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Victims to get a say in influencing and informing local policing services

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THROUGH the work of the Dyfed-Powys Victim Engagement Forum, Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, has given victims a voice in police training, by working closely with some of its members to produce a video which will be incorporated into Dyfed-Powys Police’s training.

One of the priorities within Mr Llywelyn’s 2021-2025 Police and Crime Plan is that ‘victims are supported’. The Commissioner wants to ensure that victims are recognised and supported, through involving them in future policing practices and through learning from their experiences.

Members of the Victim Engagement Forum were interviewed about their experiences with Dyfed-Powys Police. Each provided feedback on what went well and what did not go well, as well as the advice they would give to officers dealing with a similar case to theirs, and how their experience has affected their future interactions with the Force.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn (Image: File)

The interviews have been brought together in to one training video which will be incorporated into Dyfed-Powys Police’s training package.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn said, “I am proud to present the victims’ video to Dyfed-Powys Police’s Learning and Development Department, and I am truly grateful to the individuals who have given up their time to share their experiences with us.”

“This video will help to ensure that police officers and staff are provided with a real-life perspective of victims’ views of the policing service.”

Superintendent Craig Templeton, Head of Learning and Development said, “The training video created through the Victim Engagement Forum is such a vital and impactive resource for us to have. It is important that our new and existing police officers and police staff hear about victims’ experiences from the victims themselves.”

“We will be using this video alongside the video depicting young people’s experiences of police contact, developed by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Ambassadors. Thank you to all involved.”

A member of the Victim Engagement Forum who took part in this project, spoke of their experience: “I am very pleased that I have done it, if it can help others in any way. I realise that there are things that only someone who has been through this type of crime can reveal to help others identify it.”

“I struggle sometimes with voicing my thoughts and feelings especially in front of others, but this whole process is helping. I can see that I have improved no end, after taking part in this project, and just how far I have come.”

“The support I have received from the Goleudy Team has also been invaluable and so important.”

Goleudy provides support for victims and witnesses across Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, and Powys. It is a vital service funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, which can be accessed by victims and witnesses whether they have reported the crime to the police or not.

Here’s how to contact Goleudy: 0300 1232996 / goleudy@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

Mr Llywelyn adds, “It is so important that victims’ and survivors get the support they need, and that their personal experiences are heard in order to influence, inform, and help to improve the local police services.”

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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