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Taking a stand against scams during July

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JULY is Scams Awareness Month with the aim to raise public awareness of scams, share stories and find out how to protect yourself and others from these crimes.

Ceredigion County Council will be sharing information on Scams Awareness Month on its social media pages throughout the month to highlight this ever increasing concern which can effect anyone at any time. The National Trading Standards Scams (NTSS) Team estimates that the detriment to UK consumers as a result of these scams is between £5 and £10 Billion a year.

The initiative Friends Against Scams aims to prevent and protect people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to “Take a Stand Against Scams”.

Working with its partners, Ceredigion County Council’s Trading Standards Service has a key role to play in tackling such criminal activity. Cabinet Member for Lifestyle Services, Councillor Rhodri Evans said: “Scams Awareness Month is a great way of highlighting this serious issue as scams can affect us all. Due to the ever increasing threat of scams from numerous sources such as cold callers, the internet, through the post and even on your doorstep, it’s vitally important to raise awareness to the residents of Ceredigion to be both apprehensive and aware of these scams.”

The NTSS Team works across England and Wales with trading standards and partner agencies to investigate scams and identify and support those who fall victim to them. The aims of the NTSS Team is to identify victims of scams; intervene and protect victims from further victimisation; investigate criminal activity; inform local authorities and agencies on how to work with and support scam victims; influence people at local, regional and national levels to take a stand against scams.

Find out more on Facebook /CeredigionCC or Twitter @CeredigionCC.

Run by The National Trading Standards Scams Team, more information is available from the Friends Against Scams website: https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/article.php?xArt=124

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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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