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Road safety officers hold Wales by Bike Day

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council road safety officers will be out talking to motorcyclists as part of an initiative to reduce the number of casualties involved in motorcycle collisions.
In Wales there were 595 motorcyclist casualties in 2017, 9.6 percent of all casualties. This was a 10.1 percent fall compared with 2016 and is the lowest recorded figure since comparable records began.

Of the 595 casualties 252 were killed or seriously injured, and 343 were slightly injured. In 2017 fatalities increased by 4.5 percent while the number of serious and slight injuries fell by 1.3 percent and 15.9 percent respectively. (Source: https://gov.wales/road-accidents-and-casualties-where-when-and-who-2017)

They will be joined by officers from partner agencies at the Owl’s Nest Tea Rooms in Llandovery on Sunday, April 7, to give information and advice.

Those in attendance will be the Institute of Advanced Motorists, RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders, Motorcycle Action Group Cymru, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Services, Dyfed Powys Police, GoSafe, Cruse Bereavement Care, Blood Bikes Wales and neighbouring local authorities.

The council are looking to encourage bikers to sign up to their free motorcycle course Dragon Rider Cymru, which is for, newly passed riders, people who have upgraded to a more powerful bike and anyone who has come back to biking after a break.

They will also be promoting their Biker Down! Cymru course, which aims to give people the knowledge to manage a collision scene, and preserve life, until emergency services attend. Motorcycle CRASH Cards will also be available.

Cllr Hazel Evans, Executive Board Member for Environment, said: “These events in the past have been well attended with many motorcyclists engaging with us and our partners. Further awareness days will be held throughout the year, and we will be attending other motorcycle events in the county.

“Reducing the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured on our roads is a priority for the council and partner agencies and much work is underway to educate both motorcycle riders and other road users in relation to safety and driving/riding skills.”

For further information on the courses and events, which are free of charge, thanks to road safety grant funding from Welsh Government, visit the motorcycling section at www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales, or follow on social media – www.facebook.com/SouthWestWalesMotorcycling or www.twitter.com/CarmsRoadSafety

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Road closed in both directions following collision between car and tractor

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THERE was a collision between a car and a tractor with a trailer at just past 12am today (Friday, June 21).

The road was closed in both directions from St Clears to Carmarthen while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Two men – the driver and passenger of the car – have been taken to hospital. One is in a critical but stable condition.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, who hasn’t already spoken to the police, is asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit at Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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Parc Howard shortlisted for national award

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PARC HOWARD has been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award.

Charity Kids in Museums awards the prize annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in the UK that goes the extra mile to provide a great experience for families.

Throughout April and May, families across the country voted for their favourite heritage attraction on the Kids in Museums website. It is the only museum award to be judged by families.

A panel of museum experts whittled down over 800 nominations to a shortlist of 15.

The museum will now be visited by undercover family judges who will assess the museums against the Kids in Museums Manifesto. Their experiences will decide a winner for each award category and an overall winner, our Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2019.

The council’s executive board member for cultural services, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “It really is exciting times for Parc Howard Museum. To have been nominated for such a prestigious award is just superb and is testament to the family friendly environment we have been working to create within the museum.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in October.

Emmajane Avery, Chair of Kids in Museums, said: “It’s great to see Parc Howard Museum on the shortlist for this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award. To make it to the shortlist in our most competitive year yet is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work staff have put in to create an enjoyable experience for families. We were inspired by how this ambitious museum works with community organisations to bring the museum to families on a low income. We wish the museum the best of luck in the next round of judging.”

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Trimsaran: Man charged with offences relating to explosives and poisons

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57-year-old man who was arrested at an address in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire on Tuesday 11 June has been charged with offences relating to explosives and poisons.

Russell Wadge of Baglan Farm, Trimsaran will appear before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Wednesday (Jun 19) charged with one offence contrary to section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act of 1883 and four offences contrary section 3 of the Poisons Act 1972.

A police spokesperson told The Herald: “Officers from the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) supported by Dyfed Powys Police, West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit and partner agencies executed a search warrant at an address near Trimsaran where a specialist search took place after chemicals were found at the premises.

“There was no risk to neighbouring properties or to the general public. While a search of the property has concluded, a police cordon remains in place.”

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