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Political support for Safer Internet Day

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safer internetAN ASSEMBLY MEMBER wants to make the internet a safer place.

Rebecca Evans AM, for Mid and West Wales, is backing the tenth annual Safer Internet Day.

Mrs Evans is an official supporter of Safer Internet Day, and campaigns on internet safety. She champions the issue in the Senedd.

Rebecca said: ‘I am pleased to support Safer Internet Day 2014. The Internet is a wonderful, valuable resource. It can be an enriching learning environment, helping develop knowledge, skills, ideas and global citizenship, as well as being a forum for socialising and entertainment. But there is also a darker side.”

During a debate she led in the Senedd on the safety of children online, Mrs Evans highlighted the challenges and dangers posed to children and young people online by cyber bullying, online grooming, easy access to explicit adult material which may be extreme or violent, and modern trends such as “sexting.”

Mrs Evans said: “By educating children and those who protect and support them about the safe use of the internet including recognising danger and the importance of privacy settings and content blocks, for example we can make the internet a much safer place.

“By helping children to put what they see and experience online into context offline we can build their resilience. There is a huge amount of very good work already taking place in Wales by the Welsh Government, parents, schools, the third sector, the police and others.

“We need to keep redoubling our efforts and working together to protect children and Safer Internet Day gives us a chance to do just that.”

Mrs Evans asked the First Minister what plans the Welsh Government has to mark Safer Internet Day, to which the First Minister responded: “We are organising Safer Internet Day events in twelve schools and supporting partner events across Wales. Participants will share their ideas on the day’s theme, “Let’s Make a Better Internet Together,
through Hwb. The Deputy Minister for Education and Skills will be joining an event at St Cyres School.”

Mrs Evans has tabled a Statement of Opinion at the Assembly to mark the day, in which she pays tribute to the work of organisations including NSPCC, Childline, and KnowTheNet in providing information for young people and parents to stay safe online.

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Death on Freemens Way

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A 56-YEAR-OLD man has died following an incident on Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, on Wednesday night (Jul 15).

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “A 56-year-old man has died following an incident at Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, last night.

“He was taken to hospital with severe injuries, but sadly passed away.

“His family has been informed and is being supported by local officers.

“An investigation is ongoing but the circumstances are not believed to be suspicious.

“HM coroner has been informed.”

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Two arrested for shouting racist comments at BLM protest

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TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of shouting racist comments at Black Lives Matter protestors, at the latest event in Haverfordwest on Wednesday night (Jul 15).
Commenting on the incident, Superintendent of Pembrokeshire division, Ross Evans said: “On Wednesday evening (July 15) a peaceful protest took place on Picton Fields, Haverfordwest, as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The demonstration, which was attended by around 70 people, was overseen by local officers as part of appropriate plans in place to allow for peaceful protest.

“Sadly, officers present observed a man and a boy shouting a number of racist comments towards those attending the demonstration, and promptly arrested both, one aged 19 and the other 14, on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences.

“The comments understandably caused a great deal of upset and distress to those from the demonstration who heard them.

“The two men arrested have been taken to Haverfordwest custody, where they remain currently. Anyone who witnessed the incident and has any information is asked to contact police by emailing us at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or call 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311908.”

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Local bus firms in protest drive over uncertainty

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HONK for hope is being backed by the coach operators surrounding the South West Wales area.

They took to the roads around Haverfordwest, Carmarthen, and Cardigan in peaceful protest to support the call for help by coach operators during the corona virus pandemic.

Honk for hope is a national campaign to draw the public’s attention to the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the industry. It seeks to draw Governments attention to the dangerous position the coach and travel industry has fallen under, asking for them to take action.

Local coach companies, including Midway Motors, took to the roads to show their support to the campaign and to highlight the impact the pandemic has had on the industry and to ask for more support from the Government.

The coaches and supporters met at the Carmarthen Park and Ride on July 14 at 11am to begin the drive. On the trip they visited Carmarthen at around 11.15am then headed to Haverfordwest for noon, finally reaching cardigan at 1.30pm.

Midway Motors spoke on their social media page: ‘Amazing to see so many local companies turning up to travel around Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. Nice to see so many people along the roadsides as well. Let’s hope for some good news from the Government in Westminster tomorrow.”

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