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Student Films Recognised in the University of South Wales Film Awards

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TWO Pembrokeshire College Creative Media Production students had their work recognised at the finals of this year’s University of South Wales Awards for the use of TV and film in schools and colleges.

Scott Thomas, who completed the course in 2021, won the Best Non-Narrative, Experimental or Animated Film category while current student Tomos Bowie was runner-up in the Best Narrative Film (Documentary) category.

Held in Cardiff during December, the Film and TV School Wales Schools and Colleges Awards were established by the University of South Wales to celebrate the brilliant work that goes on using film and TV in schools and colleges, and the phenomenal talent of young people. The awards recognise young people’s love of film, spotlight rising stars and honour influential educators in partnership with IntoFilm and Screen Alliance Wales.

With entries from across Wales and England, Scott’s prize will now see him receive one-to-one mentoring from an industry expert. 

College Creative Media Production lecturer, Denys Bassett-Jones nominated the learners and commented: “I was absolutely delighted with these results. We pride ourselves as a College on our continued success in high profile competitions and I am so proud that Scott and Tomos have gained recognition for their efforts on the Creative Media course.”

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BBC Wales Investigates: Death of Two Black Men: Police in the Spotlight

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TONIGHT 24/1/22, 7.30pm, BBC One Wales

THE FAMILIES of two men who died within weeks of each other after incidents involving Welsh police forces have spoken for the first time of their fight for justice.

Mohamud Hassan, 24, and Mouayed Bashir, 29, died within weeks of each other in separate incidents after coming into contact with the police.

Both their deaths sparked protests  – in Cardiff and Newport –  as family, friends and people in their communities expressed concerns about the circumstances of their deaths.

In January last year, police were called to the shared house in Roath, Cardiff, where Mohamud lived in a basement flat. Police arrested him on suspicion of a breach of the peace; he spent the night in a cell at Cardiff Bay police station; and was released the next morning without charge.

He saw his aunt, Zainab Hassan, and uncle, Sulieman Mohamed, after he was released.

“He came over to our house. As soon as I opened the door – literally I was shocked,” said Sulieman.

“His upper lip was completely opened. He had blood all over his top, his track-suit bottoms.”

Zainab added: “He had bruises on his arms. On his torso when he lifted his jumper, all you could see was just marks – red, black even. It was shocking.”

“I said nephew what happened to you? He’s like it’s the police. I said how and why? He said “I dunno uncle”,” said Sulieman.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct is investigating his death and the actions of six officers are being examined for alleged misconduct.

A post mortem examination failed to establish the cause of Mr Hassan’s death. The IOPC says its investigation is nearing completion; and his inquest is due to take place in May 2023.

South Wales Police said it was unable to comment on specific points due to the ongoing IOPC investigation, which it says it is fully co-operating with. It also acknowledged the impact of Mr Hassan’s death on his family, friends and wider community; and said their thoughts and condolences are with them.

Just weeks after Mohamud’s death, another young black man died after coming into contact with the police.

Mouayed Bashir died after police came to his house in Maesglas, Newport, in February 2021. His family say they were trying to get an ambulance to attend because Mouayed was having a mental health crisis – but instead the police arrived.

“He was expecting paramedics, but instead police officers in black uniform with brutal force coming in,” said Mouayed’s brother, Mohannad Bashir.

Mohamud Hassan, 24, and Mouayed Bashir, 29, died within weeks of each other in separate incidents after coming into contact with the police.

Mouayed had been stabbed three weeks before his death; and when police came to his home he still had a large, deep wound to his leg.

Mohannad added: “When the police restrained him they handcuffed him, they bound his legs and thighs. My dad was saying to the police officers “he’s already wounded. He’s bleeding again from his thigh. Please let go of his handcuffs and let go of his legs.”

A post mortem examination failed to establish Mouayed Bashir’s cause of death. The IOPC says it’s finalising its investigation into his death; and its publication will depend on discussions with the coroner. His inquest is due to be held in July.

Gwent Police said it was unable to address specific questions until  the conclusion of the IOPC investigation and inquest. It pointed out that no officers have been served misconduct notices.

The force also said a risk assessment is carried out when receiving a 999 call and police officers may be asked to support paramedics. The ambulance service said it was sorry its response fell below the expectations of the Bashir family.

Mouayed Bashir’s family are planning to mark the anniversary of his death next month in Newport.

Mohannad said: “If we don’t fight and stand up for other people, for what happened to Mouayed, there’s just going to be another case. We want to do our part. We want to do this for the sake of Mouayed as well.”

The family of Mohamud Hassan will have to wait another 16 months to find out the full facts of his death.

“I can’t remember anything else about my nephew. All those lovely memories I had of him, it’s like they’ve gone. They’ve been wiped out. And I don’t have any answers. I don’t think any words can describe the pain.”

Watch BBC Wales Investigates: Death of Two Black Men: Police in the Spotlight on BBC One Wales at 19:30 GMT on Monday 24 January and afterwards on BBC iPlayer.

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Pembrokeshire’s Council Housing Building Maintenance release this year’s Christmas Number One!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Coldplay

PEMBROKESHIRE County Council have released another in their growing line of Christmas music songs. Following previous years’ hits including a Waste & Recycling service Elvis singing binman and a Freddie Mercury tribute ‘Thank God it’s Christmas’.

This year’s offering comes courtesy of the Housing Building Maintenance service. The song is a reworking of the famous Coldplay hit ‘Fix You’ and the video stars a number of council staff alongside council tenants in supporting roles.

The two main stars of the song Nigel Phillips and Matthew John both work as masons within the Building Maintenance service and have been with the team for over 20 years each.

The video was created to recognise the outstanding service that the Housing Building Maintenance staff have delivered – particularly under Covid restrictions which have prevented them from entering homes to carry out non-urgent repairs.

Covid has inevitably caused a backlog of jobs that the service are now working very hard to reduce, alongside the 38,000 service requests that come in on average every year.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Coldplay – Video

Video creator Mark Bond, customer liaison officer for Housing, said “There was a lovely response to previous videos we’d made and while they brought some much needed appreciation for those who collect our waste, we were able to communicate some really important messages about the service – and this video is no different.

“The Council’s building maintenance team work tirelessly to put right what’s wrong in tenants’ homes and they deserve their moment in the spotlight for that.”

Cllr Michelle Bateman, Cabinet Member for Housing said, “We are really proud of our entire Housing Service in what are challenging times and it was great to publically recognise our Maintenance Service in this video and show the people and personalities behind the service.

“The video has already had a terrific response on social media and there’s still plenty of time before Christmas for Pembrokeshire to show their appreciation for what these people do.”

With thanks to Bethel Baptist Church, Pembroke Dock and Calvary Church, Haverfordwest for locations used in the video, to Pure West Radio for their ongoing support and to tenants, residents and colleagues for embracing this project and playing their part in making it happen.

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Côr Dyfed to perform Messiah

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Côr Dyfed

A PERFORMANCE of possibly the greatest of all choral works, Handel’s Messiah, is something to look forward to, especially after the hiatus caused by Covid.

This immensely popular work will be sung by Côr Dyfed Choir in St Davids Cathedral on Saturday December 11th at 7pm.

Acting Music Director Luke Spencer will conduct the choir, with four renowned soloists:

Ros Evans, soprano

Ralph Thomas Williams, countertenor

Peter Wilman, tenor

Stephen Hamnett, bass

With the acclaimed British Sinfonietta accompanying, this opportunity to begin celebrating Christmas in spectacular surroundings promises to be a very special occasion.

Tickets: Front Nave £22, Rear Nave £18, Side Aisles £12 unreserved (Under 16 free)

Available online at www.dyfedchoir.co.uk

Telephone Ticket Source 0333 666 3366* or 01348 840312* (Mon – Sat 10am – 1pm)

*All telephone and online ticket purchases subject to a booking fee

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