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Fire and Rescue Service strikes Gold

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strikes goldMID & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has been awarded the Gold level of the Corporate Health Standard.

The Corporate Health Standard is a Healthy Working Wales programme and a national mark of quality awarded at Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels. The standard has become a pivotal benchmark of healthy working within Wales, with a number of private and public sector organisations committing to attaining the standard at its various levels. The service attained the Silver standard in October 2011, and has been aspiring to achieve the Gold level since.

The service was recently subject to an assessment by three assessors from Welsh Government to establish whether it had met the Gold Corporate Health Standard. The assessment reviewed the service arrangements for implementing standards of Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Corporate Risk, Human Resources, Communications, Nutrition and more across the whole service.

The Gold level only recognises employers who provide the highest standards of commitment towards the health and wellbeing of employees by providing a planned approach to promoting the general health of their employees. More importantly, the Corporate Health Standard brings together a whole host of healthy working arrangements under one single standard which needs to be evidenced as being within mainstream working practices in order to be recognised as effective.

As a result of this success, the service will receive official recognition at an awards ceremony to be held later in the year at a Healthy Working Wales Employer engagement event.

Head of Corporate Risk, Mydrian Harries, who has been leading the Corporate Health Standard said: “The service is thrilled with this Gold award and it speaks volumes about the dedication of all our staff in both contributing as well as maintaining a healthy work life balance. We are all extremely proud to have been recognised for achieving such a high standard and I can think of nothing better to start the year off!”

Chief Fire Officer Richard Smith commented: “I am extremely pleased with the success the service has obtained in achieving the Gold award within the Corporate Health Standard especially as I know how much commitment has been made by all those involved over the last few years.

“To receive this recognition is testimony to how our service continues to strive to provide the best possible arrangements for both our staff and our communities during such a challenging time of public sector finances and increased demands upon individual workloads”.

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Pembroke: Leave teenage girls alone, sex offender told

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A SEX OFFENDER from Ashdale Lane, Pembroke has been jailed for repeatedly ignoring court orders which were put in place to protect young girls.
Gareth Thomas James Flynn, aged 41, frightened a 14-year-old girl who refused to get off a bus in case he managed to find out where she lived.
41-year-old Gareth Thomas James Flynn scared a 14-year-old girl because she refused to get of a bus, frightened he would learn her address.
He admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was jailed today for a year.
Sitting at Swansea Crown Court, Judge Geraint Walters berated the defendant.  His Honour said that Flynn had shown a complete disregard for the original SHPO.
The judge said: “Leave teenage girls alone. They are scared of you”
He told Flynn he would be on licence for 12 months after his release from prison, and he reminded him that the SHPO remained in place.

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Narberth: ‘My mum’s camper was stolen and found burned out down the road’

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A CAMPER VAN stolen on Thursday night in Narberth was found burned a short distance from where it was parked, the owner’s son has said.

Zachary Bunce posted an appeal on Facebook on Friday morning saying: “Can every single one of my friends please share this my mother’s Ford transit campervan was stolen last night in the Narberth area can people please be on the lookout for this van as my mother is completely heartbroken.”

But three hours later he updated the post to say: “Thank you everyone who shared, sadly my mums van was driven 1.3 miles down the road and driven into a ditch and burnt it out.

Mr Bunce has said on that the incident has been captured on CCTV, and took place at 2.10am in the morning (Jan 24).
Anyone with any information should contact the police on 101.

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Hook: Police and school confirm death of boy, 13

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POLICE are investigating the sudden death of a 13-year-old boy from Hook on Wednesday (Jan 22)

A police spokesman told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy, from the Hook area of Pembrokeshire.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. Next of kin have been advised and are being supported.”

A letter was sent out to parents and carers by Haverfordwest High VC School headteacher Jane Harries following the death. The letter reads: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you about the sudden death of a year nine pupil at our school.

“The children in Year nine were told this morning by myself and other pupils were told by their teachers during their lesson this afternoon. The full detail surrounding the death are not known at this stage – but children have been reassured that this is something that does not happen very often. Your child may or may not want to talk bout it, but it is likely that he/she will need your special care, attention and reassurance at this difficult time.

“We are deeply affected by the death, but we are trying, for the children’s sake, to keep the school as normal as possible over the coming days, whilst allowing the children opportunities to talk about the pupil if they wish to. Trained support staff and counsellors are helping to support us through this difficult time. If you feel that your child needs extra support, please let us know.

“Our thoughts are with the pupil’s family at this difficult time, and the whole school community sends them our sincerest sympathy and support. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s achievement leader, or Miss Thomas, pastoral support manager. Paul Lucas, chairman of the governing body at Haverfordwest High VC School, said: “The governors are shocked at the tragic loss of this young student. The family are in our thoughts at this very sad time.”

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