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Police say up to 400 people attending illegal rave in Carmarthenshire

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POLICE are dealing with an illegal rave at the Halfway Forest near Llandovery, officers have confirmed.
It is understood that hundreds of people were planning to attend the site, including a large contingent of ravers from Pembrokeshire and the surrounding west Wales area. Police said they disrupted many attempting to get to the site.

Up to 400 people were at the rave this morning (Mar 27) police said.

A spokesperson for the police told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police officers are dealing with a rave in the quarry of Halfway Forest, Llandovery.

“Concerned residents of the area reported a possible rave during the early hours of this morning (27 March 2022), and officers immediately attended the area.

“Officers found large amounts of people had travelled to the site which was located within the Natural Resources Wales Forestry.

“Overnight an authority under Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 was granted by the duty Chief Superintendent. This has allowed Dyfed-Powys Police officers to set up vehicle check points within a 5 mile radius of the scene in accordance with Section 65 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

“Safety considerations surrounding breaking up the event were paramount, and a policy of containment and disrupting any further vehicles and people entering has been instigated overnight.

“This will be constantly assessed throughout today by a senior officer at the scene, and a notice to ‘leave land’ could be issued to all present. It is estimated that there are approximately 300 – 400 attendees at the rave this morning.

“Officers have arrested a 22 year old man for failing a drug swipe as he was trying to enter the site. He remains in police custody.”

Inspector Dawn Fencott-Price said: “Some of those that have travelled to this rave were from as far afield as Devon and Gloucestershire. Social media was used to disclose the location at the last possible minute in order to prevent law enforcement taking preventative measures. We are really grateful to local residents for quickly reporting their concerns and allowing officers to take a practical approach to dealing with it. Our priority is to keep the area safe and end the unlawful gathering in a timely and peaceful manner. We will deal robustly with any offences that come to light during the course of this operation.”

Dyfed-Powys Police said that it has a well-rehearsed strategy for dealing with illegal raves and unlicensed music events, collaborating with partners such as Natural Resources Wales.

Police say social media has made it easier to organise raves at short notice and for numbers to grow quickly.

Supt Robyn Mason said: “We keep an eye on social media but the organisers of these raves know that we do that.

“There’s nothing better than the local communities who see and hear things happening. Hopefully then we can deal with these events before they escalate.

“Once they start they are very challenging and it’s more a case of tolerating it and dealing with the aftermath.

“It’s frightening for people living in small isolated communities and there’s the significant impact loud music has on wildlife and that hundreds or thousands of people have on the environment.

“If those rave-goers understood that then perhaps they would consider doing something else with their leisure time.”

Speaking last year a spokesperson for Natural Resources Wales said the impact of illegal raves on forests, such as Halfway Forest near Llandovery, could be “devastating” and wasted limited resources.
It has installed lockable barriers at several access points to Brechfa forest and increased patrols before weekends.

Land Management team leader Dai Rees said at the time: “Illegal raves only cause distress to local people but also required considerable time and money to clean up afterwards.
“We strongly urge anyone who is concerned about any suspicious activity in their local forest to report it to the police.”

(Image: Herald file, from a rave in similar location, 2019)

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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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