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Extra security from Dyfed-Powys Police

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Holiday Watch: PC Dave White shows of his euipment

Holiday Watch: PC Dave White shows of his euipment

DYFED-POWYS POLICE are now offering a free ‘Holiday Watch’ programme to all Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Powys residents.

Holiday Watch has been designed for those going away on holiday this year who are concerned about leaving their homes vacant for the duration of their time away. The scheme has been pioneered by Dyfed-Powys Police’s Neighbourhood Development Team and began last year.

The programme now offers a free loan of security equipment to individuals who have poor security measures or have a high level of fear of a crime occurring whilst they away on holiday. Dyfed-Powys Police also offer crime prevention advice to ensure that residents’ homes are kept as safe and secure as possible.

PC Dave White of the Neighbourhood Development Team said: “There are a range of benefits to this scheme including cutting crime rates, keeping away opportunist thieves, making vulnerable homes more secure while people are away on holiday, and reassuring the public.”

Carmarthenshire Community Safety Partnership (CSP) provided funding for a number of secure boxes containing a variety of security products.

The person loaning the security essentials kit will need to attend a police station and sign the relevant documentation and following that, they will be given advice on where to place the equipment.

PC Michelle Parry said: “It is important that you protect your home while you are away on holiday. You can pick up the box before you go on holidays and then return everything on your return.”

Councillor Pam Palmer stated: “I would urge householders to take advantage of this excellent scheme by loaning the equipment. It is a simple measure that householders can take to make their property safer.”

Extra tips for protecting your property whilst you are away which are recommended by police are double checking that windows and external doors in your properly are locked, having a door chain fitted, making it look like you’re at home by setting lights on a timer twitch, asking a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home, and avoiding announcing travel plans on social media. Also, investing in a good quality alarm is recommended as external alarm boxes act as a good visual deterrent for burglars.

Kate Thomas, Manager of CSP, concluded: “The Holiday Watch scheme builds on the work already carried out to advise people to consider home security while away on holiday to ensure peace of mind.”

To find out more about this scheme, call the Neighbourhood Development Department on 101, choosing option 3 or alternatively speak to a member of your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.

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Postmaster and politicians welcome Goodwick cash machine U-turn

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GOODWICK post office will now be keeping its ATM, after a U-turn by Post Office Ltd.

The machine was due to be removed within months with the post master, Jon Moverley saying that it would be a disaster for the village.

If the ATM had been removed, there would have been just two 24-hour ATMs serving the whole of Fishguard and Goodwick in the short term and three when the Co-op renovations are completed.

Both politicians and local residents then got behind the campaign to keep the ATM

Pembrokeshire politicians Paul Davies and Stephen Crabb have welcomed the news that Goodwick post office is now set to keep its ATM facility. Following representations made by both politicians to the Post Office, it’s now been confirmed that Goodwick Post Office will be included in the rollout of ATM machines across the post office network.

Mr Davies said “This is really welcome news. I’m pleased that the Post Office has listened to the representations made by the local community and decided to retain the ATM at Goodwick post office. The facility is so important for local people and businesses and it’s great that that’s been recognised and the Post Office has committed to keeping it.”

Following the Post Office’s decision to invest in Goodwick’s ATM rather than remove it, Stephen Crabb MP, who campaigned for the ATM to stay, commented: “It’s great news that the Post Office has overturned its own decision and will be keeping an ATM machine in Goodwick.

“Access to cash continues to be incredibly important for a number of people and businesses and I’m pleased to have played my part in working with John from the Post Office in Goodwick, Paul Davies MS and the wider community to highlight the ATMs importance to the area. It shows what can be achieved when we work together.”

The postmaster described the news as ‘brilliant’. Mr Moverley thanked supporters.

He said “Many thanks to all of you who have used the machine and complained to POL about the removal. We were also supported by our MP, MS and mayor, the National Federation of Sub-postmasters and our Chamber of Trade.

“Everyone did their bit, and it says an enormous amount about the strength of the community and what we can do when we work together.”

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Judith Rhead murder: Police appeal to public for information

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE can confirm it is appealing for information after the death of a 68-year-old woman from Pembroke Dock.

Judith Rhead’s body was discovered in a property in Market Street on Saturday, February 20.

Dale Morgan, aged 43, has been charged with her murder and was remanded into custody on Thursday (Feb 25).

Morgan is due to appear at Swansea Crown Court tomorrow, police have confirmed.

A spokesman said: “The force has set up an online portal where the public can share any information they feel might help investigators with their enquiries.

“Specifically, police would like to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to Judith between November 2020 and February 2021.”

Detectives said that they would also like to speak to anyone who has information about Dale Morgan’s movements on February 19 or 20, or who believes they have other information that could assist the investigation.

To share information to the police via the portal, please click here.

Alternatively, you can also contact the force by calling the non-emergency number, 101.

 

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PM backs Crabb’s calls for CPR lessons in schools

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PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has backed Preseli MP Stephen Crabb’s calls for CPR to be taught in schools in Wales.

Following a letter signed by Stephen Crabb which aimed to introduce CPR and lifesaving skills to the Welsh curriculum, Prime Minister Boris Johnson added his support to the campaign during today’s Prime Minister’s Questions (Feb 24).

Responding to a question in the Chamber from a colleague, the Prime Minister said: “I agree very much about the importance of learning CPR. That is why we introduced it into the curriculum for all state funded schools in England.”

However, as education is a devolved matter, the decision as to whether to introduce CPR into the Welsh curriculum lies with the Welsh Government in Cardiff and the Prime Minister added: “I share his urgency that the policy should be adopted in Wales as well.”

Commenting after the Prime Minister pledged his support towards the campaign in Wales, Stephen Crabb said: “Basic CPR lifesaving skills could play an important role in helping unexpected cardiac deaths across Wales.

“For the Welsh Government to continually say no to the idea feels wrong and could put lives at risk.

“I’m pleased the Prime Minister supports this campaign and I will continue to work with colleagues in the Senedd to ensure these skills are taught to the children of Wales.”

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