Connect with us


Changes at the top for policing in Carmarthenshire



THE CARMARTHENSHIRE Division of Dyfed-Powys Police has a new leadership team to drive and manage policing in the county. Superintendent Craig Templeton heads the division, supported by two Chief Inspectors – Jolene Mann and Chris Neve.

Superintendent Craig Templeton, who has been in post since the summer as Carmarthenshire’s Divisional Commander said: “I am delighted to welcome Chief Inspectors Jolene Mann and Chris Neve to support me in the senior leadership team within Carmarthenshire and I am confident they each bring a significant amount of knowledge, skills and experience with them which will enable us to continue delivering a first class service to our communities. I have complete confidence that working with our colleagues we will provide the strong leadership we need to move forward. Both Chief Inspectors have previously worked in Carmarthenshire at different stages of their careers so they are acutely aware of some of the unique challenges we face in the county around geography for example and its blend of urban and rural communities.”

Chief Inspector Jolene Mann added: “As I am now responsible for the delivery of operational policing in Carmarthenshire, it will be my priority to ensure that we are responding effectively to calls from the public and that we are implementing real problem solving approaches to overcome any quality of life issues experienced in our communities. Carmarthenshire is a thriving county and I am committed to ensuring that it continues to be a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Chief Inspector Chris Neve went on to say: “Having responsibility for working with our strategic partners to achieve common goals and tackle serious and organised crime in the county, I will be working hard to ensure that we get the most out of our partnership working and collaborative opportunities. We’ll be tackling issues such as county lines and other serious crime issues head on through a proactive policing approach and by making best use of the resources we have available to us. Having been born and bred in Carmarthenshire, I am passionate about doing the best for our communities by making sure we truly understand their needs and concerns and then tailoring our approach to solve those issues.”

The new Senior Leadership Team have implemented their vision of #WalkAboutWednesday which sees each of the three senior officers going on patrol with their staff across the county every Wednesday. This will enable the senior officers to get a true understanding of the challenges and demands facing their staff on a weekly basis and allow them to put the appropriate measures in place to overcome those challenges and barriers identified. They will also be attending a number of public engagement events in the coming weeks and seeking other engagement opportunities, in order for members of the community from all backgrounds to engage with them and tell them what they want their local policing teams to focus on.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened



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.”

Continue Reading


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.

Continue Reading


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

Continue Reading