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Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 13.46.53THE RAINBOW flag is flying high at the Llanelli police station this month in celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements. Before and during the formation of the UK, Christianity and homosexuality clashed.

Same-sex sexual activity was characterised as sinful and, under the Buggery Act 1533, was outlawed and punishable by death.

LGBT rights first came to prominence following the decriminalisation of same-sex sexual activity across the UK between 1967 and 1982.

LGBT History Month is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements. Police forces throughout Wales are strong supporters of the LGBT community and have come together to promote the amazing work being done across Wales.

Through a collaborative video made with all four Welsh forces, it will show representatives from the forces pledging and reaffirming the support for the LGBT community. The theme of this year’s celebration is religion, belief and philosophy.

Chief Constable for Gwent Police, Jeff Farrar said: “The celebrations run for the entire of February and will shine a light on the amazing work being carried out to challenge, celebrate and educate.“

For the month, police forces across Wales and the UK will be promoting messages of inclusivity and togetherness.”

Chief Constable for Dyfed Powys Police, Simon Prince said: “During LGBT History Month, we would like to support faith groups who want to engage with their local LGBT communities and their Neighbourhood Policing Teams.”

Deputy Chief Constable for North Wales Police , Gareth Pritchard said: “It’s encouraging and reassuring to see the LGBT network continuing to go from strength to strength and the LGBT History Month is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the history of gay rights and promote messages of inclusivity and togetherness. By all working together we can truly celebrate the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.”

Assistant Chief Constable for South Wales Police, Richard Lewis said: “Within all Welsh forces, there is huge pride in the diverse community we have and serve. LGBT History Month showcases the amazing work being done within the police to ensure that the rights of the LGBT community are upheld and improved.“

Throughout the year, through various events, such as Pride Cymru, police forces across Wales are champions for the LGBT community.“

The theme of this year’s History Month tackles the confusion between religion, belief and philosophy and the LGBT community.”

NPCC Lead for Diversity in Wales, Deputy Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police Liane James said: “As the LGBT History Month comes to an end it doesn’t mean the way in which police forces celebrate the LGBT community changes. Every day police forces fight to ensure that the rights of all are upheld.”

As part of the campaign another video has been produced for officers and staff to celebrate the month.

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Conservatives in disarray over alleged Christmas party lockdown breach

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THE CONSERVATIVE Party is investigating the attendance of senior Senedd members and staff at a Christmas party held during December’s lockdown.

Lockdown restrictions prohibit mixing with people outside your own household.

The Welsh restrictions barring such gatherings follow the basic outline of those imposed by the Conservative UK Government in December.

Those attending the drinks party included Paul Smith, the Conservative Chief of Staff at the Senedd, Darren Millar, the Party’s Chief Whip and campaign coordinator, and Preseli Pembrokeshire MS and Conservative Senedd Group Leader Paul Davies.

The Herald understands that a Labour Senedd Member who attended the Party has been suspended by the Labour Senedd Group pending its own investigation.

The Conservatives’ embarrassment at talking the talk but not walking the walk is intensified by Darren Millar’s presence at the shindig.

In May, Mr Millar led calls for Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething to be sacked for eating a bag of chips in a park with one of his own children.

If the Conservative Party follows the logic of their previously stated positions, Mr Millar’s and Mr Davies’ futures look bleak indeed.

With a Senedd election only months away, the revelations have thrown the Conservatives into disarray.

If they do nothing, the Conservatives will – at the very least – face claims they are hypocrites.

If the Conservative Party acts decisively, it faces massive internal problems.

The Conservatives responded to our request for a response to our story.

Those involved stressed they did not host a Christmas Party.

The incident happened on December 8, when the above met in the members’ tea room to discuss legislation for possible inclusion in the Welsh Conservative manifesto with a Labour backbencher.

During the evening they did drink a glass or two of wine.

They stress that at no point were there more than four people in the room at any one time and that they maintained social distancing.

A joint statement from Paul Davies, Darren Millar, and Paul Smith said: “We are profoundly sorry for our actions.

“While we did not break the rules, we recognise that what was part of a day’s work would not be seen to be following the spirit of them, especially given the tough time the country has been going through.”

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Family tribute to Carole Patricia Fowler

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Carole was a teacher for 30 years at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Llanelli. She loved children and they loved her. 

As one of her past colleagues said: “I know she made such a difference to every child she taught.” She was very popular with staff and well respected and loved by parents. She was dedicated and conscientious, always 100% for the children. She led the music there and was always popular with her guitar accompaniments for services and concerts. 

Likewise, she was a valued member of the choir at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Gendros, Swansea, where she would often accompany hymns with her guitar and gave guitar lessons to the children in the church’s Saturday Music Club. She was also a keen member of Côr Persain, Ammanford. 

She was talented, loved and in demand. A convicted and devout Catholic all her life, through good and bad.

Carole was an avid and very gifted crocheter and was always crocheting or knitting something for someone. She had been spending her time recently, during the Covid crisis, crocheting NHS teddies in scrubs and rainbows, with many given to practising nurses. Carole had recently started learning to make bobbin lace. She was also capable of some very decent sewing, too. 

She was also learning Welsh, doing ‘pilates’ and was considering taking up yoga lessons as well.

She was a busy lady! As one of her work colleagues said of her: “She was wise, strong, beautiful, generous, devout and feisty. And I loved her for all those qualities.”

Above all, she was an immeasurably loved Mam, daughter, sister and a doting Mamgu and so much loved by her fiancé. Having been together for 14 years, they would have been married last July 20th had covid allowed! 

Her premature passing at 61 is tragic and she is already sorely, painfully missed. She leaves behind a huge chasm in so many hearts that cannot be filled.

“Eternal rest grant unto her, o Lord, may perpetual light shine about her, may she rest in peace.”

If anyone witnessed the collision or may have been travelling on the M4 at the relevant time, please contact the Serious Collision Unit quoting police reference DPP-20210113-317

Police can be contacted either online at: bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Tip off leads to pensioner’s drug stash

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A BRIEFCASE full of drugs has been recovered during a raid in Swansea suburb.
Police acting on information provided by a member of the public executed a warrant in Gorseinon and recovered a large quantity of cannabis.
A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of the class B drug, with intent to supply.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “At around 5.40pm on Wednesday, January 6, following an intelligence led operation, a 68 year-old man from Gorseinon was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.
“He was taken to Swansea central police station for questioning. He has been released under investigation”.

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