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Police officers praised for Salisbury poisoning support

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POLICE OFFICERS from Dyfed-Powys have been praised for their support and doing the basics brilliantly in Salisbury after the poisoning of Sergei Skripel and his daughter, on March 4.

A consort of five officers spent 15 days in Salisbury providing support to Wiltshire Police, along with 36 other forces from throughout the UK.

PC Jamie Lang, who is usually stationed at Whitland, Carmarthenshire, PC Nick Rice of ICAT in HQ, PC Becky Butler, of Cardigan, PC Dion Parsons, of Carmarthen, and PC Simon Gibbard-Jones, of Ammanford, all put themselves forward to provide mutual aid for Wiltshire Police.

They were responsible for guarding the cordon at the street where Skripel lived. They dealt with national and international media, provided reassurance to the local community and took the time to get to know the residents.

In response to the officers’ kindness the community looked after them. It snowed heavily during their time at Salisbury and residents provided them with hot drinks, cakes and blankets.

PC Jamie Lang said: “The local residents were terrified after the incident. They didn’t know what was going on or if they were safe and we were able to help by passing on key information and taking the time to get to know them. We made a difficult time more bearable.

“We did what we would normally do at home. We chatted to them, made a fuss of the school children who walked past us every day, helped people wherever we could and kept them informed.

“We were only meant to stay for a week but we were asked to stay for another week. The local residents asked for us specifically.”

Since returning to their usual duties, Chief Constable Mark Collins has received a number of thank you letters from Wiltshire residents and the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police praising the way they worked with the local community.

Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “It fills me with pride to receive thanks for the work Dyfed-Powys officers carried out during their time in Salisbury. I have personally thanked them for their efforts, which they deemed as ‘just doing their job’.

“To me, this national recognition for these officers demonstrates how they have fulfilled one of my top priorities – doing the basics brilliantly. Engaging with the public, reassuring them at a difficult time and enabling them to feel safe in their own community, is what should be at the core of all policing.”

One resident said: “All five of your officers have been not only consummate professionals, but have brought with them kindness, compassion and above all, humour to our close when we have needed it most.”

Another said: “I would be proud to have such officers under me during the events here in Salisbury. I couldn’t have wished for a finer set of police officers.”

One resident said in a letter to the Chief Constable: “I cannot thank you enough for sending us such wonderful police officers. They made this situation so much more bearable and kept us calm and informed when we arrived back home. They also went above and beyond their duty by carrying shopping, taking our bins to the end of the road as the lorry couldn’t get into the close etc. they have been professional, caring and also a fantastic sense of humour, which has lifted us all.”

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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New Quay RNLI rescues person cut off by the tide

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New Quay RNLI returning to station with two members of the Coastguard team

NEW Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched on service on Saturday September 11 following a report of a person cut off by the tide at Traeth Gwyn, New Quay. 

With three crew members on board the inshore lifeboat Audrey LJ it launched on service at 11.15am and did an extensive search of the beach before finding the casualty who had been cut off by the high spring tide.  

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “There was an initial confusion on the location of the casualty but an update from the New Quay Coastguard Rescue team, who had fought their way down from the cliff top through thick undergrowth, allowed us to locate the person. 

“We then transferred the casualty and two of the coastguard team onto the boat. We dropped the casualty off at Llanina Point and brought the two coastguard officers back to the lifeboat station. The inshore lifeboat was then rehoused and ready for service by 12.25pm. 

“Remember if you see if you see anyone in difficulty or you find yourself in trouble on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.” 

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Ben Lake shows support for farmers on Back British Farming Day

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Ben Lake MP, said: “I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers.

BEN Lake MP has today shown support for British food and farming on Back British Farming Day, recognising the crucial role farmers in Ceredigion play in producing food for the nation.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) provided MPs with the emblem of the day – a wool and wheatsheaf pin badge – to enable them to join the celebration of agriculture. Food and farming is a key business sector, worth more than £120 billion to the UK economy and providing jobs for almost four million people.

The NFU chose the day to launch a new report which asks for Government to complete a comprehensive report on UK food security later this year, covering the country’s production of key foods and its contribution to global food security. This would be the first meaningful assessment of UK food security in over a decade.

Commenting, Ben Lake MP, said: “I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers. The day presents an opportunity to thank the farmers who feed us, as well as take care of our countryside and maintain our iconic Welsh landscapes.

“I fully support the campaign which is asking us all to value locally produced food. I will be calling on Government to adopt agricultural policies that ensure farming in Ceredigion can thrive and ensure our self-sufficiency does not fall below its current level of 60%, alongside a greater ambition in promoting Welsh food to aid UK food security.”

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