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Inspectorate’s ‘serious concerns’ about police



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Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon responded by implying the report was itself out of date: “This HMIC report is based on an inspection carried out last year.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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Family of power station worker calls on former colleagues to help with asbestos claim



THE WIFE of a Carmarthenshire man, who was just 66 when he died of an asbestos-related cancer, is calling on colleagues who worked with him in the 1970s to help understand where and how he contracted the disease.

Peter Colton, from Llanelli, died in July 2021 after being diagnosed with the asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma.

He worked as a conveyor and weighbridge operator for the CEGB at Carmarthen Bay Power Station. During his time at the power station, his duties included offloading coal wagons and conveying coal to the boilers.

It is possible that Mr Colton was exposed to asbestos during those years and now his family has sought the help of local asbestos specialists J.M Parsons, to investigate a claim for compensation.

Ann Colton, Mr Colton’s wife, wants answers. She said: “Peter was diagnosed with mesothelioma and died just six weeks later. He had been suffering from shortness of breath and just had no quality of life.

“It was devastating to see someone who had been so healthy and active slowly get worse and worse. We just want to know where and how he was exposed to asbestos and hope someone out there can help us.”

According to data from the Health and Safety Executive, annual mesothelioma deaths in Britain increased steeply over the last 50 years, a consequence of mainly occupational asbestos exposures that occurred because of the widespread industrial use of asbestos during 1950-1980.

Amanda Jones is one of the specialists at J.M Parsons, which is owned by Thompsons Solicitors. Thompsons has paved the way for asbestos litigation in the UK ever since it brought about the first successful asbestos disease claim to the House of Lords in 1972, 50 years ago.

She said: “We would be grateful to hear from anyone who remembers working with Peter Colton in Carmarthen Bay Power Station in the 1970s or anyone who worked in the same field as Peter beyond the 1970s.

“Such individuals will be invaluable to Mr Colton’s family as they may be able to add important information that will assist us in building a civil claim. We hope that we will then be able to answer questions about the conditions that Mr Colton worked in during his working life.”

Anyone with information should contact Amanda Jones on 01554 779940, or via email at

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Carmarthenshire cheese maker secures Co-op listing



Caws Cenarth award

A CHEESEMAKER from Carmarthenshire has secured its first listing with the Co-op as part of the retailer’s continued focus on local and community sourcing.

Family-owned Caws Cenarth, which has cheese making in the family dating back to 1903, will now see two of its cheeses listed in more than 20 Co-op stores across the region.

Made on farm in Glyneithinog, Caws Cenarth will supply Co-op with its Organic Caerffili – which has a light and lemony taste with hints of sea salt – and, one of its best known cheeses the Organic Perl Las Mini – which is described as a blue cheese, golden in colour, with a creamy, gently salty taste that grows stronger with maturity.

Carwyn Adams, whose parents rekindled the family tradition for cheese making in 1987 with the creation of Caws Cenarth, said: “We are absolutely thrilled. I shop in our local Co-op and regularly thought how nice it would be to see our cheese on the shelf and, now that is to become a reality. Working with Co-op will support our business development, and raise awareness of our cheeses, not only across the region, but also further afield as visitors to the area often look for local produce to take back home with them as gifts or to remind them of their stay in the area.”

Jo Wadsworth, Co-op’s Community Buying Manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome Caws Cenarth onto our shelves. We know that our Members and customers value the quality and provenance of locally produced food and drink and, here at the Co-op we are focussed on supporting local suppliers as part of our commitment to creating value and making a difference in our local communities.”

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Carmarthenshire Council offers career opportunities through new Care Academi 



Cllr Jane Tremlett, Cabinet Member for Social Care

CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has launched a new Care Academi which offers exciting opportunities to those looking for a career in social work or social care.

Open to all ages, the Academi will provide training, support and guidance to successful applicants, enabling them to earn while they learn and choose a career path that suits them best.

With a blend of on-the-job training and education, there are various opportunities to explore the variety of social care and social work roles on offer.

All applicants must have a minimum of two GCSEs (grade A* – D) or equivalent in English, Welsh or Maths.

Cllr Jane Tremlett, Cabinet Member for Social Care said: “Our new Care Academi offers fantastic opportunities to those looking for a career in social work or care.

“Successful applicants could achieve a degree in social work or a level five management qualification, but there are also opportunities throughout the programme to find an alternative role that suits you best if completing a degree isn’t for you.

“If you are motivated, have a positive attitude and are looking for the first exciting step in a new career then we want to hear from you and welcome your application.”

For more information or to apply please visit 

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