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Enjoy what Dyfed-Powys has to offer safely at the Royal Welsh Show

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is inviting Royal Welsh Show visitors to visit their stand to find out more about how to safely enjoy what the area has to offer over the summer.

The stand, located at E366 behind the main grandstand, is geared at bringing to life the force’s #EnjoyDPP summer campaign.

The campaign is about helping people who live in and visit the counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys safely enjoy their summer.

Officers and staff from Dyfed-Powys Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will be on hand to offer practical advice to help people enjoy the towns, beaches, mountains and events. They will be joined by key partners on certain days including Get Safe Online, Brecon Mountain Rescue team and Crimestoppers.

Superintendent of Powys Jon Cummins said: “The Royal Welsh Show is the biggest event of the year we police in Dyfed-Powys and also where we concentrate huge efforts on engaging positively with visitors to the show at our police stand. Come say hello, meet our experienced and knowledgeable officers and staff and find out more about how to stay safe and enjoy the summer while taking advantage of the many wonderful places and events we have to offer.”

Visitors will be able to explore a police vehicle, take a ride in a Formula 1 simulator and chat to our Get Safe Online colleagues about cybercrime, meet a police dog and our new police puppy Nev, dress up as a police officer or Police Community Support Officer and pose for photos at an #EnjoyDpp photobooth.

Venture inside and relax on a hay bale and have a chat with our experts on issues including summer safety, rural crime, financial crime, crimes and issues that affect children and so much more.

To allow people to chat without distractions from the children there will be a special children’s corner where they can have their fingerprints taken, colour a police-themed picture or play a giant police-themed garden game.

For the second year running Dyfed-Powys Police will also have a mobile police station based up near the competing animals to allow officers and staff to link in with farmers around rural crime issues.

There will be experts from the force’s Financial Crime Team giving live demonstrations of how to avoid becoming scammed out of hard-earned cash, as well as further specialist input from Get Safe Online. They will be offering advice around on-line banking, internet safety for children, online shopping, social media advice, how to protect devices and more.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has a host of activities planned, including promoting the Commissioner’s crime plan, giving people opportunity to pose their questions to the Chief Constable via the Commissioner, hop on a cow print exercise bike and help rack up the miles while hearing more about the Commissioner’s charity challenge.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “The Royal Welsh Show is such an important event for Dyfed-Powys and indeed Wales. I’m delighted that representatives from my office will be there to talk to visitors about the role of Police and Crime Commissioner and the work I’m carrying out to ensure our four counties remain the safest in England and Wales.”

As well as the daily activities and engagement opportunities, police will be focusing on a different theme each day as follows:

Monday: Digital Policing

There will be live demonstrations of technology officers are using – mobile data terminals and body worn video – to improve the way they work and to allow them to be more visible in the communities they serve. The point being that officers are not playing on their phones, they are working and if they didn’t have their tablets they would be back at the police station. Body worn video is being introduced in Dyfed-Powys. Body Worn Video is an independent witness – it increases accountability, improves performance and deters crime. Alongside this work there will be staff from the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner available to talk about work being carried out to improve police stations.

Tuesday: Rural Policing

Rural crime experts will be on hand in the main police stand and the mobile police station to speak to people about issues that can affect rural areas and how people can best protect themselves from such crime. For example, report cattle thefts. We can’t direct resources to the right place if we don’t know how much of a problem it is. The Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and Aberystwyth University will be carrying out the rural crime survey at the police stand and around the show giving people opportunity to tell us what issues really matter in rural communities.

Wednesday: #EnjoyDpp summer safety campaign

#EnjoyDPP, offers practical advice to help people enjoy the towns, beaches, mountains and events in the four counties. Brecon Mountain Rescue Team will join police on this day to demonstrate their work and offer advice on how to be prepared and safe when considering a mountain walk.

Thursday: Volunteering

A chance to celebrate the work of the many and varied volunteers we have contributing in some way to keeping Dyfed-Powys the safest place to live and work in England and Wales. There will be volunteers from the Special Constabulary, Police Cadets, Animal Welfare and Custody Visitors from the Commissioner’s Office, Crimestoppers, Goleudy (a support service for victims and witnesses of crime). Advice and support will be given to anyone considering volunteering for one of these services.

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Further delay to Universal Credit in Ceredigion

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BEN LAKE MP for Ceredigion has expressed his concerns following a recent announcement by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that the roll-out of the government’s controversial benefit payment, Universal Credit, will be fully rolled-out across Ceredigion in December 2018.

The payment, which is set to replace longstanding benefits such as Income Support, ESA and Working Tax Credits, had initially been set to become active in Ceredigion in September 2018, however recent documentation shows the date has now been moved back to December 2018.

Ben Lake MP has expressed his concern that a roll-out in December 2018 will hit families and vulnerable people at the most difficult time of year.

Ben Lake MP said: “I welcome the news that the UK Government have decided to delay the roll-out of Universal Credit in Ceredigion, I hope that this will allow the Government an opportunity to address and resolve many of the well-publicised issues associated with the payment. There have already been significant problems with the roll-out of the new regime in other areas, however, the proposed timing of December for its roll-out in Ceredigion is particularly problematic.

“With the Christmas celebrations, cold weather, and lengthy holiday periods, December can often be a difficult month financially for many families and individuals. I have significant concerns therefore that the full introduction of Universal Credit in Ceredigion will not only see claimants put under additional financial strain, but that it will coincide with a period when many of the support services available will be disrupted due to the festive holidays.”

“I have since written to the Department of Work and Pensions expressing such concerns.”

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Share experiences of sexual harassment to help police

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PEOPLE who have been subject to sexual harassment are encouraged to share their experiences to help understand the scale of the problem in communities across Wales.

Dyfed-Powys Police is taking part in a country-wide campaign, which urges anyone who has been subject to sexual harassment to say when and where the incident took place, as well as how it made them feel, anonymously through an online survey.

The results will be used to challenge and change the culture of misogyny and sexual harassment, so people can feel safe to live their lives without fear of harassment.

Dyfed-Powys Police Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “Sexual harassment is simply unacceptable – it doesn’t matter who it comes from or where it happens, it should not be tolerated by anyone in society.

“We are committed to making sure everybody feels safe in their community, and has the freedom to make life choices without fear of sexual harassment. We want people to be able to access every area of society with confidence, from sports facilities and workplaces, to public transport or pubs and clubs.

“By taking part in this survey, you will help us to understand the scale of the problem in communities across Dyfed-Powys Police, which will enable us to listen to those affected by sexual harassment and to make a real difference in the future.”

To take part in the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SWPCOM

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Proposed salmon byelaws to be postponed until 2019

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NEW fishing byelaws have been proposed which will make it mandatory for fishermen to release all salmon caught in Welsh rivers.

The procedures for introducing new byelaws are protracted and Natural Resources Wales wishes to avoid uncertainty for fishermen by delaying implementation of approved new measures until the 2019 fishing season.

The proposed all Wales byelaws, which include restrictions on fishing methods to help the survival of released fish and reduced net fishing seasons, are currently being considered by Welsh Government.

Dave Mee, Senior Fisheries Advisor for NRW, said: “At the moment timescales for a decision are uncertain, so we are proposing that introduction of any new measures should be postponed until the beginning of the 2019 rod and net seasons.

“We hope this will help clarify the situation for anglers, netsmen, fishery owners and clubs and associations.”

Welsh salmon stocks remain in a perilous condition. Although the mandatory catch and release proposals have proved unpopular with anglers, NRW firmly believes that they, along with other measures such as tackling agricultural pollution, improving water quality and managing the potential threats from predators are vital for the future survival of these iconic fish.

Peter Gough, Principal Fisheries Advisor for NRW added: “This delay is a pragmatic solution to resolving current uncertainty.

“However, it is important to note that this does not mean there will be further debate on the subject as NRW has concluded its position and the case for further controls has been made and presented to Welsh Government and it remains unchanged.

“Protection of the breeding resources of these wonderful fish is a fundamental part of our work to manage this important natural resource sustainably.”

This season, fishermen are again being asked by NRW to practice full restraint and ensure conservation of fish stocks by voluntarily releasing all the salmon they catch in 2018.

Dave explained: “Our salmon stocks are in serious trouble and have fallen to historically low levels and the same is true of about half of our sea trout stocks.

“Neither species can sustain uncontrolled killing of fish and so we are again asking all anglers to release all of their salmon.

“Most anglers are already voluntarily releasing the fish they catch, but some are not. We feel the situation is now so serious for salmon that we must ask all anglers to help preserve as many fish as possible by returning all their salmon.

“It’s also very important to take great care of returned fish. Fishing methods and tackle should be used that ensure fish have a high probability of survival, they should always be kept in the water while unhooking to ensure they can swim away strongly.”

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