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Police warn of fatal driving mistakes this Christmas

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Welsh-policeDYFED-POWYS POLICE has revealed the biggest dangers faced by drivers, and the three top tips to stay safe on the roads this winter.

The Roads Policing Unit features in the latest in a series of short Behind the Scenes videos produced as part of the force’s Operation Safe and Nice to All (Op SANTA) advent calendar, which is being opened each day on social media.

PCs Leah Evans and Alex Jones have reminded drivers about the Fatal Five – the main causes of serious and fatal road traffic collisions dealt with by the force – and offered advice to drivers on how to stay safe.

PC Alex Jones said: “My primary role within the Roads Policing Unit is dealing with serious and fatal road traffic collisions.

“When we are not dealing with incidents we deal with the causes of them, and we group those up – we call the main causes the Fatal Five.”

The Fatal Five are:

  1. Speeding
  2. Using a mobile phone while driving
  3. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  4. Not wearing a seatbelt
  5. Driving in a dangerous or antisocial manner

Tips to stay safe this winter:

If your vehicle breaks down and causes an obstruction, call 101

PC Leah Evans said: “This year we are finding that we have a lot more breakdowns on the roads, especially on busy shopping routes. If you do break down and feel you are causing any sort of obstruction, give us a call. It is not a problem, we will come out and assist you, providing protection for you and your vehicle until the breakdown service comes out to rescue you.”

Police officers can check your car to ensure it is roadworthy

“If you’re not sure if your vehicle is roadworthy at this time of year, feel free to stop and speak to any police officer, or pop into your local police station for advice,” PC Evans said.

Do not check your mobile phone while stationary

“At this time of year we are finding that because of the queues of traffic with people shopping, people are very tempted to pick up their mobile phones while in the queues,” PC Evans said. “A lot of people don’t realise that is an offence, but they are still in charge of their vehicle, their engine is still running, and the vehicle is creeping along slowly so it’s very dangerous to have your attention on your mobile phone and not on the road.”

Throughout December Dyfed-Powys Police is offering advice on how to enjoy Christmas safely. For a daily dose of crime prevention advice, a behind the scenes look at policing during Christmas and a bit of festive fun.

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Police: RNLI ‘most likely saved man’s life’ following tombstoning incident

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POLICE have issued an urgent warning following a tombstoning incident Tenby on Saturday evening (Apr 10).

A multi-agency operation was launched just after 6pm following reports of a man in difficulty after jumping from cliffs into the sea.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys police told The Herald: “We were called to the beach opposite St Catherine’s Island at around 6.15pm today, where a man had got into difficulty after jumping off the cliff into the water.

“On the arrival of officers, RNLI were at the scene and were administering CPR to the 23-year-old who was unconscious and not breathing.

“Fortunately, he regained consciousness shortly after and was taken to hospital for assessment.

Inspector Gavin Howells added: “This incident highlights the serious danger posed by tombstoning or cliff jumping, and the potentially life-threatening consequences.

“We urge people not to take part in this sort of activity anywhere along our coastline, and not to put themselves or the emergency services at risk for a thrill.

“We would like to thank our colleagues at the RNLI for their swift response to this incident, and for their actions which most likely saved this man’s life.”

RNLI Tenby posted on Facebook the following: “The Georgina Taylor was launched after person seen in difficulty in water

“Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at around 6.25pm on Saturday, following a report of somebody in difficulty in the sea off Castle Beach.

“The volunteer crew were quickly on scene and immediately saw the casualty, who had been pulled from the water and was on the rocks.

“The casualty was taken from the rocks and into the lifeboat, where Casualty Care was administered whilst the helmsman made best speed to the harbour.

“As the lifeboat was entering the harbour, an ambulance was arriving at the slipway.

“The crew then assisted the ambulance personnel in getting the casualty onto the stretcher and into the ambulance, before re-housing the lifeboat.

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Police and drugs advice service issue warning over ‘deadly batch’ of heroin

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POLICE have asked the media to issue a warning over a batch of heroin.

The drug circulating in west Wales, first detected in Llanelli, is particularly dangerous, it has been confirmed.

“We are warning drug users to take extra care following reports of a particularly harmful batch of heroin circulating in the Llanelli area” said a Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson.

“We have reasons to believe some drugs being distributed and used in the Carmarthenshire area at present have been contaminated with other substances and could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately if they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone you believe could come into contact with these drugs.

”In an emergency or if you think someone’s life is at risk always dial 999.”

Earlier this week Barod, the drug and alcohol abuse service reported a dangerous and toxic heroin circulating in Pembroke Dock which a spokesperson described as being ‘potentially deadly’.

To comes as Public Health England issued a formal alert about the risks of heroin containing fentanyl or carfentanyl.

The warning reads: “There is significant evidence from a small number of post-mortem results of recent drug user deaths and from police seizures that some heroin may contain fentanyl or carfentanyl added by dealers.

“These are highly potent synthetic opioids and very small amounts can cause severe or even fatal toxicity.

“Those of you in contact with heroin users should be alert to the increased possibility of overdose arising from heroin cut with these synthetic opioids, be able to recognise possible symptoms of overdose and respond appropriately.”

The fentanyls are a group of synthetic opioids; some have legitimate uses while others are illicit drugs.

Fentanyl is about 100 times more potent than morphine and is a licensed medicine used to treat severe and terminal pain. Carfentanyl is 4,000 – 10,000 times more potent than morphine and principally used as an animal tranquilliser.

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Tenby’s famous walrus ‘Wally’ has been spotted again

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TENBY’S most famous marine animal has been spotted again after fears she had been scared away.

Wally was spotted on Friday evening by the seaside town’s Lifeboat station.

Thought to be a two-year-old male, the walrus’s return comes after it was feared she had been disturbed by people flocking to catch a glimpse of her and “getting too close”

The animal has attracted hundreds of people to the seaside town now that the travel restrictions with Wales have been lifted to coincide with the Easter school holidays.

Wally was last seen on Monday, but  members of the public were warned it was in the animal’s “best interests” to be “left alone” as much as possible and they were urged to “avoid the temptation to get near and disturb” her.

A joint statement was issued by the RSPCA, Tenby harbour master Chris Salisbury, Welsh Marine Life Rescue, Tenby lifeboat coxswain Phil John, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Natural Resources Wales and CSIP Marine Environmental Rescue said that they were concerned to hear that people had tried to get close by using personal watercraft or paddle and surfboards.

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