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‘Desperate’ vodka thief



Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 12.59.44A MAN from Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, appeared before Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday (Mar 31).

60-year-old Andrzej Giszczak, of Paddock Street, pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

Prosecutor Ellie Morgan opened the case, stating:

“At 3.20pm on February 28, the Store Manager at the Llanelli Home Bargains store saw the defendant in the fridge section of the store, picking up chicken items and putting them into his bag. When he noticed he was being watched, he took them out.

“He was then caught on CCTV going into the alcohol aisle and putting a bottle of vodka into his coat pocket.

“Mr Giszczak then went to the till to try to pay for the chicken items he had picked up, but his card was declined.

“The Store Manager detained the defendant and found the £4.99 bottle of vodka in his jacket pocket. This led to Dyfed-Powys Police officers arriving on the scene and interviewing the defendant.

“Mr Giszczak explained how he was in a desperate situation. He had no funds in his bank account and was mentally desperate. He was also forced to sell all of his valuables. The defendant has a history of offences, but none since 2013.”

Ms Morgan continued on to state that the defendant was suffering with severe depression and mental health issues, and stole the vodka with the intention of drinking it then jumping under a train.

Mr Jones, defending, said: “Mr Giszczak has a series of minor offences, one of which resulted in a short term imprisonment.

“Life has become very difficult for the defendant after he was evicted and he has struggled with having insufficient money, as he currently has no income. His health has deteriorated but, as you can see, he manages to keep his appearance clean and tidy.”

Llanelli Magistrates imposed a £40 fine on Giszczak, as well as prosecution costs of £45 and a mandatory victim surcharge of £20.

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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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