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Day of action targets community concerns



FIVE drugs warrants, more than 160 cars stopped, and 140 homes visited over the course of a day in Carmarthenshire.

Dyfed-Powys Police teams took part in a day of action on Wednesday, April 14, targeting drugs use, antisocial behaviour and traffic offences.

Supported by partner agencies, officers and staff visited shops, parks and train stations throughout the day, clamping down on illegal activity and engaging with residents.

Inspector Mike Ross said: “With towns starting to open as lockdown restrictions ease, it is important that our communities see a visible policing presence.

“This day of action aimed to show people the work we are carrying out through face-to-face engagement, while also acting on intelligence to disrupt criminal behaviour.”

Five drugs warrants were executed across the county, with four proving positive for illegal substances. The occupants were dealt with by out of court disposals.

On the A484 at Loughor, officers and staff from Natural Resources Wales stopped more than 160 cars, checking for traffic and waste carrying offences. A number of vehicles were searched, and warnings handed out.

Joint operations were carried out with colleagues from South Wales Police in Hendy and Pontarddulais, where targeted patrols were conducted at areas known to suffer from antisocial behaviour and drugs use.

Antisocial behaviour was also a focus in Ammanford, where high visibility patrols took place in the town centre, as well as Betws and Ammanford parks.

Insp Ross said: “We have acted on the concerns of residents in these areas, purposefully tackling areas we are aware of issues having been reported.

“Antisocial behaviour and drugs use can blight communities, and we are doing all we can to crack down on these problems.”

A shoplifting operation was run in Carmarthen, while targeted antisocial behaviour patrols were also carried out in the Brewery Road and Park Hall areas.

Neighbourhood Policing Teams in Llanelli joined forces with British Transport Police in Llanelli, looking for evidence of drugs supply to the town through the rail network and promoting safe train travel. A number of stop searches were carried out, with some substances found. These were dealt with through out of court disposals.

Work with Carmarthenshire County Council wardens saw the Safer Streets initiative promoted, with in excess of 100 homes visited and crime prevention advice offered, as well as alcohol being seized from people breaching a Public Spaces Protection Order in Ger y Llan.

Insp Ross said: “We would like to thank all our partners for their help during the day, as well as all the teams involved across Carmarthenshire.

“We hope our high visibility has assured residents that we continue to be out and about tackling issues, providing positive engagement and working to keep our communities safe.”

Jonathan Jones, NRW environment team leader, said: “Joining forces with Dyfed-Powys Police for another day of action allowed us to investigate and clampdown on illegal waste carriers and iegal waste sites in Carmarthenshire. 

“This issue is not going away and neither are we. I hope that our continued partnership enforcement action sends a clear message to anyone involved in illegal waste trade that we will catch them, and we will take the necessary action to put a stop to their crime.

“Information on who needs to register and how is available on the waste permitting section of our website, or by calling 03000 653000.”

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Police launch public appeal following Carmarthenshire burglary



DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a burglary at a property in Ponthenry.

People broke into a shed at a home in Victoria Road at around 8.30pm on Monday, 31 October, before leaving after spotting a CCTV camera.

They returned at around 10.15pm and again at around 10.55pm.

During their raids they tooka green Wolf motocross helmet with a full face with a peak and line green motocross goggles.

Officers are appealing for help to identify two people they would like to speak to over the incident.

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: DPP/0756/01/11/2022/02/C. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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Morrisons Foundation supports children’s charity with grant for vital equipment



The Morrisons Foundation supports registered charities that make a positive difference. They recently awarded national children’s disability charity, Cerebra, based in Carmarthen, a grant of £11,109.

This will fund the creation of writing slopes through the Cerebra Innovation Centre, which is partnered with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and designs wonderful toys and equipment to help children living with a brain condition to learn and play.

The writing slopes are designed to help children who struggle with posture and fine motor skills. They also aid children with writing, drawing and hand control. Ross Head, Product Design Manager at the Cerebra Innovation Centre explains;

‘The slopes include a lovely wipe-clean surface for children to experiment with mark making, their own set of pens and a clever lid-free pen store to remove the challenge of removing lids for some children. We are so lucky to be able to do what we do and funding like this is so important to allow us to push boundaries and provide vital equipment that looks beautiful.’

At the start of 2022, the Cerebra Innovation Centre highlighted that they anticipated the need for an additional 20 writing slopes for children. Cerebra Fundraising Manager, James Hay then worked with the grants team at the Morrisons Foundation, who were delighted to support this project. David Scott, Morrisons Foundation Trustee said:

‘Cerebra is dedicated to helping families who have a child with a brain condition to discover a better life together, that’s why I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide this support. The specialised writing slopes will make a huge positive impact on children with sensory and mobility issues, providing a great opportunity to develop their skills, which will last a lifetime.’

Grants like this are a vital source of funding for Cerebra so that they are able to continue to support children living with a brain condition and their families who face challenges every day. The Cerebra Innovation Centre is one of the many support services provided by the charity that so many families have come to rely on. James Hay adds;

‘Thank you so much to the Morrisons Foundation for this generous grant! We are over the moon as we know how much this project will change young lives. These are particularly challenging times for charities and so this funding from Morrisons for the creation of 20 writing slopes is warmly welcomed.’

You can find out more about Cerebra and how they help children and families by visiting 

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White Ribbon campaign supported by Carmarthenshire County Council



CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL says it is again showing its support for the White Ribbon campaign, which takes place on Friday, November 25 and is followed by 16 Days of Action.

White Ribbon is the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls.

While domestic abuse affects both sexes, the largest number of violent incidents involve men against women. But ultimately male violence against women is everyone’s issue, not just women’s.

The council was awarded White Ribbon UK accredited status for the first time in 2018 and is continuing to work to tackle such violence.

White Ribbon flags will be flying at County Hall in Carmarthen and town halls in Llanelli and Ammanford on White Ribbon Day (Friday, November 25). County Hall will also be lit up on the evening to show support.

The council is working alongside partners to raise awareness of the campaign across the county – from sports clubs, joint visits with the Police to licensed premises, our leisure centres and libraries to bus stations.

With this year’s White Ribbon Day falling on the same week as the start of the FIFA men’s World Cup, there has never been a better time to come together and start playing as a team to end violence against women and girls.

The council will be raising awareness of the campaign at special events including a Walking Football session at Amman Valley Leisure Centre on November 30 and at “An Evening with Sam Warburton” at the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen on White Ribbon Day (November 25).

Cabinet Member responsible for Community Safety, Cllr Philip Hughes, said: “It’s vital that we raise more awareness about domestic abuse so that anyone affected can get help and support from one of our local services.”

Support locally can be found at: Threshold (Llanelli) on 01554 752 422 or; Calan DVS (Ammanford) on 01269 597 474 or; Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Service on 01267 238 410 or and Goleudy on 0300 123 2996 or or call the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 or visit for free advice and support 24/7

For more information on the White Ribbon campaign visit

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