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Team studies support for crime victims

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RESEARCH business Pleydell Smithyman is to lead a study in how crime victims are supported across Dyfed-Powys.

 The work, for Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon, will also identify gaps in the service. It will help Mr Salmon commission a new suite of victims’ services across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys. Sarah Wheale, project consultant at Pleydell Smithyman, said: “We’re thrilled to win this contract to provide a directory of crime victims’ services. “Our research will include building a database of victim’s services, hosting workshops with organisations who wish to help victims, surveying service providers, creating a service provision map and inviting feedback on our draft report.” Workshop invitations are being distributed from May 19. Those eager to take part in the research should contact Sarah Wheale – phone 01952 433211, email sarah@pleydellsmithyman. co.uk. Mr Salmon will be responsible for commissioning of victims’ services from October. During 2014-15, he will access central government funding of £113,000 to work with potential providers to prepare for commissioning. In 2015-16 the funding rises to £438,000 for direct delivery of services. A number of services offering emotional and practical support to crime victims are now provided by the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors. Mr Salmon wishes to ensure that services are accessible, with a simple online facility. His research work to provide a directory of victims’ services went out to tender in March and the contract was awarded to Shropshire-based Pleydell Smithyman this month. Fee: £5,350. Mr Salmon, who has a duty to act as a voice for crime victims, supports the Ministry of Justice’s Victims Code of Practice. This explains what information and support victims can expect during their journey through the criminal justice system.

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Stereophonics to play Swansea gig

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ONE of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics has announced a special performance at Singleton Park, Swansea on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

The stadium rockers will perform in their south Wales heartland to celebrate 20 years since the career milestone show in Swansea at Morfa Stadium to 55,000 people and the release of ‘Performance and Cocktails’.

It will be the band’s first time back in south west Wales since their Morfa Stadium show in 1999. This now iconic album, which was the band’s second studio release, gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with ‘The Bartender and the Thief’ reaching No.3, and both ‘Just Looking’ and ‘Pick a Part That’s New’ reaching No.4.

Over the past two decades, Stereophonics have played at some of the biggest venues to fans all across the globe, amassing over 10 million album sales in that time.

More recently in 2018, the band performed to sell-out crowds across the globe, including a huge 15-date arena tour, summer homecoming gigs in Wrexham and Cardiff plus headline shows at Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Victorious Festival.

Speaking about the latest announcement, Kelly Jones said: “Performance and Cocktails put us on the world map, and also on the TV and the Radio, which meant a lot of people went back to discover Word Gets Around and made our first album platinum! Morfa Stadium was where we set Performance and Cocktails alight, and it was a one off day that can never be beaten. It was perfect. I’m not a man that likes to go backwards, this event is merely a birthday party, so come along and help us blow out the candles.”

Stereophonics are Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums).

Tickets go on sale on Friday (Dec 14) at 10am via www.myticket.co.uk.

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Heroin could be linked to Aberysytwyth supply

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A LIVERPOOL man has admitted possessing heroin that could be linked to drugs supplied in Aberystwyth.

Jack English, aged 20, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply when he appeared at Swansea Crown ccourt for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

The court heard the drugs could also be linked to English’s father, who had been a heroin user who had ‘gone to Aberystwyth on many occasions’ and who had died since his son’s arrest in October 2017.

Judge Thomas said he would sentence English on January 11.

English, of Storrington Road, was granted bail meanwhile but warned that a jail sentence was the most likely outcome.

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Mark Drakeford named next First Minister

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THE NEXT First Minister of Wales will be Mark Drakeford, it has been announced this afternoon (Dec 6).

Mr Drakeford, a Cardiff West AM, was named as the winner of the Welsh Labour leadership contest at the Principality Stadium.

The contest was triggered when Carwyn Jones, the current First Minister, announced he was stepping down.

Mr Jones will officially step down on Tuesday (Dec 10).

Mr Drakeford will then be officially confirmed as the new First Minister of Wales by the National Assembly next week.

In the first round of voting, the results were:

Mark Drakeford – 46.9%
Vaughan Gething – 30.8%
Eluned Morgan – 22.3%

Eluned Morgan’s votes were then redistributed on voters’ second preferences, with the following results:

Mark Drakeford – 53.9%
Vaughan Gethin – 46.1%

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