plan – many people worked throughout the night to ensure the comfort and safety of people who were caught up in the incident.
“Colleagues in building control continue to work with the emergency services to assess the building and make the area safe.”
A traffic exclusion zone remains in place, affecting roads around the church including Murray Street and Inkerman Street.


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



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.


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

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli



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

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



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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