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Plan to tackle anti-social behaviour

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anti-social behaviourA £250,000 plan has been launched to help reduce antisocial behaviour and youth offending across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

It will see Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon fund specialist services.

Bids are open to organisations which believe they can provide those services and help deliver his Commissioning Plan for Antisocial Behaviour and Youth Offending.

Mr Salmon said: “I’m looking for innovative ideas to improve behaviour and keep communities safe. Bidding is open to any provider including voluntary sector organisations, private providers, sports clubs, activity centres and others.

“I’m initially making £250,000 available and I’m committed to working with existing and new partners to make our communities safer. Contracts will start in 2014-15 and will be up to four years in length.”

This money represents a 20% increase on existing funding for tackling antisocial behaviour and youth crime. For the first time it will go to service providers commissioned by Mr Salmon.

On his election in November 2012, he inherited three Home Office funds targeted at Dyfed-Powys community safety issues. From 2013-14 the Home Office determined that this money would become part of the main police fund. Mr Salmon decided to distribute it to existing service providers until April 2014.

The 2013-14 money – £206,000 – went to four Community Safety Partnerships and four Youth Offending Teams, one of each in all of Dyfed-Powys’s four counties. They may bid for elements of the new-style funding.

However, Mr Salmon’s new Commissioning Plan for Antisocial Behaviour and Youth Offending illustrates his desire to bring new ideas and energy to the fight against crime and antisocial behaviour, whilst delivering more for less.

He said: “I’ve taken a close look at the use of the Community Safety Fund in Dyfed-Powys and have found a number of duplications and disparities.

“While I don’t doubt the dedication and hard work of the people dealing with the incredible challenges presented by crime and anti-social behaviour, we must deliver a service that’s responsive to today’s needs.

“I want to see a focus on improving behaviour and tackling causes of antisocial behaviour. I want to see work with families to give young kids responsibility and respect.”

His new Commissioning Plan has been distributed to existing and new partners. Others may request a copy through his office – opcc@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

The Commissioning Plan is part of a wider commissioning framework being formulated by Mr Salmon to support his strategic 2013-18 Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Plan.

The framework, to be managed by a Director of Commissioning in Mr Salmon’s office, will feature commissioning plans for local justice, including work with partners in the criminal justice system, victims’ services, restorative justice and reoffending.

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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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