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Police puppy put through his paces

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE’S newest recruit is being put through his paces to find out if he will become a fully-fledged Police Dog.

At just four-months-old, Billy is the youngest member of the force’s Dog Section. At the end of the summer he will face an assessment, and if he passes can then complete training to become a Police Dog (PD).

His handler, PC John Llewellyn, will spend this time getting Billy used to being around other dogs and police officers on duty:

“Billy has been living at home with my family and two other police dogs – PD Dash, who is also a Spaniel, and PD Cassie, a general purpose dog – for a few months.

“Until his assessment, I’ll take him out on operations and in to police stations. He’s always a welcome visitor and gets a lot of attention! It helps him too because it makes him more comfortable around people, which is important.

“Spaniels are the perfect breed for sniffing out drugs, cash, firearms or anything they are trained to, because their noses are so powerful.

“Billy will be assessed when he’s nearly one to see if he can be trained. If he can’t, sadly I’ll have to re home him. But I’m not thinking about that for now.”

Police Dogs are invaluable in helping the force protect their communities and safeguard vulnerable people.

Specialist sniffer dogs work as long as they are fit, well and able to carry out their duties. If Billy passes all of his training, he will replace PD Dash, who has worked with John for ten years.

Follow Billy’s progress and learn more about the work of Dyfed-Powys Police’s Dog Section by following @DPPoliceDogs on Twitter.

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Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions

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A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).

As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.

Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
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Next stage of works to clear Cwmduad landslide

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PHASE two of the works to stabilise a landslide in Cwmduad has begun following the recovery of a lorry from the river below.

Carmarthenshire County Council is leading the operation to clear the site and re-open the A484 for traffic travelling between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, following the landslide in October.

Phase one, which commenced before Christmas, created a safe zone for the recovery of a lorry that was swept in to the river during the storm.

That recovery took place earlier today (Monday, January 14, 2019).

Phase two, to permanently stabilise the embankment, involves complex drainage and geotechnical works.

The highway structure will then be assessed before any indication can be given as to when the road will re-open.

The council has thanked the community, and affected commuters, for their patience whilst site assessments and works have been underway.

Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are now making progress in what has been a highly complex operation and legal process between the council, partner agencies and the landowner.

“We fully appreciate the impact this has had on the community, and we wish to reiterate that we have worked without delay to undertake site investigations in the immediate aftermath of the landslide, along with clearance and construction works to make the area safe.

“We are working as quickly as we can to re-open the road as soon as possible, and would like to thank those affected most sincerely for their patience.”

Until the road is re-opened, traffic will continue to be diverted along the B4333 Carmarthen – Newcastle Emlyn.

Additional bus services remain in place:

  • A shuttle service currently runs from Cwmduad to Tycoch to catch the 460 service at 7.25am, 9.35am and 10.55am. Return journeys are at 2.25pm and 4.45pm.
  • The 460 service is currently operating on a diversion route
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Three seriously injured in A40 crash

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for information about a collision which resulted in serious injuries.

The collision which happened on Sunday afternoon (Jan 13) involved a silver Ford Fiesta and a Silver BMW 120 and at approximately 4pm on the A40 between Pont-y-fenny and Whitland roundabout.

The Silver Fiesta was travelling towards Whitland and the BMW was travelling towards Carmarthen.

A 67-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A 71-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman were also taken to hospital suffering serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or was driving along the road around the time or with dash cam footage, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, please text 07811311908. Please quote reference DP-20190113-199.

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