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Police puppy put through his paces

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE’S newest recruit is being put through his paces to find out if he will become a fully-fledged Police Dog.

At just four-months-old, Billy is the youngest member of the force’s Dog Section. At the end of the summer he will face an assessment, and if he passes can then complete training to become a Police Dog (PD).

His handler, PC John Llewellyn, will spend this time getting Billy used to being around other dogs and police officers on duty:

“Billy has been living at home with my family and two other police dogs – PD Dash, who is also a Spaniel, and PD Cassie, a general purpose dog – for a few months.

“Until his assessment, I’ll take him out on operations and in to police stations. He’s always a welcome visitor and gets a lot of attention! It helps him too because it makes him more comfortable around people, which is important.

“Spaniels are the perfect breed for sniffing out drugs, cash, firearms or anything they are trained to, because their noses are so powerful.

“Billy will be assessed when he’s nearly one to see if he can be trained. If he can’t, sadly I’ll have to re home him. But I’m not thinking about that for now.”

Police Dogs are invaluable in helping the force protect their communities and safeguard vulnerable people.

Specialist sniffer dogs work as long as they are fit, well and able to carry out their duties. If Billy passes all of his training, he will replace PD Dash, who has worked with John for ten years.

Follow Billy’s progress and learn more about the work of Dyfed-Powys Police’s Dog Section by following @DPPoliceDogs on Twitter.

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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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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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