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I ndependent sex abuse inquiry opens Wales office

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Heading Inquiry: Professor Alexis Jay

THE CHAIR of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), Professor Alexis Jay, visited Cardiff on Wednesday (Oct 26) to attend an event at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium to mark the opening of the Inquiry’s Welsh office and the start of the Inquiry’s Truth Project in Wales.

The Chair was accompanied by the Inquiry Panel members, Dru Sharpling, Ivor Frank and members of the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel.

Over 100 individuals and organisations accepted invitations to attend the launch, including officials from the Wales Government, local authorities, NHS Wales, charities, Welsh national safeguarding boards and religious institutions.

IICSA Chair Professor Alexis Jay said: “I am delighted be in Cardiff to meet with representatives from across Wales to discuss the work of the Inquiry. In particular, we want to highlight how victims and survivors can share their experiences with us as part of the Truth Project. I am grateful for the time taken by everyone to meet with me and other members of the Inquiry and I want to emphasise that we are committed to delivering a strong presence here in Wales.”

The Truth Project has been taking evidence from victims and survivors for seven months, allowing victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to talk about their experiences with the Inquiry. Those who wish to take part can attend a private session at one of the IICSA offices in England or Wales.

The Wales office is now able to makes appointments for victims and survivors to give testimony at the Truth Project. It has dedicated Welsh-speaking staff who will ensure Welsh speakers receive a seamless service in their own language when they engage with the Inquiry.

Inquiry Panel member Dru Sharpling added: “Our team in Wales will provide as much support and guidance as possible and we will be working alongside those organisations who are already doing so much to help the victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.”

Chris Tuck, from the Victims and Survivors’ Consultative Panel, said: “We acknowledge the courage that it takes to share an experience of child sexual abuse but each experience shared will make an important contribution to the work of the Inquiry. Victims and survivors can share their experiences with the Inquiry in a safe and secure environment during a private session. Specialist support will be available to each person who engages with the Truth Project. They can be accompanied by a family member, friend or other support person of their choice.”

The Wales office will help ensure that the Inquiry reach victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in some of the most remote and and hard to reach communities, where the issue of child sexual abuse is often ignored or unacknowledged.

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands

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OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a car from a property in Lando Road, Burry Port, which was later found burnt out in Pembrey Country Park.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the theft of the blue Ssangyong Rexton, which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, 11th November, and 9am on Saturday, 12th November, and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20221112-109

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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