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Crackdown on crime during Dyfed-Powys Police’s Force Day of Action.

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A CRACKDOWN on crime is underway in west Wales during Dyfed-Powys Police’s Force Day of Action.

Police officers, PCSOs, special constables and multi-agency partners are putting #TotalFocus on tackling the crimes that are impacting on vulnerable people within communities. In addition, they’re offering tailored support for victims and witnesses of crime to help them through their experience.

Communities can expect to see an increased police presence as they execute arrest warrants, undertake spot checks on identified individuals, properties and businesses and provide practical and emotional support to victims and witnesses of crime.

Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “Members of the public can expect to see a big police presence today throughout the Dyfed-Powys force area during our second Force Day of Action as we work to ensure we continue to police the safest towns and villages across England and Wales.

“There will be proactive policing work seeking out those who are known to be offending and targeting the more vulnerable people in our communities, putting a #TotalFocus on issues including drugs supply and misuse, travelling criminals, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), domestic abuse and cyber-crime.

“There will also be a strong focus on caring for victims and witnesses of crime. Being a victim or witness of crime can be a terribly traumatic experience that takes time and effort to overcome. There are services available that are ready and waiting to help and our officers or partners will be able to help.

“We also need members of the public to tell us if they suspect that others are being taken advantage of. If you know about it, report it.”

Officers and staff will be providing victims and witnesses of crime with details of a victim and witness service called Goleudy, which is funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn. Goleudy will have Victim Service officers available throughout the day to speak to offer practical and emotional support via the Goleudy hotline 0300 123 2996.

Mr Llywelyn said: “Highly skilled staff and volunteers from Goleudy are helping out on the Day of Action to ensure any victims identified by police officers as requiring support can call the Goleudy victim service phone number that day.

“Victims do not have to have reported the crime to police to access this service, and they can get access to practical support, including security improvements at their home, and emotional support.”

Goleudy was launched in April 2017 and has brought together the Victim Service and The Witness Care Unit.

The Victim Service contacts victims to offer emotional and practical support via phone or face to face.  They can also offer target hardening tools, advocacy and referrals to external agencies.

The Witness Care Unit keeps victims and witnesses fully informed of the progress of their case from first hearing through to the conclusion of the case, coordinating special measures and pre-trial court visits through Citizens Advice Witness Service.

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A level results still high in Ceredigion

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THE ‘A’ level examination results published today by the WJEC (15 August) show that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools once again. 97.9% of entries for WJEC examinations were graded A* to E, with 27.9% of the entries achieving the top ’A’ grades.

Ceredigion pupils continue to outperform the Welsh average. More pupils in Ceredigion achieve the top ’A’ grades and A* to E grades. The below table shows a comparison with average Welsh figures. These don’t include Welsh Baccalaureate results and those from examination bodies other than WJEC.

Wales 2019             Ceredigion 2019

Grade A* – A           27.92%                    27.0%

Grade A* – B           56.0%                      n/a

Grade A* – C          77.5%                        n/a

Grade A* – E          97.9%                       97.6%

Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services. She said, “I would like to extend my warmest congratulations once again to Ceredigion’s sixth form students for their successes in this year’s A Level and AS examinations.

These results are the culmination of a long journey through school life which has seen them nurture and develop the academic and interpersonal skills that will enable them to move confidently into higher education, training or employment in fields of their choice. I wish them good luck for the future and would like to sincerely thank all who have contributed to their school journey in any way.”

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MP Ben Lake calls for reform of police funding

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HAVING recently shadowed Dyfed Powys Police officers in Aberystwyth, the Ceredigion MP has again urged the UK Government to review the police funding formula for rural areas.

Mr Lake visited Aberystwyth police station as part of the #GiveADayToPolicing campaign, a scheme for Members of Parliament to better understand the challenges currently facing police forces across the UK.

During his visit Mr Lake had the opportunity to experience a variety of aspects of local policing – from spending time with the neighbourhood policing team, meeting officers from different departments, and discussing policing challenges with front-line police officers.

Mr Lake has challenged the UK Government on several occasions to reform the formula for police funding – highlighting the need for the funding formula to take into consideration the seasonal pressures on forces, particularly the significant increase to the population of coastal areas during the summer months.

Mr Lake said: “I am very grateful to the officers of Aberystwyth police station for their welcome, and for taking the time to speak with me. I now have a better understanding of the challenges our police officers face, as well as a deeper level of respect and admiration of their work and commitment to public safety.

“As I have previously stated, we cannot expect a one size fits all approach to work effectively across the whole of the UK, and as such, it is imperative that the criteria used to allocate the Home Office police grant are revised so that they reflect the increased demands and unique challenges facing rural forces in areas such as Ceredigion, especially during summer months.”

Mr Lake added: “It is widely acknowledged that Welsh police forces have suffered under the present funding formula, and so it is high time that the UK Government either amends the formula accordingly, or devolves the responsibility for policing to the Welsh Government so that they may do so themselves.”

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New waste trial launched in Aberystwyth

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A NEW trial has been launched in Aberystwyth as part of the Caru Aber campaign, to help keep the town centre clean on waste collection days.

Heavy duty sacks will be placed on Aberystwyth streets on Monday afternoons before the black bag collection on Tuesdays in the following streets; Portland Street, Portland Road, Queen Street, Corporation Street, Eastgate Street, New Street and Cambrian Place.

Black bags should be put in the sacks by 8am on Tuesday mornings for collection. The intention is that the sacks contain the waste until it is collected. The sacks will be retrieved after the waste has been collected to avoid clutter and obstruction on the streets.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “We see this trial as a practical and relatively cost effective way of responding to long standing issues relating to domestic waste presentation in Aberystwyth town centre. The sacks will also provide a visible reminder to residents in the town centre on what days to present their black bags.

“The trial forms part of the Caru Aber campaign, and the wider Caru Ceredigion campaign, where the council looks to work with local communities to address issues which are of concern or are important to them.

“This innovative approach is another example of positive proactive action the council is taking. We hope that the residents of the town centre will play their part by making good use of the sacks as this will be the critical factor in measuring the success of the scheme.”

Clean recycling and food waste should continue to be presented on a weekly basis in the containers that the council already provides through clear bags and food caddies.

Ensuring that the right waste is presented in the right way and on the right day will help to make sure that the town’s streets are kept clean and that the waste is contained, managed and treated in the most cost effective and environmentally friendly way as possible.

The sacks were first used in readiness for waste collections on Tuesday 6 August 2019. The initial feedback is positive as they have worked to contain the waste on the streets, which were noticeably cleaner.

This latest initiative is developing on feedback and experience from two other trials undertaken. The success of the trial will be monitored on an ongoing basis and reviewed to reflect the experience which will include looking at ways of engaging all residents.

For more information about the new scheme, please contact the Customer Services Contact Centre on 01545 570 881 or by e-mail on clic@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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