DYFED-POWYS POLICE have appealed for information after thieves stripped the lead from an historic bandstand in Carmarthen Park on New Year’s Day.
A statement released by Carmarthen Town Council, which manages the park, said: “We regret to advise our local community that on Monday January 1 a quantity of lead was stolen from the roof of Carmarthen Park Bandstand.
“The people responsible have caused major damage to our community bandstand and also to the CCTV cameras in Carmarthen Park.
“We urge the public to share this information and would be grateful for anyone with further information to come forward.”
Mayor Alun Lenny also asked any potential witnesses to speak to police: “Did you notice anything suspicious around 7pm? If so, please call the police,” he said.
“The park is a very popular venue and a lot of public money has been invested there. These criminals must be caught and punished.”
A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed Powys Police is investigating an incident of theft and criminal damage in Carmarthen Park. Sometime between 6:45pm and 6:50pm on Monday 1st January 2018 lead was stolen from the roof of the bandstand and CCTV cameras were also damaged. A male and a female were seen to be in the area at the time.
“Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by contacting PC 798 Watkin on 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”
This is not the only theft of its kind to occur in Carmarthen in recent times. At some point in the last two months, a quantity of lead was stolen from the roof of the High Noon Stores building in King Street. Anyone with information about this theft is also asked to contact police
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THE HERO of London Bridge who was stabbed nine times as he fought off three terrorists armed with just a police baton has called on Carmarthen people to nominate an unsung hero of their own.
And British Transport Police Officer Wayne Marques said bravery and courage should be recognised because it is inspiring and encouraging to others.
He said: “Every tragedy has a silver lining and it is up to us to make sure that silver shines.”
Wayne, 39, who won the Against All Odds category in last year’s global hearing specialists Amplifon’s Brave Britons awards, was on patrol in the area of London Bridge Station when he heard screams on the evening of June 3 last year and then he saw people being stabbed in Borough High Street near the junction with London Bridge Street.
He charged at one of the terrorists lashing out with his baton. But soon he was being attacked by all three terrorists one stabbing him above his right eye which cause him to go temporarily blind in the eye.
More than 12 months on and Wayne still travels from his South London home to Harrogate, Yorkshire, where he receives rehabilitation treatment.
Seven people died in the attack and many more were badly injured.
Now Wayne is calling on people who know of acts of courage or bravery to nominate them for this year’s Amplifon – who have a store in Merlins Walk Shopping Centre, Carmarthen – Brave Briton awards.
He said: “I first felt surprised and then humble when I was nominated by a person I didn’t even know. The fact they had taken their time to fill in a form and nominate me made me feel very honoured. It would have been wrong for me to respond in any other way.”
Wayne added: “We need more people honoured in the way I was because there are a lot of people out there who go beyond what is expected of them for the sake of others.
“Even uniformed services personnel who do a job where they are expected to sometimes face danger go beyond that expectation and react to the highest magnitude.
“To nominate others and put them in the limelight is so inspiring and encouraging to others in their communities and around the country.
“Through adversity we as a nation tend to pull together. How we rally together makes this country great.”
There are six categories in the Amplifon Brave Britons awards: Against All Odds, Young Hero, Service To Their Country, Active Agers, Hero Pet, and Charity Champion.
Anyone who wishes to nominate a hero in any of the categories should visit http://www.amplifon.com
Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London, on Tuesday, October 16.
A panel of judges including Falklands hero Simon Weston will also choose an overall Hero from the category winners who will win a trip to Italy.
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