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Ceredigion’s annual crime and disorder review underway

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THE CEREDIGION Community Safety Partnership is currently carrying out an Assessment of crime and disorder related issues within the County.

The purpose of the Assessment is to provide knowledge and understanding of community safety problems that will inform and enable the Community Safety Partnership to: Understand the patterns, trends and shifts relating to Crime & Disorder and Substance Misuse; Set clear and robust priorities; Develop activity that is driven by reliable intelligence and meets the needs of the local community; Deploy resources effectively and present value for money; Undertake annual reviews and plan activity based on the clear understanding of the issues and priorities.

The Assessment will also be utilised to inform the Dyfed-Powys Police & Crime Commissioner’s Police & Crime Plan and other related plans and initiatives.

A Joint Community Safety Public Engagement Meeting in conjunction with Dyfed-Powys Police and the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, with senior representatives from the Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership in attendance, will take place on Wednesday, 18 April in the Council Chamber, Penmorfa, Aberaeron, commencing at 7pm and finishing no later than 9pm.

Barry Rees, the Strategic Director for Learning & Partnerships and the Chair of the Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership said, “The public are warmly invited to attend, and the meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for the public to play their part in shaping future policing and community safety priorities for Ceredigion. There will be short presentations followed by an opportunity for the public to raise any specific issues or concerns they may have in their communities. Please join us to have your say.”

In 1998, The Crime and Disorder Act placed a duty on Local Authorities and the Police to form a partnership to reduce crime and disorder in their communities. The Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership, comprises representatives from Ceredigion County Council, Police, Fire & Rescue Service and the Fire & Rescue Authority, Her Majesty’s Prisons & Probation Service and the Wales Community Rehabilitation Company, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Public Health Service, Youth Justice Prevention Service, and Area Planning Board for Substance Misuse.

The Partnership has already undertaken public consultation by distributing questionnaires throughout the County to a wide variety of organisations and individuals and was available on the County Council Website. The consultation concluded on 1 February, 2018.

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Man sentenced following Tregaron assault

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FOLLOWING a report of an assault in Tregaron on Tuesday, April 3, Dyfed-Powys Police has arrested and charged Saul Rownan Henvey, aged 42, of Chapel Street, Tregaron, with common assault.

He was arrested following the incident, for which the victim required hospital treatment.

Henvey appeared before Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, April 6.

He received a three month sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also given a 12 month supervisory order and ordered to undergo 30 days of rehabilitation requirements.

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Motorbike safety campaign launched across Wales

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A CAMPAIGN aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads is underway across Wales.

As the weather improves police see more bikers on the roads, taking advantage of the beautiful routes across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

Dyfed-Powys Police is urging motorcyclists to ride safely and warns that until October there will be an increased focus as part of the campaign, named Op Darwen.

Superintendent Huw Meredith, Head of Specialist Operations, said: “Motorcyclists have long been identified as particularly vulnerable road users and reducing the number of road deaths and casualties on the roads of Dyfed-Powys is a priority for our Roads Policing Units.

“We have always welcomed motorcyclists from outside our borders to enjoy the magnificent landscape, but they must be aware that Dyfed-Powys Police is doing all it can to ensure our roads are used safely by all, with our Roads Policing Units taking robust action to prevent fatal or serious road traffic collisions on our roads.

“Everyone must take responsibility for their own and others safety on our roads and be aware of their riding and driving manner. Action will be taken against anyone choosing to ride or drive anti-socially, recklessly or illegally on our roads.

“Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable. Roads Policing officers will be out in numbers throughout Dyfed-Powys using a combination of education, engagement and enforcement to prevent further tragedies.”

Officers will also be encouraging riders to improve their biking skills by taking part in BikeSafe workshops, which
offer an insight into what can be achieved with further advanced training. The workshops, run by police forces around the UK, use a mix of discussions, on-road observed rides and information videos. They are designed to enhance the skills of all riders who have already passed their tests and are suitable for all abilities, from the most seasoned rider to those returning to biking after a period of absence.

Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates praised the campaign: “Our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the world.

“However, the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured is still too high.

“Campaigns like this are a key part of a wider range of measures aimed at making our roads safer and preventing future motorcycling casualties. This holistic approach includes ensuring motorcyclists are prioritised in our road safety funding, supporting Go Safe’s operation of speed cameras and funding local authorities to deliver Bikesafe and other motorcyclist training.”

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‘Race hate’ case will be heard at Crown Court

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A BRYNAMMAN man who allegedly called for all Muslims to be ‘forcibly sterilised and banned from preaching their ‘evil creed’ in a social media post will have his case heard at Crown Court.

It s alleged that 34-year-old Jonathan Jennings posted nine offensive or threatening comments between March and April last year.

These are said to include threatening to ‘Jo Cox’ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, hailing a man jailed for kicking a pregnant Muslim woman in the stomach as ‘a National Hero’ and suggesting that bombing mosques and ‘putting Muslim on top of bonfires’ were ‘great ideas’.

It is alleged that he said Hitler was born 100 years too soon, and called for Gina Miller to be ‘hunted down and executed’ over her stance on Brexit.

Appearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court wearing a blue military greatcoat, purple shirt, and yellow striped tie, Jennings, of Heol y Gelynen, spoke only to give the court his name, age and address.

Jennings’ solicitor said that he would not be entering a plea at this stage.

The District Judge declined jurisdiction, and Jennings was released on bail until May 18 at Swansea Crown Court, on condition that he does not post or repost anything on social media, or create any new accounts.

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