Police investigate robbery at Crosshands public house


TWO men have been charged following a robbery at The Phoenix Inn, Gorslas, on Tuesday (May 29).

Jordan Hancock, aged 26, of Whitchuch in Cardiff, has been charged with robbery and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, and Michael Vassello, aged 27, of Carway in Carmarthenshire, has been charged with robbery.

Both have been remanded to appear at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court this morning (Thursday, May 31).

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Neil Jenkins said: “We would like to thank the community of Gorslas for their continued support as we investigate this incident, which understandably has caused concern locally.

“A swift police response has resulted in two men being arrested and charged with a serious offence, and we would like to reassure the public that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the robbery.”


Dyfed-Powys Police can confirm two men, aged 26 and 27, from the Cardiff area, have been arrested in connection with the robbery at The Phoenix Inn, Gorslas . They remain in police custody at this time.

Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Neil Jenkins, said: “While incidents like this are rare in Dyfed-Powys, we know this has caused significant concern to the community. Thanks to a combination of information from the public and swift action by officers we were able to arrest one man last night, and a second man this morning. I would like to reassure the public we  are not looking for anyone else in connection to this incident.

“We are continuing our appeal for information, and are particularly interested in any sightings of a Red Vauxhall Corsa at Penygroes Road between 9.15am and 9.30am yesterday (Tuesday, 29 May). The car is believed to have then made off towards Gorslas Square and Black Lion Road. We are keen to receive dash cam footage which shows the car, from anyone in the area around that time.

“I would like to thank the Gorslas community for their support while we continue our investigation. The Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue their patrols of the area today and anyone with concerns is encouraged to speak to an officer.”

Anyone with information or dash cam footage is urged to call 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311908. Quote reference: 20180529-095.

Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating a robbery at The Phoenix Inn, Gorslas (near Cross Hands), which was reported shortly before 9.30am today Tuesday, (May 29). Nobody was injured during the incident.

In a statement the force said: “Officers were at the scene within six minutes of receiving the report. Carmarthenshire Joint Investigation Unit (JIU) is leading the investigation; police activity at The Phoenix Inn has now concluded and the scene is being released. No arrests have yet been made. Officers are investigating a number of lines of enquiry.

“Uniformed officers are patrolling the area to provide reassurance to the community. Anyone with information is urged to contact Carmarthenshire JIU by calling 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311908. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Quote reference: DP-20180529-095.”


From Llanelli Wales. Worked in education and media for most of my career. Now working as a freelance journalist. Interested in World events, politics, education. Specialist area is social and journalistic photography.
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