ARMED police have been seen storming a residential property in Princess Street in Llanelli today, Sunday (Aug 6). At least six armed officers made their way into the property.
One bystander told us that they saw the marked and unmarked police vehicles travelling at speed along Queen Victoria Road at approximately 8am this morning.
Ron Cant a former press officer with Carmarthenshire County Council happened to be out walking his dogs when he saw the incident unfold. Mr Cant is no stranger to covering incidents like this and quickly captured images of the raid. Mr Cant said that he continued to walk along Erw Road when he came across the police entering the property.
Mr Cant said that they he was ushered away from the area and made his way along an alternative route towards Llanelli Beach behind Llanelli’s leisure centre only to be confronted with more officers who were at the rear of the Princess Street property with a drone unit. There is also a dog team present. Mr Cant said that two men have been taken from the property in handcuffs.
Dog walker Wayne Elias of Old Castle Road said :”What is Llanelli coming to? Guns on the street on Sunday morning. They’ve got machine guns and police dogs. It is quite frightening.”
Leisure centre user Lisa said:”Police are flying a drone recording all that’s going on. It is quite exciting but really worrying what goes on first thing in the morning. On fairness there is a huge police presence but the operation other than early sirens has passed quite peacefully. Three three men I saw coming out handcuffed were not offering any resistance. But they were surrounded by armed police.”
Mr Cant said: “As I left my house to walk the dog the armed response unit packed with officers screamed past. Other police units but bustling into Erw Road and Old Castle Road. At the junction with Erw Road you could see. A cauldron of officers around a Princess Street property. They were preparing to storm the property front and rear. Another police unit nearby put a drone unit up to record the action. Sniffer dogs followed armed officers into the property and within an hour I saw three men aged 20 to 30 handcuffed and accompanied by armed officers led to waiting vehicles. The operation lasted an hour with a police presence remaining at the house. One police officer told me: “So much for a quiet Sunday morning.”
Police remain at the scene along Erw Road, Princess Street and the Leisure Centre.
Dyfed-Powys Police have been contacted for comment.