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Crackdown on crime during Dyfed-Powys Police’s Force Day of Action.

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A CRACKDOWN on crime is underway in west Wales during Dyfed-Powys Police’s Force Day of Action.

Police officers, PCSOs, special constables and multi-agency partners are putting #TotalFocus on tackling the crimes that are impacting on vulnerable people within communities. In addition, they’re offering tailored support for victims and witnesses of crime to help them through their experience.

Communities can expect to see an increased police presence as they execute arrest warrants, undertake spot checks on identified individuals, properties and businesses and provide practical and emotional support to victims and witnesses of crime.

Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “Members of the public can expect to see a big police presence today throughout the Dyfed-Powys force area during our second Force Day of Action as we work to ensure we continue to police the safest towns and villages across England and Wales.

“There will be proactive policing work seeking out those who are known to be offending and targeting the more vulnerable people in our communities, putting a #TotalFocus on issues including drugs supply and misuse, travelling criminals, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), domestic abuse and cyber-crime.

“There will also be a strong focus on caring for victims and witnesses of crime. Being a victim or witness of crime can be a terribly traumatic experience that takes time and effort to overcome. There are services available that are ready and waiting to help and our officers or partners will be able to help.

“We also need members of the public to tell us if they suspect that others are being taken advantage of. If you know about it, report it.”

Officers and staff will be providing victims and witnesses of crime with details of a victim and witness service called Goleudy, which is funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn. Goleudy will have Victim Service officers available throughout the day to speak to offer practical and emotional support via the Goleudy hotline 0300 123 2996.

Mr Llywelyn said: “Highly skilled staff and volunteers from Goleudy are helping out on the Day of Action to ensure any victims identified by police officers as requiring support can call the Goleudy victim service phone number that day.

“Victims do not have to have reported the crime to police to access this service, and they can get access to practical support, including security improvements at their home, and emotional support.”

Goleudy was launched in April 2017 and has brought together the Victim Service and The Witness Care Unit.

The Victim Service contacts victims to offer emotional and practical support via phone or face to face.  They can also offer target hardening tools, advocacy and referrals to external agencies.

The Witness Care Unit keeps victims and witnesses fully informed of the progress of their case from first hearing through to the conclusion of the case, coordinating special measures and pre-trial court visits through Citizens Advice Witness Service.

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Man accused of sexually assaulting six-year-old girls

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A FORMER Penparcau man is to stand trial accused of sexually assaulting two six year old girls.

Raymond Albert Wardall, 55, now of Blaenllynant Lodge, Queens Road, Aberystwyth, appeared at Swansea Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Paul Thomas.

Wardall denied a total of eight charges of sexual assault and sexual touching.

He will stand trial on November 27 and was granted bail until then.

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Alerts issued ahead of Storm Brian

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NATURAL RESOURCE WALES (NRW) is warning people that parts of the Welsh coast could see localised flooding as Storm Brian combines with high tides this evening and tomorrow.

The conditions could cause a storm surge, which in some areas could lead to overtopping of sea defences. Current predictions show that the worst affected areas are likely to be along exposed sections of the west coast of Wales from Southern Gwynedd to Llantwit Major.

High tides in these locations are expected to peak between 6am and 11am tomorrow (Oct 21).

NRW has already issued a number of flood alerts for the west coast, and is likely to issue flood warnings for Aberystwyth and Newgale later today. Further alerts or warnings for other areas will be issued as necessary.

24/7 Emergency response workers from NRW will be out at key areas of the coast over the next couple of day to monitor the high tides and condition of its sea flood defences.

NRW has also contacted its partner agencies such as local councils and the emergency services to ensure that appropriate responses are in place should the need arise.

Richard Hancox, from Natural Resources Wales said: “Conditions across the coastline are likely to be extremely dangerous this weekend and we urge people to stay clear, and avoid visiting the coast during this time.

“We know people are tempted to try and take photos of these storms, but it really isn’t worth putting your life at risk. Sea spray and flood water can knock you off your feet easier than you might think, and the large waves can send debris flying onto shore.

“If anyone is concerned about the risk of flooding to their home, please check to see if flood warnings are available in your area, and visit our website for advice on how best to prepare.”

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes.

Information and updates are also available by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188. People can also register for free flood warnings either by calling the Floodline number or at NRW’s website.

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​Major bequests for Aber research ​

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TWO major legacies to support postgraduate research have been announced at Aberystwyth University’s Founders’ Day held in the Old College on October 13.

The University revealed that Eleanor and David James had donated £2m to the institution where they both worked for 35 years, while former student Margaret Wooloff has bequeathed £400,000.

Both bequests will be used to fund postgraduate research at the University, in line with the wishes of the benefactors.

The legacies were announced as part of the University’s now annual Founders’ event, which echoes the celebrations held in the town back in October 1872 when the first students arrived at Old College.

The Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, said: “It is extremely fitting that these very special bequests have been the focal point of this year’s Founders’ Day event. They remind us how the University has been supported since its early beginnings by the generosity of the people of Wales and the wider world.

“Eleanor and David James, and Margaret Wooloff all dedicated their lives to the furtherance of knowledge and their valuable contributions to education in Wales will live on in their legacies. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

The Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Aberystwyth University, Louise Jagger, said: “There is a very strong bond between the University and our family of alumni across the world. Eleanor and David James and Margaret Wooloff were all active members of the Old Students’ Association during their lives and we are immensely grateful to them for their support over the years. Their generous legacies will now enable the scholars of the future to pursue their particular fields of expertise and undertake research with impact, which is integral to our mission as a leading University.”

Members of the local community joined staff and students at the Old College to mark Founders’ Day.

The guest speaker at the event was Ceredigion MP Ben Lake who said: “The story of how Aberystwyth University – or the University College of Wales as it was originally called – is one in which we can all take pride as a nation. Driven by the vision of its founders, the dream of establishing a college with University status in Wales was made possible thanks to the generosity of ordinary people. The roots and foundations of the University reflect our values in Wales and it is vitally important that we commemorate and celebrate this very special heritage.

“May I take this opportunity to congratulate Aberystwyth on being named recently as the University of the Year for Teaching Quality by the Good University Guide – a well deserved accolade which is testament to the dedication of all its staff.”

In July 2017, the Heritage Lottery Fund announced that it had earmarked £10.5m for ambitious plans to redevelop Old College in time for the University’s 150th anniversary in 2022.

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