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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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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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