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Youth council’s ‘rewarding’ shadowing day with CCC member

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Geena Ware (middle): Experiencing a day in the Council

SHADOWING an executive board member of Carmarthenshire county council for a day was a ‘rewarding if exhausting experience’, said youth council member Geena Ware.

The 17-year-old Ysgol Dyffryn Aman pupil from Garnant said there was more to being a councillor and Carmarthenshire Council than met the eye.

She said: ”People tend to think just bins, busses and schools when it comes to local politics. But it is much more complex as my takeover with county social care and health executive board member Cllr Jane Tremlett showed me.

“With visits to the County Hall to meet members of the executive board; senior council managers and officers; a nursing home meeting staff and residents and Llanelli East Gate council offices to see the busy call centre in action.

“As I am studying politics with an interest in social care and health as the Carmarthenshire Youth Council’s liaison officer with the NHS, it was both rewarding and encouraging to see how the council works with so many agencies to resolve the many complex issues that daily arise.

“It was also amazing to witness residents at the council run Y Plas nursing home in Felinfoel enjoying an afternoon of a ‘day at the races.’”

Geena will provide feedback of her hectic day to the monthly meetings of the youth council and file a report about her takeover day for their website.

Cllr Tremlett said: “My colleagues have told me it has been a two-way highly beneficial learning curve accommodating the ‘takeover days.’

“Geena took a keen interest during her whirlwind experience of the council’s social care and health functioning.

“I am sure this cultivation of relationships will help to promote the voice of the county’s youth and help us support them in ongoing and future projects.”

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Woman dies following two-car collision

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a two-car road traffic collision on the A470 between Cemmaes and Llanbrynmair.

Police were alerted to the collision at approximately 23:50pm on Saturday (Sept 23).

Sadly the 70-year-old woman driver of a grey Skoda died as a result of her injuries. Next of kin and HM Coroner are aware.

Two passengers travelling in the Skoda, and a man driving a silver Mazda, have been taken to hospital.

Fire and ambulance also attended. The road was closed for several hours while collision investigation took place.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or was travelling on the road around this time, is asked to report information by calling 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908, quoting reference: 409 of September 23.

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Newcastle Emlyn: Restaurant shut down by Immigration Enforcement officers

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A POPULAR restaurant in Newcastle Emlyn has been shut down by Immigration Enforcement officers, due to its history of employing illegal workers.

On Thursday (Sept 21), officers visited Yasmin’s on Sycamore Street and carried out an immigration check on the employees.

Two men, both 37, had overstayed their visas and were now in detention as they are prepared to be sent back to Bangladesh.

Two more men from Bangladesh were also found to not have permission to work in the UK. They are now being ordered to report to Immigration Enforcement as their cases are reviewed.

Five illegal workers were discovered in two previous visits in 2013 and 2014.

In total, the business has been fined £88,750, however £72,000 remains unpaid. This is now being investigated by the Home Office.

Because of the non-compliance of the restaurant, Yasmin’s has now been shut down temporarily, using powers from the Immigration Act 2016.

Richard Johnson, from Immigration Enforcement in Wales, said: “Businesses that persistently employ illegal workers must face the consequences.

“These immigration powers give us an opportunity to further crack down on those offenders where civil penalties have been issued and not paid.”

 

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Drug dealer who was ‘caught red handed’ jailed for three years

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A BRYNAMMAN drug dealer who was ‘caught red handed’ with cocaine and cannabis has been jailed for three years today (Sept 19).

Darrian Bointon, aged 21, was told he needed to decide now whether he would continue offending and risk spending the rest of his life in jail.

Bointon, of Brynbrain Estate, admitted possessing both cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply.

Swansea Crown Court heard how police stopped a car he was driving on June 12 and found the drugs already divided into individual deals.

Judge Geraint Walters said it was the third time Bointon had been caught dealing in cannabis but it was his first offence for being involved in the supply of a Class A drug.

At the age of only 21 he had already amassed a considerable criminal record, said the judge.

“You have completely lost your way,” he added.

“Your downfall was the taking of drugs and then becoming addicted to them.

“People who deal in Class A drugs almost always go to jail, it is as simple as that. You must have known that.”

Judge Walters said he accepted that Bointon had not been making huge amounts of money but had been dealing to meet the cost of his own habits.
However, he had been spreading the misery of drug usage just to make a fast buck.
He warned Bointon he would spend longer and longer in jail unless he changed–and the time to do that was now.
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