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‘Racism has absolutely no place in Wales’ says First Minister

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1024px-Carwyn_Jones_2011WALES has a proud history of welcoming people from all over the world and this will not change following last week’s EU referendum result; this is the message from the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones as he meets with people from ethnic minority communities today (Jun 30)

The First Minister will meet members of Llanelli’s Polish Welsh Association as well as young people and families helped by the Ethnic Youth Support Team in Swansea.

The First Minister of Wales said: “I am shocked and appalled by the increase in racial tensions and verbal abuse towards people from ethnic minority communities during the past week. We will not stand for any form of racism in Wales and we will tackle this unacceptable behaviour head on.

“While I have been disgusted by the racial abuse endured by some, I have also been heartened by the public outpouring of support and gratitude for ethnic communities living in Wales. I was immensely proud to hear about the note of thanks pinned anonymously on the door of Llanelli’s Polish Welsh Association. I sincerely hope all other communities follow this wonderful example.”

The Welsh Government has provided almost £500,000 to establish a National Hate Crime Report and Support Centre and has funded a range of campaigns to raise awareness of the problem. Such support has led to increased reporting of hate crime in Wales, while figures released last year suggested that hate crimes had fallen by 28% over the last seven years.

Carwyn Jones added: “We have worked with partners to build strong community relations in Wales and I will not let this good work be undone. Nobody should suffer any form of hostility or prejudice and I encourage victims to contact the police or Victim Support Cymru to report incidents.

“Meanwhile, I will do all I can to help reunite the people of Wales. Migrants have made, and continue to make, an immense contribution to Welsh life and I want to reassure foreign nationals living here that they remain valued members of our society. Please hear my message loud and clear – you are still welcome here.”

Rocio Cifuentes, Director of the Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST) said: “We welcome the First Minister’s message of reassurance to the diverse communities who live in Swansea.

“Now is the time for all of us as individuals, communities and political leaders to redouble our efforts, and our voices of tolerance and reason need to be louder than the voices of intolerance and bigotry. We also need to ensure that everybody has the opportunity to learn the facts about migration and diversity, and to appreciate the contribution that people from different backgrounds make to Wales, rather than believing the myths and misinformation which are sadly pushing up racism, intolerance and hatred.”

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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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