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Police issue ‘take a message, pass it on’ advice

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ONLINE safety advice is being spread across communities thanks to a ‘take a message, pass it on’ method.

More than 60 people attended a Community Awareness Training course run by Get Safe Online at Dyfed-Powys Police Headquarters, with the aim of helping the public understand the fundamentals of internet safety.

Through the day, tips were given to help people who are completely new to being online, as well as those who have been using the internet for some time, covering topics from creating a strong password and managing money online, to using social media safely.

Attendees ranging from police officer and fire service staff, to youth support and social workers, were then asked to pass the messages on through their day job – particularly to vulnerable members of their community.

Following the course, Haverfordwest PC and School Community Police Officer Jennifer Thomas arranged cybercrime prevention presentations with WI groups, an adult social care team and a doctor’s surgery to pass her learning on.

Darren Gilbert, of the Pembroke Dock Flying Start Centre, said: “With the information I received I did a presentation to my team within work, we went through the PowerPoint and I gave out a lot of the website links people could use or give out to the families we work with.

“My team was quite shocked with some of the information they were given and all went away more switched on and went to carry a lot of their own personal checks.”

For advice on avoiding cybercrime, visit www.getsafeonline.org.

The top 10 tips to avoid falling foul of cybercrime and fraud are:

  1. Get a shredder – never put any mail in the bin that has your personal details on
  2. Keep your pin safe – never let the machine out of your site
  3. Always check bank statements regularly for any activity that isn’t yours
  4. Check your credit reference files regularly. It’s a good way to track if someone has tried to open credit accounts in your name
  5. Make sure you use security software on your computers and phones and always carry out software back-ups when prompted
  6. Add a pin or password to your phone and make sure it is always locked when you’re not using it
  7. Set difficult passwords, a tip can be to use three random words. Always use a strong and separate password on your email as that’s the gateway to most of your online life
  8. Never reveal personal information over the phone or internet to unverified sources. Not everyone is who they say they are.
  9. Be mindful what you share on line – including pictures on your social media accounts
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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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