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Pensioner jailed for 10 years over knife attack

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A DELUDED Garnant pensioner stabbed a pharmacist he believed was involved in the over prescription of medication, a judge heard this week.
 
Peter Bellett, aged 69, stabbed Michael Irons so viciously the four inch knife went through his left arm and he had to be flown by air ambulance to Morriston Hospital.
 
Bellett, of Wern Road, told police he felt he had to do something drastic to highlight his grievance.
 
Bellett admitted wounding with intent.
 
Before the case against Bellett was opened at Swansea Crown Court, consultant psychiatrist Dr Tom Rhodri Wynn said he had diagnosed him as suffering from a delusional disorder.
 
He said Bellett had known what he was doing but would have been less likely to do it if he had not been ill.
 
Paul Hobson, prosecuting, then explained how on December 5, 2016, Bellett had walked into the local pharmacy and waited until he was alone with Mr Irons.
 
He spoke to Mr Irons about his concerns “but did not get the answers he wanted” and pulled out a four inch knife.
 
Bellett stabbed him and tried to gouge out his eyes but Mr Irons managed to push him away and ran from the shop.
 
He took refuge in the doctors’ surgery opposite, where he received initial treatment.
 
Mr Hobson said doctors estimated he lost half a litre of blood and that the stab had been so severe it had left an exit wound.
 
While Mr Irons was making his escape Bellett himself called the police, telling them what he had done and adding that he would explain why when they arrived.
 
After being arrested he told the officers, “I could really do with a cup of tea.”
 
During interviews Bellett said he blamed Dr Duncan Williams, of the Garnant surgery, for over prescribing him medicine and Mr Irons for “going along with it and profiting from it.”
 
He said he had intended to seriously injure him but not to kill him.
 
His barrister, Dyfed Thomas, said his delusion in relation to medicines was global in nature and even involved the Freemasons.
 
In a victim impact statement Mr Irons said “the horror of those few minutes go round and round in my head.”
 
He added that he had worked in the pharmacy for more than 30 years but going back to work had been almost unbearable.
 
Mr Irons said he had since decided to sell the business.
 
Bellett was also appearing for child sex offences dating back more than 30 years when he had molested a six year old girl, which he admitted.
 
Judge Paul Thomas said he had carried out that attack without any concern for the effect it might have on her.
 
“There is no evidence that you were mentally ill at that time.  You thought only of yourself and told her no-one would believe her if she complained.”
 
Judge Thomas said by 2016 Bellett had developed the mental disorder he now suffered from.
 
“It was an wholly unprovoked, premeditated, ferocious and determined attack on an unarmed man simply doing his job,” he added.
 
Bellett was jailed for a total of 10 years.
 
Initially he will be treated at the Caswell Clinic, near Bridgend, for his mental disorder and will be transferred to prison when psychiatrists deem him to be sufficiently well.

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Mobile COVID-19 vaccination van to visit Ammanford

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HYWEL DDA UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD is pleased to confirm that its mobile vaccination van, in partnership with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, will be located in Ammanford from Wednesday 28 to Saturday 31 July.

The mobile vaccination clinic will be based at Ammanford’s Tesco Superstore car park (Park Street, SA18 2LR) and will be open between 11.00am and 7.00pm.  There is no need to contact the health board to book an appointment. 

The vaccination van will deliver the vaccine to anyone aged 18 and over that requires either a first or second dose (Moderna and Oxford AstraZeneca).  Second doses can be given 8 weeks after the first dose. 

The fire service is providing one of its vehicles and members of the team will also be in attendance to provide the public with general community safety advice, including about home safety.

With the rise in cases across the UK, it is important as many people as possible to come forward for their first and second doses as soon as possible.

Bethan Lewis, Interim Assistant Director of Public Health at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “We are thrilled that we are able to bring our mobile vaccination van to Ammanford for four days.

“Over 2,000 vaccines have been delivered from the van to date and we hope many more people in Ammanford and the surrounding area will choose to have their vaccine with us during our time at Tesco car park.

“Everyone is welcome, if you have changed your mind having already declined a vaccine we will be happy to see you or if you would like to speak to someone before deciding whether to have it, our brilliant vaccination team will be more than happy to speak to you and answer any questions you may have.”

Chief Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Chris Davies said: “I am pleased that we can, again, assist Hywel Dda in its vaccination programme, having recently concluded a hugely successful partnership where we were able to assist with transportation of people within our communities to and from mass vaccination centres. 

“This opportunity and partnership allows us to expand our assistance further within the health arena, and is going to make a positive impact on our response to this global pandemic and we are pleased to be able play our part and collaborate with our NHS partners to change the lives of many people.” 

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Four charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs

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FOUR people have been arrested and charged as part of an investigation into an organised crime gang supplying class A drugs from London to Aberystwyth, Llanelli and Swansea.

Dyfed-Powys Police, with support from The Met Police, carried out warrants at four addresses on July 21, resulting in four arrests.

Mohammed Osman, aged 23, Yonis Mohammed, aged 20, Salman Mohamoud, aged 23 – all from Islington – and Amy Simmons, aged 21, from Dulwich were charged with a total of 12 offences:

  • Mohammed Osman: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine,
  • Yonis Mohammed: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.
  • Salman Mohamoud: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine
  • Amy Simmons: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.

All four appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 23, where they were remanded in custody. They are due to appear at Swansea Crown Court for their next hearing on August 20.

The investigation is being carried out by the Ceredigion Serious and Organised Crime Team, Aberystwyth CID and the Operation Orochi command of the Met Police.

Detective Sergeant Steve Jones said: “These four arrests and charges are the result of a coordinated approach to target an organised crime gang we believe is running a county lines operation into the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.

“We will continue to work diligently to disrupt gangs of this kind, to prevent the supply of illegal substances into our community.

“I would like to thank all officers involved, as well as the Met Police for their part in the operation.”

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New children’s play area in Bryn as part of new council housing development

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A NEW children’s play area has opened in time for the summer holidays in Bryn, Llanelli as part of a new £5.9million council housing development.

Carmarthenshire County Council is building 32 new homes on land close to the Dylan housing estate in Bryn.

The scheme will be made up of 22 two-bedroom homes, four two-bedroom bungalows and six four-bedroom homes and is part of the council’s ongoing drive to deliver more affordable homes across the county. It has been part funded through the Welsh Government’s Affordable Housing Grant.

The development also includes a new children’s play area, funded by the council in partnership with Llanelli Rural Council, which will take over the running and maintenance of the play area on completion.

Executive Board Member for Housing Cllr Linda Evans said: “I am delighted the park has been completed in time for the summer holidays for the local children to enjoy.

“We are committed to delivering more affordable housing across Carmarthenshire and this development will benefit dozens of families in Llanelli, as well as proving much needed facilities for the local community.

“I would like to thank the rural council for collaborating with this us on this and I hope the children are thrilled with it.”

Before designing the play area, the rural council liaised with local schoolchildren to find out what play equipment they wanted at their new park.

Llanelli Rural Council Chairman Cllr Tegwen Devichand said: “The council is delighted to be working in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council to provide this wonderful new play area for the community.

“The opening of the play area couldn’t have been better timed to coincide with the school holidays. I hope the local children will enjoy the range of challenging play equipment on offer and that they have lots of fun using it over the summer.”

The housing development is due to be completed by the beginning of 2022.

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