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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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Llanelli: Stop notice issued for school planning application

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A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for a new 480-spaced school in Llanelli has been issued a stop notice by the Welsh Government.
Carmarthenshire County Council is proposing to build a new £9.1m school on Llanerch Fields in Llanelli and were looking to determine the planning application in the coming weeks. Welsh Government will now decide whether to call in the application or not.
The new school would accommodate 420 primary and 60 nursery pupils, set over two floors with larger classrooms with integrated IT facilities, a multi-purpose hall and specialist provision for pupils with additional learning needs.
Over recent years there has been much debate in the area on the choice of site for the new school with campaigners arguing that they support a new school, but object against Llanerch fields being built upon. Last year an attempt to get the land designated as a village green was turned down.
In 2017, Ysgol Dewi Sant as the first Welsh medium primary school to be provided by a local authority celebrated its 70th birthday.
Councillor Rob James, local member for Lliedi, stated “From day one I have raised concerns that the Council’s site choice and planning process opened the Council up to the possibility of the Welsh Government calling in the planning application. It is clear that these concerns were not misplaced and there is now a really chance that it will be. 

“As a local Councillor, a school governor and a parent, I am passionate about the need for a new school for the pupils of Ysgol Dewi Sant and it is important that local pupils get the benefits of a 21st century school.
“I will now be working with Council Officers to ensure that contingency plans are prepared in case the Welsh Government state that the planning application does not comply with national planning policy.
“I will also work with parents, pupils, residents and interested parties are able to engage with the Welsh Government during this process.”

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Third annual Burry Port Raft Race is eagerly awaited

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THE THIRD ANNUAL BURRY PORT RAFT RACE, organised by Burry Port couple, Craig and Isabel Goodman, will be held on Saturday (July 27).

The event which is held in Burry Port Harbour, raises much needed funds for both Burry Port RNLI and a children’s football academy and primary school the couple support in The Gambia.

The day launches at 12pm with stands, food stalls and children’s inflatable games and rides and these will be available until 5pm. You’ll also have a chance to meet the crews, who’ll be busy putting the final touches to their rafts.

Rafts launch at 3pm, followed by a presentation ceremony, including prizes for first raft over the line, first raft to sink and best dressed raft.

Craig said: ” A huge thank you goes to all our sponsors, including overall sponsor Dawsons, along with continued sponsorship from Celtic Couriers, Parker Plant Hire, Burns Pet Nutrition, Burry Port Co-Op, Llanelli Star, LBS Builders Merchants, Burry Port Marina, First Choice Flooring and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council.

For any further information about the event, please contact 07825 842981.

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Compensation offered after FSCS declares Llanelli firm in default

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CONSUMERS could get back money they have lost as a result of their dealings with a failed regulated firm in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. The firm is Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited formerly Assura Protect, Room 1, 7 Meadows Bridge, Parc Menter, Cross Hands, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA14 6RA.

The firm was declared in default in June 2019 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

FSCS is the UK’s statutory compensation scheme that protects customers of authorised financial services firms that carry out certain regulated activities. A declaration of default means FSCS is satisfied a firm is unable to pay claims for compensation made against it. This paves the way for customers of that firm to make a claim for compensation with FSCS.

Alex Kuczynski, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at FSCS, said: “FSCS steps in to protect consumers around the UK when authorised financial services firms go bust. This vital service, which is free to consumers, protects deposits, insurance, investments, home finance and debt management. We want anyone who believes they may be owed money as a result of their dealings with this firm to get in touch, as we may be able to help you.”

Since it began in 2001, FSCS has helped more than 4.5m people, paying out more than £26bn in compensation.

If you wish to make a claim with FSCS against Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited, you may be able to do so using FSCS’s online claims service at https://claims.fscs.org.uk Or you can contact its Customer Services Team on 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100

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