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Young boy attacked by dog retrieving his football



Rhys Jones: grew up with dogs

A SIX year old boy has spent five days in hospital after being mauled by a dog while trying to retrieve his football.

Rhys Jones, from Carmarthen, was playing football with his friends when his ball went over a fence into a neighbouring property.

Upon entering the garden, a dog believed to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier attacked Rhys – biting him on his arms and legs.

Dyfed Powys Police are investigating the incident.

The attack was brought to an end only when the dog in question was attacked by another dog.

Rhys was swiftly taken to hospital were he sustained an infected bite on his foot and broken bones.

His grandfather, Anthony Rowlands has said how his grandson is very lucky to be alive.

Mr Rowlands, who lives in nearby Bro Myrddin said: “One of my daughters was watching Rhys after school at her home.”

“I had just finished work and all of a sudden my daughter called in a panic to say that Rhys was on his way to hospital.

“I was absolutely mortified and went straight there. When I walked into the room I held Rhys. His eyes were going white. The doctor said it was because he was so scared.”

Rhys spent a total of five day in Glangwili Hospital and is too frightened to look at his injuries, said his grandfather.

Attacked: after retrieving football from neighbouring property

The incident, which occurred on the afternoon of Monday, April 1, has resulted in Rhys having to undergo and operation on his foot and will be required to wear a protective boot for around six weeks.

Mr Rowlands is convinced without the actions of the other dog, Rhys would not be here to tell the tale.

He explains that the tragic incident at a caravan park in Cornwall, where a nine year old boy died after being attacked by a dog, proves the outcome could have been much worse.

He went on to say “That other dog saved him, without a doubt.”

“That dog knew Rhys because he’d seen him plenty of times before. Rhys was bitten a number of times before the other dog reacted, and I believe, hand on heart, that if that hadn’t happened then Rhys would not be here now.

“A man who lived next door then picked Rhys up and carried him into the kitchen, but he was bleeding everywhere.

“When you read about that tragedy last week when a young boy was killed – he was older, bigger and stronger than Rhys, who’s only six – it makes you realise what could have happened.”

The youngster who is an avid liverpool fan and loves to play football outside at every opportunity, has been left terrified by the attack.

Mr Rowlands said “Rhys grew up with a dog, so he’s used to being around them all the time.”

“He’s never been afraid of dogs or anything. But, the other day, when he saw a neighbour’s dog – only a small, gentle dog – he screamed.

“He’s also too frightened to look at his own foot. When I was giving him a cuddle in the hospital, he kept asking ‘why did the dog bite me?’

“He is such a loving and caring little boy and he loves animals”

“That’s why had no issues going into the garden to get the ball back. Right now, he’s very frightened; we can only hope that the long-term effects won’t be too damaging.”

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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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