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Llanelli: Compulsive buyer spent £20k using his step dad’s bank details



swansea-crown-courtA LANELLI man went internet shopping using his step father’s bank details and bought himself £19,640 worth of goods, a judge heard on Friday (Apr 15).

Peter Austin, aged 34, set up a PayPal account linked to the bank account of Gareth Rees.

He made 400 purchases over an eight month period before Mr Rees contacted his bank because he did not recognise the withdrawals.

Austin, of Heol Elfed, admitted fraud between September 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014.

Brian Simpson, prosecuting, told Swansea crown court that Mr Rees had taken redundancy to look after his wife, Austin’s mother, who later died of cancer.

He did not have a PayPal account but allowed Austin to use his to buy him a football shirt.

But Austin continued to make purchases without Mr Rees’ permission or knowledge.

Robin Rouch, the barrister representing Austin, said he had become a compulsive buyer and bought things he did not even need.

On being told that the police had been contacted he turned up at Llanelli police station with numerous items he had bought as well as a 20 page schedule listing details of all the purchases.

Mr Rouch said Austin was a recovery driver and had been working overtime during the period and had not even needed the money.

“He sent Mr Rees a text message apologising but he was unable to explain why he had behaved in that way,” added Mr Rouch.

Austin was jailed for eight months, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for the community.

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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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