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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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Lottery win for local neighbours

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Two people in Ferryside are celebrating today after winning £1,000 each thanks to their lucky postcode.

The  neighbours netted the windfall when SA17 5YP was announced as a Daily Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Wednesday 8th April 2020.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her well-wishes to the winners. She said: “Congratulations to our winners! What a great surprise for them, I hope they enjoy their winnings.”

A minimum of 32% of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £500 million to date for thousands of good causes in Britain and beyond.

This draw was promoted by Maggie’s which has received over £16.1 million in funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Maggie’s runs a network of cancer support centres across the country. These centres bring people together to help combat the isolation and distress that often accompanies a cancer diagnosis.

Many good causes close to the winners have also benefitted from players’ support, and local charities can next apply for funding in August.

For more information onPeople’s Postcode Lottery, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk or Facebook  and Twitter.

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Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages

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Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.


Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.


The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.


More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said:  “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.


“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.


“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”

Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative

Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.

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First two cases of coronavirus in Carmarthenshire confirmed

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THE FIRST two cases of coronavirus have been found in Carmarthenshire, the Welsh Government announced today.

The two patients in the Carmarthenshire local authority area had recently returned together from northern Italy.

It comes as the Hywel Dda Health Board which serves the area opened two centres to test for coronavirus, one in Cardigan and one in Carmarthen.

The health board announced it had opened the testing centres to “help protect the health of our communities”, while also saying that centres could be opened in other areas across the health board.

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton, confirmed that a total of nine patients in Wales had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID -19) today, bringing the total to 15.

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