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Royal visit to Stebonheath

Jon Coles

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Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 14.48.47ON FRIDAY (Feb 26) HRH The Prince of Wales visited Stebonheath Primary School to view a Welsh Water ‘RainScape’.

He viewed the water catchment system which has been installed on the school’s site; before meeting staff and pupils and watching a performance in the school hall. He was accompanied by TV presenter Sara Edwards, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed.

The Prince met local dignitaries before being welcomed by MP Nia Griffith and AM Keith Davies, then was eventually shown around the project by the headmaster Julian Littler.

RainScape is Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s approach to sustainably managing surface water. Surface water is rainwater that runs off roofs, highways and paved areas.

In many areas, this rainwater ultimately drains into public sewerage systems, which have to deal with increasing volumes of surface water . These flows are increasing for a number of reasons, including the growth of builtup areas and more frequent severe storms.

Too much surface water entering sewer networks is a problem that cannot be resolved simply by building bigger sewers, storage tanks and extending networks, as this is not sustainable nor affordable.

RainScape catches rainwater and slows down the speed at which it goes into sewer networks. Using tried and tested methods from around the world, it helps reduce sewer flooding and pollution and creates greener, cleaner communities.

Welsh Water has invested £15m between 2012-2015 in the Llanelli and Gowerton network. A further £60m investment is planned across Wales between 2015 and 2020, with £25m alone in Llanelli, Burry Port and Gowerton.

Chris Jones CEO of Dwr Cymru said: “It has been a fantastic event and the kids have had a fantastic opportunity to meet with The Prince of Wales and tell him about how the scheme here is helping the environment locally. He had a look around at some of the schemes in the town.

“He was impressed with what is going on in Llanelli. He is hugely knowledgeable and very keen on sustainable solutions. He was talking about some of the latest research and he was delighted to see it being put into use in the community of Llanelli.”

The Prince of Wales walked around the project chatting with the staff and children among those he spoke to was 10 year-old Kieran Morgan. Kieran told The Herald: “Prince Charles asked me how the leeks were coming on and said it would be nice to have them for dinner.”

Year 2 teacher Jade Edwards was in the garden reading to children when The Prince of Wales passed by and asked the children : “Does she give you any homework.” Following the tour of the RainScape project The Prince was treated to a performance of Welsh songs and dance by pupils dressed in traditional Welsh costume. Before leaving the Prince unveiled a commemorative plaque marking his visit.

The headmaster said: “This was a big day for the children. They knew this was coming for a few weeks. It was an historic occasion for Stebonheath school. It is the first time he has been here.”

Schoolchildren lined the route of the Prince’s exit dressed in Welsh costume and waving Welsh flags.

One 4 year-old little girl, Katie Turner attempted to ‘high five’ The Prince of Wales but he opted for the politer option of shaking her hand.

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£100,000 of cannabis plants seized in west Wales police raid

Thomas Sinclair

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POLICE seized cannabis plants worth an estimated £100,000 during a warrant near Ammanford.

Dyfed-Powys Police searched a home in Garnant on Wednesday, July 21, where 100 plants were discovered to be growing in the front room and two bedrooms.

Given the number and maturity of some of the plants, officers estimate the quantity of cannabis growing to be worth around £100,000.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “This was a significant seizure of cannabis plants, which were growing in a sophisticated set-up across three rooms.

“Our investigation is ongoing into who is responsible, as there was nobody present at the time of the warrant, and we are carrying out all possible lines of enquiry to identify a suspect.

“I would like to thank all officers involved for showing great teamwork during the warrant and subsequent enquiries.”

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DPP/2891/21/07/2021/02/C.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org

(Picture above: File Image)

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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

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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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