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Prevention, intelligence, enforcement and reassurance: Key themes from Dyfed Powys Police plan.

Prevention, intelligence, enforcement and reassurance: Key themes from Dyfed Powys Police plan.

PREVENTION, intelligence, enforcement and reassurance are the four key themes in a new plan from Dyfed Powys Police on how we are going to improve the way we safeguard rural communities. Chief Constable Simon Prince said: “Policing our rural communities can be a challenge because each area has a different make up and needs for our services. Over the last year we have spoken to farmers unions, community groups, charities and other public sector agencies to gather as many comments and ideas as possible.

I want our rural policing to focus on building on the trust and sharing of local information that already exists with residents, small businesses and other agencies and community groups. There are additional challenges in rural communities compared to our other areas.

Opportunist and acquisitive crime on farms and small holdings present a significant threat. The loss of equipment, metal and livestock may not be noticed immediately, and its detection can often be diffi cult and it has an impact on people’s livelihoods. The poaching of fish, deer and hare can lead to other crimes like public order offences, acquisitive crimes like fuel theft and farm crime and other damage to the natural environment. There are also many similarities such as anti-social behaviour, hate crimes and other crimes that do not just aff ect towns and more urban areas like domestic violence, drink driving, people speeding on our roads and business crime. These affect people living throughout the whole of Dyfed Powys.

We also have to remain alert as our remote and isolated locations can be attractive for organised crime groups. They can be seen as places where these groups perceive they can operate unnoticed.” Superintendent Chris Curtis is leading the delivery of the plan and said that: “There are already some excellent examples of rural policing taking place in our force area. It my job to make sure that we share what works with other teams and community groups throughout Dyfed Powys. We have spoken to the two farmers unions to ask for their help with some of this work, and they have both given us their full support, for which I am very grateful. We have put together a delivery plan that outlines what we will be doing over the coming months to ensure that we reach out to the public and build on the positive feeling they have for their local police teams. We have four headings that sum up the improvements that we will make.

The headings are prevention, intelligence, enforcement and reassurance. Each one has a list of things that will be done and include: Crime prevention packs with information on what people can do to keep themselves and their property safe; better use of watch schemes like farm watch and neighbourhood watch; better use of social media and sharing more stories with the local media and the community directly; going to where people gather and speaking to them as well as having meetings in the offices of local businesses, groups and farming unions and better use of new mobile police stations.

We are also recruiting more special constables from our rural communities who will volunteer in their towns and villages. We have also changed the training programme so it is delivered in various locations through the force area, consequently making it easier to attend. We are identifying local experts within teams who come from rural or farming backgrounds and stationing offi cers and PCSOs in the communities that they live. There is a lot happening to improve the way we safeguard our rural communities and over the coming months people should be able to see the diff erence in the towns and villages where they live.”

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened

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ON MONDAY, November 28, Cllr Rob Evans, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council, unveiled a specially designed plaque to commemorate the official opening of the brand new Carmarthenshire Archives building.

The official opening was attended by year 6 pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, along with their Headteacher Mr Dylan Evans, who designed the plaque by compiling various artwork and sketches that are housed at the Archives.

Established in 1959, Carmarthenshire Archives is the local authority archive service for the County of Carmarthenshire and the new building is located at St Peter’s Street, Carmarthen. 

The service is home to our extensive collection of historic documents that date from the 13th century to the present day. The collection includes archives, maps, books, photographs, videos and sound recordings. It is the Archives’ mission to preserve and make its documents available for general study and research.

Admission to Carmarthenshire Archives is free and open to anyone who wishes to use the Council’s records. Most of its services are free, but we do charge for some extra services and help.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Gareth John commented:

“Congratulations to the pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, they have designed an excellent and appropriate plaque that is inspired by the treasure troves of our archives. It was wonderful to welcome them to the official opening so that they can see their work take pride of place at a building that holds great significance to us in Carmarthenshire. 

“This is a brand new and modern building that is fit to keep and protect our county’s most precious historical documents. 

“But of course, these documents are meant to be viewed and studied by school children, students, academics and anybody who has an interest in Carmarthenshire’s rich history; and this excellent facility provides the perfect space for people to come and view these treasures.”

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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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