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Police campaign aims to reduce knife crime

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‘THINK before you act’ is the message from Dyfed-Powys Police to those who carry bladed weapons prior to the next week of action targeting knife crime.

Dyfed-Powys Police will be joining forces nationally involved in the next Operation Sceptre, a week of action taking place between July 17 – 23, which aims to highlight the risks that carrying a bladed weapon can bring, as well as targeting offenders who use and carry knives.

Officers from across the force will be targeting offenders connected with knife crime. There will be intelligence-led deployments, weapons sweeps and high-visibility patrols to target and disrupt offenders who carry and use knives. Neighbourhood policing teams will be visiting and liaising with known retailers to offer advice on legislation, the importance of challenging underage customers and to encourage the Challenge 25 policy.

Chief Inspector Angela Reed, lead for Operation Sceptre at Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “As part of our commitment to take as many knives and  weapons off our streets as possible, we will highlight the dangers of carrying knives, and other weapons, and the devastating consequences this can have on the lives of young people and the community as a whole.

“We want to give people the opportunity to dispose of knives and blades safely during the week of action, therefore police stations will be accepting bladed articles voluntarily surrendered. I would also urge parents, families and friends to be aware, and report any concerns they have in respect of a loved one carrying or being in possession of a bladed weapon.

“Anyone found illegally in possession of a knife will be arrested, and brought to justice. Carrying knives or other weapons do not keep you safe. By carrying a knife you are putting yourself in much greater danger, and more likely to become involved in a violent situation and get injured yourself. It’s never acceptable for a person to carry a knife or weapon.”

Anyone with information on knife crime in their local community is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101, or pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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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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