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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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Conservatives hold on to Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat

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THE CONSERVATIVES have held on to their Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat despite Labour closing the gap.

Sam Kurtz will take over the seat from the outgoing Angela Burns who held a majority of 3,400 at the last election.

This time, the gap was just 936 to Labour’s Hassan Riaz who picked up 10,304 votes.

Plaid Cymru’s Cefin Campbell picked up 6,615 votes.

The turnout in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire was slightly up to 52.12% from 51.2% in 2016.

However, with a larger electorate thanks to votes for 16/17-year-olds, the number of votes cast went up by almost 3,000.

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Paul Davies re-elected as Conservatives hold Preseli Pembrokeshire

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PAUL DAVIES has been re-elected to represent the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

He won with 12,295 votes, while there were 10,895 votes for Labour’s Jackie Jones.

Plaid Cymru candidate Cris Tomos gained just over 6,000 votes and there were also 1,239 for Reform UK candidate Alan Dennison.

There were over 3000 more votes cast in 2016, down largely in part to the fact that 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote in this election.

Both the Conservatives and Labour received more votes than before while the gap to Labour closed to just 1,400.

After being elected, Paul Davies said he would continue to ‘fight for Pembrokeshire’ and thanked those who had been involved in his campaign.

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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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