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Four Swansea men sentenced for Ammanford burglaries

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Four criminals who travelled from Swansea on two consecutive nights to burgle homes in the Ammanford area have been jailed.

Ricky David Jenkins, aged 34, of Rhodfa Brain, Fforestfach, Keith Martin Goodenough, aged 58, of Heol Emrys, Penlan, Dean Michael Clement, aged 44, of no fixed abode, and Simon Lee Griffiths, aged 46, of Penderry Road, Penlan, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and one of attempted burglary in the Ammanford area on Monday and Tuesday, 3 and 4 January.

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They were promptly arrested, charged and have been on remand since.

In the early hours of 4 January, a resident contacted Dyfed-Powys Police to report his house in Gate Road, Penygroes, had just been broken into and property stolen, including an iPad, a Samsung phone, a Huawei phone, two bank cards and a silver bracelet.

Whilst officers were at the address, colleagues have come through to say three males had been seen running from the area.

Officers located a vehicle, where Jenkins and Goodenough were found and arrested, and following an area search, Clement joined them in custody.

At the time, police had been dealing with a further report of burglary the night before, in the early hours of 3 January, this time in the nearby Milo area.

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The burglary in Milo saw bank cards stolen, with transactions at garages in the area totalling more than £260.

During house-to-house enquiries officers spoke with another resident, who had a Ring doorbell camera, and from those enquiries officers discovered the men had attempted to get into a third home.

Officers working on the burglaries soon linked them, and with the support of ANPR cameras, Ring doorbell cameras and good investigative work, were able to identify a fourth man, Griffiths, who was arrested on Thursday, 6 January.

All four pleaded not guilty at their first hearings at Llanelli Magistrates Court on 6 and 7 January.

However, at their first crown court appearance a month later, they all changed their pleas to guilty.

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DS Rebecca Thomas said: “These men travelled into our force area to break into people’s homes and steal their hard-earned goods for personal gain.

“They initially denied being involved but when faced with the evidence our investigators had pulled together, with help from people with Ring doorbell cameras, they changed their pleas to guilty.

“We hope this sentence brings some solace to the victims following what must have been a distressing incident for them.”

They appeared at Swansea Crown Court on Friday morning (4 March) when Clement was sentenced to 50 months imprisonment, Goodenough was sentenced to 32 months, Jenkins received 54 months imprisonment and Griffiths was sentenced to 45 months.

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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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Police appeal after cyclist dies in Garnant accident

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Dyfed Powys Police have issued an appeal after a cyclist died in a single vehicle road traffic collision on Friday (6 May).

The accident took place around 8.45pm outside the Discovery Book Shop on Cwmamman Road in Garnant, Ammanford.

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A spokesperson for Dyfed Powys Police said: “Sadly the 58 year-old male rider of the pedal cycle sustained serious injuries and passed away in hospital.

“We are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the pedal cycle at the relevant time, or who may have dashcam footage if they travelled along this stretch of road at the time, to get in touch.

“Also local residents and business owners are asked to contact Police if they have any CCTV footage covering the location.”

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Plans to close GP surgery in Tycroes revealed

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Margaret Street Practice has applied to Hywel Dda Health board to close its branch surgery in Tycroes.

The surgery in Tycroes has been closed since February 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the building served as a ‘red site’ for the Amman Gwendraeth GP cluster.

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Prior to the pandemic, the branch was used mainly for blood tests at the phlebotomy clinic.

Since its temporary closure, patients of Tycroes have used Margaret Street Practice, around two miles away in Ammanford.

There is a regular bus route between the two Surgeries.

In a statement, the health board said: “Margaret Street Practice, Hywel Dda University Health Board and the Community Health Council are working together to engage with patients of both surgeries to gain an understanding of how a proposed closure would affect patients.

“A period of engagement commences on Monday 9 May and runs until Friday 24 June.

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“Should Tycroes close, the potential benefits for patients include more available appointments for all patients at the Margaret Street Practice, as staff would not be covering two sites, and earlier and later appointments could be offered from Margaret Street.

“Patients would still be able to use the Tycroes Pharmacy and the Practice would continue to send all requested prescriptions to the pharmacy.”

Jill Paterson, Director of Primary Care, Community and Long Term Care for Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “We are committed to listening to and engaging with local populations around the proposal to relocate Primary Care services from Tycroes Surgery to Margaret Street and we would therefore like to invite patients to get involved in the engagement process.

“We are committed to working closely with the Practice and the Community Health Council throughout this process and will keep patients informed of the results of this engagement exercise.”

Vice Chair of Hywel Dda Community Health Council, Dr Barbara Wilson said: “GP services are so important to the communities they serve. When the health board comes to make its decision about the future of Tycroes branch surgery, it’s crucial that the public have their say.

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“Whether people support this proposal or oppose it, the CHC will be ensuring that those views are heard and understood by the health board.”

The consultation is available online, on paper forms at Margaret Street Surgery, by calling 0300 303 8322, option 4, by emailing Hyweldda.Engagement@wales.nhs.uk or by writing to Tracey Huggins, Head of GMS Services, Primary Care Team, Felinfoel Community Resource Centre, Felinfoel, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA14 8BE

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