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French kisses for Llanelli leader



Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 09.58.04THE LEADER of Llanelli Town Council has been having an extramarital affair partly funded by Council Tax payers, The Herald can reveal.

Following this newspaper’s article on controversy surrounding the allocation of places on town twinning visits and other events to which the council contributes towards costs, we were contacted by the estranged wife of Council leader Carl Lucas.

According to Petra Lucas, the Town Council leader has been having an affair with a councillor from Agen, Llanelli’s twin town, since 2014.

Mr Lucas has been having an affair with Ellen Thompson Harwood who is also a councillor in Agen and a member of the Llanelli – Agen Twinning committee.

Mrs Lucas told us that Mr. Lucas had been visiting Agen regularly both in a private capacity and as leader of Llanelli Town Council.

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 09.58.56In an interview with The Herald Petra Lucas told us: “I found out by phoning his office. I was told he was working for Airbus in Toulouse. He was away for almost a year going every other weekend. I phoned him and he admitted he was having an affair.

“A lot of people in Llanelli are not happy about it. They know he is on the twinning and it does not look good for both towns what they have done.

“I can’t understand why they are keeping him as leader. Apparently it is nothing to do with the council because it is his private life. It doesn’t look good for the twinning. He has left the marital home. He is living in Llanelli and he is still with her.

“It is terrible because we were married for thirty five years and we had two children. The children were devastated. I trusted him 100%.

“It is such a shock. I did say to him that he should be resigning from the council. I think she should resign. I was never invited out there once, now I know why.

“I phoned him because he was out in Agen. I asked what had been going on and he said he had been having an affair for the last year. That was in 2015, while the Prune Festival was on and he was attending as a member of Llanelli Town Council.

“He is even on You Tube with her at the time saying: “My name is Carl Lucas. I am the leader of Llanelli Town Council.”

“We had been together since we were thirteen years of age. You can live with people but you never know them. I never thought he would do this to me. He should have been honest from the beginning. If he wasn’t happy he should have said so.”

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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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