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Recovery and support for flood-hit areas has gone well

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THE MAJORITY of items and property damaged in the recent floods has now been cleared, and residents are beginning to re-build their homes and businesses, the local authority has said.

Carmarthenshire County Council has thanked residents and businesses for their feedback and gratitude following a full-scale recovery operation following the floods.

Teams of officers and crews have been supporting communities for the past two weeks, helping them to clear damaged property and access financial and practical assistance in the aftermath of the floods.

It is believed that the majority of damaged items from households has now been removed, so crews will no longer visit affected areas routinely other than for scheduled weekly bin collections.

However, anyone who needs assistance can still ask the council for any support they need, and can still book bulky waste collections through the council’s normal chargeable service.

It is thought around 160 homes and 70 businesses were affected by the worst floods to have hit Carmarthenshire for over 30 years.

The council’s Hwb Bach Y Wlad mobile customer service has been visiting villages with teams of officers from various departments offering support and advice to residents and businesses.

Council Leader, Cllr Emlyn Dole, and Chief executive Mark James, have also visited many of the communities to offer the council’s support personally.

Many people have told the council how grateful they have been for the support, which has included assistance to access a £100,000 hardship relief fund, a furniture and white goods appeal with Xcel Furniture, and clearance and disposal of damaged household items.

“During these visits we have seen first-hand just how much damage has been done, and how much these floods have affected many people’s lives,” said Cllr Dole.

“We are proud at how quickly our staff were able to support these people, and have been pleased to hear from so many people just how much they appreciate the efforts our teams have made.

“Although we are scaling back in terms of the clearance visits, as the majority of damaged items have now been removed, we know that there is much work still to be done and we are happy to continue our support for as long as is 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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