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Commissioner to reveal how prepared police force is for Brexit

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE’S Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, will outline what preparations the force is making for Brexit at Friday’s meeting of the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel.

Panel member Cllr William Powell, representing Powys, has tabled the question for Mr Llywelyn following warnings from senior police figures across the UK that there is potential for disruption to transport and public services and the risk of civil unrest when – or if – Britain leaves the EU.

The Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel will meet at Carmarthen’s County Hall on Friday, January 25, to get a response to this and other questions.

Any member of the public, and the media, can attend to hear what the Commissioner has to say.

The meeting will also be webcast live, with an archive of the meeting available online.

The role of the Panel is to hold the Commissioner to account.

It is made up of representatives of the four local authorities in the force area and two independent members.

Panel Chair, Cllr Alun Lloyd Jones, said: “Brexit is dominating the news headlines and a topic of conversation across the county. As a Panel, it’s important that we seek assurances that Dyfed Powys Police is prepared and ready to deal with any potential impact.

“This will not be the only topic of discussion, we will also hear the Commissioner’s response to questions about rural crime, serious and organised crime and fraud.

“We will also have the opportunity to discuss the police precept and scrutinise any decisions he has taken in recent months.

“We hope that people will attend to watch the meeting in person, or take advantage of watching live on the webcast.”

Visit www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.wales to view further information about Friday’s meeting, to read the agenda and access the live web stream of the meeting.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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