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ACC Liane James: "I am thrilled to have been selected."

ACC Liane James: “I am thrilled
to have been selected.”

CHIEF CONSTABLE Simon Prince has appointed Liane James as the Assistant Chief Constable for Dyfed Powys Police.
ACC Liane James, who joins Dyfed Powys from South Wales Po¬lice, said: “I am thrilled to have been selected and it will be a privilege to serve in such a fantastic organisation such as Dyfed-Powys Police.”
Chief Constable Simon Prince made the appointment after a process that culminated in an interview where Mr Prince was assisted by DCC Carl Langley, Ms Corinna Lloyd-Jones HR Director for ‘Menter a Busnes’ and Ms Carolyn Dhanraj MBE JP, an inde¬pendent member from the College of Policing.
Liane started her career with South Wales Police in 1990 and has also worked with the Association of Chief Police Officers Terrorism and Allied Matters (ACPO TAM), and as lead Staff Officer with Her Majes¬ties Inspectorate of Constabularies (HMIC). Whilst working with ACPO TAM Liane graduated from a two year international leadership in terrorism programme. Her project resulted in the formation of the Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU).
Liane returned to South Wales in 2009 and worked in various police Commanders roles in Bridgend, the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff. As temporary Assistant Chief Constable of Specialist Crime she oversaw all specialist crime matters, including ma¬jor crime investigation, intelligence, public protection, covert operations, the joint scientific investigation unit and major crime reviews.
She was also responsible for Men¬tal Health and e-crime in Wales, and was the national policing lead for Ter¬rorism and Allied Matters, Counter Terrorism and Domestic Extremism.
CC Prince said: “The appointment of Liane James as Assistant Chief Constable is excellent news for the Force and for the communities that we serve. I am confident that her varied experiences gained during her polic¬ing career and her obvious passion for policing will enable us to continue to improve the way we safeguard our communities.”
Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon said: “I welcome Liane to her new role and look forward to her making a posi¬tive difference to the lives of people around Dyfed-Powys.”
Liane will take up the new role of Assistant Chief Constable with Dyfed Powys Police in June 2015.

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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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Reports damning for City Deal management

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THE PUBLICATION of two reports on Friday, March 15, has shone a light into corners of the Swansea Bay City Deal.

The first report released, prepared on behalf of the UK and Welsh governments, written by Actica Consulting, suggests a combination of concerns over funding and of the “much-publicised concerns on the wellness village (Delta Lakes, Llanelli, the single largest project) could cause a loss of confidence within the region”

In the meantime and, The Herald understands, over the anguished objections of the Regional

Office/Carmarthenshire County Council, the second report – an internal review – was circulated to county councillors in Pembrokeshire this morning.

The second report makes for grim reading.

The report lays bare the amount of distrust between the City Deal partners, particularly between Neath Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire councils on the one side, and Carmarthenshire County Council on the other.

Each report highlights deficiencies in the management of the Deal, which Carmarthenshire County Council and its controversial CEO Mark James are meant to lead.

Familiar to those who have kept a close watch on the activities of Carmarthenshire County Council are complaints of a lack of transparency and openness in the way the City Deal has been managed to date.

Particular criticism is made of two key aspects of the project: that under Mr James’ leadership the Deal has failed to consider the City Deal as a truly regional opportunity and focussed on building individual, local projects of limited regional value; the second major criticism is the failure of leadership given to the project and an abject lack of clear financial processes and accountability.

In spite of an attempt to spin the ‘success’ of two elements of the deal, Swansea Waterfront and Yr Egin, it is worth noting that Yr Egin was only tacked on to the City Deal when already underway because UWTSD revealed it couldn’t afford to complete the project on its own as it had promised.

Cllr Rob James, the Leader of the Labour Group on Carmarthenshire County Council told The Herald late on Friday afternoon: “I am pleased that this review has highlighted many of the concerns that we have raised on governance.

“Frankly, the report validated our actions to date.

“Trust has broken down between partners and public confidence in one of the projects, in particular, has taken a big hit.

“There are clear lessons that need to be learnt and this report highlights several of them. I now hope that the administration in Carmarthenshire consider the review in full and ensure that radical changes on governance are delivered immediately.”

Cllr Rob Stewart, Chairman of the Swansea Bay City Deal Joint Committee, said: “This review was carried out alongside the UK and Welsh Government’s independent review of the City Deal programme and sought to assure that it will deliver full economic benefits for the region.

“The findings and recommendations of the internal review will be formally considered by the SBCD Joint Committee at the next meeting.

“Looking to ensure governance is as robust as possible reflects that we’re still in the very early stages of a 15-year programme, but we’re ready to support any recommendations that would benefit the region’s economic prosperity in future by speeding up the City Deal’s delivery.”

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