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£1.59 coffee costs man over £600

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DUMPING a McDonalds an empty coffee cup on a pavement has cost one man over £600 after being caught on camera by a member of the public.

Film footage from a shopper showed David Davies taking the cup – which also had an empty coke can inside it – from inside of the car he was driving before dropping it on the pavement in Heol y Neuadd in Tumble and then driving off.

Following DVLA checks by enforcement officers, the car was found to be registered to an address in High Street, Tumble.

Officers visited the property and Davies, of Bedwellty Road, Cefnfforest in Merthyr Tydfil and was known to the owner of the Blue Ford Fiesta and had been driving the car at the time of the offence.

The 26-year-old was issued with a fixed penalty notice which he signed. Despite being sent a reminder Davies did not pay up and his case was referred to Llanelli Magistrates Court in a prosecution led by Carmarthenshire County Council.

Things got worse for the defendant when he failed to turn up at court.

He was fined £150 and must pay £458 in costs and £30 victim surcharge.

The council’s executive board member for public protection, Cllr Philip Hughes said: “I’d like to thank the public for their help and assistance in identifying this man. Once again we are in a situation where the defendant has chosen to ignore the littering laws and is now faced with a bill running into the hundreds of pounds for not paying his fixed penalty notice of £75.

“Littering is unsightly and places a huge burden on costs for the council which could be better spent on our frontline services. No ifs or buts, the fine will not go away.”

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Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions

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A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).

As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.

Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
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Next stage of works to clear Cwmduad landslide

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PHASE two of the works to stabilise a landslide in Cwmduad has begun following the recovery of a lorry from the river below.

Carmarthenshire County Council is leading the operation to clear the site and re-open the A484 for traffic travelling between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, following the landslide in October.

Phase one, which commenced before Christmas, created a safe zone for the recovery of a lorry that was swept in to the river during the storm.

That recovery took place earlier today (Monday, January 14, 2019).

Phase two, to permanently stabilise the embankment, involves complex drainage and geotechnical works.

The highway structure will then be assessed before any indication can be given as to when the road will re-open.

The council has thanked the community, and affected commuters, for their patience whilst site assessments and works have been underway.

Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are now making progress in what has been a highly complex operation and legal process between the council, partner agencies and the landowner.

“We fully appreciate the impact this has had on the community, and we wish to reiterate that we have worked without delay to undertake site investigations in the immediate aftermath of the landslide, along with clearance and construction works to make the area safe.

“We are working as quickly as we can to re-open the road as soon as possible, and would like to thank those affected most sincerely for their patience.”

Until the road is re-opened, traffic will continue to be diverted along the B4333 Carmarthen – Newcastle Emlyn.

Additional bus services remain in place:

  • A shuttle service currently runs from Cwmduad to Tycoch to catch the 460 service at 7.25am, 9.35am and 10.55am. Return journeys are at 2.25pm and 4.45pm.
  • The 460 service is currently operating on a diversion route
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Three seriously injured in A40 crash

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for information about a collision which resulted in serious injuries.

The collision which happened on Sunday afternoon (Jan 13) involved a silver Ford Fiesta and a Silver BMW 120 and at approximately 4pm on the A40 between Pont-y-fenny and Whitland roundabout.

The Silver Fiesta was travelling towards Whitland and the BMW was travelling towards Carmarthen.

A 67-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A 71-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman were also taken to hospital suffering serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or was driving along the road around the time or with dash cam footage, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, please text 07811311908. Please quote reference DP-20190113-199.

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