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Police investigating indecent exposure at Singleton Park

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South Wales Police - AppealSouth Wales Police are investigating an incident of indecent exposure in Singleton Park, Swansea at around 12.50pm on Thursday 6th January.

The white male suspect is described as being around 25 years of age, around 6ft tall of slim build with purple hair and dark facial hair.

CCTV enquiries have been undertaken to try and identify the suspect and officers have increased patrols in the area.

If you saw this man on Thursday afternoon, or have any information which might help the investigation, please contact us by one of the below means quoting occurrence number 2200005671.

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Via email: SWP101@south-wales.police.uk
Phone: 101

Puppy farm breeders ordered to repay over £400,000

Karl and Victoria Shellard were found guilty of a number of offences on their puppy farm and have been ordered to pay over £450,000.00 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The married couple setup their unlicensed puppy farm “PosherBulls” in Bonvilston (South Wales) and sold puppies for up to £20,000 each.

The court heard that one dog delivered 6 litters within a period of four years and had also bred at least 67 litters over six years. The Shellard’s admitted back-to-back breeding (more than one litter in 12 months).

Cardiff Court heard that in January 2018 animal welfare officers advised the couple that they needed to apply for a breeder’s licence, no application had been made although a part completed application form was found during the raid. During a raid in December 2019 on their home address investigators found 20 dogs in an outside building as well as finding medical equipment, a centrifuge, microscopes, equipment for taking blood as well as semen which was then used to artificially inseminate for more litters. At the same time, another 2 raids at 2 other properties related to the business found another 30 dogs.

An inspection was carried out in 2021 after a licence application was made although it was not granted due to lack of space for the dogs, unfit accommodation, poorly managed health issues, poorly managed isolation facilities for unvaccinated dogs in addition to a lack of understanding guidelines.

The prosecutor Tim Evans said: ‘Despite these obvious works to facilitate their dog breeding business they failed to apply for a breeding licence until January 2020. That was 2 weeks after the execution of a warrant at the premises and almost two years after being told that a licence was necessary. This back-to-back breeding would have been a licensing offence had they been licensed breeders. It is something that even legitimate breeders should never do. But, irrespective of the absence of a breeder’s licence, it’s an animal welfare offence as the recovery from a C-section takes many months and the Shellards were artificially inseminating these dogs long before they were healthy enough to undergo a pregnancy and subsequent C-section again.”

Karl and Victoria Shellard both pleaded guilty to breeding dogs without a licence and 9 counts of failing to ensure the needs of a protected animal.

Defending the Shellard’s, Heath Edwards said their business was “nationally and internationally recognised for the quality of the dogs which were healthy and of unquestionable pedigree”.

Judge David Wynn Morgan stated: ‘You were running a puppy farm and doing it to make money, and you made a great deal of money indeed. You could have run an extremely profitable business if you were properly registered but you’re going to pay the price for that folly.”

The Shellards were fined £19,000.00 each, ordered to pay court costs of £43,775.50, and a victim surcharge of £175 each. They must also repay £372,531.54 within three months or face a two-year prison sentence. May be an image of dog and outdoors

Related info: How to spot a puppy farm and report to authorities
www.pdsa.org.uk/pet-help-and-advice/looking-after-your-pet/puppies-dogs/could-you-spot-a-puppy-farm

Quad biker sudden death in Beaufort, Ebbw Vale

South Wales Police - Can you help - Appeal

Gwent Police received a report of a sudden death in Beaufort, Ebbw Vale at around 5.55pm on Saturday 8 January after a quad biker was found unresponsive by a member of the public on a cycle path.

Doctors later confirmed the man, 25, had died and his next of kin have been informed.
Officers assisting the coroners are asking for any witnesses or anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage from Canterbury Road to call 101 or message, quoting log reference: 2200008080.

The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

South Wales Police - Can you help - Appeal

Swansea Bay Campus, deserted at Christmas (Video)

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Goldie Looking Chain visit Swansea

GLC Goldie Looking Chat visit Swansea (video)

Swansea Christmas Parade 2021 (Video)

A video showing 2021 Christmas parade in Swansea.

Armed Forces re-deploy to support Welsh Ambulance Service

110 Defence personnel will deploy to support the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust (WAST) from 14th October, working as non-emergency drivers. The task is expected to last until the end of November.

The support from the UK Government is being provided through a Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA) request. The task will help to ease pressures resulting from the pandemic and ensure the ambulance trust can continue to provide their essential service, including attending life-threatening calls quickly.

Defence personnel will augment the ambulance service with non-emergency drivers who will not operate under blue light conditions. They will attend lower priority calls to help to free up WAST resources for emergency calls where there is an immediate risk to life, such as cardiac arrests.

Personnel are deploying to regions across Wales and are from across the three services.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:

“I am proud of the tireless work of all our service personnel during this pandemic. They continue to provide important support, working alongside our dedicated emergency services across the UK.

“The deployment of 110 personnel to support the ambulance service will ensure WAST can continue to deliver their life-saving services.”

Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart said:

“Once again the UK’s armed forces are playing a key role in the fight against Covid-19 by supporting the critical work of the Welsh Ambulance Service. I am hugely grateful for their commitment and expertise.

“I would like to extend my gratitude to all those who have worked incredibly hard to ensure our public services deliver for the people of Wales throughout the pandemic.”

Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service Jason Killens said:

“We’re proud and grateful to be working alongside the military once again, who did a superb job of assisting us on two occasions previously last year.

“The pandemic has presented a challenge like no other, but the last couple of months in particular have meant significant and sustained pressures on our ambulance service, including high levels of demand and an increase in Covid-19 related activity.

“Winter is our busiest time, and having military colleagues on board once more will bolster our capacity and put us in the best possible position to provide a safe service to the people of Wales.”

In addition to drivers, Defence will provide 3 personnel to support planning at NHS Wales. This is the third deployment of the Armed Forces to support WAST since the pandemic began in March 2020. 68 personnel deployed in April 2020 and 120 personnel augmented dedicated Welsh Ambulance Service staff in December 2020, including Defence medics.

Defence also supported the vaccine rollout in Wales earlier this year and previously deployed during the pandemic to provide specialist planning advice, deliver PPE and support the community testing programme in Merthyr Tydfil.

Article from gov.uk – republished here under Open Government Licence

Palace Theatre – Transformation

Swansea Council has appointed R&M Williams Ltd to transform the grade two listed building, the Palace Theatre. The building survived the second world war which saw many other buildings in Swansea destroyed during the blitz.

In its heyday many famous people made an appearance there such as Charlie Chaplin, Lilly Langtry, Dan Leno & Marie Lloyd (in its earlier days) followed by Morecombe & Wise and Sir Anthony Hopkins in its latter use as a theatre before being changed to a gay nightclub in the 1970s.  Since the closure of the nightclub, the iconic building fell into a dilapidated state of repair with trees growing from the rooftop.

Swansea City Council acquired the building in early 2020 and in a short time after in April, a design team was tasked with developing proposals.

The building will be refurbished and transformed into a home for tech, start-ups and creative businesses.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: “I welcome R&M Williams Ltd to this excellent project that will bring new life to one of Swansea’s most iconic buildings.”

Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “I’m delighted that a high-quality Welsh construction firm will be part of this prestigious project.”

Darryn Parry, managing director of R&M Williams Ltd, said: “R&M are delighted to be appointed as principal contractor to undertake the restoration of the iconic Palace Theatre building.”

Lee Waters, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Climate Change, said: “Through our Transforming Towns programme, we are providing £136m to further support the economic and social recovery of our town and city centres across Wales and our Town Centre First policy, embedded in Wales’ national development plan Future Wales, means that town and city centre sites should be the first consideration for all decisions on the location of workplaces and services.”

The building and its facilities is expected to be open to the public in 2023.

We’ve appointed top Welsh contractor @RandM_Williams to transform our historic Palace Theatre building. They have a strong record of working with heritage buildings, including the grade two listed @PenarthPavilion t.co/FbURBl3HVu pic.twitter.com/BLh1pT7eOi

— Swansea Council (@SwanseaCouncil) October 6, 2021

Swansea City invites Natalie Ashford to join the FPA

Natalie Ashford - Swansea City FPA

Swansea City Ladies’ first signing, Natalie Ashford, has applauded the club for inviting ex players from the women’s team to join the Former Players’ Association, saying that she was not surprised that the Swans have used an inclusive approach.

Natalie Ashford has applauded Swansea City for inviting previous female players to join the FPA (Former Players’ Association).  Within the English Football League, Swansea City is the only club welcoming previous female footballers to its FPA. Swansea City is the only club in the English Football League structure to welcome former female players to its FPA.

Natalie Ashford - Swansea City FPANatalie Ashford said “I think it’s really good that Swansea are the only club to do that. It is a forward step in the right direction for Swansea City and the women’s game. Considering that the women’s game has grown so much over the years and certainly compared to when I was playing, this is a brilliant step for the club to take and hopefully it will be one that others will follow. It was a great club to play for because there was a good set up in terms of the social side of things and Ian Owen was the manager for much of my time and we trained more and harder than most of the clubs in our league and we reaped the benefits of that because of things like the Champions League. I did a lot of work in schools when I worked for the club and I did see myself as a role model and someone other young girls would look up to and learn from and that was important, particularly back at that time because there weren’t so many of us about.Swansea was good to me and I have positive memories of my time at the club so being able to continue that through involvement in a different way with the Former Players’ Association is something I’m really pleased to be able to do.

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