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Convicted stalker posing as Labour parliamentary candidate

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A CONVICTED stalker is posing as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, despite being suspended from the party a year ago.

Chris Hardy claims to be the constituency’s parliamentary candidate for Welsh Labour, delivering leaflets door to door and even having his own website – www.labourchris.com.

His website reads: “Hello! My name’s Chris Hardy and I’m your local Labour Party candidate for the Carmarthen East & Dinefwr Constituency.

“I am a self-funded candidate, which means everything from this website to the leaflets delivered to your door are all created and funded privately by myself, and not through the usual constituency and party fundraising means.

“I’m a 34-year-old single gay man and I’ve lived here in Carmarthenshire since 2012, moving here from Manchester, England. I’d never really considered living here in Wales before, but fancying a change of scenery from city life, I made the move.
“I’ve been causing trouble ever since but in a good way I hope – by being an advocate wherever possible for standing and speaking up for what’s right.”

In February, Hardy was convicted of stalking an 18-year-old man. Hardy had denied the harassment charge.

The jury heard how Hardy had met the victim when he worked at a garage.

The young man told the jury how he quit his job to escape Hardy’s unwanted attentions. But Hardy tracked him down to his home, left unwanted gifts and letters on his car and repeatedly visited, despite being told to stay away by his parents. Hardy continued to try and contact the teenager even after police had arrested him, and at one stage visited his home pretending to be canvassing for the Labour Party.

The victim said he was not gay and had been ‘freaked out’ by Hardy’s pursuit of him. Hardy admitted he had become infatuated with the young man and said he believed he was under pressure from his family to pretend he was straight.

After the jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty, Judge Paul Thomas told Hardy, who represented himself, that he was ‘deluded’ and briefly sent him into custody because he refused to stop talking and listen. Judge Thomas issued a restraining order, preventing Hardy from contacting the victim or his parents by any means. Hardy received a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Welsh Labour has reiterated that the party’s candidate in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr is Maria Carroll, who was elected by local party members. The party also stated that Mr Hardy is not and never has been a parliamentary candidate. Whilst disciplinary cases are not discussed, it is understood that Mr Hardy was suspended from Labour party membership in summer 2018, with allegations of criminal behaviour also made.

Despite this, Mr Hardy has handing out leaflets door to door in the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr constituency as recently as March 24.

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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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