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Reports of men with weapons lead to four arrests

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FOUR men have been arrested after reports of people with Weapons in Swansea.

The report lead to large scale police presence in the Swansea suburb of Penlan on Friday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing officers armed with shields, guns and sniffer dogs in Jeffreys Court.

Four men aged between 18 and 24, were escorted out of a building into police cars.

Three of those arrested have been released under investigation, with the fourth male released without charge.

All four arrested are believed to be from the Birmingham area.

Anybody with any information on the incident are being urged to come forward.

A spokesperson for the police said: “South Wales Police received reports of male in possession of weapons in Jeffreys Court, Penlan at around 1.25pm on Friday, March 29.

“Four men were arrested, and a 24-year old male has been released without charge, and three males aged between 18-24 have been released under investigation. If anyone witnessed the incident, or has information that may help with the investigation, contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11 quoting reference 1900111468.”

Hazel Morris, councillor for the Penlan area, praised the police for their quick response to the incident.

She said: “The police are brilliant in the area and earn every penny they get.

“They are very sensitive to the area and i’m sure they dealt with this incident in their usual sensitive way.”

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Student halls in Swansea not ready for start of term

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A £22m FLAGSHIP student development will not be open in time for the start of the academic year as planned.

Contractors have been working on the Coppergate scheme on the corner of The Kingsway and Christina Street in Swansea for several months.

Developer Crosslane Student Developments said the 310-bed scheme has experienced unforeseen delays.

Swansea University has encouraged students needing accommodation to check its website.

Not all of the rooms have been booked, but students who have paid rent and a deposit – or applied for a room – have been contacted.

Many of them will move to the Oldway Centre, another purpose-built development on High Street, which is opening on 13 September, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

Crosslane Student Developments has apologised for the delay and said help would be given to students to move into alternative accommodation and again when they are able to move into Coppergate.

The company could not say when the development, including a 14-storey tower and two six-storey wings, would be ready.

Once complete it will be taken over by an operator called Prime Student Living.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, which has a campus in Swansea, has also been notified of the situation.

A Crosslane Student Developments spokesman said: “Prime Student Living has communicated with students to inform them of the situation, what is happening, the actions being taken, what it means to them and of course to unreservedly apologise for what is very disappointing and concerning news.”

A team of advisers is in place to deal with queries from the students, many of whom are from overseas, the company said.

“We will be offering help and advice to all the students affected by this issue and supporting them to find alternative accommodation,” a university spokesman said.

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All flights from Swansea Airport grounded following safety audit

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FLIGHTS from Swansea Airport have been grounded after its operating licence was suspended due to a “series of safety concerns.”

Training flights had been using the facility as no commercial aircraft had taken off from the facility on the Gower Peninsula since October 2004.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has closed all licensed flights following a “recent unannounced safety audit”.

The airport was originally opened as an airbase in 1941 during World War Two.

The airport has been shut for licensed flights after the CAA “discovered a series of safety concerns…following a recent unannounced safety audit at Swansea Aerodrome”.

CAA director Richard Stephenson said: “The suspensions will remain in place until our safety concerns are addressed.”

The flying schools and skydiving centre that operate from Swansea Airport are not affected as the ban is on flights that require a “licensed aerodrome”.

Swansea Airport has has not yet responded to a request for comment from the BBC.

The first commercial flights from Swansea Airport on Fairwood Common were in 1949 after the RAF decommissioned the base, six miles (10km) west of the city centre.

Numerous short-haul commercial operators had run flights since Cambrian Airways’ inaugural flight from Jersey in June 1957.

But Air Wales, who flew to and from Dublin, Cork, Amsterdam, Jersey and London, stopped passenger flights from Swansea in 2004.

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Four fire engines used to battle Palace Theatre fire

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South Wales Fire and Rescue had a call at 6.58pm on Sunday, September 8, to the Palace Theatre, which is on High Street in Swansea.

They sent three fire engines, one water bowser and an aerial appliance to the scene.

It is thought that four small fires in the building were started deliberately.

The investigation is ongoing.

The building, constructed in 1888, was the subject of an emergency summit last year as the council wrestled with what to do with the former theatre.

The building was most recently used as a night club and closed in the early 2000’s.

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