Dyfed Powys Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been given the power to ban anyone committing, or likely to commit, anti-social behaviour or crime from a designated area for up to 48 hours.
Chief Constable Simon Prince has authorised PCSOs with dispersal powers following the introduction of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, which came into force last week.
PCSOs are able to issue a Section 35 Dispersal Order in the same way as uniformed police officers to stop behaviour that is causing, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to members of that community.
Chief Constable Simon Prince said: “PSCOs are working out in the heart of our communities every day and have established strong links with community members. It makes sense to provide them with the new dispersal powers to keep their communities safe. PCSOs have undergone training on how to use the dispersal powers and are ready to start applying the orders where appropriate in the same way as uniformed police officers.
“The new dispersal power is a more flexible tool available to the police to deal with individuals engaging in anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder not only when they have occurred or are occurring, but when they are likely to occur and in any locality. This extends the capability of the police to prevent incidents of anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder before they take place.”
The Section 35 Dispersal Order has replaced the Section 27 Dispersal Order. It provides police with a far more flexible power that can be used in a wider range of situations to disperse anti-social individuals and provide immediate short-term respite to a community.
Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon said: “These new powers enable PCSO’s to nip problems in the bud. They’re great news for good behaviour and bad news for louts.”
Dispersal powers are no longer restricted to alcohol-related issues, can be used in any locality including residential areas or shopping centres and can be used on anyone who appears to be over the age of 10.
It also allows PCSOs and police officers to confiscate items they believe could be used to commit anti-social behaviour, such as alcohol, spray paint or eggs.
Breaching the dispersal order is an offence and could lead to a criminal prosecution.
Where there are continuing problems of anti-social behaviour in a community, police will work with the council and other appropriate partners to find long-term solutions.
Complaints about anti-social behaviour by youths on Wednesday nights have been brought to the attention of the Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Since a youth club has started in Dafen, the area has been patrolled by the NPT and some of the youths spoken to and warned of their behaviour. Some of the youths have already been banned by the youth club, but remain in the vicinity.
The area will continue to be patrolled when the youth club is open.
Local shopkeepers and major retailers have been cooperating with the Carmarthenshire Community Safety Partnership in restricting the sale of flour and eggs over the Halloween period.
Neighbourhood policing teams and council trading standards and enforcement officers have been visiting shops in the run up to the celebrations to seek the support of shops.
Many have agreed to take products including eggs and flour off their shelves for the duration of Halloween, and instead have them for sale behind the counter.
They have also agreed to place posters in their windows and by their till-points to advise customers of the restrictions.
The move is part of Operation BANG (Be A Nice Guy), which sees the police, council and fire service work together to ensure Halloween celebrations are enjoyed by everyone.
The key message is to have fun, but be safe, and considerate to those who do not wish to take part.
Cllr Pam Palmer, Chair of the Carmarthenshire Community Safety Partnership, said: “We are very grateful to all local shops and big retailers who once again are cooperating with us in our efforts to reduce anti-social behaviour.
“We want to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable Halloween, whether they want to celebrate or not.”
Free downloadable posters have also been produced for residents who would prefer that trick or treat callers give them a miss.
Plenty of information is available online, including a full What’s On guide of organised events, and safety tips. Visit the partner websites for further information, and keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter feeds (@CarmsCouncil, @DyfedPowys, @mawwfire) following #OperationBang.
Carmarthenshire County Council
Want to get into that little black dress for Christmas???
We have the answer and there is still time..
New FREE Fitclub Every Wednesday at Dafen Rural Hall. (Dafen Cricket Club) 6pm-7pm.
For more information....
Contact Pippa on 07792514404
S. Davies has made an enquiry about local football teams circa 1940:
"I was talking with my father and he came up with football, ie St Davids United, Dafen. I Am trying to find some information with regards to such a team as my uncle and few other family members used to play for them. Any help would be gratefully received.
The History section of Dafen Welfare AFC website states that during the 1938/39 season, there was a severe shortage of players for Dafen Football Club, due to the advent of the Second World War, and the senior players available signed for Halfway. During the early war years, friendly matches were played until the end of the 1942/43 season, when the team was disbanded. A local Home Guard team was formed the following year, but lasted half a season only, being disbanded in January 1944, after being beaten 10-1 by Loughor Rovers.
I would suggest that St David’s United, (Probably named after the local coal mine) was perhaps a local friendly side during this time. Does anybody have any other info or suggestions?
The Halfway Hotel has suffered flooding almost a year to the day that it ended up under three foot of water.
Fire crews were called to the pub just after 10pm to reports of flooding in the basement. Using an ejection pump they managed to clear the water from the basement, leaving the scene about half an hour later.
Read more at http://www.llanellistar.co.uk/Llanelli-pub-suffers-flooding/story-23243851-detail/story.html#0F92UiV4zDdIiudU.99
An online game is helping Public Health Wales to promote the benefits of flu vaccination in a fun way, targeting in particular eligible children aged two to four and those in school year seven. The free, downloadable game is likely to see a surge in usage during National Parents’ Week (20 - 26 October), with parents and children being encouraged to play the online game together and ‘beat the bugs’. The interactive game can be played on computers or portable devices including smart phones or tablets, and accessed via the ‘Beat Flu’ website (www.beatflu.org) or Facebook page.
The game highlights the availability of free nasal spray flu vaccines for two, three and four year olds in Wales, in addition to school year seven pupils (this is the first year of secondary school).
Last year children aged two and three were offered the nasal spray vaccine but only one in three took up the offer.
This is the second phase of the childhood flu vaccination programme and it is anticipated that when the programme is fully implemented all children aged two - 16 will be offered the nasal spray flu vaccine each autumn. This is in addition to other eligible groups such as those aged 65 and over, those in with long term health conditions, carers, plus all pregnant women who will be offered an injectable flu vaccine.
Dr Richard Roberts, Head of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme at Public Health Wales, said: “The game is a simple but fun way to get our message out there and encourage take up of the vaccination.
“Children aged two and three were offered a nasal spray vaccine last year but only one in three (37.8%) took up the offer. Young children are a particularly important group and we have added four year olds to the routine vaccination programme this year.
“We hope to see a vast increase in the numbers of young children getting protected by the flu nasal spray vaccine. If youngsters and their parents can all beat the bugs online, the children can certainly beat the bugs for real by getting their nasal spray vaccination at their GP surgery! But parents need to hurry before flu illnesses arrive and the viruses start to circulate”
The annual flu vaccination programme aims to ensure that the people who need it most get free protection each year against the flu. This year, for the second year running, a flu nasal spray vaccine is being offered to children who were two or three years old on 31 August and school year 7 pupils, and for the first time, four year olds have been added to the vaccination programme.
To play the game, visit www.beatflu.org or www.curwchffliw.org. Alternatively, play the game via the Beat Flu or Curwch Ffliw Facebook pages.
Source: Hywel Dda University Health Board
A Dafen man has been confined to his house after being diagnosed with a severe case of Beer-bola.
The condition, linked to type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, inflammatory diseases, and other obesity-related diseases, was first identified in Wales in the mid-1970s as 'beer belly', and spread across the world with travelling Welsh rugby fans. The beer belly/bola [Welsh], in which excessive visceral fat causes the abdomen to protrude, is often associated with a high alcohol intake.
In May 2014, a doctor treating patients at Llanelli's Prince Philip Hospital contracted Beer-bola and was flown back to Nigeria for treatment. But experts say the disease is unlikely to spread beyond westernised countries.
In this latest case, the unnamed Dafen man is said to be under strict orders by his wife to stay at home until he has effectively been cured. But compounding the sadness of this story is the fact that he has been isolated from his drinking buddies in the village. In response, they have pre-empted any similar action by their own wives by voluntarily quarantining themselves at Dafen Cricket Club for the weekend.
One of the wives of the men told us, “He texted me to say that it wasn't safe for him to come home and could not have contact with me until doctors rule out the possibility that he has been infected. He said they have all been banned from having visitors for the weekend while their health is monitored for early symptoms of Beer-bola, but could I post a hundred quid in an envelope in case he runs short of cash.”
Posted in Just For Fun
Dafen Weather Forecast