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Carmarthenshire votes Leave in referendum

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CARMS JPGCARMARTHENSHIRE has voted in favour of leaving the EU.

The outcome of Thursday’s referendum has already seen David Cameron resign, and a plunge in the value of the pound.

The turnout in Thursday’s referendum, at 74%, was significantly higher than that for Westminster and Assembly elections in recent years. 103,126 people voted across Carmarthenshire.

Overall, Wales voted 52.5%-47.5% in favour of leaving the EU – a slightly lower majority than England, but significantly different to the result in Scotland, which voted overwhelmingly to remain.

The total number of votes cast in Carmarthenshire in favour of LEAVE was 55,381

The total number of votes cast in Carmarthenshire in favour of REMAIN was 47,654

There were 91 rejected ballot papers.

Counting took place at the Selwyn Samuel Centre, Llanelli. The result was announced by Counting Officer Mark James.

Sampling studies have suggested that the results in Carmarthenshire were influenced by a strong vote leave turnout in Llanelli.

In the Llanelli area there was apparently a majority of around 10,000 in favour of leave.

Carmarthen West wards were apparently 55%-45% in favour of leaving the EU, while Carmarthen East and Dinefwr was more pro-remain.

First Minister Carwyn Jones has said that he is ‘disappointed’ by the result of the referendum, but acknowledged that it must be accepted.

In an announcement this morning, he set out the following priorities for Wales:

To protect Welsh jobs

For the Welsh Government to play a full part in discussions about the timing and terms of UK withdrawal from the EU.

For the UK to negotiate to retain access to the 500 million customers in the single market and that free movement of people is retained.

Continued participation, on current terms, should be continued in major EU programmes such as CAP funds for farming and Structural Funds for poorer areas up until the end of 2020.

Major and immediate revision of the Barnett Formula taking into account needs arising from EU withdrawal – and a promise made that Wales will not lose a penny.

The relationship between devolved administrations and the UK government to be placed onto an entirely different footing.

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies, who backed the leave campaign, said: “I am immensely proud to be part of a Party which delivered this referendum to the people of the UK, giving them an enormous opportunity to determine the course of their future.

“The will of the people has today been declared, and the result marks an historic moment of positive change for our country.

“Wales has sent a clear message that it wants to be part of that change, and politicians of all stripes must now come together to deliver on this momentous constitutional decision.”

Plaid Cymru politicians, Adam Price AM and Jonathan Edwards MP have issued a brief response to the EU Referendum result.

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Assembly Member Adam Price said: “Without doubt Wales now faces perhaps the biggest economic challenge it has seen since the 1930’s.

“There is an almighty challenge ahead.  It would be wrong of anyone to try to undermine the seriousness of the problems our economy now faces.

“I stand ready to play my part in helping protect the people of Wales.

“I am delighted that Carmarthen East and Dinefwr communities did record a Remain vote.   Had the Labour party not lost the support of its core voters across the county then we would have certainly seen Carmarthenshire as a whole vote to remain a member of the EU.”

Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards added: “It is crystal clear this morning that the Leave campaign has absolutely no plan for the future of the UK or our economy.

“We cannot allow the UK to continue to be dominated by Westminster.  We need a radical reconfiguration of powers.

“Plaid Cymru’s role will always be stand up for the best interests of Wales and her people.

“We will do all we can to protect our communities and defend the Welsh national interest.”

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Police appeal following assault in Llys Glan Y Mor

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POLICE in Llanelli are investigating an assault which occurred in the vicinity of St Davids Close and Llys Glan Y Mor, Llanelli sometime between 9.00pm on Saturday 10th April and 1.30am on Sunday 11th April 2021.

A 45-year-old male was taken to hospital with facial injuries.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.
They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.
Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police either online at: bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference DPP/0006/11/04/2021/01/C.

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Police trace burglar who left trail of oil leading to his home

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A MAN was charged with burglary after leaving a trail of oil from a stolen generator leading police from a victim’s home to his own.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers were able to quickly trace Dominic William Oliver after he went on an overnight burglary spree in Burry Port in March.

The force received reports of two garage burglaries and a theft from a car overnight on Monday, March 8, with a generator, fishing rods, and two bags containing passports among the stolen items.

The combined value of the items taken was estimated to be around £800.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “An officer attended the victims’ homes, and was made aware of a trail of oil, which was believed to have come from the stolen generator.

“She followed it along several streets – one of which was where Oliver had stolen two bags from a car – and discovered that it ended outside a property on Dandorlan Road.

“Oliver agreed to a voluntary search being carried out, and as officers entered the property they immediately noticed a rucksack with a distinctive pattern that had been described by one of the victims.”

The search was completed, with further items suspected to have been stolen recovered from the address, and the 31-year-old was arrested on suspicion of burglary within six hours of the incidents being reported.

While being conveyed to police custody, Oliver made a significant comment linking him to the theft of the generator.

He was charged with two counts of burglary and one theft, and appeared at Swansea Crown Court for sentencing on Friday, April 30.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 18 months, must complete a rehabilitation requirement, and must remain at his home address between 8pm and 6am for three months.

Sgt Davies said: “This was an excellent response, which resulted in the swift arrest and charge of Oliver, and the recovery and return of stolen property to the victims the same day the offences were reported to us.

“This has no doubt had a positive impact on the residents of Burry Port, who have commented positively on how the matter was investigated.

“Community engagement, patrols and a crime prevention leaflet drop was carried out following the investigation to offer reassurance and advice.”

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Further coronavirus restriction relaxations brought forward

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FURTHER changes to the coronavirus restrictions have been announced by the First Minister Mark Drakeford today.

The Welsh Government has confirmed further relaxations will be brought forward from 17 May to 3 May – including the resumption of indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults, such as exercise classes, and the re-opening of community centres.

This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by Monday 3 May.

From Saturday 24 April, the rule of 6 will allow for up to six people from six households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers from those households.

The Welsh Government has also confirmed the relaxations that will take place on Monday 26 April. Outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen, while outdoor hospitality can also resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to take place and weddings receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people.

Wales has the lowest coronavirus rates of the UK nations.  The successful vaccine programme continues with a higher proportion of people vaccinated in Wales than other nations of the UK for both first and second doses.

Changes from Monday 3 May:

  • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen;
  • People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.

Relaxations planned for 17 May will be brought forward to the 3 May, including:

  • The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children;
  • Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons);
  • And the re-opening of community centres.

The First Minister said:

“The sacrifices we have made continue to show results. By us all working together and sticking to the rules, combined with our vaccination programme, mean we continue to make progress. Rates of the virus continue to fall and the public health situation is improving. 

“Due to these efforts we are able confirm more easing of the restrictions from 26 April and for early May we are again able to bring forward some of our plans. However, this progress is dependent on all of us continuing to work together to keep Wales safe.

“At the last three-week review, I set out a forward-look of how the restrictions could continue to be lifted in the weeks ahead, if the public health situation remains stable.

“It will be for the incoming Welsh Government to confirm these arrangements at the next three-week review, which will be held on May 13 – a week after the election. It is my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be able to open indoors from May 17, together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions.”

Further possible easements are subject to the public health situation remaining favourable.

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