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Police launch Cuckoo Watch in fight against County Lines

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POLICE in Llanelli have asked the community to act as their eyes and ears as a Cuckoo Watch scheme is launched in the town.

Officers have started an initiative to gather intelligence around cuckooing – a phrase linked with the County Lines drugs phenomenon, which sees members of gangs take over the homes of vulnerable people to carry out criminal activity.

Recent investigations have shown that gangs from outside the area will look for people who are vulnerable through substance addictions or mental ill-health, and use their home as a base to deal drugs.

Cuckoo Watch was launched in a Morfa street, where neighbourhood and engagement police teams met with members of the community and asked them to report any unusual or suspicious behaviour in an effort to flush these gangs out of the community.

Dyfed-Powys Police Partnership Chief Inspector for Carmarthenshire Jolene Mann said: “The aim of the scheme is to tackle drugs suppliers, who have come from elsewhere and set up in Llanelli. We’re visiting areas where it’s more likely that this activity will go on, and we’re making residents aware so they can keep an eye out for us.

“Our intention is to support and protect the most vulnerable in our communities by identifying those most at risk, and signposting them to the appropriate place to receive the help they need.

“We also want to identify potential addresses likely to be targeted by drug suppliers, and who intend to use this method known as cuckooing. We want to gather intelligence to support our policing objectives, and above all else we want to reassure the community that we are making all efforts and putting a lot of resources into tackling the issue of drugs, and in particular the supply, in our area.”

Police are asking anyone who comes across unusual behaviour in their community, or who becomes aware of people from outside the area moving in to someone else’s home, to report it immediately. This can be done by calling 101, or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Ch Insp Mann added: “County Lines is here now, and that’s why we’re putting a lot of resources into tackling it. Enforcement has already taken place by police, but what we aim to do now is educate people and make people aware of it so they can keep a lookout.

“Perhaps they wouldn’t have understood it before, but the more we talk to people about it, the more chance we have of receiving information. The more information we’ve got, the more we can do to catch the people involved, and hopefully drive them out of our area all together.

“We can’t do this on our own. We need people to come together, to give us information hot – if you see someone who looks out of place, tell us.

“Everyone has a duty of care to look out. As police, we’re not everywhere at every moment. We just want people in the community to look out, give us information and we will do our jobs to the best of our ability.”

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Llanelli bus depot to close after 100 years

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THE LLANELLI HERALD understands that the Llanelli Bus Depot at Inkermans Street will be closing its gates for good. 

The Bus Depot has served the local community for approximately 100 years, Drivers will now be sent to work from depots in Carmarthen, Swansea and Tycroes. 

All services will remain in the the town, this newspaper can confirm, and our reporter was told that there will not be any redundancies. 

One bus driver told us that he and he co-workers were “not completely happy”, but the unnamed source added “At least we still have jobs to go to.” 

Further updates are expected on this developing story.

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Two week national ‘Firebreak Lockdown’ announced for Wales from 6pm on Friday

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MARK DRAKEFORD, The First Minister of Wales has announced a two week ‘fire break’ lockdown from Friday October 23 at 18:00 HRS, to last until Monday November 9 at 00:01 HRS

Mr Drakeford said: “This firebreak is the shortest we can make it. It must be sharp and deep in order to have the impact we need it to have on the virus.”

All non essential businesses, including tourism businesses will be told to close.

Businesses have been told that they will be given £1000 each automatically to help with the economic impact of the shutdown.

Mr Drakeford added that children will be the priority and that childcare facilities will open as normal. Primary schools will open after half term.

Secondary schools will be closed for a week after half term to help control the virus.

Universities will offer a mixture of face-to-face learning and learning via video link. Students must stay at their university accommodation during the lockdown.

Responding to the Welsh Government’s announcement of a Wales-wide lockdown, Paul Davies MS, the Leader of the Opposition in the Welsh Parliament, has called the lockdown “not-proportionate” and is calling on the Welsh Government to be “open and transparent” on the evidence to support a lockdown and if the First Minister is committing Wales to rolling Wales-wide lockdowns every month.

Paul Davies MS said: “Sadly, the First Minster has failed to get public support for this second Wales-wide lockdown, failing to be open and transparent about the evidence to justify this lockdown and what his actions will entail for the future.

“The Welsh Government also has to be honest that this road they are taking us down is committing Wales to rolling Wales-wide lockdowns. This is not a two-week break to solve the pandemic, it is likely that we will see regular lockdowns across the rest of the year. The Welsh Government must be clear what actions they are taking during the lockdown to prevent further Wales-wide lockdowns which will have a significant impact on people’s lives and livelihoods.

“However, the main concern is that this national lockdown is not proportionate. The impact on businesses in areas such as Powys, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, who have the lowest rate of Covid-19 cases in Wales, will be severe at a time when they are desperately struggling to recover from the pandemic so far this year.

“The First Minister needs to urgently come to the Welsh Parliament and answer these questions, to face effective scrutiny by elected representatives and not run his government by media.”

Preseli Pembrokeshire MP, Stephen Crabb told The Herald: “The evidence to support an all-Wales lockdown is weak and I am sceptical that this so-called ‘fire-break’ will tackle the situation in those parts of Wales where infection rates have been out of control. The key issue for Welsh Government to address is what will be done differently after the firebreak ends in those parts of Wales where infection rates have spiralled out of control. Otherwise the whole of Wales risks being dragged back into a series of rolling lockdowns.

“As we saw earlier in the year, lockdowns come with huge costs in terms of harm to the economy and to people’s emotional and mental wellbeing. With the Welsh Government asking UK Government to fund this lockdown, I hope that as many businesses as possible get support they need quickly. Pembrokeshire’s hospitality businesses will be hit particularly hard by these latest restrictions and I will be fighting hard again to see that they are protected as the lockdown kicks in.”

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Drakeford to make decision on ‘fire-break’ lockdown in Wales by Monday

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WALES is facing a national lockdown lasting at least two weeks in plans described as a “fire-break” by the first minister.

He said a decision was likely to be made on Monday, while talks continue with health officials, scientific advisors and councils over the weekend.
“Doing nothing is not an option,” he said.

Responding to the speculation First Minister, Mark Drakeford, is set to announce a ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown in Wales, Welsh Conservative health spokesperson, Andrew RT Davies MS said: “I implore the First Minister to think again before heading down this path.

“The decision to lockdown Wales once again will have devastating consequences – from an economic and public health perspective – and should be the last resort.

“Only yesterday, the former director of communicable diseases at Public Health Wales, Dr Roland Salmon, said a circuit-breaker is likely to fail and the Welsh Labour Government should listen carefully to his warning.

“Earlier this week, Welsh Conservatives called for the urgent resumption of shielding in Wales with a substantial package of support to ensure the financial, physical and mental well-being of those most at risk is protected.

“This should be the immediate action taken by ministers along with prioritising PPE and testing in the problem areas in Wales such as hospitals, care home, universities and meat factories.

“It’s not too late for the Labour Government to reconsider and choose a different approach in Wales.”

Mr Drakeford warned that 2,500 people were now being infected with coronavirus every day in Wales, with critical care units in hospitals full.

“A successful fire-break would re-set the virus at a lower level,” he added.

Together with a new national set of rules for the whole of Wales after the fire-break period we would have slowed the virus down enough to get us through to Christmas.”
Plaid Cymru has been calling on Mr Drakeford to introduce the circuit-breaker without delay, while Labour at Westminster says a similar approach should be adopted in England.

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