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Police issue ‘take a message, pass it on’ advice

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ONLINE safety advice is being spread across communities thanks to a ‘take a message, pass it on’ method.

More than 60 people attended a Community Awareness Training course run by Get Safe Online at Dyfed-Powys Police Headquarters, with the aim of helping the public understand the fundamentals of internet safety.

Through the day, tips were given to help people who are completely new to being online, as well as those who have been using the internet for some time, covering topics from creating a strong password and managing money online, to using social media safely.

Attendees ranging from police officer and fire service staff, to youth support and social workers, were then asked to pass the messages on through their day job – particularly to vulnerable members of their community.

Following the course, Haverfordwest PC and School Community Police Officer Jennifer Thomas arranged cybercrime prevention presentations with WI groups, an adult social care team and a doctor’s surgery to pass her learning on.

Darren Gilbert, of the Pembroke Dock Flying Start Centre, said: “With the information I received I did a presentation to my team within work, we went through the PowerPoint and I gave out a lot of the website links people could use or give out to the families we work with.

“My team was quite shocked with some of the information they were given and all went away more switched on and went to carry a lot of their own personal checks.”

For advice on avoiding cybercrime, visit www.getsafeonline.org.

The top 10 tips to avoid falling foul of cybercrime and fraud are:

  1. Get a shredder – never put any mail in the bin that has your personal details on
  2. Keep your pin safe – never let the machine out of your site
  3. Always check bank statements regularly for any activity that isn’t yours
  4. Check your credit reference files regularly. It’s a good way to track if someone has tried to open credit accounts in your name
  5. Make sure you use security software on your computers and phones and always carry out software back-ups when prompted
  6. Add a pin or password to your phone and make sure it is always locked when you’re not using it
  7. Set difficult passwords, a tip can be to use three random words. Always use a strong and separate password on your email as that’s the gateway to most of your online life
  8. Never reveal personal information over the phone or internet to unverified sources. Not everyone is who they say they are.
  9. Be mindful what you share on line – including pictures on your social media accounts
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18-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

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POLICE have said they have arrested a driver in connection with a fatal collision which took place at Commins Coch on Saturday (Nov 16).

An 18-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The collision occurred on the A487 at around 10pm, and involved two vehicles.

Enquiries have revealed the involvement of a third car and yesterday the driver of this vehicle was arrested.

An 18-year-old woman – a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra – sadly died from injuries sustained in the incident. Her family is being supported by specialist officers.

The driver of the Astra remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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Teenage passenger dies in A487 crash – police appealing for help

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DYFED POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision which occurred at around 10pm last night (Saturday, November 16) on the A487 at Commins Coch, Aberystwyth.

The collision involved two vehicles – a black Vauxhall Astra, which was travelling out of Aberystwyth heading towards the general direction of Bow Street, and a silver Audi A6.

Sadly, an 18-year-old sustained fatal injuries and passed away at hospital this morning. She was a passenger in the Vauxhall Astra.

Several casualties were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision or the vehicles involved, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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