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Carmarthenshire’s Youth Council to hold Annual General Meeting

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YOUNG people aged 11-25 who are keen to make a difference and have their say on issues in the county are being invited to attend Carmarthenshire Youth Council’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The Youth Council is made up of 42 young people from across the county who represent the views of young people to those in positions of influence and raise issues of relevance to them, with the intention of making a change for the benefit of all young people in the county.

Recent campaigns include the ongoing national ‘Votes@16’ campaign which is trying to lower the current voting age from 18 to 16 years old and raising awareness of mental health in young people through their #storiharriet campaign.

The AGM on Wednesday, April 25 will also be a chance for the Youth Council to look back on their achievements over the past year and discuss and share their views on issues and campaigns they want to look at addressing in the coming year. The election of new officers will also take place at the meeting in the Chamber at County Hall in Carmarthen from 5-7pm.

Attending the meeting will be Gareth Morgans, Director of Education and Children services; Councillor Emlyn Dole, Leader of the Council; Councillor Glynog Davies, Executive Board Member for Education & Children; members of the executive board; Chair and Vice Chair of Scrutiny and senior managers from education and children’s services.

Cllr Glynog Davies, executive board member for education and children’s services, said: “Members of the Youth Council do great work and it’s a privilege to work with this team of young people and seeing what they achieve – especially in the last year. I look forward to continuing to work and support the Youth Council this year and I would urge any young person who wants to be involved in making a difference for the benefit of other young people in the county to come along and find out more about the Youth Council at the AGM.”

Chairperson of Carmarthenshire Youth Council, Brittany Alsop-Bingham, aged 20, from Garnant, said: “After all the hard work that the Youth Council has been doing over the last 12 months it will be nice to see the new members of the CYC all together for our AGM, I am really looking forward to getting everyone involved in our work going forward.”

If you would like more information or are interested in coming along to find out about the Youth Council then please contact Carmarthenshire County Council’s Participation and Children’s Rights Team on 01267 246435 or Participation@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

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Food assembly reaches fruition

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MORE and more people in Carmarthen are ditching the supermarket trolley and buying fresh food directly from local producers.

The Carmarthen Food Assembly – an online platform that allows a direct link between customers and producers – continues to grow from strength to strength, helping people have more control about what ends up on their plates whilst supporting local businesses.

This week the assembly celebrated its first anniversary, and now boasts 700 customers and 20 producers, with fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and baked goods sold and collected weekly.

Customers order their goods through an online platform, giving producers special requests if required, before picking it up on collection day at Carmarthen’s Xcel in Johnstown, or The Warren in Mansel Street.

As well as supporting the local economy the assembly also has health and environmental benefits – customers can find out exactly what has gone into their food, and carbon footprint is also reduced with food travelling an average distance of 28 miles to the pick-up point compared to around 600 miles to a supermarket.

It also reduces waste as nothing gets picked or baked unless it is ordered.

Organiser Carrie Laxton is a retired GP who saw the benefits of a food assembly and decided to set one up in Carmarthen, with the support of Carmarthenshire County Council.

“Local producers are struggling to make a living, and this is an ideal way of supporting them,” she said.

“We have anywhere between 12 and 18 producers most weeks who set up a mini-market at our collection points to meet their customers and hand over the pre-ordered goods. It makes good local food more accessible to local people as well as supporting local producers.”

Cllr Cefin Campbell, Carmarthenshire County Council’s executive board member for rural affairs, said: “This is a fantastic way to support the local economy and local producers. Rural industries continue to struggle but as consumers become more conscious of what they eat we hope that they will return back to the more traditional shopping route which is to buy from local farmers, bakers and butchers.

“The food assembly helps link customers and producers and bringing in the modern element of online orders it is working well for a growing number of people.”

Anyone can register to become a customer of the food assembly, and food producers in around the Carmarthen area are encouraged to find out how they can become involved.

Find information at www.foodassembly.com

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Man arrested on suspicion of murder

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POLICE are continuing with their thorough enquiries in the search for 28-year-old Hollie Kerrell, who is missing from Knighton.

She was last seen at her home address in Knighton on Sunday, April 22, at around 10am. No one has heard from her since.

An incident room has been set up in Llandrindod Wells police station, and enquiries have led to the arrest of a 35-year-old man on suspicion of murder. He is currently in police custody.

Superintendent Jon Cummins said: “Although there has been a significant development in this investigation in respect of an arrest taking place, we still need the help of the public in this enquiry.

“We’re appealing to anyone with any information or sightings of Hollie from 5pm on Saturday, April 21st onwards to contact us as a matter of urgency. She is described as being 5’5”, medium build with dark brown hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a black skirt and long black cardigan when last seen.

“Please, if you have any information contact us by calling 101.”

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908, quoting Ref: 138 of April 23.

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Police issue security advice to businesses following attempted burglary

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is urging businesses to consider increased security measures following an attempted burglary at a business in Dyffryn Road, Ammanford.

Two people were seen attempting to gain access to a unit at around 7.20pm on April 9.

Following on from the incident, Ammanford police have offered the following advice to business owners in the area.

​PC Elinor Rees said: “We would advise all businesses to look at their current security measures and consider if they are robust enough to prevent crime.

“We recommend investing in CCTV cameras covering all buildings and grounds around your premises, and ensure the relevant staff are aware of how to download footage in the event it is needed.

“If you need further information on protecting your business, please contact your local neighbourhood policing team by calling 101.”

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