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Chinook helicopter downed by ‘wire strike’ lands in field near St Clears



A CHINOOK helicopter on a training exercise has made a crash landing on Carmarthenshire farmland, after it struck power lines

The incident happened on Tuesday evening (July 28) just after 10.30pm near Llangynin, north of St Clears, and the twin-engine aircraft crew suffered “minor injuries”.

The MOD confirmed that a suspected wire strike was thought to be responsible for the heavy-lifting helicopter coming down in the area.

The helicopter’s crew remained with the aircraft to maintain security until it can be recovered, it is understood.

Other helicopters are being brought into assist with the recovery operation, a source close to the incident said, with operations expected to commence at first light.

Ryan Calvert, a security guard, was at the scene. He told this newspaper: “We saw the helicopter in the field as we were in the area. The front of the chopper had its nose in the ground and was partially buried in earth. There were members of the armed forces guarding the chopper.”

The Chinook is described as an extremely capable and highly versatile support helicopter that can be operated from land or sea bases into a range of diverse environments, from the Arctic to the desert or jungle.

It may be armed and is fitted with a suite of self-defence equipment, allowing it to operate across the battlespace. Chinooks are primarily used for trooping, resupply and battlefield casualty evacuation.

A military spokesperson said the Chinook was on a training exercise at the time of the incident.


Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service attend 98 flooding related incidents



OVER the past 24 hours, 08:00 am 20/01/2021 to 08:00 am 21/01/2021, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) have received 233 calls through its Joint Fire Control.

Of the 233 calls, Joint Fire Control received 140 flood-related calls. 71 calls of external flooding, 57 calls of internal flooding and 12 calls where the flooding posed a risk to life.*

Amongst the busiest station areas during this period were Abercrave, with 11 incidents, Llandeilo 8, Ammanford 8, Carmarthen 7 and Welshpool 7.

MAWWFRS activity at these incidents included deploying Swift Water Rescue Teams to rescue a total of 13 people from vehicles in floodwater, winching vehicles from water and pumping water from properties.

This was in addition to responding to road traffic collisions and property fires in our service area.

During this period, crews from Llanelli and Tumble also attended two property fires in Bryncoch, Llanelli at 04:16pm and in Felinfoel, Llanelli at 06:07pm.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Roger Thomas, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said “Over the past 24 hours our crews have been extremely busy, having attended 98 flood-related incidents in harsh and treacherous conditions. This is in addition to attending house fires, road traffic collisions and mitigating the damage to people’s properties from the effects of Storm Christoph. This was all done whilst operating within the current COVID-19 restrictions.

“Whilst our incident activity has returned to normal, for now, there are weather warnings still in place and colder conditions are expected to continue through the next few days. I would urge all drivers to carefully consider if their journey is an essential one to take. If you must drive, please, do not drive through floodwater as it only takes one foot, or 30cm, of moving water to float your car and as little as an eggcup-full of water, entering your engine, is enough to cause significant mechanical damage.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our operational crews and staff at the Joint Fire Control for their outstanding and tireless work in what has been a very busy and challenging 24 hours period.”

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Carmarthenshire residents are keeping in touch with friends & family to help their mental health during Pandemic



JANUARY might be deemed as the most depressing month of the year – and that’s without lockdown restrictions – but residents in Carmarthenshire are staying positive by keeping in touch with friends and family to help improve their mental health.

According to a recent YouGov survey a third of those living in mid and west Wales said keeping in touch with friends and family has helped sustain or improve their mental health since the start of the pandemic.

It comes as the Welsh Government is encouraging people to ‘help us, help you’ by practicing self-care and adopting small changes to help improve mental well-being, particularly at this time when levels of anxiety are higher than usual.

Alun Thomas, Chief Executive of Welsh mental health charity Hafal, said: “Hafal’s advice is to stay connected to others as much as you can, within the guidelines, look after your physical health and reach out and support others who you think may be in need. To overcome feelings of loneliness, isolation and anxiety it’s important to make use of our own support systems, whether that be our friends, families, schools, employers, etc.

“People who already receive assistance from mental health services should seek the support they know they can call on during these times. It is essential that they maintain contact with services, have an up-to-date care plan and access to the medication they need.

“At Hafal we continue to provide vital support every day to thousands of people with a mental illness across Wales. With the help of Welsh Government funding we are also delivering our Promise that no one in Wales affected by a mental illness need be alone; this is achieved by providing a range of flexible support either in person, on the phone, by email or via our online community Clic.”

With more than £700m invested annually, The Welsh Government spends more on mental health than on any other aspect of the NHS.

If you are concerned about your mental health and would like confidential help and advice then you can call the mental health listening and emotional support line which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 132 737. Alternatively, you can text ‘help’ to 81066 or visit:

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Two Royal Mail post boxes stolen in Pencader



DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of Royal Mail post boxes from the Pencader area of Carmarthenshire.

The thefts occurred sometime between Tuesday 5th January and Monday 11th January.

One was situated in the village of Llanfihangel yr Arth and one on the A475 Prengwyn to Rhydowen Road.

The police said in a statement: “If you believe you posted mail in these boxes during the dates specified please contact Royal Mail quoting reference DPP/0043/11/01/2021/01/C.

“Anyone who has information which could help the police investigation is asked to contact PC 1003 Wayne Clarke, either online at:, by emailing, or by calling 101.

“If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Please quote reference DPP/0043/11/01/2021/01/C.”

Two boxes have been stolen and not four.

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