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Weed stinks on Old Castle Road



Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 10.42.54A VIETNAMESE gang built a cannabis factory in the centre of Llanelli that was so powerful people could smell the drugs as they walked passed.

Inside 83 Old Castle Road illegal immigrant Son Nguyen was cultivating cannabis plants capable of producing drugs with a street value of £180,000—every three months.

But a tip off to the local police brought a sudden end to the venture and a 12 month prison sentence for 26 year old Nguyen.

Brian Simpson, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court how officers executed a search warrant at the end of terrace house on January 28.

They spotted Nguyen climbing out of a window but he gave up his escape bid and returned inside.

Officers found the property had been turned into a “sophisticated” cannabis factory and 223 plants were growing in three rooms.

More than 40 powerful lamps had been installed along with other expensive equipment and the electricity meter had been bypassed so as not to reveal how much power was being used.

Mr Simpson said the plants were capable of producing crops of up to 18 kilos of cannabis with a street value of between £62,000 and £180,000.

After his arrest Nguyen said he had been living in China and had been smuggled into the United Kingdom via France and in the back of a lorry.

He said he was quickly approached by a man he did not know and offered a job “watering some plants.”

Nguyen’s barrister, Robin Rouch, said he had been promised a better life in the UK but that had not materialised.

The process of deporting Nguyen, he added, was already underway.

Nguyen had admitted being concerned in the production of a controlled drug.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital



WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea



A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment



DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at:, by emailing or phoning 101.

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

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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