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Paul Pugh celebrated at the Senedd



THE WORK of Paul Pugh and Dyfed-Powys Police has been highlighted and celebrated at an event held at the Senedd on Tuesday night (Mar 21).

Adam Price AM and Simon Thomas AM held an event at the Welsh Assembly to commemorate 10 years since the awful night that changed Paul Pugh and his family’s life forever.

10 years ago, Paul Pugh’s life changed forever. While enjoying with his friends in his close-knit community Ammanford, Paul has suffered at the hands of an unruly gang of young males which has left him brain damaged and physically impaired. This occurred as a result of drink and drugs and has clearly shattered and completely changed the lives of Paul and his family.

But, Paul Pugh and his family overcame the pain and heartache and committed to ensuring that others can learn from his story.

Over the last year Paul Pugh, his mother Nesta. Inspector Theresa Ross and PC Sharon Davies of Dyfed-Powys Police have travelled schools across Dyfed sharing Paul’s story and the hazardous crimes linked with alcohol.

‘Paul’s pledge’ has touched the hearts of thousands of young people across the whole of Dyfed Powys police force area.

The Plaid Cymru Assembly Members were keen to thank Paul, his family and Dyfed Powys Police for their work over the last year.

The Assembly Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Adam Price stated: “It was a privilege to welcome Paul, his family and members of Dyfed Powys Police to the Senedd to thank them for their hard work over the last year.

“Every time I listen to Paul speak, I’m blown away by his honesty and candour as he talks about a horrific and life-changing incident.

“Although he has faced indescribable suffering, Paul Pugh and his family are an excellent example of how to face and overcome problems and using that to educate and help others.”

The regional AM for Mid and West Simon Thomas, who co-sponsored the event with Adam Price AM, said: “It was a pleasure to hear Paul and PC Sharon Davies talk so passionately about the work they are doing to teach the next generation about the hazards linked with alcohol and drugs.

“The Paul’s Pledge message is clear and it is educational, informative and emotional however the dangers of alcohol and drugs clearly run throughout the presentation.

“Paul Pugh’s story is both heart-breaking and inspiring. As he spoke about his experiences last night, you could hear a pin drop in the Senedd.

“His story is as relevant today as it was 10 years ago and I can’t thank him, his family, and Dyfed Powys Police enough for taking this story to young people across the County and beyond.”

The Plaid Cymru Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys Police Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Paul Pugh, Inspector Theresa Ross and PC Sharon Davies are a huge asset and a credit to us at Dyfed Powys Police. He has taught us all about the serious issues linked with alcohol and violence.

“The message is an important one, and as long as I’m Police and Crime Commissioner, Paul and the team will have 100% support from me and the Dyfed Powys Police force.”

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened



ON MONDAY, November 28, Cllr Rob Evans, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council, unveiled a specially designed plaque to commemorate the official opening of the brand new Carmarthenshire Archives building.

The official opening was attended by year 6 pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, along with their Headteacher Mr Dylan Evans, who designed the plaque by compiling various artwork and sketches that are housed at the Archives.

Established in 1959, Carmarthenshire Archives is the local authority archive service for the County of Carmarthenshire and the new building is located at St Peter’s Street, Carmarthen. 

The service is home to our extensive collection of historic documents that date from the 13th century to the present day. The collection includes archives, maps, books, photographs, videos and sound recordings. It is the Archives’ mission to preserve and make its documents available for general study and research.

Admission to Carmarthenshire Archives is free and open to anyone who wishes to use the Council’s records. Most of its services are free, but we do charge for some extra services and help.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Gareth John commented:

“Congratulations to the pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, they have designed an excellent and appropriate plaque that is inspired by the treasure troves of our archives. It was wonderful to welcome them to the official opening so that they can see their work take pride of place at a building that holds great significance to us in Carmarthenshire. 

“This is a brand new and modern building that is fit to keep and protect our county’s most precious historical documents. 

“But of course, these documents are meant to be viewed and studied by school children, students, academics and anybody who has an interest in Carmarthenshire’s rich history; and this excellent facility provides the perfect space for people to come and view these treasures.”

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities



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

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



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:, by emailing 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

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