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Police CCTV is now operating in Carmarthen

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Dafydd Llywelyn: With local businessman Edward Rees

WORK to reinvest in CCTV in Carmarthen has been completed, with local businesses praising the 17 new cameras.

The work has been carried out as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn’s reinvestment in the CCTV provision across the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.

Carmarthen and Brecon are the second and third out of 17 identified towns to benefit from the upgraded CCTV systems. The first town to receive the upgrade was Builth Wells.

Carmarthen has benefitted from 17 new CCTV cameras which will be managed by Dyfed-Powys Police.

Work in Brecon has been carried out to allow the six existing cameras in the town to be recorded at the local police station.

A modern CCTV Monitoring Room will be introduced in the Force Communication Centre at Police Headquarters, Llangunnor, where cameras will be monitored centrally by dedicated staff.

Dafydd Llywelyn, Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am delighted that two more towns have benefitted from my pledge to reinvest in a modern CCTV infrastructure.

“CCTV cameras have been successfully installed in Carmarthen and the necessary work has been completed in Brecon allowing us to formally take over the management of the town’s CCTV cameras.

“I am looking forward to seeing the project delivered across other areas of the force in the coming months.”

Mark Collins, Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable, said: “I am sure the cameras will be of huge benefit in preventing and detecting crime in Carmarthen and Brecon Town Centres. Its installation comes at a good time as we see an influx of visitors to the force area.”

Marie McAvoy, Dyfed-Powys Police’s ICT Product and Programme Manager, said: “We are making good progress in delivering a modern CCTV infrastructure and the installation of new cameras in Ammanford and Saundersfoot will start imminently.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn is touring the force area to visit business owners in the towns where reinvestment in CCTV is taking place.

Carmarthen business people he spoke to were very positive about the reinvestment works.

Edward Rees, owner of Morgan Edward Salon on King Street, Carmarthen, said: “As a business owner in the town centre I am delighted to see high quality CCTV being re-introduced. Two years ago when it was taken away I invested heavily in a top quality system for my business, also covering the street outside.

“On three separate occasions it has enabled us to identify people who have caused minor damage to my building and therefore recoup the costs of incurred. Also on several occasions we have been contacted by Dyfed-Powys Police to help with various enquiries, by supplying them with invaluable high quality footage. However the little help businesses such as mine have been able to give is not really adequate for the largest town in the county. Therefore I welcome the investment made to provide a much better service to our town.”

Josh Lowe, of Final Boss Gaming, said: “As a small business owner I’m extremely pleased that CCTV is back and operational in Carmarthen town centre. It is something that is definitely needed.”

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Police report finds no ‘major shortcomings’ in use of force

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, has conducted a review of police officers’ use of force, and is assured that there are no major shortcomings.

The full report on the review of the use of force will be shared with local Police and Crime Panel members at their public meeting today (Nov 16).

This scrutiny review signifies a new, enhanced approach to the Commissioner’s continued commitment to holding the Force to account, for the delivery of an efficient and effective police service for the residents of Dyfed-Powys.

Sparked by national requirements to improve transparency around officers’ conduct, recent controversy around the introduction of spit and bite guards, and feedback from the inspectorate, the review involved consultation with the public, officers and staff, independent scrutiny of incident footage and a detailed review of available data.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn said: “I have been encouraged by the Force’s response to my office undertaking this work, and thank all those who contributed honestly and thoroughly to the review. I would also like to thank the members of the public who were willing to share their views with us, through my online survey and in person at the various events my team and I have attended over the summer months.”

Whilst the review found no significant concern to suggest that force is being used inappropriately by officers, it was identified that under-recording and limitations in the current systems require some improvement.

A series of recommendations have been accepted by the Chief Constable, Mark Collins, who has detailed the Force’s planned course of action in a formal response to the Commissioner.

The Commissioner’s office will use this action plan to review the Force’s progress over the coming months.

Superintendent Craig Templeton, Head of Operations, said: “We welcome this scrutiny by the Police and Crime Commissioner and accept there are improvements to be made. Work has already started to address the recommendations, including changes to the Use of Force recording system and introducing Body Worn Video, to make scrutiny easier. We are confident force is used legitimately in Dyfed-Powys Police and will continue working towards achieving accurate recording.”

The Commissioner is committed to continuing this approach and will be looking for the public to get involved in future engagements and consultations, details of which will be available on the Commissioner’s website, or through contact with the office.

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Tributes paid to woman following Lampeter death

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a woman who died after she was assaulted in a town centre on Thursday (Nov 8).

The woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries following the attack in the Bridge Street area of Lampeter, Ceredigion. The incident happened at approximately 6pm.

Dyfed-Powys Police have formally identified her 39-year-oldold Katarzyna Elzbieta Paszek.

Her family said in a tribute: “As a family we are distraught by our loss of Katarzyna who was 39 and from Lampeter area.  She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and aunt and was loved by so many.

“We would now like time to grieve and would ask to be given privacy in which to do so.”

Two of the four men who were originally arrested in connection with the assault have been released with no further action.

A 40-year-old man remains in custody and a 27-year-old man has been released on bail.

Det Ch Insp Anthony Evans said: “This is now a murder enquiry and I am appealing to anyone with information that could help the investigation, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is, please get in touch.

“I would like to reassure the public that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.”
H.M Coroner has been informed, the police have confirmed.

Four men from the Lampeter area were arrested in connection with the incident.

A 40-year-old man remains in police custody. A 27-year-old man has been released on police bail.

A 31-year-old man has been released with no further action, and a 37-year-old man has been released with no further action.

The police said that anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Three teenagers accused of ‘trashing’ caravan park

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THREE teenagers appeared at Swansea Crown Court this week accused of ‘trashing’ a caravan complex in Llandeilo.

Maximilliam Langford, aged 19, Daniel Sieuw, 18, and James Wright, 19, were before Judge Keith Thomas for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

Paul Hobson, prosecuting, said it was his case that the three had been involved in a joint enterprise to wreck caravans and other buildings, some of them used as dwellings.

Langford, of Heol y Garreg Las, Llandeilo, admitted burgling a log cabin and four caravans at Taylors Wood, Gwynfe Road, on May 2 last year.

He also admitted damaging a 4×4 vehicle belonging to Roy Taylor and a ‘military style vehicle’, also belonging to Mr Taylor.

Langford denied setting fire to a caravan owned by Lawrence Good and a caravan owned by Barry John Smith.

Wright, of Rhydfro, Llangadog, denied the burglaries and the charges of criminal damage but admitted the two charges of arson.

Sieuw, of Bryngwyn, Llandeilo, denied all nine charges.

Mr Hobson said the prosecution would proceed against the defendants on all the outstanding charges.

Judge Thomas laid down January 29 as the start date of a three-day trial.

All three were granted bail meanwhile.

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