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New dog order comes into force

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356868692_8184cfd37f_bA NEW dog order to tackle irresponsible dog owners and incidents involving dogs comes into force in Carmarthenshire today (July 1).

Although the majority of dog owners act responsibly, the council receives complaints of dog fouling and nuisance behaviour from dogs that are not under proper control.

As a result, a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) has been introduced to give officers greater flexibility in tackling irresponsible dog owners and incidents involving dogs. Some parts of the order replace existing powers while others are new.

It includes:

  • Cleaning up after your dog in all public places in Carmarthenshire;
  • Putting your dog on a lead of no more than two metres in length when directed to do so by an authorised officer (you will only be asked to put your dog on a lead if your dog is considered to be causing a nuisance to other people or another animal);
  • The exclusion of dogs from all outdoor, enclosed children’s play areas.

Public consultation showed a lot of support for the PSPO with 98% of respondents either agreeing or strongly agreeing for owners to clean up after their dogs; 89% agreed or strongly agreed for owners to put dogs on leads if directed to do so and 87% agreed or strongly agreed that dogs should be excluded from children’s play areas.

Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones (pictured) said: “I have received a lot of correspondence from residents who are very concerned about dog fouling and out-of-control dogs asking for something to be done.

“The introduction of this PSPO will make it easier for officers to deal quickly with the small minority of dog owners who behave irresponsibly, while at the same time encouraging a culture of responsible dog ownership.

“It will also help to create a cleaner environment and reduce the health risks associated with dog mess.”

Failure to comply with the order will result in a fixed penalty notice of £100, reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days. The maximum fine if prosecuted in court is £1,000.

There are some exemptions to the order, for example for assistance dogs and working dogs; full details can be found on the council websitewww.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/dogorders

Cllr Jones added: “We believe the order provides a common-sense approach; reflecting both the needs of the public in terms of the controls it imposes, and dog owners in being able to exercise their dogs freely.”

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands

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OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a car from a property in Lando Road, Burry Port, which was later found burnt out in Pembrey Country Park.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the theft of the blue Ssangyong Rexton, which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, 11th November, and 9am on Saturday, 12th November, and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20221112-109

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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