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Crime and disorder assessment

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policeRESIDENTS are being encouraged to take part in an assessment of crime and disorder related issues within the county that is currently being carried out by the Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership.

In 1998, The Crime and Disorder Act placed a duty on Local Authorities and the Police to form a partnership to reduce crime and disorder in their communities.

The Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership is comprised of representatives from the County Council, Police and a representative from the Dyfed-Powys Police & Crime Panel, Fire & Rescue Service and the Fire & Rescue Authority, National Probation Service, Wales Community Rehabilitation Company, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Public Health Wales, Youth Justice Service, and the Dyfed-Powys Area Planning Board for Substance Misuse.

The purpose of the assessment is to provide knowledge and understanding of community safety problems that will inform and enable your Community Safety Partnership to:

  • Understand the patterns, trends and shifts relating to Crime & Disorder and Substance Misuse.
  • Set clear and robust priorities.
  • Develop activity that is driven by reliable intelligence and meets the needs of the local community.
  • Deploy resources effectively and present value for money.
  • Undertake annual reviews and plan activity based on the clear understanding of the issues and priorities.

Miss Bronwen Morgan, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council and Chair of the Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership stated:

“This consultation will provide an excellent opportunity for the public to play their part in shaping future policing and community safety priorities for Ceredigion and to raise any specific issues or concerns they may have in their communities.

“This approach reflects our ongoing commitment to the people of Ceredigion to deal with important issues such as community safety and the challenges faced, in a transparent and democratic manner to ensure that we have fully identified needs of our communities in terms of Crime and Disorder.”

“The findings from the consultation will also be utilised to inform the Public Services Board’s Single Integrated Plan and assist us in putting forward our local priorities to the Police and Crime Commissioner for consideration in connection with his Regional Police and Crime Plan.”

The Partnership has distributed a number of questionnaires throughout the County to a wide variety of Organisations and Individuals.

Take part in the assessment by completing the online questionnaire, which can be found on www.ceredigion.gov.uk/crimeanddisordersurvey.

The consultation will run until 1 February 2017.

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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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