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Pendine: ‘Crucial’ testing to exceed sound limit at MOD Range

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CRUCIAL trial activity, which will consist of a limited number of firings, is due to take place until June 16 at the MOD Pendine Range.

Given the importance of the work, the trial has received Ministry of Defence approval to potentially exceed the 135dB limit at the Range boundary, under which the site normally operates, for the period of the trial.

There is no question that the statutory limit of 140dB (as specified in the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005) will be exceeded and the firings will only take place between 09:00 and 18:00.

As a courtesy, QinetiQ has notified Carmarthenshire County Council, St Ishmaels Community Council, the local constabulary and Fire Service.

The Range at Pendine is managed by QinetiQ on behalf of the MOD under the terms of a Long Term Partnering Agreement (LTPA), which delivers test, evaluation and training support services to the UK MOD and its allies.

QinetiQ apologises in advance for any disturbance the trial may cause. Members of the public who may have concerns can call the Careline on 0800 0921345 or email pendineinfo@QinetiQ.com

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Theft witnesses sought after John Street incident

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POLICE are looking for witnesses after a woman had money stolen from her in Carmarthen a fortnight ago.

The incident, which was described as ‘theft of money from a female’ by Carmarthen West Neighbourhood Policing Team, occurred by the public toilets in John Street Car Park on Wednesday November 29 between 10.45 and 11am.

The man police wish to speak to is white, in his fifties, and around 5’4” tall. He was described as ‘very very thin and weedy looking’, with a weathered look, a camel-coloured jacket, blue jeans, and dark grey untidy shoes.

His hair was straight, cut tidily to the back of his neck, with a fringe, and he spoke with a Welsh accent.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact PC 810 at Carmarthen Police Station.

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‘Knife attacker’ remanded into custody

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A CARMARTHEN man accused of ‘repeatedly’ stabbing another man in Bridge Street on Friday (Dec 8) was remanded into custody until January.

Gareth George Edwards, 44, of Priory Street, indicated two guilty pleas to charges of maliciously wounding Michael Byard with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm and possessing a bladed article in a public place, namely a kitchen knife.

Representing Edwards, David Williams made no submissions at this stage.

No application for bail was made, and Edwards was remanded into custody until he appears at Swansea Crown Court on January 8.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Following an incident in Bridge St, Carmarthen on Friday afternoon, Dec 8, at around 4.30pm, three people have been charged.

“A 44 year old man has been charged with Section 18 Assault and Possession of an Offensive Weapon and is due appear at Llanelli Magistrates court today, Dec 11.

“A 50 year old man has been charged with Common Assault and bailed to appear at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday, Dec 28.

“A 43 year old woman has been charged with Assault and bailed to appear at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday, Dec 28.”

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Snow causes school closures across county

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SEVERAL snows across Carmarthenshire are closed today (Dec 11) as heavy snowfall overnight has caused hazardous conditions.

The current list of schools closed in Carmarthenshire this morning consists of:

  • Beca
  • Brynasaron (Llangeler)
  • Cae’r Felin
  • Carreg Hirfaen
  • Llanllwni
  • Llanybydder
  • Rhys Prichard Llandovery
  • Talley / Talyllychau

All of the closures cite snow as the reason.

The council’s website states for Talley / Talyllychau: “The majority of staff are unable to make it in, plus the taxi service have informed us that they are unable to collect the children from the most rural areas.”

Over the weekend a weather warning was issues for the majority of the UK as snow fell and temperatures dropped.

You can check the status of your child’s school on the Carmarthenshire County Council website: http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/home/residents/education-schools/emergency-school-closures#.Wi5Sokpl_IU

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