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New Llanelli shop sees unwanted goods brought back to life and sold on

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A new shop selling repaired and reused items donated by the public will open its doors in Llanelli Town Centre this week as part of a joint project between Carmarthenshire County Council and CWM Environmental Ltd following Welsh Government Circular Economy funding.

The Stepney Street store, Eto, will be stacked with a wide range of goods that were destined for the tip before being brought back to life through the county’s Recycling Centre’s Donation Stations.

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As well as household items, children’s toys and bicycles up for grabs there will be an in-house paint re-use facility based in Nantycaws which customers can purchase from the shop at a significantly reduced cost to traditionally bought paint.

Remnants of wood donated at the recycling centres have also been transformed into garden furniture, planters etc.

The town centre store will open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10am and 4pm.

Residents can donate items of a reasonable quality that they no longer want at any of the donation stations across all of Carmarthenshire’s household waste recycling centres (HRWCs). Donations will not be accepted at the reuse shop as they need to pass initial checks before selling on.

Repairs and required checks are undertaken at Nantycaws, where the repair facility is situated.

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The project, which is funded by the Welsh Government’s Circular Economy Fund, is part of a wider joint initiative Canolfan Eto and will help close the loop on waste by helping people reuse, repurpose and refurbish items that would otherwise have been thrown away.

A further phase is the development of a re-use village in Nantycaws, Carmarthen and is due to open later this year. It will provide a unique sustainable shopping experience bringing life to a range of used items including furniture, bicycles, small electricals, paint and much more. An education centre, café and toilets are also planned for the site.

Carmarthenshire County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Hazel Evans, says that Eto – which means ‘again’ in English – will symbolise one of the council’s main ambitions of delivering a circular economy, as well as supporting Carmarthenshire to become a leader of recycling and re-use within Wales whilst reducing our carbon footprint.

She said: “I am delighted that we have been able to open this store and offer these low cost items for reuse which will not only benefit local communities and residents but reduce the amount of waste. Recycling saves money, prevents unnecessary waste creates jobs and best of all, it’s easy.”

Plans for future circular economy projects is also under consideration and will include similar approaches in other locations throughout the county.

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Carmarthenshire County Council Leader, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “This is an ideal opportunity where shoppers can buy previously unwanted items at bargain prices. Recycling and re-using is good for the environment and we should all be doing it.”

(Lead image: Carmarthenshire Council)

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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.”

(Lead image: Natural Resources Wales)

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