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Carmarthenshire Hunt Club hold New Year’s Day Meet



Carmarthenshire Hunt: On New Year's Day (pic. Christopher Harte)

THE CARMARTHENSHIRE HUNT CLUB held their annual New Year’s Day Meet in Guildhall Square yesterday (Jan 1). This was the 130th occasion that the Hunt had met in the Square since their formation in 1889.

Although the day was slightly overcast this did not stop the hunt’s supporters from attending in large numbers to cheer the 71 riders as they made their way from Richmond Terrace, via Mansel Street, to Lammas Street where they paraded through the good wishes of the crowd to the Guildhall.

A Hunt spokesman said that at a conservative estimate around 600 people attended the Meet as well as a number of people who were protesting against the hunt who were corralled by the police behind barriers in the Square.

Putting on a show: For the large crowd (pic. Christopher Harte )

“The popularity of the Hunt has not waned in the years since the Hunting Act became law in 2005,” he said.

“Since that time we have conducted a trail hunt with the full support of farmers within the county.”

“Our hunts are continually monitored and on no occasion have we been found to do anything but comply with the current legislation as it stands.”

He added: “It is a great shame that those who protest are, in the main, not local people and they only visit on New Year’s Day to chant and make a noise. The vocal support we had from those in Guildhall Square and Lammas Street just showed how much our community supports the Hunt.”

Smiling: Fun was had by all (pic. Christopher Harte)

“As for the claim that they succeeded in keeping the Hunt away from the steps of Guildhall it was, in fact, a Health and Safety matter agreed with the Town Council in order to protect the horses. With the police having to erect barriers it was feared that horses might have injured themselves by accidentally putting their hooves through the palings.”

The spokesman concluded: “We know that support for us within Carmarthenshire is very strong. The rural and farming communities are our strength and their help allows us to continue the traditions and enjoyment experienced by the generations of the past.”

At the start of the Meet in Lammas Street the riding members of the Hunt gathered outside The Boar’s Head Hotel where the owner, Meinir Hunter, and her staff passed around glasses of warm punch (known as stirrup-cups) and sandwiches to sustain the riders before they set off for a day’s trail hunting.


Recovery efforts underway in aftermath of floods



A HUGE clean-up operation is underway to deal with the aftermath of the worst flooding Carmarthenshire has seen in decades.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s operational team has now switched its efforts from emergency response to recovery and supporting affected communities and businesses.

Additional resources have been put in place to collect ruined carpets, furniture and other waste, with cages and skips being dispatched to worst hit areas. People are advised to check with their insurers before disposing of any items.

Dehumidifers have been provided to as many homes as possible.

A hardship fund has been established for residents most in need of financial support, and housing officers will be visiting homes and helping people to complete and submit insurance claims.

Business support officers are also making contact with retailers and businesses to support them, and rate relief is also being sought from Welsh Government.

Highways, cleansing and refuse crews continue to sweep and clean debris left by the receding floods, and inspections will take place on all affected road surfaces, verges and bridges.

Specialist teams are being drafted in to support crews, including divers to inspect underwater structures and areas that have experienced land slide.

The council continues to urge people to take extra care and to allow extra time for their journeys as a number of diversions will remain in place.

Carmarthenshire County Council Chief Executive Mark James said: “Our staff have been working hard to respond in extremely difficult conditions. Now that the flood waters have subsided we have shifted our focus from response to recovery and we are doing all we can to support everyone affected.

“A full assessment of the damage is underway, and, as well as working with partner agencies, we are also speaking with Welsh Government to ensure appropriate resources are in place.”

· Follow updates on the council’s Newsroom, Facebook and Twitter

· Anyone in need of assistance should call 01267 234567 or email

· Apply for support for flooding recovery:

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Llandysul: Fire service cordoned off gas cylinders



ON SUNDAY (Oct 14) at 11:45am, firefighters from Llandysul were called to a flood-related incident in Station Road, near the Tyweli River.

On attendance to the incident, firefighters were confronted with a strong smell of gas, where approximately 60 gas cylinders had entered the river and accumulated in a culvert. Western Power were also in attendance to make safe a live electrical wire, from a three-phase electrical pumping station.

The Fire Service evacuated 12 properties from either side of the river and cordoned off Station Road for public safety.

Firefighters retrieved approximately 40 cylinders from the river and monitored the incident until the level of the flood water dropped.

The Police Service were also in attendance.

The cordons have now been lifted and business owners and residents have returned to their properties.

The Fire Service received the stop message at 09:02am this morning (Oct 15).

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Police say ‘stop protecting’ murder suspect Steve Baxter



JUST over two weeks ago Simon Clark, aged 54, was found dead at Grove Caravan Park in Pendine, Carmarthenshire.

Dyfed-Powys Police is continuing its manhunt for Steve Baxter, who is wanted on suspicion of Simon’s murder.

Baxter also known as Steve Tidy, Steve Rowley, Wayne Tidy or William Tidy, is aged 52, 5’5” (1.65cm) tall and has tattoos on his forearms – the name Chez and entwined circles on his left arm and a serpent on his right arm.

He has connections in the West Wales, South Wales, South West and North England areas of the UK.

Officers and staff are working round the clock to follow all possible lines of enquiry.

The independent charity Crimestoppers is also offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Steve Baxter and he has been added to the Most Wanted section of their website. Information would be taken by the charity anonymously.

Detective Superintendent Huw Davies said: “It’s over two weeks since Simon Clark was murdered at Grove Caravan Park, Pendine.

“The manhunt for Steve Baxter is ongoing and I must stress to the public that officers and staff are working round the clock to investigate all possible lines of enquiry that could lead us to him.

“I urge anyone with information of Baxter’s whereabouts to come forward. If you do not want to speak to police directly, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, which is also offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to his arrest.

“Someone knows where he is or has been in the last two weeks. Please stop protecting him. Simon Clark’s family deserve to see all those involved in his death brought to justice.”

Four people have been charged in connection with the murder: Jeffrey Stephen Ward, aged 40, from Pendine, has been charged with murder; Linda Mary Rowley, aged 52, from Pendine, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder); Kirston Macklin, aged 52, from Newport, Gwent, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder) and Julie Louise Harris, aged 46, from Tonypandy, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder).

If you see Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 999. Do not approach him.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 immediately.

To pass on information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at

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