DYFED-POWYS POLICE has launched its summer campaign, helping people who live in and visit the four counties they serve safely enjoy what’s on offer over the summer.
The campaign, identified by the hashtag #EnjoyDPP, offers practical advice to help people enjoy our towns, beaches, mountains and events.
#EnjoyDPP is about giving people the safety advice that could prevent them from requiring police assistance this summer. They will be working closely with partner agencies who provide specialist assistance to keep people as safe as possible.
Head of Uniformed Policing, Chief Superintendent Vicki Evans, said: “Our area is home to a variety of fantastic attractions, and hosts locally and nationally renowned events. People come in their droves during the summer months boosting population numbers significantly.
“The influx of visitors combined with the diversity of our patch brings challenges for us as a police force and we’re adept at flexing our resources to accommodate this. However, we appeal to our communities and visitors to help us out, so this summer we are offering some simple advice to help people enjoy our unique region, safely.
“We’re encouraging people to be sensible and mindful of risks they perceive around them – don’t ignore warning signs and pay attention to local weather forecasts.”
The force sees reports of domestic abuse rise over the summer months. They take a strong stance against the crime and are encouraging people to pass on information which will help tackle the issue.
Chief Superintendent Evans continued: “We understand domestic abuse isn’t easy to talk about, so we have dedicated, specialist officers who can provide support.
“Domestic abuse is not only violence – physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse, threats and damage are also methods used by perpetrators to control victims.
“We urge anyone concerned about a friend, neighbour or family member to pass us information so we can take action.
“Report concerns by calling 101. If someone is at immediate risk of harm, call 999.”
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THE HERO of London Bridge who was stabbed nine times as he fought off three terrorists armed with just a police baton has called on Carmarthen people to nominate an unsung hero of their own.
And British Transport Police Officer Wayne Marques said bravery and courage should be recognised because it is inspiring and encouraging to others.
He said: “Every tragedy has a silver lining and it is up to us to make sure that silver shines.”
Wayne, 39, who won the Against All Odds category in last year’s global hearing specialists Amplifon’s Brave Britons awards, was on patrol in the area of London Bridge Station when he heard screams on the evening of June 3 last year and then he saw people being stabbed in Borough High Street near the junction with London Bridge Street.
He charged at one of the terrorists lashing out with his baton. But soon he was being attacked by all three terrorists one stabbing him above his right eye which cause him to go temporarily blind in the eye.
More than 12 months on and Wayne still travels from his South London home to Harrogate, Yorkshire, where he receives rehabilitation treatment.
Seven people died in the attack and many more were badly injured.
Now Wayne is calling on people who know of acts of courage or bravery to nominate them for this year’s Amplifon – who have a store in Merlins Walk Shopping Centre, Carmarthen – Brave Briton awards.
He said: “I first felt surprised and then humble when I was nominated by a person I didn’t even know. The fact they had taken their time to fill in a form and nominate me made me feel very honoured. It would have been wrong for me to respond in any other way.”
Wayne added: “We need more people honoured in the way I was because there are a lot of people out there who go beyond what is expected of them for the sake of others.
“Even uniformed services personnel who do a job where they are expected to sometimes face danger go beyond that expectation and react to the highest magnitude.
“To nominate others and put them in the limelight is so inspiring and encouraging to others in their communities and around the country.
“Through adversity we as a nation tend to pull together. How we rally together makes this country great.”
There are six categories in the Amplifon Brave Britons awards: Against All Odds, Young Hero, Service To Their Country, Active Agers, Hero Pet, and Charity Champion.
Anyone who wishes to nominate a hero in any of the categories should visit http://www.amplifon.com
Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London, on Tuesday, October 16.
A panel of judges including Falklands hero Simon Weston will also choose an overall Hero from the category winners who will win a trip to Italy.
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