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Drunken violence in Llanelli graveyard

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Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 10.42.01TWO Llanelli men: 18-yearold Corey Nightingale from Station Road and 21-year-old Joshua Palethorpe from Llys F ran, appeared before Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday (Mar 10), both men pleading guilty to being threatening and abusive to Police Officers.

Prosecutor Sharon Anderson told the court:

“At 2.30am on February 16, police on duty saw two males running across the road and into the graveyard near Vaughan Street, Llanelli. Nightingale was carrying a bottle of vodka and Palethorpe had his trousers down around his ankles and blood splattered all over his white t-shirt.

“PC Ebenezer and PC Davies shouted out to the two males, and got a string of profanities shouted by Nightingale in reply.”

Police approached the two males in the cemetery. Mr Palethorpe kept trying to walk away whilst Constable Ebenezer was questioning him about his blood-covered shirt and his trousers which were down by his ankles.

Ms Anderson continued: “Constable Ebenezer had to grab his arm to keep him from walking away. Mr Palethorpe was shouting abuse and profanities at both police officers, and moved his head forward as if to headbutt Constable Ebenezer.

“She took a step back to avoid him and continued her questioning. Mr Palethorpe then moved his head forward a second time in an attempt to headbutt the officer. She said that Mr Palethorpe’s breath smelled of alcohol.

“Constable Ebenezer was fearful for her own safety, and Constable Davies was afraid that the defendant would assault her. Constable Davies then put Mr Palethorpe onto the ground, where he continued to shout derogatory comments at both officers.

“Whilst Mr Palethorpe was being arrested, Nightingale continued to shout abuse and was then spoken to by Constable Davies, who told him to leave the area. Mr Nightingale refused and continued to shout abuse and profanities.

“People in the surrounding houses began to look on at the commotion in the graveyard, at which point Mr Nightingale was arrested. Mr Nightingale is in breach of his six month conditional discharge which was issued in December last year for a drug order.”

Mr Lloyd, defending both Nightingale and Palethorpe, told the court: “Mr Nightingale’s offence was of using threatening abuse and behaviour. My client was reacting to his friend being arrested. Mr Palethorpe had to be floored two times by officers, to which Mr Nightingale shouted ‘I have to help my friend.’

“While words were used, there was no violence involved in this case. My client gave a guilty plea at the earliest possible opportunity, and there are no other pending offences against him.

“As you can see, Mr Nightingale’s conditional discharge which was issued in December was only six months and not 12, which highlights that it was not a very serious issue, so I ask you to please take this into account when considering the outcome of this case.

“Mr Palethorpe wants to apologise through the defence to both the court and to Officers Ebenezer and Davies and does not challenge any of what was said in the prosecution. He has 43 previous offences, many of which are public offences.

“Mr Palethorpe was drinking as it was the anniversary of the death of a close relative. He is ashamed of his actions, especially of his behaviour towards the police officers.

“He has no memory of why his trousers were down or how he injured himself to have blood splattered all over his t-shirt, but he unreservedly apologises to the officers and accepts all blame.

“There was no injury or assault on either of the police officers, and he was justifiably taken to the ground on two occasions throughout the arrest.

“Following his arrest, he was taken by police directly to Swansea prison for 14 days as a result of his actions on the night in question. He will remain on probation until 2017.”

Llanelli Magistrates issued Palethorpe with a fine of £120, which was reduced because of his early guilty plea. Additionally, he had to pay £85 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge, as well as continuing with his probation until 2017.

Nightingale was given an £80 fine, which was also reduced due to his early guilty plea. He had to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20. Magistrates also told him that his conditional discharge would continue to run for the remainder of its term.

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Business offer Welsh Government help in ‘non-essential’ shopping row

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THIS morning (Tuesday, October 27), the Wales Retail Consortium, CBI Wales and Association of Convenience stores presented the Welsh Government joint recommendation to resolve the confusion over non-essential items.

The three industry bodies’ statement expresses the hope that the Welsh Government, ‘will agree to these recommendations and the people of Wales can refocus all their energies on respecting the Fire Break’.

The recommendations come in response to confused and confusing messaging from the Welsh Government, which allowed its public health message to be drowned out over the weekend by rows over whether toasters, Lee Childs novels, and size 16 jeans were essential items for customers. The confusion was not helped by a mistaken tweet by supermarket giant Tesco which claimed women’s period products were not essential items when they are and always have been.

The WRC, CBI Wales and ACS believe their recommendations will fulfil retail’s role in tackling the spread of the virus while allowing for discretion to be used on an individual basis – as recommended by Health Minister Vaughan Gething in a tense press conference yesterday, http://pembrokeshire-herald.com/61929/welsh-health-minister-defends-retail-restrictions/.

The business bodies recommend:

  • To limit the spread of the virus and allow for individual discretion, retailers will prominently display Welsh Government approved signage in front of known non-essential items and in communal areas. The signage will make clear the government’s regulation and the need to abide by it.
  • This message will be reinforced through in-store announcements and social media messaging. Advising customers to put off non-essential purchases
  • We recommend the individual customer is trusted to make their own decision as to whether a product is non-essential or not, taking into account the notices displayed throughout the store and their immediate needs
  • If the customer goes ahead with the purchase of the item the final liability ought to rest with the customer
  • Retailers will remove special in-store promotional displays of non-essential items in order to minimise browsing and avoid triggering a non-essential purchase.
  • These recommendations would mean non-essential items are not removed from shelves – or cordoned off in stores – but large notices are placed in front of the products and in communal spaces informing customers of the Welsh Government’s regulations and the Welsh public are trusted to make the right decision.

They also say they ‘look forward to engaging with Welsh Government again this morning and we hope consensus can be reached’.

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Llanelli Christmas Carnival goes online

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Preparations are underway to host the first ever virtual Llanelli Christmas Carnival. 

The carnival will go digital for the first time in its 42-year history due to the Covid-19 pandemic and in line with current Welsh Government guidance and increasing concerns about the spread of coronavirus linked to large gatherings. 

Whilst there won’t be the usual street parade, people will be able to get into the festive spirit from the comfort of their own home. 

The online celebration will be hosted as an event on Discover Carmarthenshire’s Facebook page on Friday, November 13. 

Over the years, thousands of people have been involved in the Llanelli Christmas Carnival – either dressing up to enter a float in the parade, volunteering, or simply enjoying the atmosphere with generations of their families. 

They can still get involved this year by sharing photos and video to help people celebrate good memories and help others reminisce about carnivals gone by. 

There will be a broadcast of music from talented local performers who would usually sing from the main stage, and people will still be able to countdown to the switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights. 

The largest Christmas carnival in Wales, Llanelli’s festive celebrations are a joint effort by Carmarthenshire County Council, Llanelli Town Council, Llanelli Rural Council and Llanelli Round Table. 

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “It’s very unfortunate that we can’t hold Llanelli Christmas Carnival this year, but we’re determined to keep the spirit of the carnival alive. Let’s come together and celebrate one of the biggest events in Wales from the comfort of our homes – celebrate with generations of memories and look forward to a bigger and better carnival next year.” 

Sign up to attend Llanelli’s first virtual Christmas carnival – visit facebook.com/discovercarmarthenshire 

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Free Community Crime Prevention Kits to be distributed in Llanelli area

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OVER the coming weeks, residents from both the Ty Isha and Glanymor areas in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, will receive free crime prevention kits that will aim to deter offenders and make both communities safer.

The prevention kits have been purchased through funding that was secured from the Home Office’s Safer Street Fund by Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn.

The funding of £195,673 that was secured by Mr Llywelyn will go towards measures proven to cut crime, and will include employing two Community Wardens; purchase of SelectaDNA kits, Community crime prevention activity support, Environmental improvements and Community Crime Prevention kits.

SelectaDNA kits and Bike register kits are two of the Community Prevention kits that will be distributed to residents within the local communities over coming weeks.

The SelectaDNA kits are property marking kits that include a unique formula of DNA, UV tracer and microdots, which people can use to mark their valuable household items, so that if stolen, police are able to trace them. 

Similarly, the bike register kits include stickers, frame markings and microdots to uniquely identify a bike.  Users can add descriptions and photos to ensure that in the event of a theft, their bicycle can be easily identified and returned by Police through the BikeRegister Scheme.

Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys said, “I am delighted that both these crime prevention kits have been purchased through the Safer Streets funding that I secured earlier this year.  Hopefully, as they are distributed over the coming weeks, we will see that they will have a positive impact within the area.  Criminals know that DNA is the police’s most powerful weapon in convicting criminals therefore the DNA fear-factor is highly understood and acts as a huge deterrent.

“I have invested significantly in the area over recent years with community grants I made available in addition to the new CCTV system that is in place across the town. These new crime prevention kits that have been purchased through the new additional Safer Streets funding will further build upon my work over recent years and I hope the residents will feel a positive difference in their communities.

Both Ty Isha and Glanymor areas are considered to be two of the most deprived areas in Carmarthenshire according to the Welsh Government’s Index of Multiple Deprivation. The funding secured will focus on tackling all acquisitive crime such as burglary, vehicle theft and robbery within the identified areas.

PCC Llywelyn added, “Ensuring the security and safety of residents is a priority of mine – everyone deserves to live safely, and free from harm. Acquisitive offences are the crimes that the public are most likely to encounter, and they are estimated to cost society billions of pounds every year. There is strong evidence that these crimes can be prevented by tactics that either remove opportunities to commit crime or act as a deterrent by increasing the chances of an offender being caught. I now look forward to continue working closely with all partners that have supported us with our bid, to tackle these crimes in both areas and to ensure that they become safer environments for community residents.”

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