TWO men who rushed into a burning house and put out a fire, saving a pet cat, have been rewarded with a bravery award from the RSPCA.
Richard Price and Daryl Webb were driving home through Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, when they spotted flames at the home of Kathryn Hayler.
Richard dialled 999 while Daryl raced into the house after the owner, who had been visiting a neighbour when the blaze started.
The pair managed to evacuate Mrs Hayler from the smoke -filled front room and stamp out the fire which had spread from the blazing curtains , saving Marmalade the cat who was cowering in the corner.
Richard, 21, said: “We could see flames at the window and pulled over to help. I phoned the fire brigade while Daryl ran into the house after the woman who lives there.
“The curtains were alight. There was a lot of smoke. Afterwards we saw Marmalade was crouching down on the floor.
“I checked the woman over while we waited for the emergency services to arrive. Fortunately, both she and Marmalade were okay – it could have been much worse.”
He added: “We just acted on instinct, we wanted to help, but looking back it was very scary.
Daryl, 32, a charity volunteer, added: “No one knew Marmalade was even there until he meowed. He was hiding in the lounge and then went running into the kitchen. His owner was very happy to see him.”
He added: “It’s very unexpected to get an award from the RSPCA, I just did what anyone would have done.”
Mrs Hayler, said she will never forget their bravery tackling the blaze and saving Marmalade , a 17-year-old rescue cat , from the fire in February.
She added: “I didn’t know Marmalade was in the house at the time – he would have been very scared and hid himself away in the corner.
“If they hadn’t managed to put the fire out, I dread to think what would have happened to him. I’m so grateful to them for saving Marmalade.”
The pair were nominated by the Army Cadet Force Association where Richard is an Adult Under Officer, and were awarded the RSPCA’s bronze gallantry award.
Major Dewi Branch, the Commanding Officer of Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF, said Richard was nominated for the calm and professional manner he has whilst dealing with emergencies.
He added: “He displayed courage and leadership beyond his years and it is firmly believed that his steadfast approach saved lives that day.”
RSPCA Chief Executive , Jeremy Cooper , said: “Daryl and Richard showed incredible bravery tackling a fire which was spreading quickly and filling the house with smoke.
“I know Marmalade’s owner will always be grateful to them for not only saving her home , but also her muchloved cat.
“They are very deserving of their award for their heroic actions and I’m very proud to present it to them.”
For more than 100 years, the RSPCA Honours have been given to recognise those people and organisations who’ve helped us in our goal to end cruelty, protect animals from abuse and further our knowledge of animal welfare.
The RSPCA Honours ceremony was held on Saturday (Jun 18) at The Law Society in London , which was especially appropriate as 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Animal Welfare Act. Since its introduction , the RSPCA has helped more than 150,000 cats and dogs.
Community checks out new Carmarthenshire Policing Hub and Custody Suite
POLICE and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn today (24.06.22) hosted an open doors event for local stakeholders at Dyfed-Powys’ new Custody Suite and Policing Hub, that is currently under construction at Dafen, Llanelli Carmarthenshire.
Planning permission was granted to the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner by Carmarthenshire County Council back in April 2021 for the proposed development, which is to be an ambitious sustainable construction, with a BREEAM excellence rating.
Wilmott Dixon, who are the Construction Contractor have been on site since autumn preparing for the first construction phases, with specific progress now beginning made on the development, that aims to be completed by May 2023.
PCC Dafydd Llywelyn said; “This is a major investment for us which will see an ambitious, modern, sustainable fit for purpose policing hub and custody suite that will meet the needs and expectations of modern policing.
“During the planning application process between 2020 and 2021, we engaged widely with the local community, and It was a pleasure to open the door, and welcome local community representatives to the construction site today, to show the progress that has been made to date.
“I’ve worked extremely hard with partners over recent years to ensure that we get to this position and I now look forward to seeing the construction work continue to develop at pace over the year”.
In being a BREEAM related development, the new build will offer a more sustainable environment, that aims to enhance the well-being of the people who work within it, and help protect natural resources.
Amongst some of the sustainable credentials of the new build will be a photovoltaic solar power installation to minimise the carbon footprint of the building; a rainwater harvesting facility for toilets and non-potable water, and electric car charging facilities.
Chief Inspector Richard Hopkin, Dyfed-Powys Police’s operational lead on the new build, said: “We feel very fortunate to be having a new build custody suite and hub coming to Llanelli.
“Our current Llanelli estate is old, so to see a new build that is being designed with such consideration for the environment and the wellbeing of our staff and the community within which it sits is really positive.
“The development will provide a fit for purpose, future proof solution which will complement the town centre Neighbourhood Police Team base.”
Ian Jones, Director at Willmott Dixon commented, “This is the first project that we have worked on with Dyfed Powys Police, and as part of what has being a collaborative partnership, we are delighted to have the opportunity to deliver this development.
“This is a purpose‐built, new custody suite to replace and supplement provision of custody within Carmarthenshire which will provide excellent facilities to meet the needs of modern law enforcement and detainee wellbeing for Dyfed Powys Police.
“We were delighted to have the opportunity to welcome guests to the site to show them first-hand how construction is progressing.”
Ryan Giggs quits as Wales manager with ‘immediate effect’
EX Man-Utd winger has left his position as the manager of the national football team with ‘immediate effect’.
Giggs stepped back from his role in November 2020 following after being arrested.
49-year-old Giggs has been charged with assault and using controlling behaviour towards an ex-partner. A claim that Giggs has denied.
In a heartfelt statement on his decision, Giggs said: “After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to manage my country, but it is only right that the Wales FA, the coaching staff and the players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach.
“I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case.
“I am sad that we cannot continue this journey together because I believe that this extraordinary group will make the country proud at our first World Cup since 1958.
“It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date.”
Following Giggs arrest in 2020, former Wales captain Robert Page took over as interim manager.
Under Page Wales beat Ukraine to earn themselves a place at Qatar World Cup for the first time in 64 years.
Giggs faces one charge of using controlling and coercive behaviour August 2017 and November 2020, one charge of assault causing actual bodily harm of his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville on November 1, 2020.
He also faces a charge of common assault on the victim’s sister.
Giggs denies all charges against him and will stand trial on August 8.
The trial is expected to last five days.
Following the announcement, a FAW spokesperson said: “The FAW places on record its gratitude to Ryan Giggs for his tenure as manager of the Cymru men’s national team and appreciates the decision he has taken, which is in the best interests of Welsh football,
“The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru men’s national team is on the Fifa World Cup in Qatar later this year.”
M&S opticians opens its doors in Llanelli Parc Trostre
MARKS & SPENCER has opened the newest branch of its M&S Opticians service, located in the retailer’s popular Llanelli store.
M&S Llanelli Parc Trostre will offer customers an expert opticians service, which includes a full eye health examination (OCT scan) for every eye test booked at no additional fee.
Free eye tests are available as an opening offer, as well as 15% off glasses and sunglasses for Sparks customers. There’s a wide range of designer brands to choose from including Mulberry, Prada, Joules, Kate Spade, Oakley, Police, Maui Jim along with leading lens manufacturers – Zeiss and Nikon.
Expert advice on contact lens fitting and wearing is also on hand, alongside a contact lens home delivery option. The store will also be home to a hearing aid audiologist who will be offering free hearing health checks along with latest hearing aid technology, including rechargeable models and mobile connectivity.
M&S Llanelli Parc Trostre is the second optician service to open in Wales following a successful trial across ten UK cities, during which the service received a customer satisfaction rate of 96% and a customer recommendation rate of 96%.
M&S Llanelli Parc Trostre Store Manager, Aled Bonnell, said: “We’re always looking for ways to make shopping at M&S even more rewarding and feedback from our trial showed that customers loved the convenience of having an Opticians service in our store. We’re really excited to be opening our M&S Opticians in Llanelli and hearing what our customers think. The choice of different brands we’re offering is second to none and we have brilliant opening offers to suit all budgets.”
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