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Ecstasy tablets caused death

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Llanelli Town Hall: Where inquests took place

A 24-YEAR-OLD man died as a result of taking two ecstasy tablets on a night out with friends – one of two MDMA-related deaths over the space of three weeks in the summer.

An inquest into the death of Upper Brynamman resident Lewis Box heard that when he returned home to his mother’s house at around 5:30am on August 14 he was ‘shaking uncontrollably’ and told his mother he had taken the drug. Shortly afterwards, his family found him in an unresponsive state, and he was declared dead at the scene.

Coroner’s Officer Malcolm Thompson told the inquest at Llanelli Town Hall that Mr Box was born in the Swansea area, and moved to Upper Brynamman after his parents separated, attending the local school. After leaving aged 16 he began a woodwork course at the local college before working a number of jobs including fibreglass fabricating and tyre fitting.

His interests included skateboards, motorbikes, music and his PS4. Family members described him as ‘a loving boy who had many friends’

Tests showed that Mr Box had traces of several drug metabolites, including cannabis and amphetamine, in his system, but the cause of death was given as a concentration of MDMA in excess of the level known to cause fatality.

“The account suggests that Mr Box took two ecstasy tablets and this proved fatal,” Coroner Mark Layton said. “In no way was this a deliberate act.”

Mr Layton reached the conclusion that the cause of death was drug-related.

Three weeks previously, a 42-year-old man in Llanelli passed away after accidentally ingesting a fatal quantity of the drug. An inquest into the death of Leighton Jones also concluded that the cause of death was drug-related.

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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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Christmas parcel delivered to Glangwilli Hospital

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BLISS, the UK’s leading premature and sick baby charity, has donated Christmas parcels to every neonatal unit in Wales – including Glangwilli Hospital – to make sure that babies and their parents know that they are not alone this Christmas.

The Christmas gifts will arrive at the neonatal units this week and will be distributed by unit staff and volunteers.

The parcels, which also contain gifts for parents, comprise of: a Bliss teddy bear, dungarees, photo frame, children’s book, snacks and toiletries. The parcel includes additional information about the support parents can receive from Bliss. The majority of these gifts have been donated by Bliss’ corporate partners including Pampers, Mothercare, Barnack Confectionary and Mush.

Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive at Bliss said: “Having a baby on the neonatal unit can be an isolating experience for parents – especially at Christmas. We hope through this small gesture, we can let parents know that they aren’t alone.

“Bliss would like to thank all of our corporate partners who helped to make this project possible. We hope that if the scheme is successful we will be able to roll the Christmas parcels out nationwide in future to reach all parents with a baby in neonatal care at Christmas.”

Head of Nursing for Children’s Services for NHS Wales Eirlys Thomas said: “On behalf of all the parents and babies we would like to thank Bliss for their kind donations. They will certainly cheer up all the parents who will need to spend Christmas in hospital with their babies.”

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