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Woman set fire to own daughter



Swansea Crown Court

Swansea Crown Court

AN AMMANFORD woman set fire to her own daughter during what the prosecution allege were years of “systematic physical, emotional and sexual abuse.”

The woman also allegedly beat her and forced her to cook meals but refused to allow her to eat any of the food.

The woman denies 10 charges of child cruelty and neglect to two of her daughters.

Her partner denies six charges of indecently assaulting the older daughter one of indecently assaulting her sister.

They cannot be named to protect the identities of the alleged victims.

Nicola Powell, prosecuting, said the elder girl ran away from home when she was 15.

Her sister had been only a baby at the time but years later she made similar complaints to the police.

Miss Powell told a jury at Swansea Crown Court that the elder girl had suffered years of physical abuse by her mother and sexual abuse by her step father.

Her mother had called her the “spawn of the devil” and told her she wished she had aborted her before she had been born.

And she is said to have described her as a slug and then said she wished she really was one because she could put salt on her.

Miss Powell said there had been numerous incidents of cruelty.

On one occasion she was forced to cook a curry but told not to eat any. Her mother suspected she had tasted a little while clearing away the pans.

Miss Powell said she was stripped naked and beaten with a cane. Then she was forced into a cold shower and chilli powder was pushed into her mouth.

On another occasion her mother set her trousers on fire and did nothing to put out the flames, added Miss Powell.

Her sister received similar treatment, it was alleged. She was dragged downstairs and kicked and punched for being “a little” late home, laid across a coffee table and beaten with a cane and her hands were held over a lit candle.

Miss Powell said while the cruelty was taking place the older girl’s step father repeatedly sexually abused her and indecently assaulted the younger girl on one occasion.

The jury heard that after their arrests both denied any of the incidents had taken place.

The mother told police, “It’s a fabrication, total garbage.”

The trial continues.

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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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