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Llanelli: Threatening cops with a four inch blade was a ‘cry for help’

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A LLANELLI MAN who threatened to injure himself with a four-inch ornamental knife told the police that his behaviour was a ‘cry for help’.

Appearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (Dec 17) Daniel Lewis, of Old Lodge Estate, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article in a public place.

The court heard that Lewis, 21, had come to the attention of the emergency services after entering a shop in Station Road at around 7.50 am and asking for an ambulance to be called.

The ambulance service thought that Lewis could be a suicide risk, and contacted the police.  When they arrived, Lewis was demanding to be sectioned, and drinking from a two-litre bottle of cider.  When the ambulance came, Lewis got in, but paramedics informed the police that he was carrying a knife.

The officers tried to search Lewis, but he refused, and pulled out a 4.7 inch ornamental knife in a sheath.  He threw the sheath at the officers and held the knife to his own throat.  He continually refused to hand the knife over, and threatened to stab himself.

He was arrested after he put the knife down his trousers and tried to leave the ambulance, only for the knife to fall out.

Lewis told officers that his behaviour had been ‘a cry for help’, and that he had phoned the ambulance to try and get help.  “I only get help when I do something,” he added.

A report from the Probation Service said that Lewis had been in a ‘low emotional state’ after arguing with his partner, going to a party and drinking ‘copious amounts’ of alcohol.  ‘This is a feature of his offending,’ Mr Jenkins added.

The court heard that Lewis had lost a family member as a result of alcohol abuse, and that he had been drinking heavily since adolescence.

However, Steve Lloyd said that in many ways, given his previous record, it was not surprising that Lewis was before the court today, but that it had not happened before.  He pointed out that other than a breach offence, Lewis had not been before the court for two years, and had made ‘amazing steps’ towards stopping drinking, as well as gaining qualifications.

Mr Lloyd added that the prosecution facts were accepted, and that Lewis had directed the knife at himself not officers.

Magistrates gave Lewis a six month suspended sentence suspended for a year, and ordered him to finish a forty day rehabilitation requirement.  He was also made to pay costs totalling £345.  

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being

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CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.

The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.

Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.

To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (gov.wales)

The survey closes on 25 January 2023.

Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.” 

Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”

Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.

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Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade

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LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.

A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.

These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.

Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.

At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.

At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.

When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.

This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.

More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.

Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at llanlva2009@aol.com.

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at enquiries@llanellitowncouncil.gov.uk.

Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.

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Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar

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MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.  

Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.

With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.

Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.

The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.

“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.

“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”

Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.

“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.

“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”

One of the calendar photos (Images: Graham Harries Photography)
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