TWO housing support specialists are to ease the pain of antisocial behaviour across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.
Craig Williams and Jo Powell will help those affected by neighbourhood issues to get support.
Last year (2014) there were more than 19,500 reported cases of antisocial behaviour in Dyfed-Powys – 7,696 in Carmarthenshire, 3,047 in Ceredigion, 4,865 in Pembrokeshire and 3,925 in Powys.
Craig and Jo are the day-to-day leaders of a new service to be delivered by Welsh not-for-profit organisation Grŵp Gwalia, and funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon. They will be supported by colleagues around the region.
Craig said: “Around half of incidents reported to Dyfed-Powys Police are classed as antisocial behaviour. We will address this big challenge and reduce its impact and work to make communities safer. We promise a flexible and responsive service ensuring people feel safe in their communities.”
Craig, Jo and their team will identify and manage risk to people who have experienced antisocial behaviour. For victims, there will be easy access to advocacy, mediation and practical help to keep them and their property safe.
Other aspects of the service will include information sharing between organisations working with victims and the issuing of warning letters to perpetrators.
Christopher Salmon said: “I want to keep communities safe against problems that blight people’s lives. I hope this scheme will prevent small things becoming crimes. Gwalia offer an innovative solution – they already have great experience in communities and in dealing with antisocial behaviour. I’m focused on improving behaviour and tackling causes of antisocial behaviour. Gwalia will work with families to give young people responsibility and respect.”
The Gwalia service – annual cost around £200,000 – will run until March 2017 and may continue beyond that. They will work closely with agencies such as Dyfed-Powys Police and local authorities. Their contract represents a streamlined approach and ensures that victims receive a consistent level of service across the region.
Those suffering antisocial behaviour should call the police on 101. Each case will be risk-assessed to decide how it is handled, with police attending where necessary and Gwalia coordinating the necessary response from all relevant agencies.
Police call for vigilance to report illegal raves
DYFED-POWYS POLICE is asking farmers and local landowners to be on the alert over the next few months for warning signs of any illegal gatherings planned for their land over the summer.
Gatherings – such as illegal raves – can cause considerable anxiety to the community and if they are not dealt with swiftly, they are difficult to stop or otherwise control, due often to the sheer numbers of persons involved and the safety aspects surrounding breaking up such an event.
Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “There is little doubt that these type of events are very well planned, organised and that local knowledge is important in drawing down the main group to a particular ‘vulnerable’ field, or area of land which has been targeted previously as a suitable venue.
“Farmers, landowners and local communities are encouraged to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Police; this may be an unusual numbers of vehicles, especially camper vans, vans or trucks in the locality, illegal trespassers who may be doing ‘recce’ of sites in advance of the event.
“I can assure local communities that Police will take the appropriate action to deter illegal gatherings and deal robustly with any criminal offences discovered or disclosed.”
Members of the public are also urged to be vigilant of persons who approach landowners or enquiring for land, in the guise of hiring for apparently acceptable activities such as gymkhanas and scouts/guides events.
Please contact Police on 101 with reports on any suspicious activity.
Wheelchair-bound man jailed for child sex offences
A CHILD sex offender from Ystrad Meurig has been jailed despite being wheelchair-bound.
Dean Harper, aged 61, had distributed child pornography and tried to entice a 10-year-old girl into sexually abusing herself and sending him photographs.
Harper, of Sisial y Pin, Ffair Rhos, admitted downloading 317 indecent images of children in the most serious category A, 400 in category B and 500 in C.
He also admitted sending images in all three categories to a third party, all on a single day in October, 2016.
Harper also admitted attempting to incite the girl into sexual activity knowing that she was only 10-years-old.
Kevin Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that the distribution of the images alerted the police who raided Harper’s home and removed computer equipment.
An examination of his internet activity revealed he had made contact with a girl via social media and swapped messages with her.
The judge, Mr Recorder Peter Griffiths told Harper his offending was serious and a jail sentence was inevitable despite his disability.
Harper was jailed for a total of two years and ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for 10 years.
He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order which will restrict his contact with young people and his internet activity after his release from prison.
Royals set to visit Ceredigion during summer visit
AS PART of their annual summer visit to Wales, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting Ceredigion next month.
From July 2-6, Charles and Camilla will tour the country, undertaking over 20 engagements across the country.
On July 3, The Prince of Wales will visit Dà Mhìle Distillery, Llandysul, the first organic distillery in the UK approved by the Soil Association, where he was previously gifted the thousandth bottle to be produced by Dà Mhìle.
The Prince of Wales will also visit St. Gwenog’s Church, Llanwenog, and view their unique carvings created by Joseph Reubens, a Belgian World War One refugee. His Royal Highness will also meet members of their local community.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s fourteenth annual Summer visit to Wales will feature celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary of The National Health Service and the marking the 150th anniversary of the Heart of Wales railway line amongst other events.
A Clarence House spokesperson said: “The Prince and The Duchess are really looking forward to their annual summer visit to Wales where they will be celebrating key anniversaries for the National Health Service, the Heart of Wales railway line and the 90th anniversary of Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisation. Their Royal Highnesses relish the opportunity to meet members of the community who are making a difference to Welsh life.”
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