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Glanamman neighbours scoop £210,000 lottery win

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A Glanamman grandad is one of seven neighbours who are celebrating after winning £210,000 with People’s Postcode Lottery

The cash windfall comes after the Welsh postcode SA18 2BE was announced as a winner with the lottery on Sunday 13th March. Seven of the neighbours living on the winning street of Maes Llewelyn won £30,000 each.

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Byron Davies (75) and his wife Delith plan to put some of the money towards elevating both their daughters’ and grandsons’ new businesses in the local area.

When People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Matt Johnson revealed the cheque, Byron’s wife, Delith said: “Diolch yn fawr” in her native Welsh tongue which translates to ‘Thank you very much’ in English.

Delith was bouncing up and down with excitement as she said: “I was only expecting a thousand, oh my goodness, diolch yn fawr!”

She joked and added: “I can’t even breathe, let alone speak, and that’s unusual from me!”

When asked how the pair would spend the money Delith said: “I can’t begin to tell you. I’ll get some new glasses for a start.”

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Byron was quick to add, he said “I might get a new set of bowls.”

Byron wasn’t going to let the prize distract from his usual routine. To celebrate, he was off to play his usual game of bowls at the local club in Ammanford with his friends, something he’s done for 30 years.

When asked how the couple would celebrate tonight the grandmother of two said: “I’ve got prosecco in the fridge if anybody wants some!”

The generous couple are keen to help family with their business ventures. Daughter Helen opened a nail bar just before Christmas in Llandybïe and their eldest grandson has also opened a barbershop in neighbouring village, Cross Hands.

When asked what that would mean to Helen she said: “That would be wonderful and very much appreciated obviously.”

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She went on to comment on her mum’s reaction she said “I’m amazed my mum didn’t cry! She cries at everything.”

The couple are pleased to be helping local charities and good causes and will continue playing. Delith said: “It’s nice to know that you can help somebody. Especially with how the world is at the moment.”

The other winners were either unavailable or chose to remain anonymous.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Matt Johnson presented the winners with their cheques and shared his congratulations, he said: ‘I’m delighted for all of our winners in Glanamman today. I hope they enjoy spending the win and treat themselves with the prize money.’

People’s Postcode Lottery costs £10 a month to play and there are guaranteed winners every day. People play with their chosen postcode and are automatically entered into all draws.

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Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have helped raise over £850 million to date for thousands of good causes across Britain and internationally.

This draw was promoted on behalf of Postcode Planet Trust. The Trust has a particular focus on wildlife and supports charities and good causes with those purposes through grant funding. Funded charities include The Wildlife Trusts, WWF and Marine Conservation Society.

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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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