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Police CCTV is now operating in Carmarthen

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Dafydd Llywelyn: With local businessman Edward Rees

WORK to reinvest in CCTV in Carmarthen has been completed, with local businesses praising the 17 new cameras.

The work has been carried out as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn’s reinvestment in the CCTV provision across the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.

Carmarthen and Brecon are the second and third out of 17 identified towns to benefit from the upgraded CCTV systems. The first town to receive the upgrade was Builth Wells.

Carmarthen has benefitted from 17 new CCTV cameras which will be managed by Dyfed-Powys Police.

Work in Brecon has been carried out to allow the six existing cameras in the town to be recorded at the local police station.

A modern CCTV Monitoring Room will be introduced in the Force Communication Centre at Police Headquarters, Llangunnor, where cameras will be monitored centrally by dedicated staff.

Dafydd Llywelyn, Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am delighted that two more towns have benefitted from my pledge to reinvest in a modern CCTV infrastructure.

“CCTV cameras have been successfully installed in Carmarthen and the necessary work has been completed in Brecon allowing us to formally take over the management of the town’s CCTV cameras.

“I am looking forward to seeing the project delivered across other areas of the force in the coming months.”

Mark Collins, Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable, said: “I am sure the cameras will be of huge benefit in preventing and detecting crime in Carmarthen and Brecon Town Centres. Its installation comes at a good time as we see an influx of visitors to the force area.”

Marie McAvoy, Dyfed-Powys Police’s ICT Product and Programme Manager, said: “We are making good progress in delivering a modern CCTV infrastructure and the installation of new cameras in Ammanford and Saundersfoot will start imminently.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn is touring the force area to visit business owners in the towns where reinvestment in CCTV is taking place.

Carmarthen business people he spoke to were very positive about the reinvestment works.

Edward Rees, owner of Morgan Edward Salon on King Street, Carmarthen, said: “As a business owner in the town centre I am delighted to see high quality CCTV being re-introduced. Two years ago when it was taken away I invested heavily in a top quality system for my business, also covering the street outside.

“On three separate occasions it has enabled us to identify people who have caused minor damage to my building and therefore recoup the costs of incurred. Also on several occasions we have been contacted by Dyfed-Powys Police to help with various enquiries, by supplying them with invaluable high quality footage. However the little help businesses such as mine have been able to give is not really adequate for the largest town in the county. Therefore I welcome the investment made to provide a much better service to our town.”

Josh Lowe, of Final Boss Gaming, said: “As a small business owner I’m extremely pleased that CCTV is back and operational in Carmarthen town centre. It is something that is definitely needed.”

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened

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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

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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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