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Operation Darwen: keeping our roads safe

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DYFED POWYS POLICE have confirmed Operation Darwen continued over the weekend with officers all over the force patrolling the main arterial routes and main collision hotspots and holiday destinations.

The wet weather on Saturday and Sunday meant little or no motorcycle activity or any other vehicle related calls. Bank Holiday Monday was a fine and dry day with a high activity of motorcyclist and general holiday traffic across the force. Each roads police team were given specific patrol areas which included Tenby, A40 into Pembrokeshire; the Preseli Mountains; in and around New Qua; the A44 into Aberystwyth; the A40 Llandovery to Brecon; the A40 Brecon to Crickhowell; the A483 Black Mountain and the A438 Brecon to Hay and the A470 Storey Arms to Brecon. Officers were supported by specific targeted patrol by the dog section and the armed response team to provide a focused highly visible police presence at these main locations. Engagement took place with the motorcycling community at the West End and Owls Nest cafés in Carmarthenshire and the ‘RAC bends’ on the A470 near Brecon where bike riders were made aware of the recent spike in motorcycle casualties in Mid and West Wales. There were no serious collisions and no minor ones involving motorcycles, with no other reported calls of antisocial use of motorcycles or other form of transport either. Over the weekend enforcement activity included:- • nine arrests for drink driving. • three Traffic offence reports for bikes, 21 for cars. • two Fixed penalty notices for bikes, 22 for cars. • one bike RTC, five car RTC’s. • seven cannabis warnings, one reported for summons for possession of cannabis, one person cautioned for possession of MDMA. Chief Inspector Rose-Ann Lloyd said: “It is very pleasing to note that there were no serious or minor collisions involving motorcycles, or reports of antisocial motorcycling or driving over this bank holiday. Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable, and the safety of our roads and the reduction in the number of casualties is a priority for us. Operation Darwen is part of a continuing programme to improve road safety for all in Dyfed-Powys, by engaging, educating and enforcing where necessary.”

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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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