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Police and Crime Commissioner to host webinar on Hate Crime

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ON Tuesday, October 13, Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn will host a webinar for young people as part of Hate Crime Awareness week. The webinar’s focus will be on identifying hate crime, how to intervene and report a hate crime, the work that’s being done by organisations and campaigners to prevent and raise awareness of hate crime; and the call for action for young people.

The Commissioner will have experts and professionals who work to tackle hate crime and raise awareness of hate crimes, as guest speakers at the Webinar to share their experiences and advice to young people. They include Becca Rosenthal, Hate Crime Training and Engagement Officer in Dyfed Powys with Victim Support; Chief Inspector Stuart Bell who is Dyfed-Powys Police Strategic Lead on Hate Crime; Joanne Maksymiuk-King, Community Support Officer in South and West Wales with Race Council Cymru; Ali Abdi from Race Council Cymru; and Nirushan Sudarsan who is the Wales Hate Crime Service Delivery Assistant with Victim Support and who also is a member of the Race Council Cymru National BAME Youth Forum.

PCC Dafydd Llywelyn said, “Experiencing hate crime can be a particularly frightening experience, especially for young people, as you’ve been targeted because of who you are, or who or what your attacker thinks you are. Unlike non-identity related offences, the attack is very personal and specifically targeted, which means it’s less likely to be a random attack.

“This webinar will be an opportunity for us to discuss and identify the various forms of hate crime that affect young people, how they can often escalate to crimes or tension in a community, and how incidents are reported and dealt with by the Police and organisations.

“I’m extremely grateful to the guest speakers for agreeing to participate in the discussions, and I look forward to introducing them to the young people and all the attendees. The event will hopefully educate them about their responsibilities as young citizens and provide them with the knowledge and skills to help them challenge the attitudes and behaviours that lead to hate crime.”

Becca Rosenthal, from Victim Support said “Now more than ever it’s important for us all to understand more about Hate Crime and the impact it has on victims, their families and our communities. It’s really key to continue conversations in our communities about where hate crime is coming from and how we can all play a part in tackling it and reporting what we see.

“At Victim Support we’re really pleased to be invited to participate in this conversation facilitated by the PCC with young people. Young people have a better insight than sometimes we give them credit for and it’s really important to hear their voice….they’re the next generation of community campaigners and hate crime leaders after all.

“If you’ve been a victim of hate crime, know that it can affect people differently, there is no ‘right’ way to feel. You have a right to emotional and practical support to help you to overcome what’s happened.”

The webinar is part of a number of activities that the Police and Crime Commissioner, and Dyfed-Powys Police is involved in during Hate Crime Awareness week which runs from 10th – 17th of October. Victim Support Cymru will take over the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner Twitter feed on Wednesday evening to promote message around hate crime, and to encourage discussions, while the Commissioner will also be hosting a Facebook live ‘Commissioner in Conversation’ with Dyfed-Powys Chief Constable Mark Collins discussing many topics, including hate crime.

The OPCC, as well as Dyfed-Powys Police, in their preparation to hate crime awareness week have signed up to the newly launched Victim Support ‘Hate Crime Charter’ which outlines and reinforces victims’ rights.

Dyfed-Powys Police Strategic Lead for Hate Crime, Chief Inspector Stuart Bell said: “Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can cause serious distress, confusion and fear. At Dyfed-Powys Police we are working hard to combat Hate Crime, understand its impacts and provide support to victims. Across the force, we have a wide range of activities and events planned to support Hate Crime Awareness Week, and have also signed up to the newly launched Hate Crime Charter.

“I would like to reassure our communities that by reporting crimes and incidents as they happen, police can investigate, bring offenders to justice and stop this from happening to someone else. Whether you are a victim or a witness to hate crime, please report it to us, we want to hear from you and stop this together.”

Anyone who wishes to attend the Hate Crime Webinar can register via Evenbrite, and there are further details available on the Dyfed-Powys Office of Police and Crime Commissioner’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DPOPCC .

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Pembrokeshire the perfect holiday spot

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Pembrokeshire has been the perfect holiday destination for many years.

The county is home to miles of scenic coastline and beaches, stunning villages full of character and plenty of coastal escapes. It is the perfect place for tourists to sweep the cobwebs away and enjoy the beauty of the scenic Welsh countryside.

But with so many holidaymakers set to staycation in the UK, the question many people have been asking is where will they all stay? This is where Pass the Keys® comes in!

As the demand for staycation accommodation and short-term rentals grows across the UK, and more so in Pembrokeshire, there is an increasing demand for professional holiday let management services to help make the process of short term letting a completely hassle-free and enjoyable experience for property owners.

Pass the Keys® is run by local people & partnered with local companies but backed by a national brand who have are tried and tested infrastructure, as well as award winning technology to keep a cut above the rest. We are proud to be one of the only Professional Co-hosts of Airbnb in Pembrokeshire, so you can rest easy knowing that you are dealing with short-term letting experts.

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Enjoy the beach, but safely says the council and police in joint message

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YOUNG people in Pembrokeshire who are meeting up on the county’s beaches with their friends are being urged to do so safely and with consideration for others.

The message comes from Pembrokeshire County Council, Dyfed Powys Police, and other local agencies.

“It’s been a tough year for young people,” said Cllr Tessa Hodgson, Pembrokeshire’s Cabinet Member for social services.

“They spent much of the winter cooped up at home. Many have also been studying and had assessments. It’s natural to want to socialise – and to enjoy spending time on the beach.

“But please do so safely. If you’re a parent, please advise your child not to meet others at isolated beaches with poor mobile phone reception. We haven’t seen these problems so far, but if a young person has a drug or drink-related incident on an isolated beach, then it’s much harder for them to get help. The same goes if there’s an issue linked to reckless behaviour.”

Young people are also asked to act responsibly while at the beach, and to respect the local community.

It follows some instances where tins and bottles and the contents of bins were left strewn across the sand following gatherings.

“Young people are generally sensibleand we hope these were isolated incidents, but we would like to take this opportunity to remind them to respect the environment, put litter in bins or take it home,” said Cllr Hodgson.

“Please enjoy going to the beach – but please behave and allow others to enjoy it as well.”

National Park Authority Chairman, Cllr Paul Harries added: “As well as having a negative impact on other people who want to enjoy the beach, actions such as littering can also have negative impacts on wildlife.

“We would urge everyone to tread lightly as they enjoy the Pembrokeshire Coast so that all who visit or call this place home can do so safely.”

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Enhancement project nears completion at Withybush Woods

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ONE of Haverfordwest’s favourite woodlands has been transformed over the past two years, thanks to an EU-funded improvement project led by Pembrokeshire County Council.

Withybush Woods is a tranquil dog-friendly woodland featuring two ponds, a wetland area, an accessible 1.5km footpath with bridges and a boardwalk, and lots of wildlife including resident ducks, moorhens and swans.

Owned by the County Council, the wood is located not far from Withybush showground and is part of the Victorian garden of Withybush House, demolished in the 1960s.

Pictured at Withybush Woods are Cllr Cris Tomos, Cllr Steve Yelland, and Helen Ross, External Funding Officer.

Work to improve the site has been carried out by the Council with support of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority youth rangers, and volunteers from Rudbaxton Community Council.

Cllr Cris Tomos, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Welsh Language, said the Council has received lots of positive comments about how peaceful and beautiful the area is.

“Together with our partners, we have worked hard to improve and enhance Withybush woods and we’re delighted with the feedback that we’ve received,” he said.

“We know it was especially popular with local people during the pandemic and we’re pleased that it provided them with some tranquillity and the opportunity to relax and spend time amongst natural surroundings.”

Cllr Tomos said the new features had also been welcomed, and had made a real difference to the overall appeal of the area.

“As well as a newly-restored lower pond and a new wetland area, we have de-silted the upper pond, created an extra 500m section of accessible footpath including bridges, planted thousands of wildflowers and bulbs, installed signage, birdboxes, feeding stations, and more.

“There are still some elements of the project which haven’t been completed as a result of the pandemic, including the installation of an otter holt and planting of native trees – but this work will be carried out as soon as we are able to.”

Cllr Steve Yelland, county councillor for Rudbaxton, said: “I am delighted with the work that has been carried out at the woods, it has greatly increased the attraction and pleasure for many. The extension to the path and the new pond has added to the enjoyment which is used by both children and adults alike and is proving so popular that the car park is quite often full, which is a pleasure to see.

“I have had many people comment and say how much they appreciate the improvements that have been made and how much they enjoy walking through the woods.”

The enhancement work received funding by the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. It also received funding through the Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme, through the WCVA.

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