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New Quay RNLI volunteers to feature in new TV series

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J-NM-R313-001A NEW BBC series all about the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will broadcast from Wednesday 13 July at 9pm on BBC1. The four-part documentary series will feature the crew of New Quay RNLI alongside their fellow crew members from numerous RNLI lifeboat stations around the UK.

The series, named Saving Lives at Sea, is part of a special volunteering season by the BBC called Do Something Great. It’s a real-life portrayal of the lifesaving work that RNLI volunteers carry out around our coasts 24/7. The first episode will be aired on Wednesday 13 July, with the remaining three episodes broadcast each Wednesday after that, ending on 3 August.

Filmed over the past year with lifeboat stations across the UK, the series portrays what life is like for the charity’s volunteers who must be ready at any time of day or night to help someone in trouble at sea or on the River Thames.

As well as New Quay RNLI, lifeboat crews from stations including Abersoch, Brighton, Blackpool, Eastbourne, Islay, Rhyl, Torbay, Tower, The Mumbles, Moelfre, Oban and Newquay all feature in the series – several of which have, over the past year, carried special cameras and equipment on their lifeboats and welcomed film makers into station life.

The series follows dramatic real-life rescue situations, while also uncovering the heart-warming and poignant reasons why people from all walks of life volunteer to put their lives on the line to save others, and the vital support they receive from their families and communities.

Ben Billingham, New Quay RNLI Mechanic, said:

‘This has been a fantastic project to be involved with and we’re very proud to know that the lifesaving work of New Quay RNLI lifeboat station will feature. The series captures the work of 13 RNLI lifeboat stations but we’re representing the crews of the 237 RNLI stations all around the UK and Ireland, who all do fantastic work every day.

‘We hope people who watch the series will feel inspired by what they see, and learn a bit more about the lifesaving work of our charity.’

Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued nearly 8,000 people, saving 348 lives.

Saving Lives at Sea will be broadcast weekly from Wednesday 13 July to Wednesday 3 August on BBC1 at 9pm. The series is made for the BBC by Blast! Films.

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Police call for vigilance to report illegal raves

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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.

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Wheelchair-bound man jailed for child sex offences

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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.

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Royals set to visit Ceredigion during summer visit

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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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