IT HAS been announced that Chief Constable, Simon Prince will be retiring from the police service this coming summer, after his three years leading Dyfed-Powys Police.
In making his announcement, Mr Prince said: “It has been an enormous privilege to be the Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police; it is an area and Force like no other.”
“When I took up this post, I was determined that despite the rapidly changing policing landscape, we would not falter on the service our communities receive. Since 2013, we have been on a significant journey to restructure our organisation and, while this has not been an easy process, my officers and staff have worked tirelessly to ensure the communities they serve remain the safest – I am so proud of what they achieve day-in-day out.”
He continued: “I’m also grateful for the support that the communities in our area unfailingly show to their local policing teams, it’s what makes policing here work and is a strength that is the envy of many other forces nationally.”
“There will be many more challenges to come in the future, but I am confident that we have the right staff, structure and attitude to meet these head on. It is for this reason that I have decided to announce my intention to retire this summer, so early. We need time as an organisation to plan for this change and I want those standing in the upcoming Police & Crime Commissioner elections to know that there is a planned change of internal leadership ahead of them. It has always been my intention to retire at 50; however, I have worked a little bit beyond that to take us up to this point.”
Speaking about his history with the force he said: “My career in policing began in 1990 and since that time it has been my privilege to work alongside inspiring and committed police officers and staff. In Dyfed-Powys Police, we are fortunate to have a workforce which embodies the essence of what it means to be a public servant, and continually demonstrate the very highest levels of professionalism, selflessness, bravery and compassion.”
Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon said: “I am grateful to Simon Prince for his many years of service to the public in Dyfed-Powys and in Gwent before. He has been a thoughtful and positive contributor to British policing at a time when such contributions are most needed. I am sorry to see him go but I understand his decision. I wish him the very best for his future plans.”
New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital
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.
M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea
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”
Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.