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New lorries drive investment

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Wales and West Utilities: Delighted with the latest additions

GAS emergency and pipeline service Wales and West Utilities, is investing in ten new tipper/ grab lorries to drive its multimillion pound gas pipe investment programme, making sure that the company has the best equipment to deliver outstanding service to customers.

The company, which runs the gas network across Wales and the south west of England, has made the £1.3m investment in a 32-tonne tipper/grab and nine smaller 26-tonne vehicles, which will join their 30-strong lorry fleet.

They will be used across all of the company’s business processes and mean holes can be dug and filled in quicker, minimising disruption to customers and the communities the company is working in.

The 32-tonne lorry is the largest tipper/grab vehicle the company has ever operated – and the safety of other road users and pedestrians is a key part of its design. All vehicles are fitted with the latest cyclist and pedestrian safety systems, allowing the driver to be aware of anyone in the vicinity of the lorry at all times.

They are also fitted with a wire watch device that detects overhead cables, a reversing camera, onboard weighing systems and high visibility stroboscopic LED lights to alert other road users when they are working on the highway.

The ten Mercedes vehicles were supplied by Euro Commercials of Cardiff, while Thompsons UK in Blackburn provided the tipper bodies and TH Whites of Devizes completed the vehicles with the grab cranes.

Andrew Hopkins, Wales and West Utilities Director of Operations, said: “We are delighted with the latest additions to our fleet. We want to deliver an outstanding level of service to our customers – and the safety of our colleagues and other road users is key.

“We invest wisely in our fleet so we can deliver our essential gas pipe investment programme as efficiently as possible while minimising the impact to the communities in which we are working – and these new vehicles will help us do that.”

Jeff Carne, Managing Director of Euro Commercials added: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Wales & West Utilities to supply the 10 tipper/grab lorries.

“As a company, we are passionate about the products we sell and the service we offer our customers as we are driven to be the best. We are extremely excited to be partnering with Wales & West Utilities and feel sure that the Mercedes Benz Arocs is the ideal truck for the work they will perform.”

Wales and West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, takes pride in serving Wales and the south west of England. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night.

The company also has a multimillion pound, 30-year gas pipe investment programme which began in 2002. Old metal pipes within 30 metres of buildings are being replaced with new long-lasting plastic pipes with a lifespan of more than 80 years, to make sure homes and businesses continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply now and in the future.

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Stoned Dihewyd driver reached ‘frightening’ speeds of 120mph

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A DRIVER who raced along country roads at speeds of up to 120mph has today received a suspended prison sentence and a driving ban.

Nico Royan, aged 37, admitted dangerous driving, driving with an excessive amount of cannabis in his blood, driving with a tyre without the required degree of tread and possessing a small quantity of cannabis.

Swansea Crown Court heard how shortly before midnight on April 19 Royan overtook an unmarked police car on the A487 near Llanrhystud at 100mph.

The officer began to pursue Royan, who reached 120mph on a narrow, twisting road with high hedges concealing entrances to properties.

After a mile the officer activated blue lights and Royan pulled over.

The court heard the officer could smell cannabis and Royan admitted he had been smoking the drug. Just over 5 grams of the drug were found in a bag in the front passenger footwell.

And an inspection showed the the rear offside tyre was below the legal limit for tread.

During police interviews after his arrest Royan, a sound engineer, accepted that his driving had been dangerous.

His barrister, Ian Ibrahim, said Royan now understood he had been stupid. But he knew the road well and at that time of night there was no other traffic about.

His only motive, said Mr Ibrahim, was that he was in a hurry to get home.

Royan, of The Caravan, Felinfeinog, Dihewyd, was jailed for 12 months, suspended for 18 months, and banned for three years.

He must also complete 200 hours of unpaid work for the community and £480 in costs and a surcharge.

Judge Keith Thomas said the speeds reached by Royan would have been dangerous even on a motorway and, on country roads, were positively frightening.

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£12,000 found in drugs bust to be retained by police

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POLICE have successfully obtained an order allowing them to retain £12,000 in cash seized in a drugs bust in Aberystwyth for six months whilst they investigate.

On October 19 at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court, the CPS, on behalf of Dyfed-Powys Police, said that they had reason to believe that the money they found in a raid at a residential address on St Davids Road, Aberystwyth, is recoverable property – as it was found with a substantial amount of prohibited drugs.

The money had been seized from Sadik Miah – he was not in court for the hearing.

The order was made under section 295(2) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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Police release new CCTV image of murder suspect

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has released a new CCTV image of Steve Baxter, who detectives are keen to speak to in connection with the murder of Simon Clark from Pendine, Carmarthenshire.

The image was captured in Glynneath on Saturday, September 29. He is believed to have traveled to the west Wales area shortly afterwards and is believed to be in the Haverfordwest area.

Baxter, also known as Steve Tidy, Steve Rowley, Wayne Tidy or William Tidy, is aged 52, 5’5” (1.65cm) tall and has tattoos on his forearms – the name Chez and entwined circles on his left arm and a serpent on his right arm.

He is bald, but was last seen wearing a hat and wig, as shown in this image. He may have made other attempts to alter his appearance such as growing facial hair or wearing glasses.

Detective Superintendent Huw Davies said: “We’re releasing this CCTV image from the latest confirmed sighting of Steve Baxter to give people the most up to date example of how he may be dressed and how he may currently look.

“Time is passing and we really need to speak to Steve Baxter to build a more accurate picture of what happened in Pendine.

“To anyone that may know where he is, please pass this vital information to police.”

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to Steve Baxter being found. Information would be taken by the charity anonymously.

If you see Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 999.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 immediately.

To pass on information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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