Annual Swansea bike ride cancelled

THE annual Swansea Bike Ride, which has been running for 25 years has been cancelled. Organisers claim that the event is ‘no longer profitable’.

The charity bike ride, which was a popular fixture on the charity cycling scene calendar took in the beautiful Gower Peninsula and was open to cyclists from seasoned pros to casual cyclists.

There were usually three distances involved where participants could cycle 12 miles, 28 miles or 46 mile routes. The entry cost was £15 for an...

Chinese New Year celebrations mark charity’s official launch

A newly formed Swansea based charity will announce its official launch at Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum,to coincide with a celebration of the Chinese New Year from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 11th February.

The Chinese in Wales Association (CIWA) aims to make a positive difference to the lives of ethnic Chinese residents in Wales and has organised multiple events to mark the annual cultural celebration of Chinese New Year.

In recognition of the Year of the Dog 2018,...

Ten jailed after police smash multi-million pound drugs network

Ten men are today starting sentences totalling more than 116 years, after police dismantled seven organised crime gangs (OCGs) linked to a multi-million pounds Albanian drugs network.

A complex investigation led by Tarian – the Regional Organised Crime Unit for southern Wales – and supported by Essex, Thames Valley, Bedfordshire and the Metropolitan police forces, as well as the National Crime Agency, Europol and the Spanish authorities, led officers to Albanian national Bledar Mziu,...

New broom sweeps clean at Bay TV

Llanelli Online reported (Dec 9) on the take over of Bay TV by That's TV a local television network owned by That's Media Ltd, which is based at The Flint Glass Works in the Ancoats suburb of Manchester. The company is already broadcasting in Lancashire, Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge and the Solent area.

The company claims it champions the interests and concerns of its viewers, providing a voice to local people to tell their stories and have their say on issues which matter to...

Swansea man, Arwyn Cellan Thomas found guilty of rape and sexual assault against 3 separate victims

A Swansea man has been found guilty  of 15 charges of non recent sexual offences. Arwyn Cellan Thomas had denied the charges but was found guilty at Swansea Crown Court on Wednesday (Jan 17). Sentencing will take place on February 8th.

Temporary Detective Inspector Phil Rowe said: “After a protracted and thorough investigation by Carmarthenshire Protecting Vulnerable People Unit into reports of non-recent sexual assaults, 49 year old...

AM welcomes new jobs for Swansea

REBECCA Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, has welcomed the news that TUI are to create 175 jobs in Swansea with the assistance of the Welsh Government.

Responding to the news, Mrs Evans said: “This investment is good news for Swansea, and it is only made possible thanks to financial assistance worth more than half a million pounds from the Welsh Government Business Finance Grant.

“I welcome this development, and am pleased to see Welsh Government working with businesses to...

Jukes is New Chief Constable for South Wales Police

As the bells ring in 2018, Matt Jukes will become the new Chief Constable of South Wales Police

Mr Jukes will lead Wales’ largest police force from 1st January following the retirement of Peter Vaughan QPM having served over the past eight years as Assistant Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable.

He said: “I’m delighted and humbled to succeed Peter Vaughan as Chief Constable of South Wales Police and to have the opportunity to take the force forward is a tremendous...

Panto cancelled due to burst pipe

The Swansea Grand's panto Aladdin has had to be cancelled today, Saturday (Dec 30) because of a burst water pipe at the theatre. Making the announcement on their Facebook page the Theatre said: "Due to a burst water pipe flooding a section of our building we have lost key electrical systems. Engineers are striving to get us operational but today's performances of Aladdin at Swansea Grand Theatre are cancelled. Unfortunately, we do not have any operational phone systems so are relying on...

AM’s call for ‘radical’ Swansea Bay Metro

Assembly Members Lee Waters and Jeremy Miles are calling for an ambitious new ‘Metro’ transport network in the Swansea Bay region and have called on the First Minister to launch a detailed study into the potential for the scheme.

The AMs believe that transport in the region needs a radical shakeup that would see an integrated public transport service made up of bus and rail. It would offer sustainable, flexible and affordable transport, connecting the wider Swansea Bay and beyond...