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Llanelli’s Lucie lauds Leanne

Jon Coles

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Lucie Wiltshire : “Leanne Wood made me feel excited about politics”

ONE OF Plaid Cymru’s newest members, Lucie Wiltshire was given the honour of introducing Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood to the stage for her set piece speech at the party’s spring conference in Llanelli.

Lucie,17, from Llanelli, who is an A-level student at Coleg Sir Gar explained to a packed audience how she came to join Plaid Cymru and Plaid Ifanc in Llanelli after being inspired after meeting Leanne Wood and Helen Mary Jones.

Lucie said: “When one of my new college friends excitedly informed me that Leanne Wood was coming to Coleg Sir Gar, I didn’t really know what to expect, at that time, I didn’t know what that one visit would lead to.

“It always feels odd, seeing someone from TV in real life, and suddenly I found myself inside the Leanne campaign van, clinging to my best friend, while we were faced with two amazing politicians.

“I’m not sure what I expected, but I certainly didn’t expect Leanne and Helen Mary Jones (Plaid Cymru’s Assembly candidate for Llanelli) to sit and listen to our views and thoughts. They took a great deal of time to talk to us about the future of Wales and how things don’t have to be like they are today. I’ve never felt so inspired and welcomed.

“Leanne was completely sincere and ready to actually listen to us, which is admittedly rare in a politician nowadays. We were overwhelmed, but more importantly, won over.

“That one visit means so much to me, looking back at it. That day, I met some amazing people, including Llanelli’s very own strong voice, Helen Mary Jones.

“Not long after Leanne’s visit, I took the plunge and joined up to Plaid Llanelli, where I was welcomed with open arms by the friendliest, most enthusiastic group of people, who I can now proudly call a group of friends.

“I don’t doubt that Leanne’s infectious passion made me make that decision. It was just amazing to see such a strong leader take time out to visit a town like Llanelli and actively engage the young people of the community.”

Lucie added: “Leanne Wood made me feel excited about politics, made it come alive, and made it real. I just hope that over the next few months, thousands of other people like me will get to meet her and be inspired in the same way, especially for the young girls wanting to go into politics, but feeling a bit pushed to the side by the largely male-dominated political world.

“Wales needs a strong leader, someone with vision to help places like my hometown – Llanelli, to help towns and villages across Wales, and I know that Leanne is the woman to do the job.”

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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

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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

Carli Newell

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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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