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Police officers praised for Salisbury poisoning support

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POLICE OFFICERS from Dyfed-Powys have been praised for their support and doing the basics brilliantly in Salisbury after the poisoning of Sergei Skripel and his daughter, on March 4.

A consort of five officers spent 15 days in Salisbury providing support to Wiltshire Police, along with 36 other forces from throughout the UK.

PC Jamie Lang, who is usually stationed at Whitland, Carmarthenshire, PC Nick Rice of ICAT in HQ, PC Becky Butler, of Cardigan, PC Dion Parsons, of Carmarthen, and PC Simon Gibbard-Jones, of Ammanford, all put themselves forward to provide mutual aid for Wiltshire Police.

They were responsible for guarding the cordon at the street where Skripel lived. They dealt with national and international media, provided reassurance to the local community and took the time to get to know the residents.

In response to the officers’ kindness the community looked after them. It snowed heavily during their time at Salisbury and residents provided them with hot drinks, cakes and blankets.

PC Jamie Lang said: “The local residents were terrified after the incident. They didn’t know what was going on or if they were safe and we were able to help by passing on key information and taking the time to get to know them. We made a difficult time more bearable.

“We did what we would normally do at home. We chatted to them, made a fuss of the school children who walked past us every day, helped people wherever we could and kept them informed.

“We were only meant to stay for a week but we were asked to stay for another week. The local residents asked for us specifically.”

Since returning to their usual duties, Chief Constable Mark Collins has received a number of thank you letters from Wiltshire residents and the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police praising the way they worked with the local community.

Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “It fills me with pride to receive thanks for the work Dyfed-Powys officers carried out during their time in Salisbury. I have personally thanked them for their efforts, which they deemed as ‘just doing their job’.

“To me, this national recognition for these officers demonstrates how they have fulfilled one of my top priorities – doing the basics brilliantly. Engaging with the public, reassuring them at a difficult time and enabling them to feel safe in their own community, is what should be at the core of all policing.”

One resident said: “All five of your officers have been not only consummate professionals, but have brought with them kindness, compassion and above all, humour to our close when we have needed it most.”

Another said: “I would be proud to have such officers under me during the events here in Salisbury. I couldn’t have wished for a finer set of police officers.”

One resident said in a letter to the Chief Constable: “I cannot thank you enough for sending us such wonderful police officers. They made this situation so much more bearable and kept us calm and informed when we arrived back home. They also went above and beyond their duty by carrying shopping, taking our bins to the end of the road as the lorry couldn’t get into the close etc. they have been professional, caring and also a fantastic sense of humour, which has lifted us all.”

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Tributes paid to woman following Lampeter death

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a woman who died after she was assaulted in a town centre on Thursday (Nov 8).

The woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries following the attack in the Bridge Street area of Lampeter, Ceredigion. The incident happened at approximately 6pm.

Dyfed-Powys Police have formally identified her 39-year-oldold Katarzyna Elzbieta Paszek.

Her family said in a tribute: “As a family we are distraught by our loss of Katarzyna who was 39 and from Lampeter area.  She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and aunt and was loved by so many.

“We would now like time to grieve and would ask to be given privacy in which to do so.”

Two of the four men who were originally arrested in connection with the assault have been released with no further action.

A 40-year-old man remains in custody and a 27-year-old man has been released on bail.

Det Ch Insp Anthony Evans said: “This is now a murder enquiry and I am appealing to anyone with information that could help the investigation, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is, please get in touch.

“I would like to reassure the public that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.”
H.M Coroner has been informed, the police have confirmed.

Four men from the Lampeter area were arrested in connection with the incident.

A 40-year-old man remains in police custody. A 27-year-old man has been released on police bail.

A 31-year-old man has been released with no further action, and a 37-year-old man has been released with no further action.

The police said that anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Lampter: Murder inquiry launched after attacked woman dies

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A WOMAN has died after she was assaulted in a town centre on Thursday (Nov 8).
The woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries following the attack in the Bridge Street area of Lampeter, Ceredigion. The incident happened at approximately 18:00 HRS
Two of the four men who were originally arrested in connection with the assault have been released with no further action.
A 40-year-old man remains in custody and a 27-year-old man has been released on bail.
Det Ch Insp Anthony Evans said: “This is now a murder enquiry and I am appealing to anyone with information that could help the investigation, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is, please get in touch.
“I would like to reassure the public that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.”
H.M Coroner has been informed, the police have confirmed.
Four men from the Lampeter area were arrested in connection with the incident:-
A 40-year-old man remains in police custody. A 27-year-old man has been released on police bail. A 31-year-old man has been released with no further action, and a 37-year-old man has been released with no further action.
The police said that anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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£25,000 funding for Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch

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CWMNI THEATR ARAD GOCH in Aberystwyth is set to receive £25,000 as part of the Welsh Government’s funding of community schemes over the next two years.

Alun Davies, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services, has announced which organisations are set to benefit from £2 million of Welsh Government funding from the Community Facilities Programme (CFP).

It has been earmarked for 17 projects across Wales aimed at developing community facilities which bring people together.

CFP is a capital grant scheme which funds the development of community facilities; providing opportunities for local people to improve their day to day lives. Grants are available at two levels – up to £25,000 and up to £250,000. The scheme is open to community and voluntary sector organisations, including social enterprises. All applicants are expected to work with partners which can come from the public, private or the third sectors.

Arad Goch aims to create relevant theatre for young people, that inspires, motivates and is memorable. Their work draws on indigenous Welsh material and traditions as well as contemporary and challenging themes and styles.

By touring extensively in Welsh and English around Wales, to theatres, schools, halls and centres, they try to ensure that the widest possible audience, in all corners of the country, have the opportunity to see and enjoy contemporary theatre of the highest order. The funding will help Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch to improve its reception area, fit new windows and commission an arts installation.

Alun Davies said, “The purpose of this funding is to help create resilient communities, where people are directly engaged with local issues. I want our communities to help to deliver the vital local services their people need and I will to continue to empower them to be able to do this. Each of the projects announced today provide opportunities to deliver locally, while improving community cohesion and bringing people together.”

Since the CFP opened in 2015 it has funded 83 projects across Wales with grants totalling £17.7 million.

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