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CCTV ‘a priority’ for new commissioner

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Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 14.13.55POLICE and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn has said that the reinstatement of CCTV will be a priority. 

The Plaid Cymru P&CC made the statement at a recent meeting of Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel, where concerns were also raised about road safety and drug use.

Dafydd Llywelyn was questioned by chair Councillor Alun Lloyd Jones and panel members at the latest meeting, which was held at Ceredigion County Hall in Aberaeron.

Their concerns related to the annual report which the Police and Crime Commissioner has a statutory duty to publish.

Although the report covered the year from April 2015-March 2016, when the previous Commissioner was in office, Mr Llywelyn, who took up his post on May 12, presented it to the panel.

Members acknowledged that it was the report of his predecessor, but they asked what actions were being taken in areas of particular concern.

Cllr Lloyd Jones said: “I have great concerns over road safety – it is unacceptable the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

“There have been three accidents in as many months on the A487 trunk road which runs through my village, Llanfarian where my house is situated, and indeed the whole length of the A487 trunk road to Cardigan.”

Mr Llywelyn said: “In my first eight weeks in office, road safety and speeding are issues which have already been raised with me.

“These matters will be addressed in my annual plan, discussions and engagement with the panel and the communities will be set up as part of the planning.”

The Commissioner was questioned on his plans for CCTV and told the panel he was looking at reinstating and reinvesting in it.

He said he had already met with chief officers and told them it was a priority, and that a project team would be set up to take it forward.

Drug abuse, rising crime figures in certain areas, response times to 999 and 101 calls, investment in SARC centres and research were also discussed.

The Commissioner said there was a national trend in recorded crime going up, which he had raised with the Chief Constable.

“The crime landscape across Dyfed-Powys is changing,” Mr Llywelyn said. “Cyber crime is on the increase and so is sexual crime as more victims are coming forward.

“There is some work for me to do as a Commissioner to explain the complexities of police crime recording.”

The panel, which was set up to support and scrutinise the Police and Crime Commissioner, meets every three months.

Information about the panel, agendas, meeting dates, membership and news is available on the website at www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.org. uk.

The meetings are open to the press and public, and with the prior permission of the Chair, people can ask questions or make a statement in relation to a matter being considered by the panel, with the exception of personnel matters.

Questions can also be submitted to the panel either in writing or via the website contact form.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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