THE RAINBOW flag is flying high at the Llanelli police station this month in celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements. Before and during the formation of the UK, Christianity and homosexuality clashed.
Same-sex sexual activity was characterised as sinful and, under the Buggery Act 1533, was outlawed and punishable by death.
LGBT rights first came to prominence following the decriminalisation of same-sex sexual activity across the UK between 1967 and 1982.
LGBT History Month is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements. Police forces throughout Wales are strong supporters of the LGBT community and have come together to promote the amazing work being done across Wales.
Through a collaborative video made with all four Welsh forces, it will show representatives from the forces pledging and reaffirming the support for the LGBT community. The theme of this year’s celebration is religion, belief and philosophy.
Chief Constable for Gwent Police, Jeff Farrar said: “The celebrations run for the entire of February and will shine a light on the amazing work being carried out to challenge, celebrate and educate.“
For the month, police forces across Wales and the UK will be promoting messages of inclusivity and togetherness.”
Chief Constable for Dyfed Powys Police, Simon Prince said: “During LGBT History Month, we would like to support faith groups who want to engage with their local LGBT communities and their Neighbourhood Policing Teams.”
Deputy Chief Constable for North Wales Police , Gareth Pritchard said: “It’s encouraging and reassuring to see the LGBT network continuing to go from strength to strength and the LGBT History Month is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the history of gay rights and promote messages of inclusivity and togetherness. By all working together we can truly celebrate the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.”
Assistant Chief Constable for South Wales Police, Richard Lewis said: “Within all Welsh forces, there is huge pride in the diverse community we have and serve. LGBT History Month showcases the amazing work being done within the police to ensure that the rights of the LGBT community are upheld and improved.“
Throughout the year, through various events, such as Pride Cymru, police forces across Wales are champions for the LGBT community.“
The theme of this year’s History Month tackles the confusion between religion, belief and philosophy and the LGBT community.”
NPCC Lead for Diversity in Wales, Deputy Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police Liane James said: “As the LGBT History Month comes to an end it doesn’t mean the way in which police forces celebrate the LGBT community changes. Every day police forces fight to ensure that the rights of all are upheld.”
As part of the campaign another video has been produced for officers and staff to celebrate the month.
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 email@example.com 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.