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Police CCTV is now operating in Carmarthen

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Dafydd Llywelyn: With local businessman Edward Rees

WORK to reinvest in CCTV in Carmarthen has been completed, with local businesses praising the 17 new cameras.

The work has been carried out as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn’s reinvestment in the CCTV provision across the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.

Carmarthen and Brecon are the second and third out of 17 identified towns to benefit from the upgraded CCTV systems. The first town to receive the upgrade was Builth Wells.

Carmarthen has benefitted from 17 new CCTV cameras which will be managed by Dyfed-Powys Police.

Work in Brecon has been carried out to allow the six existing cameras in the town to be recorded at the local police station.

A modern CCTV Monitoring Room will be introduced in the Force Communication Centre at Police Headquarters, Llangunnor, where cameras will be monitored centrally by dedicated staff.

Dafydd Llywelyn, Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am delighted that two more towns have benefitted from my pledge to reinvest in a modern CCTV infrastructure.

“CCTV cameras have been successfully installed in Carmarthen and the necessary work has been completed in Brecon allowing us to formally take over the management of the town’s CCTV cameras.

“I am looking forward to seeing the project delivered across other areas of the force in the coming months.”

Mark Collins, Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable, said: “I am sure the cameras will be of huge benefit in preventing and detecting crime in Carmarthen and Brecon Town Centres. Its installation comes at a good time as we see an influx of visitors to the force area.”

Marie McAvoy, Dyfed-Powys Police’s ICT Product and Programme Manager, said: “We are making good progress in delivering a modern CCTV infrastructure and the installation of new cameras in Ammanford and Saundersfoot will start imminently.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn is touring the force area to visit business owners in the towns where reinvestment in CCTV is taking place.

Carmarthen business people he spoke to were very positive about the reinvestment works.

Edward Rees, owner of Morgan Edward Salon on King Street, Carmarthen, said: “As a business owner in the town centre I am delighted to see high quality CCTV being re-introduced. Two years ago when it was taken away I invested heavily in a top quality system for my business, also covering the street outside.

“On three separate occasions it has enabled us to identify people who have caused minor damage to my building and therefore recoup the costs of incurred. Also on several occasions we have been contacted by Dyfed-Powys Police to help with various enquiries, by supplying them with invaluable high quality footage. However the little help businesses such as mine have been able to give is not really adequate for the largest town in the county. Therefore I welcome the investment made to provide a much better service to our town.”

Josh Lowe, of Final Boss Gaming, said: “As a small business owner I’m extremely pleased that CCTV is back and operational in Carmarthen town centre. It is something that is definitely needed.”

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Carmarthen: Police appeal following death of 31-year-old Harry Lloyd

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THE INVESTIGATION is continuing into the death of 31-year-old Harry Lloyd who had suffered serious injuries at Francis Terrace, Carmarthen and later died at hospital.

There is still a police presence at the property and enquiries being made in the local area.

We were called to an incident at an address in Francis Terrace, Carmarthen at around 9.50am on Wednesday, February 20.

Enquiries are on-going to establish the cause of death.

A 28-year-old-woman arrested on suspicion of GBH remains in police custody.

Here’s a tribute from Harry’s family: “We are absolutely devastated by the loss of our son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend.

“Harry was a very popular, beautiful, gentle soul who will be missed.

“Please allow us to grieve this terrible loss in private.”

The police have asked that anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by phoning 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number: 07811 311 908. Use reference: DP-20190220-098

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Care home told staff not to speak Welsh

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THERE is an investigation taking place after it was revealed that a care home had warned members of staff about speaking Welsh.

Isfryn in Ystradgynlais has Approved Headway Provider status and provides rehabilitation and support for individuals with an acquired brain injury. It has been revealed that staff were told that it would be unacceptable if clients heard employees conversing in a language they did not understand. The Accomplish Group, which runs Isfryn, has announced that it was reviewing the issue.

The Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws said: “If two or more people wish to speak or write to each other in Welsh in Wales, they have the freedom to do so, in accordance with the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011.

“If someone, such as an employer, tells them that that they should not continue to use the Welsh language, they are possibly interfering with that freedom. The Welsh Language Measure gives me as Commissioner statutory powers to investigate such cases.

“From the evidence I have seen today, it appears there may be an interference with staff’s freedom to use Welsh at Isfryn, Accomplish. I will be contacting the organisation to gather more information in order to understand the situation fully. I would also like to encourage anyone affected to get in touch with my office to enable us to investigate the matter fully.”

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Plans to partially re-open Cwmduad road following landslide

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s highways team hopes to partially re-open the A484 at Cwmduad in March, following extensive work to clear and make the area safe after a landslide.

The council has been leading a highly complex operation to clear the highway and stabilise the land since October, when the landslide tragically claimed the life of a young man.

Works are progressing well, and providing things continue to go to plan, the council hopes to re-open a single lane on March 18.

To date, the operation has involved extensive clearance and reinstatement of land off the highway, with the creation of a 10 metre buffer zone; construction of a ramp from the highway to the river, to aid the recovery of lorry that was swept in with the force of the landslide; and clearance of silt from the highway.

Work currently underway includes the construction of highway support and reinstatement of the bank to the east of the highway, as well as highway drainage clearance and reinstatement.

The final stage of works – which will take place alongside the single carriageway opening – will involve rebuilding a parapet wall alongside the highway, before the road can be fully re-opened.

Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are pleased that works have progressed well, and we can now plan for the partial re-opening of the road.

“We are grateful for the support from the community during a prolonged and difficult period. It has been a complex project and we have continued to be mindful of the sensitivities both locally and within the community where one person tragically lost their life.

“Whilst we have worked at pace to enable the highway to be reopened as quickly as possible, the safety of the public has always been our primary focus.”

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