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Mark Collins appointed Chief Constable

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PCC Dafydd Llywelyn: With newly appointed Chief Constable Mark Collins (Pic. Dyfed-Powys Police)

PCC Dafydd Llywelyn: With newly appointed Chief Constable Mark Collins (Pic. Dyfed-Powys Police)

THE POLICE AND CRIME PANEL have confirmed the appointment of Mark Collins as the new Chief Constable of Dyfed- Powys Police.

Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “I am very pleased to announce that, following the completion of the rigorous recruitment process, my preferred candidate, Mark Collins, has now been officially appointed the new Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police.

“I am grateful for the response of the workforce, and from our communities, when I set out to establish the type of Chief Constable we required for Dyfed-Powys Police. In reflecting on this feedback, and in considering the policing priorities I will be laying out, I believe we have selected a Chief who above all else will improve the organisation and the service it provides to the public.

“I was very pleased with the interest shown by those keen to lead Dyfed-Powys Police and am very much looking forward to continuing this journey with the new Chief Constable, in developing the force’s future.

“In accepting the offer, Mark emphasised how delighted and privileged he feels in having the opportunity to work with us in serving the communities across the Dyfed- Powys Police force area.”

Mark Collins is currently the Deputy Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police, but he has a long association with the Dyfed-Powys area and, in fact, began his career in the police service when he was appointed as a Special Constable in Carmarthen in 1987.

His commitment to policing was cemented in 1991 when he became a Police Constable and joined the Metropolitan Police, but shortly returned to Dyfed-Powys Police in 1995 as a Constable in Cardigan.

Over the next 10 years, he worked in all four counties serving at every rank to Superintendent in Uniform and CID.

In 2006, Mark was promoted to lead the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU). In more recent years, he served as the ‘Preventing Violent Extremism Deputy National Coordinator’ based in London with a national remit, a Borough Commander with the Metropolitan Police, and most recently has been both Assistant Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable at Bedfordshire Police. He lives in Carmarthenshire with his wife.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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