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Arrest and charge for crime spree

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CCTV footage led police to identify and arrest a Rhondda man who went on a crime spree while sofa surfing in Carmarthen.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers swiftly identified prolific offender Martin Clee, from Mountain Ash, as a suspect while investigating a burglary at The Tea Shop in Carmarthen on March 3.

Numerous enquiries were carried out as officers attempted to locate the 34-year-old, who was moving around friends’ homes in the town, but he could not be found.

A second burglary was reported at Alliance Therapy on March 14, where money was stolen. Once again, Clee appeared on CCTV footage from the scene.

Arrest enquiries led officers to find a bag belonging to Clee, which contained items taken from a car.

It was also discovered that Clee was driving a Ford KA, which targeting team officers spotted in Station Road, Llanelli, yesterday (March 17).

The suspect was seen getting out of the car, and was arrested. On being searched by officers, he produced amphetamine – a class B drug.

He was charged with six offences – two counts of burglary, handling stolen goods, two driving offences, and possession of a class B drug – and remanded to appear at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court.

He admitted all six offences, and will be sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on April 13.

Detective Sergeant Owen Lock said: “This is an excellent example of numerous departments and teams working together to secure charges against a prolific offender.

“We hope this investigation goes to show our determination to pursue offenders who come into our force area to commit offences.”

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We are recruiting – staff needed

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The council is urgently seeking more staff as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

We are looking to recruit people into a number of jobs throughout Carmarthenshire to help keep frontline services running, but particularly need carers, cleaners and catering staff.

No previous experience is needed, as full training will be provided.

The council offers good rates of pay and flexible hours. Full and part-time, permanent and temporary contracts are available.

The council also has vacancies for social workers so if you have the relevant qualifications and experience please get in touch.

Deputy Leader Cllr Mair Stephens, executive board member for recruitment and training, said: “It is vital that we keep our essential frontline services running during this crisis; and as a result, we have some vacancies that we need to fill immediately.

“We may also start to see staff shortages in some areas in the coming weeks, so we need to be prepared to fill these.

“We are urging people who are in a position to apply for these jobs to please contact us, your community needs you. Don’t worry if you don’t have experience in these areas as full training will be given.

“As well as recruiting new staff, we are also redeploying staff where possible from non-critical services to other roles as and when needed.

“I want to reassure residents we are doing all we can to protect frontline services during this extremely difficult and uncertain time.”

We want to make the application process as easy as possible, so only the mandatory fields on the application form will need to be completed along with a brief statement. Applicants will be contacted by telephone following their application.

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Over 100 iPads handed out to council care homes

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More than 100 iPads are being handed out to council care homes in Carmarthenshire so that residents can communicate face to face with their loved ones.

It comes after visiting restrictions were placed on residential homes across the UK in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The 110 tablets will be distributed across the seven homes, which accommodate 248 beds, and will ensure residents maintain contact via video calling their families and relatives whilst they are staying indoors to protect from the risk of contracting coronavirus.

Staff have been working closely with families to ensure they keep contact with their loved ones in this evolving situation.

Executive board member for social care, Cllr Jane Tremlett said: “We are pleased we have been able to provide all our care homes with iPads which will help residents to keep in touch with their family members during these unprecedented and challenging times. Understandably these necessary restrictions placed on our care homes will cause distress to both the relative and resident so the use of this technology will hopefully help to close that gap. Already we have seen some positive results and residents have been overjoyed to see their family faces.”

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Abergwili: Police investigate death of couple in property on High Street

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the sudden death of a man and a woman who died in a property at High Street, Abergwili, Carmarthen.

A spokesman said: “Police were called to the address shortly after 6pm on Thursday, 26 March 2020. Officers are currently investigating the circumstances of the deaths, which are being treated as unexplained.

“They are not being linked to COVID-19 at this time.

“Next of kin and HM Coroner are aware.”

The family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John David Bound and Gwendoline Christine Bound.

“The family wish for their privacy to be respected in their time of grief.”

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