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Cameras stolen during filming of TV One Show

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

By Shaun Greaney

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A THIEF made off with six cameras from the Millennium Coastal Path when crews were filming for The One Show.

Police are investigating the apparent theft of six video recording camera traps, thought to be worth more than £1,000, which were using motion sensors to try to film wild mink around Pwll.

The cameras belonged to Icon, which was working for the BBC on the show.

Darren Harries of Penywarc Road, Stebonheath, had alerted producers at The One Show to the presence of wild black mink in the area, where a scheme is currently under way to remove the animals, which have been preying on ducklings and cygnets.

But a thief managed to make off with the equipment, which Mr Harries described as "a great shame".

"The camera traps were getting picked up on the Thursday evening to see what footage we caught," he said.

"The footage of the camera traps was going to be shown on The One Show, along with filming the mink in the day.

"To see the camera traps stolen from this quiet spot, where people seldom go, is a great shame. I was gutted for The One Show team."

Mr Harries said all the cameras were chained to something secure, but that did not deter the culprits.

"The six camera traps were all interlocking, so whoever took them had some idea of what they did," he said.

"As soon as one camera trap went off, another would — they were set to video.

"So they would have had to take them all, or the thief would be known to us.

"I have reported the theft to the police, so hopefully the cameras might turn up."

But he said it was not all bad news, as the team did see mink on location.

"I think this will be on TV in January," he said.

"Let's hope the mink get what's coming to them too, so we can all enjoy our native wildlife on our coastal park.

"I was willing to help them as the mink can be a total nightmare to native wildlife, as they will wipe out an eco-system and we will have no wildlife to see on our coastal path — I can't remember the last water vole I have seen."

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said the cameras were stolen some time between 2pm on Friday, November 9, and 4pm on Wednesday, November 14.

A spokeswoman for Icon confirmed the theft.

Anyone with information is asked to call officers at Llanelli police station on 101.

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  • Jiffy  |  November 29 2012, 9:53PM

    Them mink have very sharp teeth.

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