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Force bids farewell to Deputy Chief Constable

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DEPUTY Chief Constable Darren Davies retires from Dyfed-Powys Police after serving two years with the force and 30 years with the Police Service.

Darren was born and brought up in the force area, having begun his policing career when he joined Dyfed-Powys Police in 1988. He worked in Llanelli, Powys, Carmarthen, Ammanford and at force headquarters, before becoming the Head of the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit in 2005. In 2007 he spent two years in London working on the Terrorism PREVENT Strategy and ports issues at a national level. He also chaired a National Working Group on Surveillance between 2006 and 2015.
In 2009 he returned to Wales working on regional collaborative units, and in 2014 became the lead of both Serious Organised Crime and Terrorism Matters for Wales.

Darren returned to Dyfed-Powys Police in January, 2017 as Deputy Chief Constable following a brief secondment to the Metropolitan Police Service as Assistant Chief Constable and Director of Change for the Counter Terrorism network, also having a close involvement in collaboration on a national level across law enforcement.

Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “I have worked with Darren at a National, Regional and Force level over the last 20 years. I was delighted that he applied and was successful in becoming my Deputy Chief Constable for the last two years. Darren is recognised across policing as a forward thinking, dynamic and inspirational leader.

I would personally like to thank him for his commitment in working to improve policing across Dyfed-Powys for our communities. I wish him all the best in his retirement.

DCC Darren Davies said: “It has been an absolute privilege to serve my last 2 years as a police officer as Deputy Chief Constable within my home area, and I feel honoured to have had the benefit of working with countless committed and caring people, doing their very best to deliver a service to our communities, often in the most difficult circumstances.

It is approaching 31 years since I joined the force, and policing has taken me to many parts of the UK and other countries as well as engaging with the best law enforcement and intelligence professionals anywhere. I have been very fortunate, and policing remains a very challenging but fulfilling vocation.

I leave with heavy heart, but knowing that the force and therefore the public are in good hands, and I will watch with great interest as the force continues to improve.”

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis will become Temporary Deputy Chief Constable until a replacement is appointed.

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Gigabit broadband voucher scheme boost for Wales

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THE UK’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is to be given a boost in Wales thanks to a new partnership between the Welsh and UK Governments. Ministers from both Governments are now urging Welsh businesses and communities to apply for the funding to get gigabit speeds.

The announcement follows an agreement between the UK and Welsh Governments, and reflects the higher costs of deploying fibre infrastructure in Wales, as a result of the country’s topography and the location of premises.

The UK Government’s Gigabit broadband vouchers – worth up to £2500 – are currently available to small businesses and surrounding local communities to contribute to the installation costs of a gigabit-capable broadband connection.

Under the new arrangements, the Welsh Government will provide an additional £3,000 for businesses up to a certain size and an additional £300 per residential property. This means that for group* projects in Wales up to £5,500 is available per business, compared with £2,500 elsewhere in the UK. Up to £800 will now be available per residential property in Wales, compared with £500 elsewhere.

Deputy Minister for Economy Lee Waters said: “Although the vast majority of premises in Wales can now access superfast broadband, we are working hard on assisting the remaining five per cent that cannot access it and where commercial companies have no plans to reach. There is no one size fits all solution to reach the final premises, and the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme is an important part of a suite of measures to achieve this.

“This voucher scheme can provide a vital funding source for group connectivity projects, and could be of great benefit to communities currently without access.
I’m pleased we’ve been able to work with the UK Government to provide an enhanced scheme for Wales, taking into account the particular challenges we face here with geography and the location of premises.”

UK Minister for Digital Margot James said: “This exclusive scheme for Welsh businesses and communities is a vital part of our modern Industrial Strategy and build a Britain that is fit for the future. Working with the Welsh Government, together we can make sure that everyone in Wales has the connectivity they need for the digital age.”

The voucher scheme forms part of a package aimed at improving connectivity in Wales. The Welsh and UK Government funded £200 million Superfast Cymru programme has already taken superfast broadband speeds to more than 733,000 Welsh homes and businesses commercial companies had no plans to cover. The Welsh Government is also investing a further £22.5 million to reach an additional 26,000 premises and the UK Government is introducing a Universal Service Obligation** that will make fast broadband a legal right for every home and business in Wales by 2020.

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Rescuers attend to injured construction workers in New Dock Street

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A MULTI AGENCY rescue operation is underway in Llanelli involving all three emergency services after an incident at a construction site.

Workers have been at the New Dock Street site, working for around three years, The Herald understands.

The Herald has been told that a piece of plant malfunctioned causing the emergency, which happened earlier this evening (Mar 19).

Four fire engines and three ambulances are at the scene, our reporter said.

A specialist line rescue team is involved in the recovery operation.

An eye-witness told the press that three workers have been affected.

The source said: “Concrete had just been mixed and had been poured into a skip which was then lifted using a machine. The concrete was being lowered into the hole, it’s probably about 20ft and then the machine toppled over.”

He added: “Two men climbed out of the hole on their own and as a precaution the third man was told to stay down there. The workers were told to leave the site as a precaution.”

At least one person has been seen being taken away in an ambulance.

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Llanelli: Met Bar incident investigated

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AN INCIDENT which resulted in a 51-year old man having to go hospital is being investigated by Dyfed-Powys Police.

The man has been discharged from Glangwili Hospital but police are looking in to how the incident happened and how the man fell down some steps.

The incident happened outside the Met Bar in Llanelli on Saturday night (Mar 16).

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police told the Herald: “At approximately 10.55pm on Saturday March 16, officers responded to reports of an injured man outside The Met Bar, Station Road, Llanelli, after he’d fallen down some steps at the location.

“Ambulance was at scene, and the 51 year old man was conveyed to Glangwili Hospital with what was thought to have been a serious head injury. He was then later discharged from hospital, and the head injury was no longer believed to be serious.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police by calling 101 and quoting DPP/3011/16/03/2019/02/C. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908

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