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flood-survival-guide-ukIN ADVANCE of winter, Ceredigion residents are being advised about how and where to access the most up to date information to keep them safe.

In recent years, Ceredigion has been heavily affected by severe weather such as flooding, and as rare as these events are they do sometimes happen. Local organisations have been working closer together in the run up to winter, to ensure residents get the support they need to ensure a swift and coordinated response.

Previous severe weather events like flooding has meant that Ceredigion County Council alongside partners like Dyfed-Powys Police, Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales, HM Coastguard, Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations, the British Red Cross, and St John Cymru-Wales, have worked closely together, clearing roads, rescuing stranded motorists, pumping floodwater away, and providing care and support.

Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Alun Williams, said: “The unpredictability of such incidents necessitates ongoing planning and exercising so that we can continue to provide an effective response in terms of the safety of our communities. We have been working closely with partners and the local community to try to put plans in place to mitigate and cope with severe weather.”

Ceredigion County Council together with Natural Resources Wales, have also worked within the local communities to encourage and support those most at risk to develop and implement their own localised Flood Plans, and consider severe weather responses.

Residents can also be kept updated by visiting information sharing websites (see list below) and social media pages like Facebook and Twitter.

Councillor Alun Williams adds: “During past severe weather events the Council alongside partner organisations has worked hard to support Ceredigion residents by providing emergency accommodation, assistance and advice, alongside recovery and clean-up work. Should there be a re-occurrence, we will continue to provide every assistance possible to affected communities, and relief and recovery efforts will remain our top priority.”

For more information please visit the below websites:

Natural Resources Wales – sign up to flood warnings on the Floodline number 0345 988 1188 or visit

Ceredigion County Council – general advice on Gritting Routes and Safe Driving Information   (Ceredigion County Council Civil Contingencies’ Emergency Advice, Severe Weather Information, Preparing for a Flood, Community Resilience, Emergency Contacts)

MET Office – Get ready for winter campaign

Dyfed-Powys Police – Preparing for emergencies / what you need to know –

NestWales – Tips to help you keep warm and save money on your energy bills  –

Cymdogion Cynnes – Advice on keeping warm this winter –

Public Health Wales – Public health guidelines which give advice on measures that can be taken to reduce the health risks from flooding, heatwaves and the extreme cold. –

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Police say ‘we care’ during National Safeguarding Week



DYFED-POWYS POLICE is saying ‘we care’ during National Safeguarding Week (Nov 13-17) by highlighting the work it does day in day out to protect vulnerable children and adults.

Police officers and staff have teamed up with partner agencies to raise awareness of issues that affect vulnerable people in communities on behalf of the Regional Safeguarding Board for Children and Adults.

There will be themed days throughout the week where information will be provided to people in need of support or those who can help to protect people at risk of harm. Officers will also be promoting support services available to people such as Llamau missing persons debrief workers who liaise with children are have been missing and at risk of CSE, Independent Domestic Violence Officers (IDVA) officers who support those at high risk of domestic abuse Goleudy, an independent commissioned service for victims and witnesses of crime.

A Crucial Crew event will also be running in Pembrokeshire Monday to Friday, where police will give an input on cyber safety to all primary school children attending. There will also be focussed delivery of key topics in schools throughout the force area on topics including Child Sexual Exploitation, consent, grooming and safer relationships as well as a specific focus on bullying in schools where pupils get to discuss the difference between ‘banter’ and ‘bullying’ and look at the effect of bullying on children.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Claire Parmenter said: “Dyfed-Powys Police has dedicated teams who work with partner agencies to protect the most vulnerable including children, the elderly, people suffering domestic abuse and people with mental health issues. We care about our communities and we care about doing the best possible job we can to ensure we effectively look after those who are vulnerable. National Safeguarding Week is a perfect opportunity to strengthen our relationships with partners and to ensure the information people need to stay safe gets out there to the communities we serve.”

Detective Superintendent Anthony Griffiths said: “Safeguarding the vulnerable within our community is a priority for Dyfed-Powys Police. This week officers will be engaging with mental health teams, residential care providers, schools and the community to ensure that safeguarding is at the forefront of people’s minds and that everyone knows where support can be accessed.”

Themed activities for the week are as follows:

Monday – Child Sexual Exploitation
Officers and PCSOs will be out and about highlighting the signs of child sexual exploitation, particularly at hotels and guest houses where vulnerable children could be taken to be exploited. Officers and Llamau workers will also be visiting children highlighted as at risk of child sexual exploitation to ensure they are safe and understand the dangers of putting themselves at risk or going missing. They will also visit schools to ensure the messages get to the right people.

Tuesday – Modern Day Slavery
Raising awareness of the signs of modern day slavery within the police service to ensure officers recognise the signs and understand how to investigate effectively. Officers will also be on patrol distributing leaflets on the signs of modern day slavery.

Wednesday – Mental Health and Resilience
Officers and PCSOs will be visiting Mental Health Units promoting the services we provide that could be of benefit to people with mental health conditions, including how to report hate crime, encouraging people to talk about mental health, and raise awareness of the partnership safeguarding approach in place to protect vulnerable people. They will also be holding information roadshows in town centres and other locations.

Thursday – Cyber Security
Work will be carried out to raise awareness amongst the vulnerable of the potential harm of cybercrime and how they can become cyber secure. In Ceredigion, online safety information will be given at Coleg Ceredigion in the morning and Tesco in the afternoon. A Safeguarding conference will be held at Pembrokeshire College, bringing together professionals to find out more about cyberbullying, cyber fraud and exploitation.

Friday – Domestic Abuse
Domestic Abuse officers will be linking in with domestic abuse support services to offer advice on police responsibilities in domestic abuse cases and to encourage future reporting of cases and visit domestic abuse sufferers to ensure they are aware of the support available to them.

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Young boy approached by man in Aberystwyth



policeDYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a suspicious incident following a report that a man approached a young boy at the Glanceulan Estate, Penrhyncoch, Aberystwyth on Saturday (Jan 14).

The incident occurred between 3pm and 3:45pm.

The boy was not hurt in any way and did not engage in conversation with the man. Officers attended the area immediately but the man was not located.

The man is described as being dressed in dark/black trainers, trousers and jacket and carrying a mobile phone.

Enquiries are continuing and police are carrying out extra patrols in the area.

PC Sarah Edwards said: “We’re carrying out enquiries to try to identify this man. I must emphasise that no one was hurt and that officers are doing everything we can to identify the person and to make sure the area remains safe.”

“Anyone with information is urged to call 101.”

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Time running out for Euromillions winner to claim £1,000,000



CashTHERE are just days left for one lucky winner to claim a Euromillions prize of £1,000,000 and a ‘Luxury Trip to the Gold Coast’.

The winning ticket for the July 29 draw last year was bought in Carmarthenshire and the ticket had the winning UK Millionaire Maker code of BRR 888846.

If you have any old tickets lying around, check it as soon as possible – if it has that code on it, pick up the phone and claim your prize!

The deadline to claim the prize is next Wednesday, January 25.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery said: “Time really is running out for the winner of this prize, but we are still hopeful that someone will come forward at the very last minute to claim the money.

“We’re urging everyone to check their old tickets one final time or look anywhere a missing EuroMillions ticket could be hiding.

“This life-changing prize could really help to make dreams become a reality for someone out there.”

If the prize isn’t claimed the funds will go to Lottery funded organisations around the UK.

To claim the prize call 0844 338 7551 or email

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