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Young people to shape the future of policing

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POLICE and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys, Dafydd Llywelyn, this week launches a consultation (Jan 6), in collaboration with Hafan Cymru and Hywel Dda Health Board, which will seek young people’s views on policing and crime, and ensure that the opinion of young people is heard. Hywel Dda Health Board and the Police and Crime Commissioner decided to work together on this youth engagement project so that health and policing work together more closely to give young people a voice.

The PCC commissioned Hafan Cymru in September to further develop his understanding of young people’s views on policing and crime. This builds upon the existing work of his Youth Forum, established in 2018.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Engaging with young people is a passion of mine, and I always enjoy listening to young people and encouraging them to influence my work as Commissioner. In addition to visiting youth groups and schools across the region, the past 12 months has seen my Youth Forum develop significantly. I made the decision to commission Hafan Cymru to work alongside my Youth Forum so that we can reach out and hear the views of more young people, especially the harder to reach. And to make this as meaningful as possible, I asked Hywel Dda Health Board to work with me on youth engagement too, to make sure we’re working more closely to effectively hear what young people have to say. We are delighted to work alongside experienced local practitioners, and I am excited today to launch our youth consultation which we hope will enable hundreds of young people to participate, the results of which will help inform the future relationship between young people and the police”.

Leigh Martin, Hafan Cymru added: “Hafan Cymru are very excited to be working with the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner on this important Project to understand what young people need from the police now and in the future.”

Nicola O’Sullivan, Head of Engagement at Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “It is important that young people have the opportunity to have their voices heard so we are delighted to be working in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Hafan Cymru to better understand the issues faced by young people, some of which span across both health and policing.”

The youth consultation will be in the form on an online survey and focus groups with schools, youth groups, and harder to reach young people. The consultation results will be shared in a Youth Conference in March 2020. The age range for the survey is 14 – 25 year olds.

If you work with young people aged 14 – 25 in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion or Powys, you can access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/einllais If you would like Hafan Cymru to talk to youth groups in your area, please get in touch with Hafan Cymru on 01267 225563.

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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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Dyfed-Powys Police criticised for failing to record thousands of crimes

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A SHOCKING new report says that Dyfed-Powys Police failed to record thousands of crimes, despite being told to improve two-and-a-half years ago.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found the force had documented just 87.6% of reported crime – meaning upto 4,400 crimes are not recorded each year.

The report highlighted that of violent crimes, 85.4% were registered, which means about 2,400 went unrecorded, some involving domestic abuse or the vulnerable.

The force said it had “plans in place to improve its crime recording.”

HMIC reached their conclusion by comparing the number of reports to the police with recorded numbers. About 35,900 were reported.

In 2018, HMIC found that our local force was too often not recording crimes. And in 2014 it was reported the force was one of the worst in the UK at recording crimes. 

Dyfed-Powys Police T/Chief Constable, Claire Parmenter was quick to respond to the shocking finding. In a statement emailed to The Herald she said: “We accept the concerns and recommendations published by HMICFRS in respect of crime data integrity. As an organisation, we are firmly committed to supporting victims and putting them at the heart of everything we do. The force has plans in place to improve its crime recording and I am determined we will get this right.

“Since the previous HMICFRS inspection in 2018 we have made significant improvements in our response to Domestic Abuse victims, creating the vulnerability desk which provides real time intelligence to officers attending incidents of Domestic Abuse and ensuring that safeguarding arrangements are in place through a new partnership hub. Recent audits in April evidenced we were achieving a 98% compliance for the completion of risk assessments. This ensures that every Domestic Abuse victim is looked after and kept safe.

“We have a programme of change already in place which will deliver significant process and cultural change. The elements of this programme will improve the forces’ ability to manage demand, support victims, improve the timeliness and quality of investigations and supervision of crime. HMICFRS were unable to take this project into account as part of this inspection. Delivery plans commence next month (June 2021).

“Since the date of this inspection, we are already seeing improvements as a result of the swift additional action we have taken, achieving 100% crime recording compliance in respect of anti-social behaviour for February and March 2021 which is positive.”

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Firefighters extinguish blaze at St Catherine’s Fort, Tenby

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A CONTROLLED wood fire earlier in the day caused a fire to break out on Tenby’s St Catherine’s Island on Thursday (May 6).

Heat that was caused by a wood fire earlier in the day caused a ignition on the unburned wood nearby that was needed to be extinguished by Tenby fire crew.

Taking to their Facebook page, St Catherine’s island thanked Tenby Fire Brigade for their assistance.

No serious damage was caused by the incident.

The spokesperson said: “A massive shout out to Tenby Fire Brigade last night who were called to the Island last night after we left following a long day working on the Fort and burning off all the old flooring, having now replaced it all. 

“We had spent at least half an hour making sure that our controlled barrel fire was out. Unfortunately the ground was so hot it transferred to the rest of the unburned wood. 

“Thanks to our amazing local Fire Service, they were on hand to help us out and no damage occurred.”

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