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Commissioner’s Fund bids top £200,000

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keep safeBIDS totalling more than £200,000 were received in round two of a community grants initiative organised by Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon.

The Commissioner’s Fund – with a total allocation of around £80,000 – attracted bids of up to £5,000 from more than 50 applicants. They came from Carmarthenshire (15 applications), Ceredigion (12), Pembrokeshire (six), and Powys (18).

The community initiatives which succeed in securing grants will be announced next month. Mr Salmon praised the Dyfed-Powys officers and staff who nominated all initiatives.

He said: “The response from the force’s officers and staff was incredible. It’s a shame that some good ideas will miss out unfortunately we have limited funds; they may be successful in round three which we plan to launch towards the middle of this year.

“In the meantime, I’m delighted that around £80,000 will be shared out across the region to help improve the lives of the people in our communities.”

The Commissioner’s Fund offers grants for charities, voluntary organisations, community groups, police officers and staff to develop ideas that have a positive impact on the area they serve.

The projects, nominated in November and December by frontline police officers and Dyfed-Powys Police staff, are then assessed by senior officers who make the final decisions. The successful applications will reflect – in some way – Mr Salmon’s 2013-18 Police and Crime Plan for Dyfed-Powys.

They could, for example, educate, protect or support vulnerable groups, or aim to change the behaviour of potential or persistent offenders.

The scheme is funded by the proceeds of crime awarded to the police and from the sale of unclaimed found property. It aims to reduce demand for policing services by making excellent use of money and by helping to cut crime.

Last summer, round one of the Commissioner’s Fund saw around £84,000 shared by 24 community initiatives. They included a youth project in Presteigne, Powys, a street pastors scheme in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, a young people’s scheme in Penparcau, Ceredigion, and a street rugby initiative based in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.

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Stereophonics to play Swansea gig

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ONE of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics has announced a special performance at Singleton Park, Swansea on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

The stadium rockers will perform in their south Wales heartland to celebrate 20 years since the career milestone show in Swansea at Morfa Stadium to 55,000 people and the release of ‘Performance and Cocktails’.

It will be the band’s first time back in south west Wales since their Morfa Stadium show in 1999. This now iconic album, which was the band’s second studio release, gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with ‘The Bartender and the Thief’ reaching No.3, and both ‘Just Looking’ and ‘Pick a Part That’s New’ reaching No.4.

Over the past two decades, Stereophonics have played at some of the biggest venues to fans all across the globe, amassing over 10 million album sales in that time.

More recently in 2018, the band performed to sell-out crowds across the globe, including a huge 15-date arena tour, summer homecoming gigs in Wrexham and Cardiff plus headline shows at Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Victorious Festival.

Speaking about the latest announcement, Kelly Jones said: “Performance and Cocktails put us on the world map, and also on the TV and the Radio, which meant a lot of people went back to discover Word Gets Around and made our first album platinum! Morfa Stadium was where we set Performance and Cocktails alight, and it was a one off day that can never be beaten. It was perfect. I’m not a man that likes to go backwards, this event is merely a birthday party, so come along and help us blow out the candles.”

Stereophonics are Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums).

Tickets go on sale on Friday (Dec 14) at 10am via www.myticket.co.uk.

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Heroin could be linked to Aberysytwyth supply

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A LIVERPOOL man has admitted possessing heroin that could be linked to drugs supplied in Aberystwyth.

Jack English, aged 20, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply when he appeared at Swansea Crown ccourt for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

The court heard the drugs could also be linked to English’s father, who had been a heroin user who had ‘gone to Aberystwyth on many occasions’ and who had died since his son’s arrest in October 2017.

Judge Thomas said he would sentence English on January 11.

English, of Storrington Road, was granted bail meanwhile but warned that a jail sentence was the most likely outcome.

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Mark Drakeford named next First Minister

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THE NEXT First Minister of Wales will be Mark Drakeford, it has been announced this afternoon (Dec 6).

Mr Drakeford, a Cardiff West AM, was named as the winner of the Welsh Labour leadership contest at the Principality Stadium.

The contest was triggered when Carwyn Jones, the current First Minister, announced he was stepping down.

Mr Jones will officially step down on Tuesday (Dec 10).

Mr Drakeford will then be officially confirmed as the new First Minister of Wales by the National Assembly next week.

In the first round of voting, the results were:

Mark Drakeford – 46.9%
Vaughan Gething – 30.8%
Eluned Morgan – 22.3%

Eluned Morgan’s votes were then redistributed on voters’ second preferences, with the following results:

Mark Drakeford – 53.9%
Vaughan Gethin – 46.1%

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