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Police Commissioner emphasises that travel restriction still apply across the force area

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POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn has emphasised that travel restrictions remain in place in Dyfed-Powys, and across Wales, amid concerns that the UK Government’s announcement over the weekend could create confusion within public.

On Sunday, the UK Government announced that people in England are now permitted to travel outside their local area to take exercise. This is not the case in Wales.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn said, “My main concern is that we could now see an influx of people travelling in to the Force area, and in doing so endangering our communities and threatening the spread of the virus to the vulnerable and the general public”.

Welsh Government last week confirmed its own minor changes to the lockdown measures in Wales, details and guidance can be found on their website, gov.wales/coronavirus, but travel restrictions still apply. On average, 47% of people who have been issued with a penalty notice by Dyfed-Powys Police for breaching regulations have been from outside the force area. However, over the recent bank holiday there was a significant increase in this average. Mr Llywelyn added, “Travel restrictions still apply in Wales and the police here are proactive in their approach to engage, educate, encourage and enforce the measures.

“While it is worrying and a concern in some respects to see that there have been so many penalty notices issued within our area, I remain fully supportive of the Chief Constable Mark Collins and the Force’s approach and response to the measures, and am thoroughly grateful for all their hard work in ensuring our safety during these unprecedented times.

“I’d like to emphasise once again this week, that this remains a national emergency not a national holiday”.

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  1. Steve

    May 17, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I think it’s important to recognise that Wales is a socialist state and our leaders, in an ideal work I believe would prefer Wales to be a marxist state. Whatever England does, Wales will be 3 weeks behind and, irrespective of what England does, Wales will do some thing different.

    As the Welsh government will change policy on a whim, for example, as Vaughan Gething was caught eating chips in the park, in clear violation of lockdown, the Welsh government changes policy. Also with fishing, despite being able to drive to garden centres and now stock up, and despite golfers being able to drive to their local golf ranges, in the fishing world it’s been declared that nobody can drive to their local fishing venues. The Welsh govenrment are incompetent and are hanging on by the tips of their fingers, and I believe Labour and Plaid will suffer heavy losses again at the next Welsh elections in the same way they did at the GE.

    As you can imagine I take a dim view of taking a ‘boys club’ approach to politics and clear incompetence.

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Carmarthenshire towns win two prestigious awards

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has congratulated two local town councils for their success in the One Voice Wales Awards.

Pembrey and Burry Port Council won the Best Community Engagement category for the multi channels of communication it has set up which enables the community to participate in any decisions the council takes. It was also recognised for the shadow forums set up in both primary and secondary schools to ensure the younger generation have a voice.

Kidwelly Town Council won the Best Devolution of Service or Asset Project category for acquiring ownership of Parc Stephens play area from Carmarthenshire County Council in 2019 as part of the asset transfer process. Since then it has increased accessibility and inclusivity for a wide age range of children and includes a sensory garden.

Carmarthen Town Council was highly commended in the Best Annual Report category.

One Voice Wales is recognised by Welsh Government as the national representative body for Community and Town Councils in Wales, providing a wide range of services to our 634 member councils representing approximately 8000 councillors.

This year’s awards ceremony has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths who is responsible for liasing with town and community councils said: “I’d like to congratulate Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council and Kidwelly Town Council on winning the awards. It just goes to show the great work being done across Carmarthenshire and more importantly how we are working with the communities to meet their needs. I’d also like to congratulate Carmarthen Town Council on the commendation.”

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Woman arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply

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AN AMMANFORD woman has been arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers were on patrol in the Glanamman area on when they saw the woman driving a silver Peugeot away from them.

They were aware that the driver had no driver’s licence, and that she was suspected of being involved in supplying class A drugs in and around Ammanford.

Additional units made their way to her home, where the car was stopped. A search of the vehicle resulted in class A drugs being found, and she was arrested.

Further searches were carried out by the response team and dog unit. Around 16g of cocaine, some amphetamine, and some cannabis were found.

A 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, possession and driving offences. The vehicle was also seized.

She has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Sergeant Walters said: “This was a very swift response to information relayed by colleagues who recognised the woman and were aware that she should not have been driving.

“Ammanford Neighbourhood Policing Team, response teams and the dog unit worked closely together to achieve a positive outcome.”

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Play equipment gifted to children with disabilities

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CHILDREN with disabilities in Carmarthenshire have been gifted play equipment by the county council during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some 26 children are already making use of new play materials and outdoor equipment which are helping to maintain their health and well-being during the lockdown.

Items such as garden swing seats, paddling pools, tablets, sensory black out tents, trampolines are making a huge difference to them whilst staying at home.

It comes after funding was set aside for those identified by the council’s social workers or disability intervention staff as needing extra support, and subject to an assessment.

Anna Martin, whose son Finlay has benefited from a garden swing said: “Finlay has spent many an hour calmly swinging in the garden. It has been great for him to spend time with the family outdoors. Fin is like a ‘toddler’ and enjoys a cwtch and a nap so the fact that this turns into a bed has been a big hit! It has certainly perked him up during lockdown.”

Funds are still available and anyone who is supported by the council’s disability service can ask their support worker for an assessment.

The council’s executive board member for children’s services, Cllr Glynog Davies said: “The restrictions of the current lockdown have been a huge challenge for all families, but particularly for those with a child who is disabled or has autism. Our teams identified that for some families having extra play materials or outdoor play equipment could make a massive difference to children’s wellbeing. We established a process where staff from our specialist teams could assess if families would benefit from this type of help. We have been able to purchase and arrange delivery of a number of items so far and we’re delighted to see what a difference it has made.”

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