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Tree surgeon died after accidental overdose

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THE FAMILY of a tree surgeon who passed away following an accidental overdose of heroin in December has stressed the importance of identifying and treating ADHD from an early age.

An inquest into the death of 33-year-old Kevin Bradley Lane heard that in spite of his intelligence he was a restless, and sometimes disruptive pupil in school and left with no formal qualifications. At around this time he was associating with young adults in a similar position and started smoking cannabis as self medication for his restlessness.

At the inquest in Llanelli Town Hall on Wednesday (Feb 28) Coroner’s Officer Malcolm Thompson explained that Mr Lane was born in Liverpool and was fostered at the age of 16 months before being adopted by his foster parents.

When he was 11 the family relocated to Barry. While Mr Lane excelled in certain sports including swimming and the javelin, as well as displaying artistic talent, he struggled with written work as a result of dyslexia and undiagnosed ADHD and left school with no qualifications.

However, he was highly intelligent, and spent a lot of time accumulating knowledge through audiobooks and documentaries.

After holding a number of jobs, his family moved to Llandysul when he was 18. Around this time Mr Lane began work as a tree surgeon. He excelled at the job, and over the next decade gained qualifications and worked for a number of firms, becoming widely and highly respected in the business. He was qualified to cut trees near power lines and railways, and enjoyed the challenge of carrying out skilful work in dangerous situations.

Recently, he had begun an access course in art at Coleg Sir Gar, and eventually hoped to gain a degree and become a teacher.

Mr Lane’s family described him as an articulate, humorous and fun-loving man, with a keen interest in music. He would always help those in need, and once rescued a friend from drowning in Barry. On another occasion he carried a friend who had broken his leg a considerable distance to get help.

From the middle of his 20s, Mr Lane lived with heroin addiction, which he did not hide from his family. However, over the last two years he sought help to get clean from agencies such as DDAS and the Wellfield Clinic.

On the morning of December 12, police found Mr Lane collapsed and unresponsive in Marks and Spencer Carmarthen, with a used syringe nearby. He was taken to Glangwili Hospital and placed on a life support machine, but sadly passed away the following day.

His death was treated as non-suspicious and unexplained.

Carmarthenshire Coroner Mark Layton read from a toxicology report, which indicated that there was morphine present in his system at a level known to cause toxicity, although addicts generally developed a higher tolerance.

His family suggested that his tolerance could well have been reduced by his efforts to give up the drug, and Mr Layton agreed.

A statement from the family stressed the importance of properly identifying and treating ADHD from an early age. “This was a very significant cause of Kevin’s restlessness, and troubled nature from an early stage in life, and we understand that ADHD is highly correlated with drug use in young people,” they added.

Mr Layton concluded that the death was drug-related, and passed on his condolences to the family.

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New First Minister announces his cabinet

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HE FIRST MINISTER FOR WALES, Mark Drakeford, has today announced his new look cabinet to lead Wales. The First Minister said: “It is an enormous privilege for me to be appointed First Minister of Wales. Every leader needs a strong team around them, and I am delighted to introduce my new cabinet which is a strong mix of experience, talent and passion.

“Brexit is our greatest challenge.  In the extraordinary and regrettable circumstances created by the UK Government, it is vital that we prepare for all outcomes. I have retained Ministers in posts where their experience of Brexit preparation is key, while creating a new post to reflect the priority I attach to international relationships and trade.

“As a government we will continue to speak up for Wales, to fight our country’s corner and make sure the government in London is never in any doubt at all of what matters to the people of Wales.”

Cabinet and Deputy Ministers

Vaughan Gething
Minister for Health and Social Services  – Y Gweinidog Iechyd a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol

Julie Morgan
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services – Y Dirprwy Weinidog Iechyd a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol

Eluned Morgan
Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language – Gweinidog y Gymraeg a Chysylltiadau Rhyngwladol

Dafydd Elis-Thomas
Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism – Y Dirprwy Weinidog Diwylliant, Chwaraeon a Thwristiaeth

Ken Skates
Minister for Economy and Transport – Gweinidog yr Economi a Thrafnidiaeth

Lee Waters
Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport – Dirprwy Weinidog yr Economi a Thrafnidiaeth

Julie James
Minister for Housing and Local Government – Y Gweinidog Tai a Llywodraeth Leol

Hannah Blythyn
Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government – Y Dirprwy Weinidog Tai a Llywodraeth Leol

Rebecca Evans
Minister for Finance and Trefnydd – Y Gweinidog Cyllid a’r Trefnydd

Kirsty Williams
Minister for Education – Y Gweinidog Addysg

Lesley Griffiths
Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs – Gweinidog yr Amgylchedd, Ynni a Materion Gwledig

Jeremy Miles
Counsel General Designate and Brexit Minister – Y Darpar Gwnsler Cyffredinol a’r Gweinidog Brexit

Jane Hutt
Deputy Minister and Chief Whip – Y Dirprwy Weinidog a’r Prif Chwip

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Man steals 50 tools worth £6000 from B&Q

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a burglary at B&Q, Carmarthen, which happened at around 8.25pm on Wednesday, December 5.

Around 50 items were stolen – Dewalt and Makita branded power tools and batteries – which are valued at nearly £6,000.

Officers are keen to speak to the man pictured, who may have information that could help them with their enquiries.

If you recognise the man in the photograph, believe it is you, or have any information that could help officers with their investigation contact PC Christopher Day by calling 101.

If you are approached to buy cheap tools, or see cheap tools for sale, report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DPP/2066/05/12/2018/02/C

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Huge RAF plane lands on Pembrey Beach

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PEMBREY BEACH turned into a runway on Wednesday (Dec 12) when a gigantic RAF plane landed on it.

The A400M Atlas plane, piloted from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, was being tested on the Carmarthenshire beach.

A spokesperson for the RAF said: “Beaches are routinely used by the RAF for training operations with other tactical airlifters.

“The A400M showcased its superb tactical capabilities on natural surfaces by performing take-off, landing and taxiing manoeuvres.”

Capable of flying over 2,000 miles, with room for 66 patients on stretchers on the board, and can carry a 37-tonne payload.

Despite weighing 120 tonnes it can reach 485mph.

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