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Rogue Trader Awareness Week exercise

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From left, Sgt Rhian Curtis and PCSO Alan Davies: With Carmarthenshire County Council Trading Standards officers Kayleigh Phillips, Quita Davies and Viv Jones

From left, Sgt Rhian Curtis and PCSO Alan Davies: With Carmarthenshire County Council Trading Standards officers Kayleigh Phillips, Quita Davies and Viv Jones

LARGE AREAS of the county were covered, particularly in known problem areas of Llwynhendy, Bryn and Llangennech in Llanelli, with more than 820 homes visited.

Residents were advised about doorstep crime and handed advice packs so they know what to look out for and what they should do if they answer the door to a cold caller.

Trading Standards officers and police also used the opportunity to gather information and intelligence, discovering that the majority of cold callers in Carmarthenshire are people touting for building work.

Alongside the Rogue Traders Week operation, Trading Standards teams have been busy visiting communities, giving scams awareness talks to groups and speaking to people who have complained about rogue traders.

People are being advised to stay on their guard, to always think twice about agreeing to pay for goods or services on their doorstep, and to check out Carmarthenshire’s Registered Traders Scheme if they need to employ someone to help with DIY, gardening or cleaning.

Cllr Jim Jones, Executive Board Member for Public Protection, said: “Our officers covered large areas of the county during and after Rogue Trader Awareness Week, but particularly concentrated their efforts in known hotspots for doorstep crime where cold callers have recently visited.

“We were pleased to be working with the police to raise awareness and gather intelligence which will help us stay one step ahead of rogue traders.

“If someone turns up on your doorstep trying to sell you goods, or claiming they can undertake building or maintenance work on your behalf, always think twice before agreeing or parting with money. If in doubt, call police or trading standards for advice.”

Inspector Jolene Mann of Dyfed Powys Police said: “From dealing with victims of rogue trading, police officers see first-hand the distress and upset this type of incident can cause. By working with our partners in Carmarthenshire Council we’ve been able to offer advice and support to people in our communities who are vulnerable to this type of crime, which will hopefully prevent others from becoming a victim.”

For further advice and information from Carmarthenshire Trading Standards call 01267 234567 or email tradingstandards@carmarthenshire.gov.uk.

Report suspicious behaviour to police immediately on 101.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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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

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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

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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: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk 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 crimestoppers-uk.org.

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