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Carmarthenshire residents set to pay for bus shelter attacks

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 21, 2013

By Rachel Moses-Lloyd

Kevin Madge

Carmarthenshire Council leader Kevin Madge described the attacks as "atrocious"

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VANDALS have damaged bus shelters in two Carmarthenshire towns — at a cost of thousands of pounds to tax payers.

Llanelli and Ammanford have had new bus shelters costing close to £2 million over the past two years.

But over the past few months, council and First Cymru workers have spotted damage to the shelters.

Carmarthenshire Council leader Kevin Madge described the attacks as "atrocious", following investment in regenerating the towns. "The damage runs to thousands of pounds," he said.

"If it continues we may not have the money to repair them."

He said the areas affected were covered by CCTV and "insists" the crimes are pursued. "The perpetrators (should be) brought to book and made to contribute to restitution costs," he said. "Why should the repairs fall to the county's residents?

"We have to get the message out that we will not tolerate this vandalism."

The shelter in College Street, Ammanford, was first damaged overnight from November 25 to 26, with further damage sometime around Sunday, January 6.

The Llanelli shelter, in Upper Parc Street, East Gate bus terminal, was damaged between January 4 and 9.

It is believed the incidents took place at night when no buses were running. The shelters were installed in Ammanford last August and in Llanelli the previous year.

Until December 2012, the Llanelli stations had angled, lean-on seats and saw no damage.

A council spokesman said the vandalism began since flat, sit-on seats were installed a month ago.

Mr Madge said he was also astonished at the amount of litter accumulating in the bus stations overnight.

"It is part of the problem of making bus shelters too comfortable, they become a refuge for loiterers when no buses are running at night," he said.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said officers were investigating two cases of criminal damage, and asked anyone with information to call 101.

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  • Carnabwth  |  January 22 2013, 12:24AM

    Nothing personal JerryLew it is just a weak story in order to balance the recent bad press about Kevin's Council. I am simply highlighting on something of public interest. If the CCTV was being monitored then this would have been a diferent more worthwhile story.

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  • JerryLew  |  January 21 2013, 11:43PM

    Carnawth bach Obviously something personal in your comments - tell Kevin your full name. You know it makes sense.

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  • Carnabwth  |  January 21 2013, 2:43PM

    Kevin bach when was the last time you travelled on a bus. What is opposite these bus stops Kevin - fast food outlets. Who gives the licences Kevin. If you travelled on the buses you will see users with varying degrees of disabilities. So you say the seating is too comfortable. Surely if the CCTV was operating, would this minority causing the damage not have been apprehended. Kevin bach, a little thought before orating please.

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