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Police run targeted campaign at drug dealers

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Dyfed-Powys Police is coming down hard on drug dealers living in Powys and those crossing the Powys border to supply illegal drugs to communities.

A targeted operation has been running for a week involving teams from roads policing, offender management, response and neighbourhood policing to tackle this issue.

Using intelligence gathered from community concerns, monitoring of police systems and analysis of criminal activity, officers have been carrying out targeted stop searches of vehicles and people suspected of being involved in the transportation, supply and use of drugs.

Activity has included: searching cars and individuals resulting in arrests; vehicles and drugs subsequently being seized and taking enforcement action regarding vehicle defects and other traffic offences. To date the operation has resulted in the arrest of 16 people with a number of others being subject to voluntary interviews.

A number of search warrants have been carried out and more than 50 intelligence led stop-searches carried out.

Inspector Andrew Pitt has been leading the operation for Powys division of Dyfed-Powys Police. He said: “Drug suppliers seem to think they are safe to cross the border into Powys and target drug users and some of the more vulnerable members of our community, supplying them with illegal substances and taking advantage of their vulnerability.

“Op Cleopatra is coming down hard on criminals in our area, disrupting their activity and drug supply as much as possible for the good of our local communities in Powys.
“We are not a soft touch: we are continuously gathering intelligence and we will continue with this approach to keep travelling criminals out and prosecute offences.

“I would urge any members of the public who believe drug dealing or cultivating is taking place in their community to report their concerns to the police. Signs of drug dealing could be: permanently closed curtains; comings and goings of strangers from a property; or someone living beyond their means with expensive cars, jewellery or lots of cash amongst other indicators.”

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New all-inclusive cycling facility at Pembrey Country Park opens

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CYCLING for all ages and abilities is now available at Pembrey Country Park.

Some 38 new cycles including wheelchair transporters, wheelchair cycles, adult tricycles, hand cycles, two-seater side by side and four-seater cycles have arrived at the park’s ski and activity centre.

The purchases and new timber clad storage facilities were funded by the Welsh Government through its Integrated Care Fund (ICF) and a Play Sufficiency Grant funded children’s cycles. The project was delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council’s leisure team and learning disability services.

In addition to the cycles, a new fully equipped ‘Changing Places’ disabled changing and shower room which includes a full ceiling track hoist system and electrically operated shower/changing bed has been installed.

The council’s executive board member for leisure services, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “This has been made possible thanks to partnership working between Welsh Government, the council’s learning disability and leisure services. It’s yet another step forward in our plan to provide access to cycling for all abilities and as part of our wider vision to become the Cycling Hub of Wales.”

Already Pembrey Ski and Activity Centre is recognised for its ski for all facilities and regularly holds high profile events for all abilities.

The council’s disability ambassador, Cllr Jane Tremlett said: “We are delighted that we are able to offer a fully inclusive cycling facility at Pembrey Country Park. Already it has been a tremendous success in increasing the number of individuals accessing cycling as well as attracting out of county groups.”

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Road closed in both directions following collision between car and tractor

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THERE was a collision between a car and a tractor with a trailer at just past 12am today (Friday, June 21).

The road was closed in both directions from St Clears to Carmarthen while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Two men – the driver and passenger of the car – have been taken to hospital. One is in a critical but stable condition.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, who hasn’t already spoken to the police, is asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit at Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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Parc Howard shortlisted for national award

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PARC HOWARD has been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award.

Charity Kids in Museums awards the prize annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in the UK that goes the extra mile to provide a great experience for families.

Throughout April and May, families across the country voted for their favourite heritage attraction on the Kids in Museums website. It is the only museum award to be judged by families.

A panel of museum experts whittled down over 800 nominations to a shortlist of 15.

The museum will now be visited by undercover family judges who will assess the museums against the Kids in Museums Manifesto. Their experiences will decide a winner for each award category and an overall winner, our Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2019.

The council’s executive board member for cultural services, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “It really is exciting times for Parc Howard Museum. To have been nominated for such a prestigious award is just superb and is testament to the family friendly environment we have been working to create within the museum.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in October.

Emmajane Avery, Chair of Kids in Museums, said: “It’s great to see Parc Howard Museum on the shortlist for this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award. To make it to the shortlist in our most competitive year yet is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work staff have put in to create an enjoyable experience for families. We were inspired by how this ambitious museum works with community organisations to bring the museum to families on a low income. We wish the museum the best of luck in the next round of judging.”

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