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Launch: Christopher Salmon launches his manifesto

Launch: Christopher Salmon launches his manifesto

CHRISTOPHER Salmon has launched his campaign for reelection as Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner – with a visit to charitable housing association.

Staff told of their work to support victims and shared case studies showing the impact of abuse on families.

“I am holding my launch here today, with Hafan Cymru, because I want to highlight how domestic abuse destroys lives where they should be safest – in the home”, he said.

One example involved a mother of three children who suffered physical, mental and financial abuse. Hafan Cymru offered her refuge and, with other support agencies, helped her rebuild her and her children’s lives.

“I want to pay tribute to all organisations who work in this difficult field”, Mr Salmon said. “I have increased support for victims but I want to go further. We cannot leave it to the police alone to confront this issue. I want to tackle offenders and break the cycle of abuse. Everyone has a role to play – health, education, social services, the third sector and the police. And, of course, the public. That is why I am launching my campaign here.”

Ann Sherwood, Head of Business Development from Hafan Cymru said: “We were delighted to host Christopher Salmon and to hear his manifesto commitment to tackling Domestic Abuse. We have to start talking more openly and honestly about the causes and impact of abuse and violence within relationships. We want to see an emphasis upon prevention as well as an increase in funding from statutory agencies for support to victims.”

Mr Salmon pledged a volunteer Special Constable, with full police powers, for every town, village and community which wants one as part of his drive for “Safer Communities.”

“Local officers are the eyes and ears of the police, and the backbone of their communities”, he said. “It’s the return of the village bobby in a modern form, if you like, and I want to see more of them on our streets over the next four years.

“Thanks to my decisions we have more officers spending more time on our streets every day. Crime and anti-social behaviour have fallen further and faster than anywhere else in Wales. And I have cut local taxes. I want to build on that.”

Mr Salmon said the choice at the election on May 5 was now clear. “It is a choice between my positive plan for our safety or my opponents’ griping and opportunism. I have not heard a positive suggestion from any of them.

“If you want safer communities and lower bills, vote for Christopher Salmon as your first choice for Police and Crime Commissioner on May 5”

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Judith Rhead murder investigation – Detectives given more time to question suspect

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POLICE have been given more time to question a 43-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

The man has been in police custody since Saturday night, after being arrested over the death 68-year-old Judith Rhead.

She was found in a residential property in Market Street.

The police now have until Thursday afternoon (Feb 25) to question the suspect.

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All people eligible for vaccination will get theirs by end of July

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PEOPLE eligible for the coronavirus vaccine will get theirs by the end of July, the Health Minister has said.

Wales achieved its target of getting everyone in the first four priority groups vaccinated by the middle of February and is now working on offering the vaccine to those in groups 5 to 9.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out that people with severe or profound learning disabilities or with a mental illness will be among priority group 6.

Mr Gething said that they were would make sure that no one is left behind.

The latest figures from Public Health Wales show that 878,506 people had received their first dose of the vaccine.

59,279 people have received both doses of the vaccine.

Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services, said: “We have achieved our first milestone of offering everyone in the first four priority groups vaccination by mid-February.

“We are now making progress in achieving our next milestone, which is to offer the vaccine to all individuals in priority groups 5 to 9.

“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out that people with a severe/profound learning disability and individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment, should be invited for vaccination as part of priority group 6.

“There are challenges with identifying individuals within these groups, particularly given the JCVI language is not generally in use in Wales, and we are working hard to make sure that no one is left behind. Today we have published guidance on identifying eligible individuals in these groups and on how to support them to take up their vaccine offers.

“The JCVI has also said that some of our invaluable unpaid carers should be included in priority group 6.

“Today we have also published guidance on identifying those unpaid carers eligible for vaccine prioritisation and the process around this. I am grateful to the national carers’ organisations for their support with this work.”

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Council want your help to keep Pembrokeshire active

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is asking residents to give their views on local walking and cycling routes.

The Council aims to make journeys on foot and by bicycle easier, safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

In order to design a network that works for all, the Council would like to get the views of as many people as possible, particularly those who don’t currently walk or cycle. This will help ensure the routes built for walking and cycling work for the whole community.

The consultation focuses on the main towns and villages in Pembrokeshire which have been selected by Welsh Government as the designated localities in the County. These are:

  • Fishguard & Goodwick
  • Haverfordwest
  • Johnston
  • Milford Haven
  • Neyland
  • Pembroke Dock
  • Pembroke
  • Tenby
  • Saundersfoot
  • Narberth

Pembrokeshire Council is currently undertaking an Active Travel Network Map consultation (ATNM) which will run in 3 stages

Consultation 1: Residents can take part in the consultation exercise online, hosted by Commonplace at https://Pembrokeshire.commonplace.is/

The interactive map allows participants to flag issues, problems and successes on a plan of the active travel settlement and add comments. Such points could be for example, a pavement that is too narrow or a newly built cycle route that is regarded as a success.

The first stage of the consultation will close on 31 st March 2021.

Consultation 2: Following this, the second step of the consultation will see the Council share the initial findings and ask people what they think of the plans
proposed as a result of the feedback received.

Consultation 3: The third stage of the consultation will give members of the public a final say on the Active Travel Network Maps before they are sent to Welsh Government for approval. These maps will have been produced taking into account public feedback and ideas from consultations 1 and 2.

By upgrading facilities and creating new walking and cycling routes, the Council plans to make Active Travel the popular choice for local journeys, to increase the attractiveness of local communities as places to live and work, improve health and well-being, and help tackle air pollution.

Cllr Phil Baker, Pembrokeshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “This consultation exercise will produce an Active Travel Network Map which will be a plan of routes the Council will use to inform where improvements to walking and cycling should be made in Pembrokeshire.

“It will help to make journeys on foot or by bicycle easier and safer for everyone, particularly those who don’t currently walk or cycle often and people who use mobility aids and will build on the increased level of walking and cycling that we have seen over the last 12 months during the pandemic.”

See more information on Active Travel at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/fitness-and-well-being/active-travel

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