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Anger over travellers at North Dock

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Caravan: Similar the ones parked at North Dock

LOCALS in Llanelli have been angered over a group of travellers who have parked up at the North Dock.

Approximately eight caravans are parked on North Dock, which is blocking parking spaces and pedestrian crosses.

The travellers have BBQs, toilets and washing lines in the car park.

Their horses are also tethered nearby.

The Herald understands that residents have reported the group to the police, however no action has been taken as of yet.

Last year, travellers also occupied Sandy Water Park in Llanelli.

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Llanelli: Multi-agency response to incident on New Dock Road

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POLICE, paramedics and a rapid response medical team from the Wales Air Ambulance base in Llanelli are responding this afternoon (May 20) to a casualty outside the Chinese takeaway on New Dock Road.

The incident took place at around 1700 HRS, and officers cordoned off the area as a single casualty was treated for serious injuries.

One witness told the Llanelli Herald: “There was a fight, someone ended up with serious injuries and is about to be air lifted to hospital.”

Those reports have not yet been verified by police.

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Emergency services respond: New Dock Road, Llanelli (Pics: J Waite/Herald)

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£5,000 of damage caused to solar panels

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating criminal damage to solar panels at CK’s supermarket, Llanelli, expected to cost £5000 to fix.

The panels were smashed sometime between 5pm on Tuesday (May 15) and 1pm on Wednesday (May 16).

Anyone with information is urged to contact PC 531 Brown by calling 101.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DPP/0038/16/05/2018/01/C

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Police officers to have spit and bite guards from today

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FROM today (May 18) front-line police officers across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys will be equipped with spit and bite guards.

Spit and bite guards, made from a loose-fitting, lightweight mesh fabric, are placed over a person’s head to help minimise the risks of diseases and injuries associated with spitting and biting.

This means if someone spits or bites, or threatens to spit or bite, officers have a new piece of equipment to protect themselves and others.

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “Both spitting and biting are a particularly unpleasant form of assault and should not be considered by anyone to be an acceptable part of the job. Figures show there were 77 spit and bite incidents against Dyfed-Powys Police officers and staff in 2017 alone – more than six per month, on average.

“Assaults by spitting and biting can have long-term and distressing implications for officers, who sometimes have to take medication for many weeks afterwards to prevent infection.

“Use of force tactics, such as spit and bite guards, are there to protect not only the public but also for the safety of our officers, who face dangerous situations every day.

“It is imperative that we employ proportionate and appropriate tactics in each situation we face in order to achieve our number one objective, protecting the public.

“Our officers go through rigorous and continued training on tactics which are considered by the Home Office as a use of force. Officers are highly trained to use force proportionately, lawfully and only when necessary.

“The Chief Officer team has listened to concerns raised by officers as well as taking on board recent recommendations from the National Police Chief’s Council and have taken the decision that spit guards will be rolled out to all front line officers across the force, in line with 25 other police forces nationally.”

Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, said: “Dyfed-Powys Police officers do their utmost to deliver invaluable services to the public, day in day out, no matter the circumstances. It is not right that they are subject to abuse whilst performing their duties, and it is our duty to protect those who strive to keep us safe and free from harm.

“In March 2018 I wrote to Members of Parliament to encourage them to support the passage on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill through the House of Commons. It is an important initiative which seeks to underline the importance of protecting emergency workers from assaults such as spitting and biting, and is a significant step in highlighting our mutual stance on this matter. It is of utmost importance that we take action to protect our police officers.”

College of Policing said: “Spit guards are for the protection of the arresting officer, other emergency service personnel and the public.

“It is recognised that the need to use spit guards or handcuffs during the restraint of an individual may cause distress to them and those who witness the arrest.

“However, as well as serving as protective equipment for the officer, it is also recognised that, by eliminating the risk of being spat on, bitten or the transmission of communicable diseases, the need for physical restraint may be reduced.

“As such, the risk of serious physical injury to the individual being arrested, is also reduced.

“The College has recently led a national review of the Personal Safety Training given to officers, which includes a section on spit guards and the medical implications of their use.

“As with all use of force, it will be for the arresting officer to justify their actions in each individual circumstance. The availability and use of equipment such as spit guards remain a local decision for each chief constable.”

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