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Anti-Racist Action Plan hopes for Pembrokeshire County Council

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is working towards an “Anti-Racist Pembrokeshire County Council Action Plan.” Spearheaded by Cllr Thomas Tudor of the Labour Group and supported by Haverfordwest Town Councillor Cllr Randell Izaiah Thomas-Turner, the plan was passionately discussed and approved at the Full Council meeting on May 9, 2024.

The action plan is inspired by the recently published Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan, which aims to establish Wales as an anti-racist nation by 2030. The plan’s primary goal is to create substantial changes in the lives of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic people in Wales. Speaking on this development, Cllr Thomas Tudor expressed his honour in presenting the Labour Group’s notice of motion, emphasising the urgency of fostering an inclusive community that values diversity and promotes equality.

“The Labour Group calls on Pembrokeshire County Council to recognise the importance of fostering an inclusive and anti-racist community that values diversity and promotes equality,” Cllr Tudor stated. “Recent events have highlighted the need for proactive measures to address racism and ensure that our community remains a welcoming and safe space for all residents.”

Key Measures in the Action Plan

The Anti-Racist Pembrokeshire County Council Action Plan outlines several critical measures to combat racism and promote inclusivity:

  1. Commitment to Anti-Racism: The council will reaffirm its dedication to promoting anti-racism and fostering an inclusive environment within Pembrokeshire and Wales.
  2. Eliminating Discrimination: Efforts will be made to eradicate racial discrimination and prejudice both within the council’s operations and the wider community.
  3. Collaborative Initiatives: The council will work with local organisations, community leaders, and residents to develop and implement anti-racist initiatives and programmes.
  4. Policy Review and Strengthening: Existing policies will be reviewed and strengthened to ensure inclusivity and address systemic issues contributing to racial disparities.
  5. Anti-Racism Training: Staff, elected officials, and community leaders will receive anti-racism training to raise awareness and promote cultural competence.
  6. Dedicated Working Group: A working group will be established to monitor and address racism-related issues, providing regular updates to the council.
  7. Community Engagement: The council commits to engaging with the community, listening to the experiences and concerns of residents affected by racism, and taking appropriate actions.
  8. Celebrating Diversity: Diversity will be celebrated through events, education, and community engagement initiatives.

Support and Gratitude

Cllr Tudor extended his gratitude to those who assisted in crafting the motion, particularly acknowledging the contributions of Cllr Randell Izaiah Thomas-Turner and Professor Uzo Iwobi CBE, Chief Executive of the Race Council Cymru. Their support and dedication have been instrumental in bringing this action plan to fruition.

Cllr Thomas-Turner echoed this sentiment in his statement, expressing his gratitude for being involved in promoting the Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan within Pembrokeshire County Council. “It is great to know that we live in a county that is committed to ensuring it is anti-racist,” he said. “I am humbled and extremely grateful to Thomas Baden Tudor and Professor Uzo Iwobi for their assistance and expertise in putting together this plan.”

The Anti-Racist Pembrokeshire County Council Action Plan signifies a strong commitment to building a more inclusive and anti-racist community. By implementing these measures, Pembrokeshire County Council aims to foster understanding, unity, and equality for all residents, ensuring that the community remains a welcoming and safe space for individuals of all backgrounds.

Signatories: Cllr Thomas Tudor, Cllr Guy Woodham, Cllr Simon Hancock, Cllr Tony Wilcox, Cllr Maureen Bowen, Cllr Paul Miller, Cllr Jordan Ryan, Cllr Marc Tierney, Cllr Nicola Gwynn, Cllr Joshua Beynon.

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Calls for help over VHF radio may have been a hoax, say RNLI

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THE ANGLE All-Weather Lifeboat was requested to launch on service at 10:23am this morning, Monday (July 22).

Following a call to the Coastguard from Milford Haven VTS, the crew were tasked after the VTS operators overheard a female voice calling for help on VHF channel 12.

After narrowing down the transmission to having been received on the Pembroke aerial site, the crew were requested to conduct a search.

Launching at 10:30am, the lifeboat made best speed to the moorings at Hazelbeach, and a hasty search was requested by the Coastguard of any moored vessels. The crew began making their way amongst the moorings, heading up to the moorings off Neyland. With nothing untoward sighted, the crew proceeded to search the moorings off Hobbs Point, Barnlake Point, Burton, Llanion and Rudders Boat Yard.

With nothing found, the Coastguard requested that the crew continue their search up river to Picton Point. The lifeboat continued searching up the western shore encompassing Llangwm before altering course just past Landshipping and searching the eastern shore back down the river, calling in to Lawrenny on the way to check any vessels moored there.

The RNLI said that the search continued back down as far as the Cleddau Bridge.

On Facebook the organisation posted :”Following a thorough visual, communications and radar search the crew were subsequently stood down when no further information or calls had been received.

“The tasking was therefore deemed to be a hoax call.

“The lifeboat was back alongside and readied for further service by 1pm.”

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Police investigating after man injured during altercation in cemetery

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POLICE have confirmed that they are investigating a report of an altercation which occurred in the cemetery off Gelliswick Road, Hakin, Milford Haven sometime between 4.30 and 5.00pm, Wednesday 17th July, 2024.

Following the incident, a 32-year-old man went to hospital for treatment and was later released.

A 19-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail pending further police enquiries police have confirmed.

The incident caught the attention of locals, who said there was a large police response to the incident included armed officers.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing [email protected], or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: 394 of the 17th

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org

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West Wales man jailed for rape after victim’s cries heard

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A WEST WALES man has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison for raping a woman in an attack that ended only when her cries for help were heard by others. Charlie Evans, a 22-year-old former Exeter University student, ignored his victim’s repeated pleas for him to stop during the 45-minute ordeal.

The incident took place after Evans and his victim had attended a party, where both had been drinking. The court heard that after kissing, the pair left together, with the woman under the impression that Evans lived in a flat with her friend.

Upon returning to the flat, the woman used the toilet before Evans raped her, despite her repeatedly saying no. The prosecutor described the victim as crying hysterically and added: “She did not want these things to happen.”

During the attack, one student testified they could hear the victim not consenting and begging Evans to stop. Another person said they were so concerned they inquired about what was happening.

Police were alerted after the incident was reported to campus staff, who then contacted the emergency services. Evans was told to leave his flat and was subsequently removed from the university. He denied the offence during his police interview.

Evans, of Victoria Avenue, Mumbles, Swansea, was convicted earlier this year at Exeter Crown Court of rape and sexual assault. He was sentenced on July 12. In a victim statement, the woman said her life had been forever changed by Evans’s actions. She expressed feelings of fear, confusion, and shame during the incident and continues to suffer from nightmares. She now feels distrustful of men and has sought support to cope with her trauma, the court heard.

Christopher Quinlan KC, defending, presented multiple good character references for Evans, describing him as a “kind and respectful” young man who was “always positive, compassionate and thoughtful.” He argued that his client’s life was “in ruins” as a result of his actions.

However, Judge Stephen Climie told Evans he had “completely misrepresented” his victim’s position, adding: “She was so far away from wishing to engage in your sexual activity that the only explanation for your attitude and approach was alcohol that blinded you to what was clearly and obviously the word ‘No’.” He continued: “So far as your life is concerned you will be crushed as a result of the sentence I’m required to impose.”

Following the sentencing, DC Michele Hicks from Devon and Cornwall Police’s major crime investigation team praised the victim for her courage and resilience throughout the investigation. She said: “I hope this case reassures the community how seriously the police take reports of sexual violence against women and girls and gives people the courage to come forward in future.”

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