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Two Neath Port Talbot men jailed for supplying Class A drugs

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Two men from Neath Port Talbot were sentenced to a total of 5 years and 4 months on Thursday 29 April for supplying class A drugs.

Dean Hunt, aged 36 from Sandfields, was sentenced to 2 years and 4 months for supply of crack cocaine.

Vincent Carroll, aged 42 from Aberavon, was sentenced to 3 years for intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

South Wales Police Detective Inspector Marc Gardner said: “Getting the people who control these drugs supply lines leads to their whole drugs operation being taken apart. In turn, we can then look to protect those at risk from the violence associated with drug dealing.

(Lead image: South Wales Police)


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Flash flooding as heatwave breaks and Met Office issues thunderstorm warning

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Flash Flooding in Port Talbot

Parts of Port Talbot town centre were underwater today as torrential rain led to flash flooding as the heatwave came to a dramatic end.

The images captured by local, Jim Jones showed cars struggling to pass through flooded streets outside the art-deco former Plaza Cinema on Talbot Road.

The M4 was also waterlogged causing poor driving conditions between junctions 37 and 38 for Pyle and Margam.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for slow moving thunderstorms that could cause further disruption, including flooding.

A map tweeted by the Met Office appears to show the worst of the storms heading towards Swansea.

The Waterstones book store on Swansea’s Oxford Street was forced to close as water poured into the building from the roof.

(Lead image: Jim Jones)

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Mountain rescue teams called to aid of man who jumped off Neath Valley waterfall and suffered spinal injuries

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Mountain rescue teams and coastguard helicopters were scrambled to help a man who jumped off Sgwd Gwladus waterfalls near Glynneath on Saturday (13 August).

The man, who received suspected broken legs and spinal injuries was airlifted to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

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The Western Beacons Mountain Rescue Team said: “We were requested to respond to Sgwd Gladys near Pontneddfechan to a male who had jumped of the fall and broken his legs and had possible spinal injuries.

“With the severity of the incident we requested assistance from our neighbouring team Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team and helicopter from Maritime and Coastguard Agency rescue 187.

“Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service – EMRTS Wales helicopter was also in attendance.

“The casualty was packaged in a vacuum mattress and then winched from the scene for transport to UHW Cardiff for treatment.

“We wish the casualty a speedy recovery.”

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Mountain Rescue Teams prepare to assist the injured man (Image: Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team)
Helicopter winches the injured man off the waterfalls (Image: Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team)
Mountain Rescue Teams went to the aid of a man who jumped off a waterfall seriously injuring himself (Image: Western Beacons Mountain Rescue)

(Lead image: Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team)

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Fly tipper caught on hidden camera claimed he was leaving waste to move later

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A man caught dumping waste by hidden cameras at a fly tipping hotspot by Neath Port Talbot Council enforcement officers has been fined.

James Steven Daniel Gilheaney, 20, of Cae Garw, Kenfig Hill, Pyle, had pleaded not guilty at Swansea Magistrates Court before his trial on August 9th to illegally depositing controlled waste on land at Cae Garw Farm in February this year.

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The dumped waste included flooring, insulation, rugs, a settee, glass patio doors and a cable and monitor.

Mr Gilheaney claimed he had been asked to ‘leave’ the waste at the location and to move it later.

At the conclusion of the trial, where still images and video footage from the cameras was shown, the District Judge said he found the defendant’s account incredible, before delivering his guilty verdict and sentencing Mr Gilheaney to a 12 month community order with 120 hours unpaid work, a £95 victim surcharge and £500 towards prosecution costs.

The District Judge also ordered the forfeiture of the transit van used to commit the offence and additionally disqualified Mr Gilheaney from driving for 12 months.

The court heard that cameras were placed in the area near Cae Garw, known to be used regularly for dumping waste, which was often then set alight.  When the recorded footage was later examined, officers identified Mr Gilheaney depositing the waste from the vehicle.

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Cllr Scott Jones, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene, said: “I’d like to thank our officers for their painstaking work in this case. Fly-tipping is illegal and seriously damages our environment which is why I would appeal to anyone who sees fly-tipping to report it.”

Terri Harrison, a Dyfed Powys Police Sergeant, seconded to the Arson Reduction team Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service added, “Waste crime is a real challenge for MAWWFRS and partner agencies.  Every year there are reports of hundreds of refuse fires and we see a very clear and obvious link between refuse fires and fly tipping. 

“Waste crime has a real adverse impact on the quality of life for those affected by the illegal activities.  It damages our environment, community and economy. Positive outcomes such as this send a clear message that we all work closely together and these activities will not be tolerated.”

(Lead image: Neath Port Talbot Council)

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