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Scarlets play Gloucester ahead of Pro12 season

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Ken Owens has been named new club captain of the region. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Scarlets clash with Gloucester in a pre-season friendly today, taking a strong side including Rhys Priestland, Liam Williams and new club captain Ken Owens to the Premiership outfit.

In only his second game in charge of the region, coach Wayne Pivac will be hoping his side pick up more match sharpness, with the Pro12 season around the corner.

The friendly comes off the back of an entertaining draw with Bath two weeks ago - the sides battling out a 26-26 draw at the Rec.

Police appeal to help find missing Llanelli teenager

Police in Llanelli are concerned for missing 15-year-old Sophie Evans, from the Stradey area of Llanelli.

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Police are concerned about Sophie's whereabouts Credit: Family / Dyfed Powys Police

Her mother last heard her around the house this morning.

She is described as approximately 5’3 tall, of slight build, with thin, wispy brown hair.

She may have been wearing a lilac zip-up hooded top, and carrying a black and grey Reebok rucksack.

If anyone sees Sophie, or has any information in relation to her whereabouts, please contact police by calling 101.

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Efforts made to ensure suitable habitat for water voles

In the run-up to the release of the water voles lots of work has been done to make the habitat suitable. Ditches have been cleared and fenced to make them suitable for water voles as well as monitoring and trapping mink in the areas around Ffrwd Farm reserve.

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A water vole gets used to being back in the water Credit: PA

“We are really excited to be involved in this project and to know it will see the return of the water voles to this area, after so many years of their absence. We have worked in partnership with Natural Resources Wales on this site for many years to improve the quality of the habitat, and this project really builds on all that hard work. Ffrwd Farm is a beautiful nature reserve, and water voles were once common in this area. It’s wonderful to think we could see that again.”

– Dr Lizzie Wilberforce, Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Water vole population down by 95% since 1960s

The UK’s population of water voles has reduced by up to 95 per cent since the 1960s but it's hoped that the release of 100 young voles at a nature reserve just outside Llanelli will help boost the population.

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Water voles were once common across Wales Credit: PA

“Water voles were once common in rivers, canals and ponds across Wales.

“But habitat loss and predation by American mink means that they have suffered a huge decline in the last few decades and are now highly endangered.

“Setting up this new population in an ideal site is an important step to give them a better chance of survival in West Wales.

“From here the voles will be able to disperse into the surrounding landscape to re-colonise the ditch systems where they were once common.

“In the longer term, we hope that they will link up with existing populations in Llanelli and Laugharne.”

– Hilary Foster, Biodiversity Officer, Natural Resources Wales

Water voles to be released in population boost plan

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A water vole takes a dip Credit: PA

Water voles will be released at a site just outside Llanelli in a bid to boost population numbers.

The site at Ffrwd Farm near Pembrey, which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), was selected because it provides excellent habitat for water voles including ditches, ponds, reedbeds and fen.

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Hospital campaigners to appeal court decision

Campaigners fighting plans to downgrade services at the Prince Phillip hospital in Llanelli say they will appeal against the findings of a judicial review into the scheme.

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Campaigners at the Senedd earlier this year. Credit: ITV News

Earlier this month a judge in Cardiff ruled in favour of Hywel Dda Health Board after examining the way the proposals had been drawn up. The hearing also looked at planned changes to Withybush hospital in Haverfordwest.

Western Power engineers try to restore power in Llanelli

Western Power have apologised to those who are without power in the Llanelli area.

Engineers are currently working to restore power to up to 13,000 homes there.

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We are currently aware of a #powercut in the #Llanelli #SA15 area. We are working to restore all supplies by 15:00. Apologies, Jason.

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We are currently fault finding in #Llanelli and surrounding areas. Customers in the area may see their power going off and on. Apologies.

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