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Goleudy offer support to victims of crime

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A SERVICE dedicated to guiding and supporting victims and witnesses of crime and anti-social behaviour is now offering extra support in the four counties it serves. New divisional support workers for Goleudy are based at police stations in Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

It is anticipated their introduction will encourage stronger links with communities, police officers and partner agencies, with the goal of ensuring victims and witnesses that use Goleudy are happy with the service they receive. They will provide divisional support to the central team, which is co-located at Dyfed-Powys Police Headquarters in Carmarthen. Goleudy is commissioned by Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, and provides free and confidential support to anyone affected by crime and anti-social behaviour, regardless of whether they’ve reported it to the police.

Rhian Evans, Victim and Witness Support Officer for Ceredigion, said: “I provide practical help, emotional and holistic support with a commitment to make a positive difference to the lives of victims and witnesses. Empowering them by providing the information and support needed to make their own decisions. I am able to refer clients on to other appropriate services ensuring that victims receive tailored support to meet their needs. This role is exceptionally rewarding and I look forward to delivering the service to meet the needs of our community.”

Goleudy, which is Welsh for lighthouse, opened its lines to victims and witnesses of crime in April 2017. The service offers emotional, practical and personal support to all victims and witnesses of crime, from serious and complex crimes, to victims of fraud, supporting victims of terrorism (such as the recent Manchester bombings) and cybercrime

Goleudy supports victims via a range of services including face to face, over the phone or home visits and can put together bespoke support plans to ensure a victim or witness gets the support that is most appropriate to their individual needs.

In April 2018 Goleudy began offering support to victims of anti-social behaviour in recognition of the detrimental effect this type of behaviour can have on an individual or the wider community. This will ensure that there is a consistent approach to support services being offered to both victims of crime and anti-social behaviour across the region.

Victims and witnesses are referred to Goleudy by police officers and via partner agencies, however there is the option for a victim or witness of crime to refer themselves to the service, even if they have not reported the crime or anti-social behaviour to police.

Nichola Rance, Goleudy Service Manager, said: “Goleudy will be offering an enhanced service to victims of crime and anti-social behaviour with the introduction of divisional support officers.
“They will work closely with police officers to ensure that victims feel listened to, are updated and most importantly supported.

“In March 2018, Goleudy was honoured to be acknowledged as best practice for supporting victims by HMICFRS in their national report on police effectiveness, however we acknowledge that there is much work still to be done to ensure that the victim is truly placed at the heart of the criminal justice process.”

For more information about Goleudy visit www.goleudyvictimandwitnessservice.org.uk or phone 0300 123 2996. Phone lines are open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm.

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Police call for vigilance to report illegal raves

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is asking farmers and local landowners to be on the alert over the next few months for warning signs of any illegal gatherings planned for their land over the summer.

Gatherings – such as illegal raves – can cause considerable anxiety to the community and if they are not dealt with swiftly, they are difficult to stop or otherwise control, due often to the sheer numbers of persons involved and the safety aspects surrounding breaking up such an event.

Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “There is little doubt that these type of events are very well planned, organised and that local knowledge is important in drawing down the main group to a particular ‘vulnerable’ field, or area of land which has been targeted previously as a suitable venue.

“Farmers, landowners and local communities are encouraged to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Police; this may be an unusual numbers of vehicles, especially camper vans, vans or trucks in the locality, illegal trespassers who may be doing ‘recce’ of sites in advance of the event.

“I can assure local communities that Police will take the appropriate action to deter illegal gatherings and deal robustly with any criminal offences discovered or disclosed.”  

Members of the public are also urged to be vigilant of persons who approach landowners or enquiring for land, in the guise of hiring for apparently acceptable activities such as gymkhanas and scouts/guides events.

Please contact Police on 101 with reports on any suspicious activity.

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Wheelchair-bound man jailed for child sex offences

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A CHILD sex offender from Ystrad Meurig has been jailed despite being wheelchair-bound.

Dean Harper, aged 61, had distributed child pornography and tried to entice a 10-year-old girl into sexually abusing herself and sending him photographs.

Harper, of Sisial y Pin, Ffair Rhos, admitted downloading 317 indecent images of children in the most serious category A, 400 in category B and 500 in C.

He also admitted sending images in all three categories to a third party, all on a single day in October, 2016.

Harper also admitted attempting to incite the girl into sexual activity knowing that she was only 10-years-old.

Kevin Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that the distribution of the images alerted the police who raided Harper’s home and removed computer equipment.

An examination of his internet activity revealed he had made contact with a girl via social media and swapped messages with her.

The judge, Mr Recorder Peter Griffiths told Harper his offending was serious and a jail sentence was inevitable despite his disability.

Harper was jailed for a total of two years and ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for 10 years.

He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order which will restrict his contact with young people and his internet activity after his release from prison.

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Royals set to visit Ceredigion during summer visit

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AS PART of their annual summer visit to Wales, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting Ceredigion next month.

From July 2-6, Charles and Camilla will tour the country, undertaking over 20 engagements across the country.

On July 3, The Prince of Wales will visit Dà Mhìle Distillery, Llandysul, the first organic distillery in the UK approved by the Soil Association, where he was previously gifted the thousandth bottle to be produced by Dà Mhìle.

The Prince of Wales will also visit St. Gwenog’s Church, Llanwenog, and view their unique carvings created by Joseph Reubens, a Belgian World War One refugee. His Royal Highness will also meet members of their local community.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s fourteenth annual Summer visit to Wales will feature celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary of The National Health Service and the marking the 150th anniversary of the Heart of Wales railway line amongst other events.

A Clarence House spokesperson said: “The Prince and The Duchess are really looking forward to their annual summer visit to Wales where they will be celebrating key anniversaries for the National Health Service, the Heart of Wales railway line and the 90th anniversary of Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisation. Their Royal Highnesses relish the opportunity to meet members of the community who are making a difference to Welsh life.”

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