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Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns resigns over rape trial sabotage

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WELSH SECRETARY Alun Cairns has resigned over claims he knew about a former aide’s role in the “sabotage” of a rape trial. He had denied knowing Tory assembly candidate Ross England made claims about the victim’s sexual history in an April 2018 trial.

The Conservative Vale of Glamorgan MP said he only became aware of Mr England’s role in the trial’s collapse when the story broke last week.
BBC Wales discovered Mr Cairns was emailed about it in August 2018, which was four months before Mr England was chosen as Vale of Glamorgan candidate.

Paul Davies AM told The Herald: “I am sorry to see Alun resign today as the Secretary of State for Wales however, under the circumstances this was the right decision for him. Alun has rightly stated that he will cooperate fully with any investigations.

“I would like to thank Alun for his service to Wales as our Secretary of State where he brought an end to the Severn Bridge tolls which will leave a lasting legacy on the Welsh economy.”

Mr Cairns had been a cabinet member since being appointed in 2016. Mr Cairns intends to run as a candidate in the general election, the Herald understands.

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Zoe Evans, Llanelli painter and decorator, is British Apprentice of the Year

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Zoe Evans, a 21 year old painter and decorator from Llanelli, has been named the GB Apprentice of the Year and Welsh Apprentice of the Year at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Apprenticeship Awards.


The CITB Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the achievements of apprentices and employers across the UK for their commitment and dedication to construction.


The winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster and property entrepreneur, Sarah Beeny. The ceremony took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London (7 November).


Zoe completed a level 2 apprenticeship in painting and decorating, to go onto achieve her Advanced level 3. With her artistic flair, Zoe enjoys the creative aspects of her trade and plans to take a career route in interior design. Zoe’s amazing commitment to being the best she can, has attributed to her becoming an ambassador for women in construction and being the face of the posters across her college, Coleg Sir Gar.


Zoe said: “I’ve loved every single part of my apprentice journey, from the classroom learning to the practical application and the more creative aspects of the job. I want to thank my mentor, Ken MacKay and my employer Ian Williams Ltd. It’s a really good feeling to know that I’ve been
recognised in this way. I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone willing to work hard, have goals and go full out to achieve them.”

Jon Davies, CITB Apprenticeship Officer, said: “When Zoe started her apprenticeship we saw her potential so we fast tracked her from level 1 to level 2. It was important for me to make sure she had the right support to reach the heights she is capable of, and she is doing just that. Zoe makes work a brighter place for everyone around her. Her positive attitude and ability makes her a perfect ambassador for women in construction, and I am really pleased this has been recognised with her award.”

Kevin Mcloughlin, CITB board member and founder and Managing Director of Mcloughlin Decorating, said: “Congratulations to Zoe, a clearly dedicated apprentice – it’s great to recognise her hard work. Apprenticeships provide a fast track route into the construction industry. With so many rewarding careers opportunities in construction there is something out there for everyone. I wish Zoe all the best in her career in construction.”

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Police difuse hostage situation in Cae Glas

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AT APPROXIMATELY 10.10pm on Wednesday (Nov 6) police were requested to attend at a property in Cae Glas, Felinfoel, in respect of threats being made by a man within the property to harm himself and a woman inside with a knife.

Officers were deployed immediately, and to ensure the safety of everyone at the scene firearms officers were also deployed.

Chief Inspector Stuart Bell said: “A specialist negotiator worked with the man for a number of hours, bringing the incident to a close at about 1.45am this morning, when the man surrendered himself and was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

“A woman at the scene was also arrested for obstructing police officers. No injuries have been reported.

“There is no threat or danger to anyone outside of the property in the area, and we can reassure residents that there is no need to be concerned as this was an isolated incident.”

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Diversionary Scheme launched in Dyfed-Powys

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A NEW initiative was launched on the 1 st November which will aim to divert low level offenders away from the criminal justice system and reduce reoffending in the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.


The Diversion Scheme will enable eligible offenders to get the support and guidance they need to keep out of the criminal justice system. Only individuals who have committed a low level offence which is eligible for an out-of-court disposal will be accepted on to the scheme.


Individuals identified as the highest risk of offending will be excluded from the scheme and will be dealt with via traditional criminal justice disposals.
A successful pilot of the scheme began in 2016 as a Women’s Pathfinder in Pembrokeshire.


The pilot was widened in 2018 to a diversionary scheme for all eligible offenders in Pembrokeshire with an aim of providing a force-wide scheme.


Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “I’m pleased to be in a position to see the new Diversionary scheme come to fruition in the
force. This is a significant development from our initial pilot that focussed mainly on women offenders.

Critically what it does is give people a second chance. When people come in to the criminal justice system, this is an opportunity for them to go through a diversionary scheme which will work with them as a person, trying to understand the reasons behind their offending and providing them with the appropriate help. Evidence shows that this approach leads to reductions in reoffending. By reducing the offending we obviously reduce
the number of victims in the force area and that can only be a good thing for our communities.”


“I am looking forward to working with Pobl Care & Support who have been awarded the contract to provide the essential support and guidance to offenders within the Diversionary scheme.”


As part of the Pobl Group, Pobl Care & Support is a leading provider of care and support services to people living in Wales and the South West of England, specifically aimed at improving lives and enabling independence.


Annette Brenchley. Area Manager Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, Pobl Care & Support, commented: “From a provider’s perspective it’s a privilege to deliver such a culture and game changing initiative. Having worked on the pilot project we know this is a scheme that is evidenced to reduce demands on other services, impact positively on those who engage in the targeted programme of interventions and make our communities safer by reducing re-offending.”


PCC Llywelyn added: “This initiative seeks to tackle the root cause of offending and associated health and community related issues. The multi-agency approach will seek to address offending behaviour at a much earlier stage in a person’s offending journey and improve awareness of and access to support services for eligible offenders committing low level offences.”


“I recently spoke to Maria Hardwick who, like many people, went through a very difficult time in her life. After coming into contact with the police she was offered, and benefitted greatly from being on, the Women’s pathfinder pilot in Pembrokeshire. I would like to thank Maria for being brave and willing to speak publically about her experience.”


Speaking about her experience on the scheme Maria said “….it was a much needed intervention for me…” ……“I felt very supported, there was no
judgement at all, no assumptions, so yes, a very valuable experience for me”……. “I’d highly recommend Pathfinders, if I can change so can anyone.”


Follow the link to the video to hear PCC Llywelyn talk about the scheme and to listen to Maria’s story https://www.dyfed-powys.police.uk/en/newsroom/press- releases/diversionary-scheme-launched-in-dyfed-powys-police-force-area/

Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “This initiative will provide tailored support and intervention to those accepted onto the scheme at the earliest opportunity. Many low level offenders, like Maria, may possibly be victims themselves and the support they will receive will hopefully help them address underlying issues, build positive relationships and reduce re-offending across Dyfed-Powys.

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