As part of its commitment to help reduce crimes in the elderly and vulnerable community, Dyfed-Powys Police is warning people to be aware of a variety of sophisticated scams.
A recent Scam, which occurred in Pembrokeshire, involves emails being sent from HM REVENUE and CUSTOMS. A fraudulent organisation claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs, (Tax Credit Office PO Box 1970, Liverpool, L75 1WX), are sending random emails stating that after an annual calculation of their fiscal activity, they have determined they are eligible to receive a tax refund.
It then states that to access their tax refund they must follow the stops below:
• Download the Tax Refund Form attached to this email
• Open it in a browser (recommended Mozilla firefox)
• Follow the instructions on their screen.
It highlights that a refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.
This type of offence can easily deceive vulnerable people and have a devastating impact on their lifestyle and confidence.
PC Trish Dixon said: “I would urge people NOT to be taken in by this as HMIC notify refunds via letter and not emails. You should never provide security or card details over the phone or in an email.
“It’s important that members of the public reject any engagement with cold-callers of any kind and not to fall victim of this offence. Tracking these criminals is extremely challenging as the majority operate overseas. The main target audience for the campaign are people over 65-years-old as records show they are generally the most vulnerable.”
If you want to contact Dyfed-Powys Police please call 101 – or visit:
A Dafen man took part in a feature on Countryfile this Sunday, September 1st, as the programme headed to the Gower.
Anthony Lewis is a volunteer from the Ammanford branch of the British Sub-Aqua club who were joined by Countryfile presenter Matt Baker on a dive to clean up the Gower Coast.
The BSAC runs an annual Underwater Litterpick and the presenter helps the divers retrieve tin cans, bottles, fishing weights, lines, nets and plastic bags from under the water. The excersise featured on the prime-time television programme on Sunday September 1st at 7pm.
Anthony, from Nant Y Bryn said, “We really had a great day and Matt was just like one of the boys. We cleared a large amount of litter off the sea bed like discarded nets, bottles and cans all of which are hazardous to the marine life in Swansea Bay.”
Also on the show Ellie Harrison visited Swansea Docks to see how its once filthy waters are now so clean that mussels thrive there. And she found out how little yellow fish are helping people flush their waste water down the right pipes. Matt joined the divers who pull tonnes of waste a year out of the waters off the peninsular, before hitting dry land to hook up with the volunteers keeping its beaches pristine.
Llanelli police are investigating a Burglary that occurred sometime between 3.30pm and 6.00pm on Wednesday 28th August at Havard Road when cash and electrical items were stolen. Any information on persons seen in the vicinity or the recovery of property, please contact Llanelli police, telephone number 101
Dafen Welfare CC will play Llangennech CC in the allwalessport.co.uk Midweek Cup Final, which will take place at Dafen Welfare Park on Sunday 1st September at 16:00. Dafen reached the final following a seven-wicket win against an Ammanford Midweek XI, successfully chasing 142-3 off 20 overs, and guided to victory in poor light by Dafydd Nicholas (46) and Jamie Mansell (24 not out).
The victory was tainted in part by a report written on the Ammanford Club's play-cricket website, which appeared to question the integrity of the Dafen Umpire and accused a Dafen batsman of complaining. The report has since been altered by Ammanford and Dafen have received an apology from the Club.
In the other semi-final, Llangennech (118-3) beat Llanelli (117-6) by 1 run to secure their place in the final.
Each year going back to school presents families with a chance to press the re-start button on their behaviours and create a new and positive routine for both themselves and their kids.
Change4Life’s Smart Restart aims to get parents to establish positive healthy habits for their families at the beginning of the school year and to sustain these healthy behaviours throughout the school term by providing them with helpful tools and rewards.
Families will be asked to take one of 5 pledges and Change4Life will interact and motivate by emails and SMS to sustain this small change throughout the term:
Source: Hywel Dda Health Board
Dafen played their penultimate game of the 2013 season when they travelled to Clydach, near, but not quite certain of, safety from relegation. The day was set fair, the pitch looked dry and slow and Dafen captain Matthew Evans inserted the opposition upon winning the toss. The established opening attack was reunited and Andrew Rowlands and Evans reeled off 6 consecutive maidens before the first run off the bat.
Slowly Jason Davies and Jonathan Donne increased the tempo, and the ball started to whiz over the curiously undulating outfield, studded as it was by the efforts of crows to dig out leatherjackets from under its surface. As the shots came, the cockerel in a nearby coop started to crow and it continued to do so throughout the afternoon.
The first wicket fell on 66 after 22 overs when Evans had Davies LBW, the party was then joined by Phil George who claimed a remarkable 5 wickets in 4 overs, four of them LBW to his aggressive offspin bowled from around the wicket to the right handers a la Nathan Lyon. This clatter of LBWs made more than one batsman a bit cross, but the extreme low bounce, tight line and neat turn made for this mode of dismissal.
James Garland (46) watched all this from the non-strikers end before rebuilding the innings with first Nicky Fisher and then Gwennan Davies who used her feet well to hit George for a brace of fours through mid-wicket. Chris Hudson claimed one wicket, Rowlands returned for his own and George applied the coup de grace by taking two more to finish the innings with 7-43 after a superb exhibition of attacking spin bowling. Clydach closed on 155 all out.
In reply Dafen feared the low bounce and made a cautions start, Evans and Nicky Davies putting on 52 before Davies fell LBW and Evans, as if keening for his partner, himself being dismissed. Dafydd Nicholas net soon after, all three wickets to Matthew Vaughan. When Shaun Evans, fresh from GCSE success, was bowled by Gwennan Davies, Dafen were wobbling on 81 for 4. Jamie Mansel and Chris Randell steadied the ship with a brace of thirties and took Dafen to the brink of victory. Though a couple of wickets fell, the win was calmly secured and with it first division cricket next year.
The later stages of the game were watched by the second team who had trounced Clydach early in the day and with it took the second XI title as champions.
Cowbridge have been fined 200 points for fielding an ineligible player and are therefore now certain of second division cricket next year along with Llangennech. They could be joined by Maesteg Celtic if two teams from the SWCA finish bottom of the premier league leading to 3 teams being relegated in turn from the first division of SWCA.
On the last Saturday of the summer next weekend all this will be decided, Dafen travel away again to finish the season against Tata Steel.
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Young businessman Owen Walters has moved into the incubation space at The Beacon Centre for Enterprise in Dafen.
Web and graphic designer Owen is the joint winner of the Beacon Bursary Competition along with film maker James Button. The competition enabled them to gain 12 months free office space at the Beacon.
Eighteen-year-old Owen has just completed his A levels at Coleg Sir Gar and chose not to follow the traditional route into university but with the support of the Beacon Bursary decided to set up his own business.
He has a proven talent in website development and has a distinct advantage over many competitors as he has both coding and creative skills. His talent was recognised in the recent LHP West Wales Business Awards when he won the category for Young Entrepreneur in IT.
Owen provides a web and graphic design service to both local and global businesses, with recent commissions by global online clients within Australia and the USA.
Owen, who lives in Pemberton, said: “I started the business in the summer holidays between my first and second year at Coleg Sir Gar, working from my bedroom with a computer, desk and basic equipment.
“Business mentors, Dai Nicholas and Amanda Russell helped me to develop a business plan and I won the Beacon Bursary. Having office space at the Beacon gives a much more professional image for my business.”
Wendy Walters, Head of Economic Development, Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “The vision for The Beacon is to act as a leading light in nurturing and training both young enterprise skills and to develop entrepreneur business talent to enter the private sector across South West Wales.
“We wish Owen all the best with his new business venture.”
Executive board member for regeneration and leisure Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “I’m delighted that the Beacon Bursary is giving two talented young entrepreneurs a chance to further develop their businesses.
“I’m sure Owen will find the Beacon an ideal place to work out and that he will benefit from the access to support and advice in developing his business. I wish him well for the future. We need young entrepreneurs such as Owen to help take Carmarthenshire’s economy forward.”
James Button Films – www.jamesbuttonfilms.com
Owen Walters – www.owen-walters.com
About the Beacon- through its partnerships with academia; businesses and associates makes it an ideal location to start up a young enterprise. The environment is busy, dynamic and inspiring and offers networking opportunities with a range of vibrant businesses. The vision, as well as developing business incubation schemes, to develop home grown local talent within South West Wales and develop new products and services for the region and to provide leading business Ambassadors to support and mentor fledgling businesses.
• If you think you have a good business idea?
• Have wanted to start your own business?
• Think you have got what it takes to start up and succeed?
Then contact us for further information on 01554 748807 or email Anna at AMSadler@carmarthenshire.gov.uk
Copyright: Carmarthenshire County Council
Local police have re-issued advice to people to check their sheds and ensure that they are locked and secure with good quality locks.
The reminder follows a series of shed break-ins the Dafen and Llwynhendy areas in recent weeks, most recently in the Cilsaig road / Welsh Terrace area of Dafen on the 18th August 2013.
Locks have been forced and garden power tools and other items taken. These have included soft drinks, hand and power tools, a Carerra Vengeance pedal cycle and Adidas trainers.
“These offences appear to be happening during the night time,” said Sergeant Ian Francis. “We are putting extra patrols on during the night shift in order to catch and deter the offenders. But we also need local residents to help us stop these criminals.
“Please make sure you’re sheds and other outbuildings are securely locked and please consider installing security lighting or event an alarm if possible.
“I’d also ask that if you hear or see any suspicious activity, if you’ve been offered any garden tools or if you have any information regarding these offences to please contact Llwynhendy Police on 101.”
A Six-A-Side Cricket Tournament hosted by Dafen Welfare Cricket Club last Sunday raised £1,800 for charity. The event, which was organised in aid of #TeamDan, a fund-raising campaign in the name of ex-Scarlets player Dan Rogers, took place in front of a bumper crowd on a glorious day of Dafen sunshine after a worryingly wet Saturday.
Volunteers for the hosts appeared early on Sunday morning to prepare the ground for the big day, which saw teams competing from local rival clubs Llangennech, Llanelli, Felinfoel and Pwll. But the trophy went to a group better known for their exploits with a rugby ball – star attractions of the day, the Scarlets. The Scarlets impressed, with fine performances with both bat and ball, and were also a credit off the field.
#TeamDan was also represented in the tournament, with Dan Rogers' brother Steff, joined by another Scarlet, Phil John.
Scarlet's Steve Shingler, previously capped for Wales at age-grade cricket, won the leading batsman award for the tournament, while Steve Devonald, playing for tournament runners-up Pwll, was recognised as the Best Bowler. Dafen's Jonathan Griffiths was recognised as the tournament's Best All-Rounder.
There was fun for all the family from 11am on Sunday, with lasertag, bouncy castle, barbecue, music and more, and a great day was had by all. Many took to social networking sites to sing the praises of the event, and hoped that the organisers would be encouraged to make it a regular annual fixture, with the Scarlets defending the title next year.
The money raised has contributed to thousands of pounds already raised for The University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff's intensive care and haematology units, where Dan is undergoing treatment.
Read More: Scarlets to play at Dafen Park
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Emotional support is on hand for pupils across Wales who are feeling the stress as they wait for their exam results. MEIC, the Welsh Government funded advocacy and advice service for children and young people is highlighting the support it offers to those waiting for their GCSE and A-Level results. They have begun a facebook campaign to make pupils aware that whatever their problem, they are there to listen.
MEIC is the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It can be contacted by phone, SMS text and instant messaging.MEIC can be accessed online at www.meiccymru.org or by calling 080880 23456
If your exam results are higher or lower than expected, and you want to explore your options, you can call an expert careers adviser at the Exam Results Helpline for free independent advice.
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