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Man kept street donations for himself



Gareth Blyth (Right)

A LLANDEILO man has admitted that he may have misled members of the public into believing he was collecting money for a military charity, when in fact he was keeping the money for himself.

Gareth Blyth, of Rhydygwydd Farm, Talliaris, pleaded guilty to three counts under regulation nine of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, admitting that his actions may have misled many members of the public.

He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £5,000 costs in a prosecution brought by Carmarthenshire County Council.

The council’s licensing officers began investigating after spotting Blyth in military costume in Guildhall Square, Carmarthen, in January 2015, and then in other locations around Carmarthen and Llandeilo on several other dates during that year.

He was accompanied by a Shetland type pony, wore military medals and used a bucket to collect money from members of the public – a sign on which stated he was collecting for the Welsh Horse Yeomanry Society, and asked for people to give generously.

Suspicions were raised initially due to the quality of his military uniform, that of the Welsh Horse Yeomanry – a British Army regiment disbanded after the First World War. On investigation officers ascertained that it was not an official army uniform but a replica.

Despite being asked on several occasions, he was unable to produce a Street Collection Permit, and did not heed officers’ advice about obtaining a permit to allow him to collect money in public, even though he was told he was committing an offence.

Blyth instead claimed that he had been told by police that what he was doing was classed as busking and therefore he didn’t require a licence or permit.

After ignoring all advice, verbal cautions and written warnings, he was invited for interview under caution by Carmarthenshire County Council.

It was at this interview, accompanied by his solicitor, that he admitted keeping all the money he collected for himself and his horses.

He also stated that he collects on around 40-50 days a year, and declares all the money generated to the Inland Revenue. However, he failed to show any financial records to back up his claim.

Cllr Philip Hughes, Executive Board Member for Public Protection, said: “This is a significant prosecution for Carmarthenshire County Council which demonstrates how seriously we take our duties relating to licensing and permits.

“Gareth Blyth misled many members of the public who believed they were donating money to charity, when instead their money was being used to line his pockets.

“He was often seen attracting large crowds, particularly parents with young children, collecting large sums of money from members of the public.

“I congratulate officers for giving this matter the attention it deserved, and for building a case that has resulted in a successful prosecution.”

Information about applying for a licence to collect money on public streets can be found on

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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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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out



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:, 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.

Quote reference: DP-20221112-109

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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