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Volunteers who turned up at Dafen Pond on the morning of the 23rd of September, collected several bags of litter, which included soiled nappies and underwear!, old clothes, car parts, and toys; as well as the more expected items like bottles, cans and food wrappers. Cllr Tegwen Devichand who organised the pick was joined by representatives of Keep Wales Tidy -- Tidy Towns, Council Leader Kevin Madge, and a group of local residents and volunteers, including members of Dafen Forum.
It is hoped that more litter picks can be organised for the Dafen area in future and that more residents can be encouraged to show how much they care for their local area by getting involved in this kind of hands-on, problem-solving action.
In the meantime, residents are being urged to help the council catch those responsible of littering, fly tipping and dog fouling, by reporting incidents, either by calling Carmarthenshire Direct or by using the report forms via the council website.
www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk or call Carmarthenshire Direct on 01267 234567.
On a related note, household rubbish was also found being left next to the recycling bank at the car park. Residents are reminded that the facilities provided at Dafen Pond and Dafen Park car parks for recycling are for the items indicated on the banks only. Residents should also ensure they put their waste into the recycling banks and not leave it on the ground. The banks are emptied regularly but if they are full then people should take their waste home until they are serviced or use an alternative recycling site. Anybody leaving waste around the bins should be aware that they are liable for prosecution for fly tipping.
A 17 year old youth has been arrested by officers on suspicion of theft following a series of catalytic converter thefts across the county, including those that were stolen from two vehicles on Havard Road, Dafen, during the night of Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th April. The youth has admitted to 9 offences between 13th and 24th April this year.
He has been bailed to a later date.
“This arrest has come about thanks to forensic evidence and the diligence and hard work of local officers,” said Detective Sergeant Antony Panter. “The arrest goes to show that it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since a crime was committed, officers will continue to investigate.
“It should be a warning to criminals that we are out there and we are watching.”
Scarlets players will take part in a training session with Felinfoel Juniors on Monday 16th September
All players, both new and existing, aged 7-11 are welcome to attend. The Scarlets players will take part in a training session and then be available for photos and autographs following training.
Please come along to Felinfoel park from 6pm on Monday 16th September.
A community clean-up around the Dafen Pond area is being organised for Monday September 23rd.
Cllr. Tegwen Devichand is liasing with Keep Wales Tidy as part of their Tidy Towns initiative, which is designed to help volunteer groups take charge of their local environment. Cllr. Devichand also intends to involve a Time Credits reward scheme which will give something back to volunteers who take part. People will be able to use credits to access events, training and leisure services.
Those willing to come and take part in the clean-up are invited to meet in the car park off Dafen Road at 9am. Tools and equipment will be available, but if possible please bring gloves. Dress sensibly to suit the conditions, and wear sturdy footwear. Under 16's should be accompanied by an adult. The clean-up will last approxomately two hours.
For more information contact Dan Snaith: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07824 504805.
Further details relating to time credits can obtained from justaddspice.org or email Rachel Gegeshidze on email@example.com
A news story, which was first reported in the Llanelli Star this week, about a psychic medium who allegedly hid a man in the attic during a ghost hunt at the Halfway Hotel, has become news across the country. The hidden man is said to have responded to the psychic's request for a spirit to knock twice if present. After sceptical members of the group, which included members of the Halfway Hotel's staff, challenged this occurence in the hotel's former stables, a man came down from the attic and was promptly ejected by hotel staff. The psychic is said to have consequently fled the scene.
The story has been presented by national newspapers today such as The Sun, The Star, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail and has also got mentioned on the ITV This Morning show.
The £12 a ticket event, which took place last Friday at the Halfway Hotel — a venue well-known for its ghost tours — was hosted by psychic medium Chris Date, who denies any collusion with the hidden man. Halfway Hotel owner Paul Francis said that in the seven to eight years the Halfway Hotel has been hosting ghost hunts he had never experienced anything like that before and added that since Friday, other paranormal groups have phoned in and booked events at the Halfway offering free entry to any unsatisfied customers from Friday night.
On Sunday 1st September Dafen entertained local rivals Llangennech in the final of the All Wales Sport Midweek Cup. The visitors had already secured the Midweek League title and were looking to complete the double.
Batting first the visitors were given a great start by openers Gareth George 19 (4x4) & Tom Carey 37 (3x4 & 2x6) and a big total looked on the cards. Once both openers were dismissed wickets fell at regular intervals but thanks to 20 from Richard Clement (2x4), 27 from Owain Phillips (1x4 & 1x6) and 10 from Nathan Lewis Llangennech posted a total of 131-8 from their 20 overs.
For Dafen Dafydd Nicholas took 3-21, Cieran Latham 1-16, Oliver Evans 2-25, Andrew Herbert 1-32 & Johnathan Griffiths 1-30.
At just over six and a half an over Dafen must have fancied their chances but Dafen were dealt an early blow when opener Jonathan Randell was dismissed for a duck and Jamie Mansel bowled for 7. Dafydd Nicholas 31 (5x4), and brothers Johnathan & Daniel Griffiths with 19 & 10 respectively helped get Dafen back on track.
With the run rate slowly creeping up Andrew Herbert chipped in with 32 from 28 balls (4x4 & 1x6) but once he was dismissed the Dafen innings lost momentum and they closed on 120-8 to give Llangennech an 11 run win. Gareth George took 3-17, Nathan Lewis 1-30, Owain Phillips 1-22, Tom Carey 1-26 and Aamir Ikram who began the season with Dafen took 1-22.
After the match Ellis Davies of All Wales Sport presented the League & Cup trophies to Tom Carey the Llangennech skipper. Victory will have taken some of the bitter taste from the mouths of the Llangennech players after they were relegated from division one of the South Wales Cricket Association.
Photos & report by John Davies
Police are looking to identify a man suspected of theft at Felinfoel Co-Op on 30/08/13 at approximately 15:25. The man is described as in his late 40's, with dark hair, wearing a navy tracksuit, blue t-shirt and white trainers and was captured on CCTV at the store.
If anyone knows who he is please contact Llwynhendy Police on 101
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