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Police warn of fatal driving mistakes this Christmas

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Welsh-policeDYFED-POWYS POLICE has revealed the biggest dangers faced by drivers, and the three top tips to stay safe on the roads this winter.

The Roads Policing Unit features in the latest in a series of short Behind the Scenes videos produced as part of the force’s Operation Safe and Nice to All (Op SANTA) advent calendar, which is being opened each day on social media.

PCs Leah Evans and Alex Jones have reminded drivers about the Fatal Five – the main causes of serious and fatal road traffic collisions dealt with by the force – and offered advice to drivers on how to stay safe.

PC Alex Jones said: “My primary role within the Roads Policing Unit is dealing with serious and fatal road traffic collisions.

“When we are not dealing with incidents we deal with the causes of them, and we group those up – we call the main causes the Fatal Five.”

The Fatal Five are:

  1. Speeding
  2. Using a mobile phone while driving
  3. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  4. Not wearing a seatbelt
  5. Driving in a dangerous or antisocial manner

Tips to stay safe this winter:

If your vehicle breaks down and causes an obstruction, call 101

PC Leah Evans said: “This year we are finding that we have a lot more breakdowns on the roads, especially on busy shopping routes. If you do break down and feel you are causing any sort of obstruction, give us a call. It is not a problem, we will come out and assist you, providing protection for you and your vehicle until the breakdown service comes out to rescue you.”

Police officers can check your car to ensure it is roadworthy

“If you’re not sure if your vehicle is roadworthy at this time of year, feel free to stop and speak to any police officer, or pop into your local police station for advice,” PC Evans said.

Do not check your mobile phone while stationary

“At this time of year we are finding that because of the queues of traffic with people shopping, people are very tempted to pick up their mobile phones while in the queues,” PC Evans said. “A lot of people don’t realise that is an offence, but they are still in charge of their vehicle, their engine is still running, and the vehicle is creeping along slowly so it’s very dangerous to have your attention on your mobile phone and not on the road.”

Throughout December Dyfed-Powys Police is offering advice on how to enjoy Christmas safely. For a daily dose of crime prevention advice, a behind the scenes look at policing during Christmas and a bit of festive fun.

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Llangennech: Police praise the courage of victims of sexual predator Peter Lewis

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THE OUTSTANDING courage of three victims of a sexual predator has been commended by the officers who investigated the case.

Following the sentencing of ‘predatory’ child abuser Peter Lewis.

The 54-year-old, of Tirgof, Llangennech, will serve a 27 year extended sentence for raping and sexually assaulting three girls, who were all under the age of 13 at the time of the offences.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Roberts, Dyfed-Powys Police, said:
“The three victims in this case have shown tremendous courage by supporting this investigation and giving evidence at court.
“Without them, this predatory sexual offender would not have been brought to justice.”

On Friday, 29 March 2019, Lewis was found guilty of 16 counts of sexual offences against children, including four of rape, seven of sexual assault, two of making indecent images and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

DCI Roberts continued: “Lewis did not accept responsibility and showed no remorse for his crimes. The investigating team has been tenacious in pursuing the truth and seeking justice for these brave girls.
“If anyone reading this has concerns surrounding contact they, or someone they know, has had with Peter Lewis, I urge them to speak to us.
“We have specialist police officers who will be there to support anyone who reports sexual offences to us.”

Police said: “We encourage any victims of sexual offences to have the confidence to come forward and report the offence to us. All reports are dealt with seriously and sensitively. Reports can be made by calling 101.

“Anyone with concerns about contact they, or someone they know, has had with Peter Lewis, is encouraged to contact Dyfed-Powys Police, quoting crime reference: DPP/0037/09/02/2018/01/C.”

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Llanelli Town Mayor hosted the Easter Family Fun Day

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Llanelli Town Mayor David Darkin and Mayoress Kim Darkin with Cllr Suzy Curry and Cllr John Prosser also Nia Nia Griffith MP

ON Saturday 20th April Llanelli Town Mayor hosted the Easter Family Fun Day in the Selwyn Samuel Centre Arena.

The day was a huge success and raised lots of money for the mayors chosen charities – the main charity bring CYCA which provides support to children and young people in Carmarthenshire.

Attendees were treated to taster sport sessions with Rugby Tots, a selection of songs from Shrek Jr from the Hive Theatre Company, magic and fun from Crazy Clayton and a very special visit from Belle who sung songs and played games with the children.

Emergency services information stalls

The event was supported by many local community groups and even had a fire engine pop in for a visit.

Asda llanelli donated some of the Easter eggs and a huge thank you to other raffle prize donors including Joe’s ice cream, hungry horse and berridge-Jones photography.

Cllr David Darkin would like to thank everyone who supported and gave their time to make the event the success it was.

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Wales’ largest ever coastal walking festival launches May

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THIS May a new walking festival celebrating seven years of the 870-mile coast path will take place. The festival’s aim is to encourage locals across Wales to get outdoors, meet new people and appreciate the beautiful Welsh landscapes.

Walks will cover seven coastal regions will be organised by the Wales Coast Path and Ramblers Cymru.

The festival not only aims to showcase Wales’ beautiful coastline and countless natural assets, the Wales Coast Path Walking Festival will also boost local tourism along the path whilst encouraging residents to come together to celebrate the country’s iconic coastline.

Taking place 4th -19th May 2019, the festival will feature over 40 new guided walks created by Ramblers Cymru. The festival programme has been specifically designed to suit all ages and abilities, with the majority of the walks free to join.

From fully accessible and short family walks tonature walks and more challenging hikes, the festival aims to encourage people to enjoy outdoor exercise while exploring Wales’ iconic coastline. All walks will be led by experienced guides offering insights into the unique wildlife, fascinating history and culture that can be found along the way.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “This festival is set to be an excellent addition to Wales’ Year of Discovery and a way for visitors and locals to discover more about our unique Wales Coast Path. I’m delighted that the guided walks will encourage people to find out more about the landscape, history and wildlife associated with the coastal path and will also be an excellent way to be active while discovering more of Wales.”

Local authorities for each of the seven coastal regions, which include South Wales, The Gower, Ceredigion, the Llŷn Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen, and North Wales, will help support the event, along with partners National Resources Wales, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and a number of charities including Keep Wales Tidy.

The festival, which coincides with Visit Wales’ Year of Discovery 2019, will follow a theme of discovery which will be prominent throughout. The Wales Coast Path is the world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast and gives hikers access to undiscovered sections of the coast with stunning views, rugged landscapes and rare wildlife.

To learn more about the Wales Coast Path walking festival or book walks visit: www.walescoastpath.gov.uk

Register to attend the festival: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wales-coast-path-walking-festival-2019-18812644097

Admission free (additional charges for linear walks where transport is required).

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