‘There’s no law and or­der here’

Fears as 5 build­ings hit by yobs

Llanelli Star - - Front Page - Oliver Rod­er­ick

A BUSI­NESS­MAN has claimed there is “no law and or­der in Llanelli any­more” af­ter at least five build­ings in the town cen­tre were tar­geted by van­dals on Mon­day night.

The Jail House, Ice­land on Park Street, the YMCA shop, Ty Hafan and the Red Cross char­ity shop on Step­ney Street each had win­dows smashed late at night.

Jail House club owner Clive Brook­field said: “I’m chair­man of a pub watch sys­tem in town, and our se­cu­rity cam­era sys­tem isn’t work­ing. It’s a dis­grace.

“Crimes are not be­ing re­ported be­cause of it. There’s no law and or­der in Llanelli any­more.”

A BUSI­NESS­MAN has claimed there is “no law and or­der in Llanelli any­more” af­ter at least five build­ings in the town cen­tre were tar­geted by van­dals on Mon­day night.

The Jail House, Ice­land on Park Street, the YMCA shop, Ty Hafan and the Red Cross char­ity shop on Step­ney Street each had win­dows smashed late at night.

The Jail House club, near East Gate, closed at around 8pm on Mon­day even­ing.

Its owner Clive Brook­field said that po­lice got in touch with him at around 11pm to in­form him of the dam­age.

Mr Brook­field then had to at­tend the club to en­sure no fur­ther in­ci­dents would take place due to the smashed win­dows.

“The dam­age is go­ing to cost me more than £1,000,” he said.

“Ice­land had emer­gency peo­ple out last night af­ter they were hit.

“I’m chair­man of a pub watch sys­tem in town, and our se­cu­rity cam­era sys­tem isn’t work­ing. It’s a dis­grace.

“Crimes are not be­ing re­ported be­cause of it. There’s no law and or­der in Llanelli any­more.

“A woman who works in a shop nearby said she wit­nessed the van­dal­ism hap­pen­ing, and even knows the boys who did it.

“There’s not enough de­ter­rent for the peo­ple who do this - they get is­sued with a warn­ing and that only tells them that they can do it again be­fore they get pun­ished for it.

“As a li­censee I need to have a suit­able cam­era sys­tem in my club to pro­tect the pub­lic and the staff.

“Why isn’t there the same for the town cen­tre streets?

“Llanelli is be­ing treated as sec­ond-best – they wouldn’t pay a man to op­er­ate it.

“I’ve been here for 41 years – the long­est holder of a premises li­cense in the area.

“A guy smashed a win­dow here over a year ago, and was fined but never paid a penny. You can’t run a busi­ness with van­dals like this.”

Dyfed-Powys po­lice and crime com­mi­sioner Dafydd Lly­we­lyn is cur­rently rolling out a mul­ti­mil­lion pound project to in­stall CCTV cam­eras in towns across the force area, in­clud­ing 19 cam­eras in Llanelli.

A Dyfed-Powys Po­lice spokes­woman said: “Po­lice in Llanelli are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a spate of crim­i­nal dam­age that was com­mit­ted on Septem­ber 10 at ap­prox­i­mately 9pm to 9.30pm.

“Dam­age was caused to win­dows and doors of prop­er­ties in the Step­ney Street area of Llanelli, in­clud­ing the Jail House, the YMCA, Ice­land, the Red Cross char­ity shop and Ty Hafan.

“Two young males were wit­nessed com­mit­ting the of­fences.

“One had blonde hair, was ap­prox­i­mately 16 years old, of slim build.

“The sec­ond male was around 5ft 11in, medium build, and was wear­ing a blue jumper, blue trousers with paint splashes on.

“Any­one with in­for­ma­tion that can help of­fi­cers with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion is asked to re­port it by call­ing 101.

“If you are deaf, hard of hear­ing or speech im­paired, text the non­emer­gency num­ber on 07811 311 908, quot­ing Ref: DPP/0090/10 /09/2018/01/C.”

Ashley Thor­ley from The Jail House.

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