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Burry Port men given bravery award

Jon Coles

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Marmalade: Pictured with owner Mrs Hayler

Marmalade: Pictured with owner Mrs Hayler

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.

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Four charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs

Carli Newell

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FOUR people have been arrested and charged as part of an investigation into an organised crime gang supplying class A drugs from London to Aberystwyth, Llanelli and Swansea.

Dyfed-Powys Police, with support from The Met Police, carried out warrants at four addresses on July 21, resulting in four arrests.

Mohammed Osman, aged 23, Yonis Mohammed, aged 20, Salman Mohamoud, aged 23 – all from Islington – and Amy Simmons, aged 21, from Dulwich were charged with a total of 12 offences:

  • Mohammed Osman: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine,
  • Yonis Mohammed: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.
  • Salman Mohamoud: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine
  • Amy Simmons: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.

All four appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 23, where they were remanded in custody. They are due to appear at Swansea Crown Court for their next hearing on August 20.

The investigation is being carried out by the Ceredigion Serious and Organised Crime Team, Aberystwyth CID and the Operation Orochi command of the Met Police.

Detective Sergeant Steve Jones said: “These four arrests and charges are the result of a coordinated approach to target an organised crime gang we believe is running a county lines operation into the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.

“We will continue to work diligently to disrupt gangs of this kind, to prevent the supply of illegal substances into our community.

“I would like to thank all officers involved, as well as the Met Police for their part in the operation.”

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New children’s play area in Bryn as part of new council housing development

Carli Newell

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A NEW children’s play area has opened in time for the summer holidays in Bryn, Llanelli as part of a new £5.9million council housing development.

Carmarthenshire County Council is building 32 new homes on land close to the Dylan housing estate in Bryn.

The scheme will be made up of 22 two-bedroom homes, four two-bedroom bungalows and six four-bedroom homes and is part of the council’s ongoing drive to deliver more affordable homes across the county. It has been part funded through the Welsh Government’s Affordable Housing Grant.

The development also includes a new children’s play area, funded by the council in partnership with Llanelli Rural Council, which will take over the running and maintenance of the play area on completion.

Executive Board Member for Housing Cllr Linda Evans said: “I am delighted the park has been completed in time for the summer holidays for the local children to enjoy.

“We are committed to delivering more affordable housing across Carmarthenshire and this development will benefit dozens of families in Llanelli, as well as proving much needed facilities for the local community.

“I would like to thank the rural council for collaborating with this us on this and I hope the children are thrilled with it.”

Before designing the play area, the rural council liaised with local schoolchildren to find out what play equipment they wanted at their new park.

Llanelli Rural Council Chairman Cllr Tegwen Devichand said: “The council is delighted to be working in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council to provide this wonderful new play area for the community.

“The opening of the play area couldn’t have been better timed to coincide with the school holidays. I hope the local children will enjoy the range of challenging play equipment on offer and that they have lots of fun using it over the summer.”

The housing development is due to be completed by the beginning of 2022.

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Burry Port Harbour lighthouse overhaul tops council’s £2million investment

Carli Newell

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A £2MILLION investment in Burry Port Harbour is nearing completion, topped off with the iconic lighthouse getting a fresh lick of paint.

Carmarthenshire County Council is behind a range of improvements to maintain and restore the historic harbour which is one of the county’s most loved and well visited beauty spots.

Restoration of the Grade II listed harbour walls, undertaken under the guidance of CADW, will conclude within the next few weeks.

The council has also been working alongside The Marine Group, which operates the harbour, to improve mooring facilities. They are working closely with fishermen to bid for funding for new commercial pontoon infrastructure.

It will add to investment made over previous years which saw the council spend almost £1.5million on new pontoons, and over £300,000 in maintaining the harbour railings and bridge.

A local operator has agreed a lease for a cafe and public toilets on east side of Harbour, and the refurbishment of the old RNLI harbour office has recently started by The Marine Group (TMG) to create a harbour-side coffee house.

TMG has also invested in a state-of-the-art dredger which arrived at the harbour last autumn. Dredging is well underway and will continue until targeted depths are reached.

Boat lifting equipment and new fuelling points are also planned.

The council has introduced community safety officers to patrol the harbour assisting tourists and local people during the summer months, especially to advise around Covid regulations, as part of a tourism hotspot plan to take care of issues such as parking, litter, street cleansing, enforcement and signage.

Temporary car parking surfacing has also been laid on the east side along with new pay and display facilities ahead of a wider multi-million regeneration plan that will transform the harbour with a mix of housing, commercial and leisure space covering around 13 acres of prime development site.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We are proud of our continued investment in Burry Port Harbour. We are spending millions restoring and maintaining historic features that are much-loved by local people and visitors who come from far and wide to enjoy what the harbour has to offer.

“We continue to work closely alongside The Marine Group and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council to plan and prioritise works and ongoing maintenance. We are as keen as everyone else to ensure it is well-maintained and continues to be a place people can enjoy.

“We appreciate that there has been some upheaval during these improvement works but we ask people to understand that our investment will make Burry Port Harbour an even better place for the future.”

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