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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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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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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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Gap year university student joins West Wales accountants for practical, on the job, learning experience

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Ashmole & Co have taken on a student, during their gap year from University, so the student can gain hands-on experience before completing the final year of their degree course.

Ceirion Harris, from Mountain Ash, joined Ashmole & Co’s Ammanford office as a Trainee Accountant in September 2021. He has completed two years of his Accounting and Finance degree at Swansea University and will return to complete his final year of studies this September. 

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As a Trainee Accountant Ceirion prepares the quarterly or monthly tax returns for various types of clients including sole traders, partnerships and Ltd companies. He also helps with clients’ queries.

Laura Craddock, Partner in Ashmole & Co’s Ammanford office said, “We are proud to be able to help those studying to become accountants in the future. It is important as a profession that we help to train the next generation.

“Qualified staff members are the lifeblood for the future success of our firm. Ceirion has fitted in with our team very well. It’s imperative that we give him honest feedback when he’s done well or can improve so he learns from this whole experience.”     

Ceirion said, “I am grateful to Ashmole and Co, who are one of the most established and largest teams of chartered certified accountants and auditors in south and west Wales, for giving me this opportunity to learn with them.

“Applying my studied university knowledge into a practical experience feels rewarding. Whilst working on a task I recognise parts of it from my previous studies and this motivates me to continue my studies to benefit my future role.”

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Ceirion is the first to admit that it isn’t just the skills and knowledge to become a future accountant that he’s learning during his time with Ashmole & Co.

He said, “The most challenging part of my job was going from university to a full-time job. I wasn’t prepared for a 9am to 5pm role so for the first few weeks it was a shock to the system.

“While at university you can follow your own routine but while in work I have to ensure I am punctual and presentable every day. I feel as though this placement has prepared me for my future role as an accountant.”

When he is not working or studying Ceirion enjoys participating in a lot of sports including playing football three times a week, running and going to the gym.

Ashmole & Co are one of the largest chartered certified accountants in Wales. The rapidly expanding and modern firm often has job opportunities for enthusiastic individuals both qualified and non-qualified within the organisation.

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If you feel you have the qualities to be part of the team at Ashmole & Co, the company say you can email, with your CV attached, to AshmoleHR@ashmole.co.uk or apply for a specific vacancy listed on their website: www.ashmole.co.uk.

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