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Police trace Burry Port burglar who left trail of oil leading to his home

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A man was charged with burglary after leaving a trail of oil from a stolen generator leading police from a victim’s home to his own.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers were able to quickly trace Dominic William Oliver after he went on an overnight burglary spree in Burry Port in March.

The force received reports of two garage burglaries and a theft from a car overnight on Monday, March 8, with a generator, fishing rods, and two bags containing passports among the stolen items.

The combined value of the items taken was estimated to be around £800.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “An officer attended the victims’ homes, and was made aware of a trail of oil, which was believed to have come from the stolen generator.

“She followed it along several streets – one of which was where Oliver had stolen two bags from a car – and discovered that it ended outside a property on Dandorlan Road.

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“Oliver agreed to a voluntary search being carried out, and as officers entered the property they immediately noticed a rucksack with a distinctive pattern that had been described by one of the victims.”

The search was completed, with further items suspected to have been stolen recovered from the address, and the 31-year-old was arrested on suspicion of burglary within six hours of the incidents being reported.

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While being conveyed to police custody, Oliver made a significant comment linking him to the theft of the generator.

He was charged with two counts of burglary and one theft, and appeared at Swansea Crown Court for sentencing on Friday, April 30.

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He was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 18 months, must complete a rehabilitation requirement, and must remain at his home address between 8pm and 6am for three months.

Sgt Davies said: “This was an excellent response, which resulted in the swift arrest and charge of Oliver, and the recovery and return of stolen property to the victims the same day the offences were reported to us.

“This has no doubt had a positive impact on the residents of Burry Port, who have commented positively on how the matter was investigated.

“Community engagement, patrols and a crime prevention leaflet drop was carried out following the investigation to offer reassurance and advice.”


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Aberglasney opens doors to unseen areas of Grade 2 listed mansion for CADW event

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Aberglasney Gardens will offer special tours of the upper floors of the Grade 2 listed Mansion House during September as part of Cadw’s national ‘Open Doors’ event.

The fully restored ground floor of the mansion was opened in 2013 by award winning actor Damian Lewis and is open daily. The unrestored upstairs rooms are not usually accessible but each Wednesday during September the public are invited to join our guide on a series of special tours. These tours will give a unique insight into the history of what was once one of Carmarthenshire’s most important houses.

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Aberglasney’s Director of Operations, Jim Stribling, said, “We are delighted to be able to offer visitors to Aberglasney a different kind of experience during September with this opportunity to view the upper floors of the mansion house, which are very rarely open to the public.

“These will be guided tours with Maddy explaining what these floors would have looked like over the years prior to the house being left to deteriorate.”

Whilst normal garden admission prices will apply the guided tours of the upstairs rooms are free. Tours are limited to 10 people so those interested are requested to book their place in advance to avoid disappointment. The tours will start at 2pm every Wednesday during September.

The tour promises a look inside parts of the historic mansion previously off-limits
A glimpse into some of the previously unseen sections of Aberglasney Mansion House

Aberglasney’s mansion house has been home to many a colourful character over the last 500 years – poets and artists, a Bishop, a High Sheriff, architects and solicitors, drinkers and those who fiercely abstained.

However, prior to recent restoration it had been hard to visualise the grandeur of time gone by after decades of decline when the mansion stood uninhabited, neglected and vandalised. 

Today, the centre of the mansion is covered by a glass roof and is home to the ‘Ninfarium’, Aberglasney’s award winning sub-tropical indoor garden, where plants grow amongst the ruinous remains. The rest of the ground floor has been fully restored and is used for art & craft exhibitions and as a meeting venue. 

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There is no disabled access to Aberglasney’s upper floors and those taking part will be required to climb several staircases during the course of the tour. Remember also that the areas of the Mansion to be visited are unrestored and special care will need to be taken when navigating these rooms and visitors will do so at their own risk. 

This September more than 150 of Wales’ historic sites, landmarks and hidden gems will offer visitors free entry, events or guided tours. It’s all part of Open Doors — Wales’ annual contribution to the European Heritage Days initiative, which invites heritage organisations, private owners, local authorities and others to open their doors or offer activities to the public free of charge. 

Organised by Cadw, the ever-popular festival of Wales’ built heritage will this year, encourage Welsh residents and visitors alike to explore some of the country’s lesser-known and smaller-scale sites ― several of which are usually closed to the public.

(Lead image: Nigel McColl)

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First Cymru announce changes to some bus services in August and September

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Regional bus operator First Cymru have announced some changes to their bus services in Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire in August and September.

The changes include introducing new routes and rerouting others.

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In Carmarthenshire:

From Sunday 28 August, the X11 service is being rerouted in Burry Port at the request of the county council. The service will no longer run along Glanmor Terrace in the town, but will run along the coastal bypass before travelling past the new Ysgol Parc-y-Tywyn and joining the existing route along Church Road.

In Pembrokeshire:

The 302 service between Milford Haven and Hubberston to Haverfordwest and Withybush Hospital will be extended to run to Withybush Industrial Estate from Sunday 28 August.

The 349 service between Tenby and Haverfordwest will extend to Withybush Hospital from Sunday 28 August on the request of Pembrokeshire Council.

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In Swansea:

The Service 8 University bus between will see its frequency increased to every 30 minutes from Sunday 21 September due to university arrivals. Then from 25 September the service will revert to its University term timetable.

Also from 25 September a brand new Service 8A will run as a shuttle service between Hendrefoilan Student Village and the University’s Singleton Campus.

Service 9 and 9A will be merged from 25 September into a new Service 9 route providing a through-service between the University’s Singleton Campus and Bay Campus travelling via Swansea Bus Station and Fabian Way Park & Ride.

Service 10 will increase its frequency to run on its term time timetable, and a new Service 10A shuttle service will begin operating from Monday to Friday in the morning and afternoon peaks between the City Centre on Kingsway and Bay Campus. When combined with services 8 and 10, this will then provide a bus to the University campuses up to every 6 minutes.

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In Townhill and Mayhill, Services 11, 12 and 13 will see their routes changed slightly in the city centre from 25 September to run via Kingsway to provide another city centre stop. The timetable will also be altered slightly due to the new route.

In West Swansea, Service 20 to Derlwyn will see its some slight changes to its timetable, while Service 20A will no longer serve Wimmerfield Avenue in Killay.

Service 21A to Three Crosses will see it’s service number change to 21 instead. There will also be some slight changes to its timetable.

A new Service 23 is being introduced from 25 September which will operate hourly between Swansea and Killay running through Swansea University, Singleton Hospital and also Wimmerfield Avenue in Killay.

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Fire Service in search for new Carmarthenshire firefighters

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Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has launched a hunt for new firefighters to join its Carmarthenshire fire stations.

It’s looking for people who live within 10 minutes of fire stations in Carmarthen, Llandysul and Newcastle Emlyn to become On-Call firefighters.

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On-Call firefighters get paid to respond to emergencies. They do not staff the fire stations 24 hours a day, like full-time firefighters, but get notified of an emergency call via a personal pager, which they carry with them when they are on duty.

Most On-Call Firefighters have other jobs with an agreement from their employers to leave to attend an emergency call if required. Others are available outside typical working hours like evenings, weekends, or between school runs.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service say they’re looking for people wh consider themselves to be reasonably fit and healthy, who want to be of service to your local community.

They say applicants should be someone who can always be relied on to be somewhere on time, committed to maintaining your physical fitness, maintaining and developing your skills.

You should be someone who has the sensitivity to deal with members of the public when they are distressed, confused, or being obstructive, can get on with people from different backgrounds and cultures and work as part of a close-knit team.

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You should also be someone who works well under pressure, think on your feet and solve problems.

In return, if you become an On-Call Firefighter, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service say they will provide all the training and support required to respond to emergency incidents such as property fires, road traffic collisions, and incidents involving flooding, rescues from height, and many other specialist emergency calls. You will also receive training to deliver Community Safety advice that will help keep people safe in their homes and communities.

In addition to having an exciting career, you will earn a salary-based pay and, from your induction day as an On-Call Firefighter, you will be able to contribute to the Firefighters Pension Scheme

The fire service say they work with local employers to release their staff to respond to emergency incidents.

To apply or for more information visit Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s website.

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