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Fan of TV presenter Alex Jones gets restraining order

A besotted fan who bombarded Welsh television presenter Alex Jones with tweets declaring he was in love with her has been barred from BBC Broadcasting House.

Alex Jones and Charlie Thomson. Credit: PA

Shane Goldsmith, 44, hounded Miss Jones, 38, for 17 months, sending her a string of public messages on Twitter and waited outside the BBC headquarters in Portland Place, London, for the host of The One Show numerous times to tell her he loved her.

A restraining order was imposed at Westminster Magistrates' Court banning Goldsmith from having any contact with the Welsh TV star who is originally from Ammanford, her partner Charlie Thomson or her parents Alun and Mary Jones.

He is also barred from going to Broadcasting House or any other place Miss Jones works or lives.


Otter rescued by RSPCA after being found in garden

A young otter has been taken into RSPCA care after being found in a back garden.

The male otter was saved on Tuesday morning Credit: RSPCA

The male otter was found by a resident at Maes Y Glyn, Lower Brynamman in Ammanford on Tuesday morning.

He has now been taken to the charity's West Hatch Wildlife Centre for rehabilitation.

A member of the public found the young otter in their back garden where her cats and dogs looked as though they were about to attack it.

The caller caught it in a coal sack then took it to her neighbour who tipped it into a cat basket. The person then called us.

– Paula Milton, RSPCA animal welfare officer

Two men injured in Ammanford 'explosion'

The house in Tycroes, Ammanford, where a suspected explosion happened this afternoon. Credit: Athena Picture Agency

Two men have been taken to hospital after a suspected explosion in Ammanford this afternoon.

Emergency crews including the Wales Air Ambulance were called to a house in Tycroes at around 4.30pm. Extensive damage has been caused to the roof and first floor of the property. The cause is not yet known.

Firefighters at the scene in Tycroes. Credit: Athena Picture Agency


Man charged with manslaughter after pensioner's death

Dyfed-Powys Police has charged a man with manslaughter, after a long investigation into the death of a pensioner in Carmarthenshire.

Roy Taylor, who was 69 and from the village of Penygroes, died last August, after an incident outside the Miners Welfare Club in Ammanford.

A 35-year-old man has been released on conditional bail, before a court appearance next month.

Ammanford housing development given 'go ahead' after language test

Original plans for the development Credit: Carmarthenshire County Council

OUTLINE plans for a 289 house development in the Ammanford area have been approved by Carmarthenshire planners.

Last Thursday’s meeting of the county council planning committee discussed the application to develop land at Tirychen Farm, Dyffryn Road, Ammanford.

This application was considered by the planning committee at its meeting last December when members resolved to refuse the application.

Head of planning Eifion Bowen told the committee that an amended plan had now been submitted that sought to address the concerns expressed by members at December’s meeting.

He said that the number of homes in the plan had been reduced by 47 from 336 and the area of land that extends beyond the confines of the sites’ existing allocation in the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) has now been omitted from the proposed development.

He said: “With regard to the impact upon the Welsh Language, the site is allocated within the UDP as a housing site.

As part of the UDP deliberations, approved by a planning inspector, these sites were subject to various tests and considerations, one of these being impact on the Welsh language.

“For the site to have been allocated, it would have been deemed that the impact upon the Welsh language would be acceptable to allow the consideration of the site as one allocated for housing development.”

The application was granted with a condition that the housing should be phased into take account of the situation of Welsh language.

A483 coach crash: Funeral of Bethan Davies

41-year-old Bethan Davies died in the collision last week Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

The funeral of a woman who died in a crash in Carmarthenshire takes place in Llanelli later today.

Bethan Davies, from the Ammanford area, was killed when her car collided with a coach carrying students from Coleg Sir Gâr on the A483 last Tuesday.

The 41-year-old has been described by those close to her as a loving daughter, a beloved sister, a valued friend and work colleague and a well-loved member of her community.

Her family say their loss is 'indescribable', but added that they are 'touched and very grateful' for the messages of support and condolence that they have received.

Family tribute to Carmarthenshire bus crash victim

Bethan Davies was 41 and from the Ammanford area. Credit: Family photograph / Dyfed-Powys Police

The family of a woman killed when her car collided with a bus in Carmarthenshire have described her as "a loving daughter, beloved sister, a valued friend and work colleague to many, and well-loved within the community."

Bethan Davies was the only person killed in the crash on the A483 on Tuesday, when 15 people were also injured.

Her family say their loss is "indescribable", and that they are "touched and very grateful" for the messages of support and condolence that have come in to them.

Her funeral will be held at Llanelli Crematorium on Thursday.

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