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Teamwork praised as pensioner and toddler rescued from mud on Llanelli beach

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The ‘exceptional teamwork’ of police officers, PCSOs and a Special Constable who rescued a pensioner and his great-granddaughter at Llanelli beach has been commended.

Dyfed-Powys Police responded swiftly to a call reporting that a 71-year-old man and his three-year-old great-granddaughter had got into difficulty in mud on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 21.

Discovering that the man was unable to get himself and the little girl to safety, a team of officers, PCSOs and a Special Constable immediately made their way to the beach.

Sergeant Ben Ashton said: “This was an urgent situation as the 71-year-old was stuck on his back on the mud, with the three-year-old on his lap and their dog nearby.

“The little girl was crying, and was clearly frightened and cold.”

Following initial difficulties in reaching the pair on the mud, officers made their way along a rocky outcrop, taking throwlines from police vehicles in the hope the man could be pulled to safety.

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However, their efforts were unsuccessful due to the distance between the officers and the casualties, and sinking sand prevented them from getting any closer.

Sgt Ashton said: “By this point, the little girl was getting very cold, and the team was a considerable distance from their vehicles and first aid kits.

“PC Aled Davies showed great initiative in tying a foil blanket to a rope and throwing it across so the man could wrap it around his great-granddaughter to keep her warm.

“He was also suffering and was struggling to breathe at times, making the rescue even more urgent.”

Constant reassurance was offered to the man to lessen the risk that he would panic and get stuck deeper in the mud.

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Two PCS were also appointed as police contacts for the family of the casualties to update them on the situation and keep them calm.

Partners from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Coastguard attended the beach, with the fire service able to get the little girl to the officers on the rocks.

“Special Constable Rachel Thomas proved to be of great comfort to the little girl, holding her while the rescue continued, and helping to get her into a life raft with her great-grandfather,” Sgt Ashton said.

“Thanks to a specialist fire team and HM Coastguard, the man, little girl and the dog were finally winched safely back to the beach.”

The man was taken to hospital to be checked over, while the little girl was left in the care of her family.

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Praising the team, Chief Inspector Stuart Bell said: “The Officers, PCSOs and Special Constables who responded to this call showed exceptional teamwork in making their way swiftly to the man and his granddaughter, coordinating with partners to ensure a safe rescue, and supporting the family, who must have found this a harrowing event.

“Their hard work, efforts and ability to stay calm under pressure resulted in the best outcome – ensuring the safety of two people in distress.”

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Man who filmed rape on Ammanford victim’s phone changes plea mid trial

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A man who filmed himself raping an Ammanford woman on his victim’s phone has changed his plea to guilty midway through his trial.

Cameron Hassan, aged 31, of no fixed abode, attacked the woman, raping her as she slept on 21 August 2021.

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Hassan had been on trial at Swansea Crown Court after denying any wrongdoing. However, after the jury was shown the video of the attack and hearing the victim was going to give evidence yesterday (Tuesday, 10 May), Hassan changed his plea to guilty.

Investigating Officer DC Sophie Lambert from Dyfed Powys Police said the victim had shown great strength and determination throughout the investigation.

“I must commend her tremendous courage in coming forward and the tenacity shown throughout the investigation,” she said.

“We hope this case demonstrates that Dyfed-Powys Police acts on serious allegations such as rape and sexual assault with officers working tirelessly to secure justice for victims.

“If you are suffering because of similar abuse, please contact the police, or if you would rather speak to someone in confidence, New Pathways are an independent charity that will support you through every step of the investigation.”

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New Pathways can be contacted at 01685 379 310 or email enquiries@newpathways.org.uk

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Women’s Tour of Britain returns to Carmarthenshire

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The countdown is on before the world’s top women riders will race through Carmarthenshire as part of the Women’s Tour of Britain.

Some 108 cyclists will race through the County to the finishing line on top of the Black Mountain between Llangadog and Brynamman as part of the stage five event on Friday, June 10.

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The route will be starting from Pembrey Country Park at 10.45am and riders competing for the title will go through Pinged, Carway, Pontyberem, Horeb, Llansawel, and Llangadog.

A rolling road closure will take place along the 65-mile route which will come into action at 10.45am until 1.50pm.

Roads will be re-opened once the cyclists have passed through. A full road closure will be in place over the Black Mountain from 5am-5pm.

The event will be broadcast on ITV4 and across Europe with a helicopter camera crew following the race.

The Women’s Tour departs on Monday, June 6, and coincides with the final day of a four-day Bank Holiday weekend in the UK to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The race will culminate with a prestigious finale six days later on Saturday, June 11.

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Pembrey Country Park previously hosted the Grand Départ of the men’s Tour of Britain as well as the overall finish of the Women’s Tour in 2019.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Chief Executive, Wendy Walters said: “We are thrilled that we have again been chosen to host this top cycling event. Previous years have brought an immediate economic boost to the tourism sector as well as providing a great deal of positive media coverage.”

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Man banned from driving for 12 months for fishing offence

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A man from Merthyr Tydfil who travelled to the River Loughor, near Llanelli to fish using a barbaric and illegal method, has been banned from driving for 12 months as part of his sentence.

Vu Quang Tien pleaded guilty to an illegal fishing charge and also to a charge of obstruction of a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Fisheries Enforcement Officer on 26 April at Swansea Magistrates Court.

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Mr Tien and two other anglers were witnessed by NRW Fisheries Enforcement Officers deliberately using the illegal foul hooking method of fishing – also known as snatching – at the river Loughor on 15 August 2021. NRW officers attended the site after several reports of illegal fishing were made to NRW’s 24/7 incident call centre by concerned members of the community.

When approached and questioned by NRW officers, Mr Tien and his accomplices showed significant hostility and reluctance to share identification documents which eventually had to be extracted by use of reasonable force.

All of Mr Tien’s fishing tackle and fish, along with his associates’ fishing tackle was seized by NRW Officers at the time of the incident. The district judge on the day at Swansea Magistrates Court gave permission to NRW to confiscate these items permanently from each of them.

The District Judge disqualified Mr Tien from driving for 12 months due to seriousness of the incident, and the premeditated and deliberate action of travelling such a distance to commit the offence.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £2,334 in fines, NRW costs and a victim surcharge.

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Mark Thomas, Fisheries Enforcement Officer for NRW, said: “We would like to again thank Dyfed Powys Police, the local communities and also the law-abiding anglers in the area for their continued support in reporting these illegal fishing activities.

“Foul hooking is a truly barbaric form of fishing carried out by a small minority of anglers in Wales, who have no regard for fish welfare.

“NRW and the Police take these incidents seriously as do the courts.

“Hopefully, the small minority of anglers who may in future, think of using any illegal fishing methods will take heed of the heavy fines and driving ban in this case issued by the courts.”

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