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Inspectorate’s ‘serious concerns’ about police

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chris salmonHER MAJESTY’S INSPECTOR OF CONSTABULARY (HMIC) Wendy Williams has delivered her final report on the condition of Dyfed Powys Police. While the Inspector found areas of good practice, she nonetheless found that the Force requires serious improvement.

In what is likely to be a blow to incumbent Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon, not only did HMIC find ‘areas of serious concern in the performance of Dyfed Powys Police’, she also questioned whether the Force had ‘well-developed’ financial plans for the years ahead.

Ms Williams says that in view of the adverse findings: “I have been in regular contact with the chief constable and I am reassured by the way that the force has acknowledged and responded to the issues we have raised. However, I do not underestimate the challenge faced by the force.”

Ms Williams continued: “The force is good at preventing crime and anti-social behaviour and has good arrangements in place to tackle serious and organised crime. However, I am concerned that suitably trained investigators are not always available and, in particular, at the lack of professional expertise in the investigation of some high-risk domestic abuse cases.”

Of particular concern is likely to be the finding that call-handling procedures and training are inadequate, with HMIC remarking: “The force has more to do to improve its response to vulnerable people. I am not satisfied that the risks faced by emergency and non-emergency callers are consistently understood by call-handlers. This is hindering progress that the force is making in safeguarding the most vulnerable.”

Highlighting the Force’s financial arrangements, an area upon which Mr Salmon has invested a great deal of political capital, the Inspector said: “The Force’s plan to continue to provide effective policing over its very large geographical area with fewer staff needs to be developed as a matter of urgency.”

She concluded: “In the year ahead, I will be particularly interested to see how the force improves how it deals with vulnerable victims, with particular attention being given to how public calls are handled and how domestic abuse cases are conducted. I would also like to see the force publish clear and realistic plans for achieving savings beyond 2016.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon responded by implying the report was itself out of date: “This HMIC report is based on an inspection carried out last year. It repeats findings from previous reports based on the same inspection. I do not believe it adds anything to those reports.”

No doubt Mr Salmon would have said the same about a more positive report.

Mr Salmon continued: “Based on HMIC’s own statistics Dyfed-Powys has the lowest number of recorded crimes in England and Wales. The force has the highest detection rate in England and Wales.

“Dyfed-Powys has seen crime and antisocial behaviour fall further and faster than anywhere else in Wales.

“There is always more to do to keep our communities safe. With the fantastic officers we have, I am determined to make our homes, businesses and communities even safer.”

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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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