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Dyfed-Powys appoint new Deputy Chief Constable

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Darren Davies: The new Deputy Chief Constable

DYFED-POWYS POLICE is pleased to confirm the appointment of Darren Davies as their new Deputy Chief Constable.

Darren’s most recent post was as Assistant Chief Constable seconded to the Metropolitan Police as Director of Change for the Counter Terrorism network, also having a close involvement in collaboration on a national level across law enforcement.

Having been born and brought up in the force area, he now returns to his less urban roots, having began his policing career when he joined Dyfed-Powys Police in 1988. He worked in Llanelli, Powys, Carmarthen, Ammanford and the force headquarters, before becoming the head of the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit in 2005. In 2007 he spent two years in London working on terrorism and ports issues on a national level.

Then in 2009 he returned to Wales working on regional collaborative units, and in 2014 became the lead of both serious organised crime and terrorism matters for Wales. He brings a wealth of experience in delivering innovative and complex change and business improvement on a regional and national level, working closely with partners, and is well versed in strategy, performance improvement and financial management, whilst having a keen appreciation of the importance of valuing his staff and workforce in order that they can deliver the best service for the public of Dyfed-Powys.

In his early years, he attended Whitland Grammar School, where he was a keen sportsman, playing cricket and rugby at county level for Pembrokeshire, as well as playing cricket for Wales at under-16 level. He and his accountant wife enjoy walking the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and the Brecon Beacons. They have four children between them, and his two daughters are both schooled through the medium of Welsh in Powys.

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Collins, who will take up his post as newly appointed Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police in December, said: “I am delighted to have appointed Assistant Chief Constable Darren Davies as my Deputy. Darren has a long and distinguished history as a serving officer in Dyfed-Powys Police and further afield, and I am sure the experience he has gained regionally and nationally will benefit Dyfed-Powys Police upon his return.”

Assistant Chief Constable Darren Davies added: “I am absolutely honoured to be returning to serve in the force area as the Deputy Chief Constable and proud to be working with a committed team in delivering the best possible service for the people of Dyfed and Powys over the coming years.”

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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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