Two men have appeared in court this morning following a robbery at The Phoenix Inn, Gorslas on Tuesday, May 29.

Jordan Hancock, aged 26, of Halliard Court, in Cardiff, and Michael Vassello, aged 27, of no fixed abode, both indicated guilty pleas at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday, May 31.

Hancock has been charged with robbery and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, and Vassello has been charged with robbery.

The incident took place on Tuesday morning, at the Phoenix Inn, in Penygroes Road.

The court heard that Vassello used to work at the pub. He telephoned The Phoenix shortly before the incident to establish how many people were at the pub.

Hancock, brandishing a kitchen knife, was responsible for approaching the manager of the pub who had £50 in her hand and £6,000 in the handbag.

She was concerned for her safety, the court heard, and was worried she would be stabbed if she didn't hand over the money.

The pair only got away with the £50 in her hand.

Both have been remanded in custody until July 2 when they will appear at Swansea Crown Court.

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.”