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Cocaine traffickers admit conspiracy with intent to supply



NINE people have admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs as part of a gang trafficking cocaine into Carmarthenshire.

Dyfed-Powys Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Team has dismantled an organised crime gang transporting the class A drug between Swansea and Pontarddulais into Llanelli as part of an undercover investigation named Operation Elegant.

The team carried out a series of 19 pre-planned warrants at homes across Llanelli in October 2020 after receiving information that the occupants were concerned in the supply of cocaine.

Officers had already searched the West End address of Neville Ayres following a stop check the previous month, which saw over 255g of cocaine with a street value of more than £22,700 seized from the footwell of his car.

The warrants resulted in the arrest of 13 people suspected of being involved in a conspiracy to supply cocaine into Llanelli between May and October 2020.

Nine people were charged and admitted the offence at Swansea Crown Court.

Detective Constable Mark Jones, who headed up the operation, said: “This was a significant operation for the force, and in particular the Carmarthenshire division, with officers from a number of departments involved in planning and executing the warrants, examining the seized items, interviewing all 13 suspects and putting together a strong file of evidence for the CPS.

“Thanks to the hard work of all those involved, charges for conspiracy to supply class A drugs were brought against nine defendants – all of whom have now admitted the offence.

“There’s no doubt that the involvement of this many people in the supply of drugs in one area was linked to an organised crime gang operating on a larger scale, and our work will have seriously disrupted this supply chain into the county.

“I would like to thank the investigation team for their dedication and commitment, and reassure people living in Llanelli that we will continue to act on their concerns about drugs use and supply in the area.”

The following defendants are due to be sentenced at Swansea Crown Court next month:

  • Laura Coelho, aged 28, of Bond Avenue, Llanelli
  • Neville Ayres, aged 42, of West End, Llanelli
  • Rebecca Viola, aged 36, of Cae Glas, Llanelli
  • Jordan Dale Parry, aged 25, of Dilwyn Street, Llanelli
  • Keiran Price, aged 28, of Tirgoff, Llangennech
  • Jeffrey Parker-Ward, aged 23, of Stepney Street, Llanelli
  • Daniel Rhodri Evans, aged 29, of Heol Elfed, Llanelli
  • Shaun Hearne, aged 27, of Isgraig, Burry Port
  • Aaron Hookway, aged 25, of Station Road, Fforestfach

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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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