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Two arrests made during police cyber crime week

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cybercrimeTWO arrests have been made in Dyfed Powys during Cyber Crime Week of Action.

A 23 year-old man from Llanelli and a 58-year-old man from Welshpool were arrested on suspicion of possession of indecent images of children. Both have been released on bail.

Dyfed Powys’s Digital Communications and Cyber Crime Unit (DCCU) carried out warrants in the Force area as part of five days of activity to raise awareness of cyber-crime, led by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Detective Sergeant Rob Gravelle, of the DCCU at Dyfed Powys Police, said: “The arrests made this week serve a warning to others engaging in such illegal activity on their computers or any mobile device. There is no hiding place for people committing cyber-crime. We will find them, we will arrest and we will carry out a thorough investigation to seek prosecution of offenders to stop them committing this crime.

“Our Digital Communications and Cyber Crime Unit (DCCU) is an invaluable resource set up to deal with the increasing level of cyber-crime as a result of the changing digital environment. We were the first unit of its kind in Wales and we provide a powerful asset giving significant support to major crime and intelligence operations, as well as supporting front line officers in obtaining the best evidence in cases they are investigating. The DCCU deals with a range of cyber-crimes including online fraud, harassment, protection of children, terrorism, production of drugs and drug dealing.”

Other activity carried out for Cyber Crime Week of Action has included: the launch of a new lesson on the dangers and consequences of ‘Sexting’ for comprehensive school pupils delivered by the All Wales School Liaison Core Programme; providing a digital upload of cyber-crime information for frontline officers as part of their on-going training on investigating crime with a cyber-element to it and holding a pop-up shop in Aberystwyth Town Centre with partners Get Safe Online to speak to shoppers, workers, visitors and businesses about how to avoid becoming a victim of cyber-crime, which was very well-received with the distribution of several hundred leaflets and opportunity to speak face to face with people on the issue of cyber-crime.

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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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