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Police support action against Modern Day Slavery

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548_freedom_-_hand_on_cageAS PART of Dyfed-Powys Police’s commitment to Anti-Slavery Week (Oct 17-21), officers are conducting activity aimed at raising awareness to break down the traditional views of slavery, and individuals who may be exploiting workers. They will also be offering support to victims, and reinforcing the fact that Wales is hostile to perpetrators of Modern Slavery.

Each day will focus on various themes, and officers will educate businesses and organisations on understanding their role and responsibility in tackling Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Chief Inspector Ross Evans said: “This week our officers will be conducting a number of visits to locations across the force area to ensure that we identify potential victims of forced labour, and where appropriate take steps to ensure their safety and prosecuting offenders. Forced labour is very often over-looked in terms of modern slavery, it can take years for victims to either disclose their abuse or break away from abusers.

“We will ensure that employers are aware that people must be employed legally, employees are treated with respect and care and are not being exploited. Officers have been trained to identify the warning signs of those who are most vulnerable but we need our communities to be our eyes and ears. We cannot rely upon victims to come forward and report abuse, because many will be unaware of their abuse and the crime remains hidden in plain sight.   There is a social responsibility upon us all to do all we can to protect vulnerable people. During this week officers will be out in communities speaking to residents, business owners, and people working at our ports about modern day slavery and explaining what to look out for and how people can help us to stop this exploitation taking place.”

He added: “The campaign is designed to support those affected and highlight that there is confidential and professional support to encourage people to come forward to ensure they are safe from harm – and ultimately prosecute offenders. Each individual case is a personal tragedy for those involved.  Being aware of slavery will help us to rescue more survivors and bring to justice their perpetrators.”

Spotting the signs and indicators of slavery

This list is not exhaustive:

  • Having no personal identification or passport/documents and held by someone else.
  • Lack of money/no control over own finances or lack of access to earnings.
  • Living/sleeping in the place of work or in cramped, unsanitary conditions
  • Evidence of control of movement either as an individual or group.
  • Limited contact with family and limited social contact.
  • Others seeking to speak for the person you are trying to engage with.
  • Children not in education.
  • Children living with non-relevant families.
  • Signs of branding/ownership.
  • Signs of physical abuse / mental anguish
  • Injuries as a result of assault or ill treatment
  • Lack of access to medical care.
  • Extreme reaction to authority (fear, shying away, overly suggestive)
  • Lifestyles they cannot afford, for example a new mobile telephone, clothes, money

Say ‘no’ to slavery, if you see it, report it!

If urgent call the Police on 999, if non-urgent call 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. You can also contact the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121700, or visit www.wales.gov.uk/anti-slavery

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Young boy approached by man in Aberystwyth

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policeDYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a suspicious incident following a report that a man approached a young boy at the Glanceulan Estate, Penrhyncoch, Aberystwyth on Saturday (Jan 14).

The incident occurred between 3pm and 3:45pm.

The boy was not hurt in any way and did not engage in conversation with the man. Officers attended the area immediately but the man was not located.

The man is described as being dressed in dark/black trainers, trousers and jacket and carrying a mobile phone.

Enquiries are continuing and police are carrying out extra patrols in the area.

PC Sarah Edwards said: “We’re carrying out enquiries to try to identify this man. I must emphasise that no one was hurt and that officers are doing everything we can to identify the person and to make sure the area remains safe.”

“Anyone with information is urged to call 101.”

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Time running out for Euromillions winner to claim £1,000,000

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CashTHERE are just days left for one lucky winner to claim a Euromillions prize of £1,000,000 and a ‘Luxury Trip to the Gold Coast’.

The winning ticket for the July 29 draw last year was bought in Carmarthenshire and the ticket had the winning UK Millionaire Maker code of BRR 888846.

If you have any old tickets lying around, check it as soon as possible – if it has that code on it, pick up the phone and claim your prize!

The deadline to claim the prize is next Wednesday, January 25.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery said: “Time really is running out for the winner of this prize, but we are still hopeful that someone will come forward at the very last minute to claim the money.

“We’re urging everyone to check their old tickets one final time or look anywhere a missing EuroMillions ticket could be hiding.

“This life-changing prize could really help to make dreams become a reality for someone out there.”

If the prize isn’t claimed the funds will go to Lottery funded organisations around the UK.

To claim the prize call 0844 338 7551 or email help@national-lottery.co.uk

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Low unemployment figures for 18 – 24 year olds in Ceredigion

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new-jobNEWLY released figures show that the number of young people claiming benefits in Ceredigion is the second lowest in Wales.

The figures, which have been released by the Department for Work and Pensions, show that just 1.1% of persons aged 18 – 24 in Ceredigion are claiming job seekers’ allowance.

That figure translates to just 525 people, and is 1% below the whole of Wales.

Since 2010, this figure has seen a 42% reduction in Ceredigion and across Wales 39,000 more people are now in work.

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