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Social services are ‘failing deaf people’

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THOUSANDS OF deaf people in Wales are failing to get vital support from social services, a hearing loss charity has claimed this week. Action on Hearing Loss Cymru (formerly RNID) is calling on the Welsh Government to ensure that the new Social Services and Well-Being Bill makes a real difference to the 534,000 people in Wales who are deaf and hard of hearing. Currently almost four out of five people diagnosed with hearing loss (78%) leave audiology unaware of support available to them and 75 per cent of social services departments in Wales do not offer bespoke communications support or textphone numbers, meaning people are not able to access appropriate assessments. Richard Williams, director of Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, said: “The situation is pretty bad and we know of cases where deaf people have had to move out of Wales to ensure they have the right support. “Of course there are some councils that provide excellent support and work in a co-ordinated way with the health board and voluntary sector to ensure the right services are provided in the most effective way. “Yet too many local authorities have lost specialist social workers roles who are trained to work with deaf people, meaning deaf people have to rely on support from people who can’t communicate effectively and safely with them. It is not safe and it is leaving people at risk. The new Bill gives us a chance to improve services for people who are deaf and hard of hearing and we want to urge the Government and local authorities across Wales to take that opportunity to ensure they are providing safe services.” Deaf people have met with the Deputy Minister to urge the Welsh Government to use the new Bill to ensure services to deaf people are improved. The charity is calling for the Best Practice standards to be updated in line with the new Bill and for local authorities to ensure that their services are accessible to deaf people. AM Paul Davies said: “It’s extremely worrying that deaf people across Wales are not receiving the support that they so desperately need. Services need to be delivered locally deaf people should not have to leave Wales to access them. The number of people with hearing loss is growing fast in Wales and the new Social Services and Well-Being Bill is a great opportunity for the Deputy Minister to update the Best Practice standards and make a clear commitment to improving services for deaf people across the country.”

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Johnston: Police appeal after boy on scooter injured in collision

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a collision in Johnston, near Haverfordwest, on Wednesday (Aug 5).

A boy on a scooter sustained minor injuries during the collision, which took place at around 4.20pm.

A red 4×4 is also believed to have been involved.

Anyone who was in the area of the St Peters Road pelican crossing, or nearby Langford road, and either witnessed the collision or who has CCTV that covers this area is asked to get in touch with Dyfed-Powys Police

As spokesman said: “You can telephone 101 or email contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired you can text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Please quote Dyfed-Powys Police Ref DP-20200805-249.”

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Police ask communities to stay alert to prevent raves this weekend

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Police are asking communities to stay alert to prevent raves this weekend.

As we head into the weekend, police are urging members of the public in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire to help them prevent illegal raves from setting up in their communities.

A police operation, called #OpFlamenco, is urging people living in rural communities, including farmers and landowners, to report anything suspicious to Dyfed-Powys Police.

The information will help police respond swiftly as illegal raves arise and hopefully prevent them from happening or at the very least allow police to respond before they become established.

Superintendent Jon Cummins, Head of Specialist Operations for Dyfed-Powys Police, said:

“We know raves can cause anxiety to the community they are held in, and if not dealt with swiftly are difficult to stop due to the sheer numbers of people involved. There is also a safety concern involved in breaking-up such events. And as we’re currently faced with the pandemic, it is absolutely crucial that these types of gatherings do not take place.

“As a force, action is taken as soon as we gather any intelligence of an event being planned. We will continue to respond swiftly to reports of illegal gatherings, and where appropriate will prosecute those responsible in order to protect our communities. Officers will also be conducting proactive patrols of areas identified as possible sites for these types of gatherings.

“However, these types of illegal events are carefully co-ordinated to avoid police attention, and organisers will always try to find new ways to avoid being found out.

“We rely on the support of communities to report any suspicious activity immediately, so action can be taken to disrupt illegal gatherings swiftly. And there has never been a more important time for us all to look out for each other, and report anything that seems suspicious.

“I would encourage farmers, landowners and local communities to report anything they feel is suspicious or out of the ordinary either online at: http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, or by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101.”

Know the signs:

Unusual numbers of vehicles, especially camper vans, vans or trucks, seen in the locality.
Illegal trespassers may recce sites in advance of any rave

People may approach landowners and ask around for land, in the guise of hiring it for acceptable activities such as gymkhanas or scout camps.

If you suspect anyone who approaches you for land hire might not be who they say they are, please do not hesitate to contact police.

Social networks make it easier for organisers to spread the word – rave attendance numbers can grow hugely in short spaces of time, and locations can change quickly.

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Haverfordwest: Appeal for information following incident at Morrisons

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POLICE are investigating a shoplifting and assault allegation which occurred at approximately 3.20pm on Saturday (Aug 1) at Morrisons, Haverfordwest.

A teenage male was involved in an altercation with the store security guard after he and two older people, a male and a female, were stopped for the purpose of checking receipts as they exited the store.

All three had left the store before police arrival.

Police said: “There were a number of customers of the store who may have witnessed the incident.

“Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked contact police.”

“Police can be contacted at contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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