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hearing-aidHearing aid specialists Hearing Aid Solutions have joined forces with the Lions Clubs of Britain and Ireland to support a unique and successful project helping those with hearing loss in some of the world’s poorest nations which has been going for more than 25 years. Hearing Aid Solutions, who have centres in Havefordwest, Fishguard and Carmarthen, have collected old but working devices for use overseas for many years. They are supported by the Association of Hearing Healthcare Professionals (AIHHP.org), of which Hearing Aid solutions is the only Welsh member. Hearing aids collected locally are sorted, cleaned, checked and repaired by prisoners at the Sound workshop in Frankland prison in County Durham. These are then forwarded on to many countries across the world, which recently included; Kenya, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Moldova and Zimbabwe. Many organisations are involved with the distribution of the Hearing aids including Sound Seekers, Rotary International and the Salvation Army. This has become a truly global and inter-organisational project, and in addition to helping prisoners to learn new skills as part of their rehabilitation, it is making a real difference to people who would otherwise have no way of improving their hearing loss. Last year, over 56,000 aids were donated from across the British Isles. Those that are not serviceable yet can be salvaged have their parts sold on again, which in turn assists in raising money for hearing projects, but many more are needed. All Hearing Aid Solution centres in south and west Wales are now accepting old hearing aids, hearing aid equipment and assistance devices. Martyn Scott, managing director of Hearing Aid Solutions and secretary of AIHHP said: “We are proud to be part of this very worthwhile scheme, working closely with the Lions clubs for such a long time. There is no greater feeling than receiving a letter from a child in Sri Lanka to say that she can now go back to school and pass her exams just because she can hear again. Letters are also received from adults across the world who have managed to go back to work and support their families. These letters highlight how this really is an invaluable scheme”. Recycled hearing aids are giving the gift of hearing to disadvantaged and the poor across the world, helping people to lead a dignified and fulfilling life. A full list of hearing aid solutions centres across the region can be found at www.hearingaidsolutions.co.uk

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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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