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Cafe wins the treasure from Welsh Dragons Den

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cafetransitionTwo white roses are symbols of success for Wales only Transition Cafe. 

The cafe on the corner of High Street and the Co-op car-park in Fishguard is nationally unique, it turns surplus food from gardens and supermarkets into delicious healthy fare at reasonable prices, and helps alleviate hunger. Last week it won the 2014 Sustainable Communities award of £10,000 at Hay Literary Festival. The little team from Fishguard won the prize against stiff competition from across Wales in a Dragons Den style contest. They survived the judge dragons’ probing questions and the audience vote gave them 22 out of 25, an overwhelming victory. They were presented with celebrity long white roses to carry round as well as £10,000 for the project. The idea of a community cafe was born in 2012 at a meeting in Fishguard to vote on ways to reduce waste food. Eighteen months later the cafe opened its doors in a building provided by the Co-op supermarket next door, it has recently extended its opening hours. It welcomes new volunteers who receive valuable experience, training and food. One new recruit said ‘I am duty manager today, you get promoted fast in this place’. The community cafe will celebrate its first birthday next week, all are welcome to the party on 6th June. The award money will pay for mapping the need for food in the area. There is anecdotal evidence of young people who cannot afford to eat enough as they only get low paid part time work. They are thin as rakes, live on low quality food, some have no cooker. The hidden need for adequate food needs to be properly investigated, and met. Shops, growers, some supermarkets and distributors are generously donating their surplus ingredients for food boxes distributed by the cafe, and for nourishing meals to eat in. About half the prize money will pay young people working in the cafe, such as trainee manager Rosi Jones, pictured. This will free up the voluntary committee so they can help other communities who would like to set up something similar. www.transitionbrogwaun.org.uk Cafe phone: 01348 872019

Transition community café High Street Fishguard (close to Co-op) Open Tues – Fri 10.30 – 4.00 Vegetarian specialities All welcome 

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MP calls for cut in beer duty for pubs

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PRESELI MP Stephen Crabb has written to the Chancellor ahead of next week’s Budget calling on him not to increase alcohol duties and to cut the tax on draught sales to help stop pubs going out of business.

Mr Crabb is one of more than a 100 MPs calling for a cut in the ‘keg tax’ to help pubs compete more fairly with supermarket sales of alcohol. 

Currently, beer drinkers have to pay around £1 in tax for every pint they drink in a pub, which is the highest rate in Europe and nearly twelve times higher than in Germany.

Commenting on the letter, Mr Crabb said: “Pubs are at the heart of so many of our communities and when a pub closes down something special is  lost. That is why I am calling on the Chancellor to reduce the beer duty from the keg. A cut will not only bolster our much-loved pubs across our towns and villages, but also have a knock-on boost for British agriculture and employment. 

“Over a hundred Conservative MPs and I hope that after a difficult period the Chancellor will give our pubs and clubs something to raise a drink to this budget.”

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County lines intensification week sees drug supply disrupted into west Wales

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Officers from Dyfed-Powys Police carried out 11 raids during a week of action tackling county lines drug gangs.

COUNTY LINES intensification week (Monday, 11 October to Sunday, 17 October) saw officers carry out warrants, intercepting vehicles potentially involved in the supply of drugs, and working with partners to raise awareness of drug-related crime.

Seventeen people were arrested during the week, with crack cocaine (0.8grams), heroin (77g) and cocaine (6g) seized.

The value of those drugs is estimated to be around £4,500, while officers seized £6,500 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Also seized were an extendable baton and an ammunition magazine.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Cotterell said: “The county lines intensification week was successful for Dyfed-Powys Police, and we had a number of excellent results thanks to the proactive work of officers and police staff across the four divisions.”

As well as the front-line warrants and police work, a lot went on behind the scenes, leading to:

  • More than 2,000 people educated about County Lines and exploitation during the intensification week in the community and partner agencies.
  • Some 50 letting agencies/estate agents educated about the dangers of criminality, such as County lines activity in rented properties.
  • More than 150 businesses educated about county lines, with an emphasis on those who provide mobile top-up services and the use of ‘burner phones’.
  • 50 ‘at-risk’ or vulnerable children, young people and adults received targeted safeguarding support on a 1-2-1 basis and in group settings.

DCI Cotterell added: “Few people are aware of the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to support victims, or the measures we put in place to stop people from becoming repeat victims of drug-related crime.”

“It is very important to us as a force that while we act on all new intelligence to disrupt county lines, we also take a victim-oriented approach to working with those affected by these gangs to protect them from becoming repeat victims.”

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Pembroke Dock: Pensioner sentenced to 20 years for child sex offences

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A PENSIONER from Pembroke Dock has been given an extended sentence of 20 years in prison with a further year on licence after being found guilty of historical rape of a child in the 1980s.

Barry Lake, aged 70, was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court today (22 October) having been found guilty of 10 counts of rape of a child and two charges of gross indecency with a child last month.

Lake, now of Newton-le-Willows in St Helens, had denied all 12 charges relating to offences between January 1986 and January 1989.

Lake was first questioned by Dyfed-Powys Police in April 2020 in what would become an intensive and complex investigation.

Investigating officer DC Claire Lewis said: “Lake denied all charges, putting his victim through the ordeal of a trial.

“As they have done throughout the investigation, they showed great courage and dignity in the face of adversity to help us convict their abuser.

“This was a long and intensive investigation with a lot of work to achieve this outcome today.

“This sentence shows that it doesn’t matter how long ago a victim has suffered sexual abuse, we as police are here to listen and take seriously any person who has suffered any form of sexual abuse albeit a day or 35 years after.

“Please do not be scared to come forward, we are here to listen to you.

“Once again, I would like to commend the victim for their bravery for coming forward and achieving this outcome today.”

After serving 20 years in prison Lake will serve another year on licence.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register indefinitely and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

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