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Team studies support for crime victims

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RESEARCH business Pleydell Smithyman is to lead a study in how crime victims are supported across Dyfed-Powys.

 The work, for Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon, will also identify gaps in the service. It will help Mr Salmon commission a new suite of victims’ services across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys. Sarah Wheale, project consultant at Pleydell Smithyman, said: “We’re thrilled to win this contract to provide a directory of crime victims’ services. “Our research will include building a database of victim’s services, hosting workshops with organisations who wish to help victims, surveying service providers, creating a service provision map and inviting feedback on our draft report.” Workshop invitations are being distributed from May 19. Those eager to take part in the research should contact Sarah Wheale – phone 01952 433211, email sarah@pleydellsmithyman. co.uk. Mr Salmon will be responsible for commissioning of victims’ services from October. During 2014-15, he will access central government funding of £113,000 to work with potential providers to prepare for commissioning. In 2015-16 the funding rises to £438,000 for direct delivery of services. A number of services offering emotional and practical support to crime victims are now provided by the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors. Mr Salmon wishes to ensure that services are accessible, with a simple online facility. His research work to provide a directory of victims’ services went out to tender in March and the contract was awarded to Shropshire-based Pleydell Smithyman this month. Fee: £5,350. Mr Salmon, who has a duty to act as a voice for crime victims, supports the Ministry of Justice’s Victims Code of Practice. This explains what information and support victims can expect during their journey through the criminal justice system.

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Conservatives hold on to Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat

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THE CONSERVATIVES have held on to their Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat despite Labour closing the gap.

Sam Kurtz will take over the seat from the outgoing Angela Burns who held a majority of 3,400 at the last election.

This time, the gap was just 936 to Labour’s Hassan Riaz who picked up 10,304 votes.

Plaid Cymru’s Cefin Campbell picked up 6,615 votes.

The turnout in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire was slightly up to 52.12% from 51.2% in 2016.

However, with a larger electorate thanks to votes for 16/17-year-olds, the number of votes cast went up by almost 3,000.

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Paul Davies re-elected as Conservatives hold Preseli Pembrokeshire

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PAUL DAVIES has been re-elected to represent the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

He won with 12,295 votes, while there were 10,895 votes for Labour’s Jackie Jones.

Plaid Cymru candidate Cris Tomos gained just over 6,000 votes and there were also 1,239 for Reform UK candidate Alan Dennison.

There were over 3000 more votes cast in 2016, down largely in part to the fact that 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote in this election.

Both the Conservatives and Labour received more votes than before while the gap to Labour closed to just 1,400.

After being elected, Paul Davies said he would continue to ‘fight for Pembrokeshire’ and thanked those who had been involved in his campaign.

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Former Cardigan Castle director sentencing delayed

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THE SENTENCING of a former director of Cardigan Castle who has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft totalling over £40,000 has been delayed.

Former director, Jac Davies, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft was due to be sentenced on Wednesday (May 4) at Swansea Crown Court – but has now been delayed.

Davies who held the £40,000 a year post fraudulently obtained £33,098.75 and stole a further £7,932.97 from the award winning restoration project..

Davies held his position at Cardigan Castle from September 2017 to November 2019.

The defendant has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining £4,143.20 from the castle on December 21, 2017.

Again Davies admitted to fraudulently obtaining £28,955.55 between February 4, 2019 and November 3, 2019.

Two further charges of theft were also admitted – one charge of  theft from the castle of £1,908.18 between May 2, 2018 and May 24, 2019 and a further charge of theft from Cardigan Castle Enterprises to the sum of £6,024.79.

Dyfed-Powys Police conducted a year long investigation after being contacted by the castle board of directors.

Financial discrepancies were identified during financial monitoring.

An internal investigation was launched and Davies left his position within the castle in October 2019 following a disciplinary process.

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