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Commissioner’s Fund bids top £200,000

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keep safeBIDS totalling more than £200,000 were received in round two of a community grants initiative organised by Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon.

The Commissioner’s Fund – with a total allocation of around £80,000 – attracted bids of up to £5,000 from more than 50 applicants. They came from Carmarthenshire (15 applications), Ceredigion (12), Pembrokeshire (six), and Powys (18).

The community initiatives which succeed in securing grants will be announced next month. Mr Salmon praised the Dyfed-Powys officers and staff who nominated all initiatives.

He said: “The response from the force’s officers and staff was incredible. It’s a shame that some good ideas will miss out unfortunately we have limited funds; they may be successful in round three which we plan to launch towards the middle of this year.

“In the meantime, I’m delighted that around £80,000 will be shared out across the region to help improve the lives of the people in our communities.”

The Commissioner’s Fund offers grants for charities, voluntary organisations, community groups, police officers and staff to develop ideas that have a positive impact on the area they serve.

The projects, nominated in November and December by frontline police officers and Dyfed-Powys Police staff, are then assessed by senior officers who make the final decisions. The successful applications will reflect – in some way – Mr Salmon’s 2013-18 Police and Crime Plan for Dyfed-Powys.

They could, for example, educate, protect or support vulnerable groups, or aim to change the behaviour of potential or persistent offenders.

The scheme is funded by the proceeds of crime awarded to the police and from the sale of unclaimed found property. It aims to reduce demand for policing services by making excellent use of money and by helping to cut crime.

Last summer, round one of the Commissioner’s Fund saw around £84,000 shared by 24 community initiatives. They included a youth project in Presteigne, Powys, a street pastors scheme in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, a young people’s scheme in Penparcau, Ceredigion, and a street rugby initiative based in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.

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Milford Haven: Man charged over two burglaries and criminal damage

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE have released an update in relation to the spate of burglaries in Milford Haven

34-year-old Thomas John Picton has been charged with two burglaries and criminal damage in the town.

He is, say police, suspected of being involved in a burglary carried out at Cohen’s pharmacy of November 26, another at Heaven Scent shop and criminal damage to a door at The Precinct on the same date.

He will appear before Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts this morning (Dec 3).

An arrest has also been made in relation to a more recent burglary at the Royal British Legion on December 11. He was also arrested on suspicion of possession of class A.B and C drugs. He has been released under investigation.

One suspect is outstanding.

Some 11 arrests have now been made in connection with a spate of burglaries that has targeted businesses and homes in the town.

Dyfed-Powys Police has vowed to continue to crack down on suspects and prevent further burglaries in the lead up to Christmas.

Sergeant Terri Harrison from Milford Haven’s Neighbourhood Policing team said: “Hopefully this arrest provides some reassurance to the public following recent burglaries in the town. One burglary is one too many, and we will ensure that it will remain a priority for us, ensuring that we bring as much patrol cover and preventative effort as we possibly can.

“We are also aware of the impact that burglaries can have on individual householders and businesses alike. Don’t make it easy for them, stay alert to your surroundings and report anything suspicious to police immediately no matter how insignificant it may seem. The report of a suspicious vehicle or people acting strangely in your neighbourhood can help us to prevent and detect crime. We need to work together to tackle this.”

Chief Inspector Harries added: “There has been a significant amount of work carried out by the Criminal Investigation Department, response officers and neighbourhood policing teams from across the county to tackle this rise in burglary offences. We are committed to maintaining patrols in the area and seek support from the community to report any concerns.”

If you would like further advice on home security you can contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.

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Carmarthen West & South Pembs still blue as Hart increases majority

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SIMON HART has retained his Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire seat with an increased majority.

Polling over 22,000 votes, he comfortably saw off the challenge of Labour’s Marc Tierney, who recorded just shy of 14,500 votes.

Plaid’s Dr Rhys Thomas polled over 3,000 votes in third. Alistair Cameron of the Liberal Democrats finished fourth.

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Stephen Crabb demolishes Labour with his biggest ever majority

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POLLING the largest ever number of votes for the Conservatives in Preseli Pembrokeshire, Stephen Crabb increased his majority in yesterday’s General Election.

Mr Crabb polled 21,381 votes against his nearest rival’s (Labour’s Philippa Thompson) 16,319.

Plaid Cymru finished third with 2,776 votes and the Liberal Democrats trailed home in fourth with 1,943 votes.

After Returning Officer Ian Westley announced the outcome, Mr Crabb gave a notably short victory speech in which he concentrated on thanking his opponents for a good campaign fought hard but with little personal rancour.

Philippa Thompson called on Mr Crabb to work for the benefit of all his constituents in response.

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