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Dyfed Powys Police warning to dog owners

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Police are warning dog owners to keep their pets under control whether at home or out in public.

The warning from Dyfed-Powys Police comes after what they say is a notable increase in reports of incidents involving dogs in Powys in the last few months.

The force says any dog of any breed or type can be considered dangerous in any place if it is not kept under control. The dog doesn’t have to bite anyone, it could just show aggressive behaviour that makes someone feel in fear for their safety.

To avoid further increase in such incidents, officers urge owners to be extra vigilant when taking their dogs for walks in public areas and to ensure that the dogs are secure when at home.

Number of incidents:

  • April: 4
  • May: 15
  • June:10
  • July: 6

I urge anyone walking their dog to be mindful and take appropriate precautions - such as keeping them on a lead. It is also important that dogs are kept secure when at home to prevent any incidents.

While there are precautions that can be taken to keep dogs under control, there are also consequences for those dogs that become a danger to the public and we will enforce where necessary.

– Sergeant Keith Gibby, Dog Section


Dyfed Powys Police helicopter to be replaced

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Dyfed Powys Police is joining the National Police Air Service (NPAS) meaning it'll lose its dedicated helicopter.

The force says it'll mean 24-hour cover rather than the current 12.

Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, will remain as an NPAS forward operating base for the time being to support operations.

Joining NPAS brings access to 24-hour cover, reduced costs and greater reliability; no longer will we have repair bills and maintenance down-time.

We had no choice but to join NPAS and the nature of negotiation means we haven’t got everything we wanted - but this is the best possible deal for Dyfed-Powys.

I’m pleased that NPAS have agreed to retain Pembrey as a base for the foreseeable future. This shows they recognise our concerns and represents a meaningful and pragmatic response.

– Christopher Salmon, Police and Crime Commissioner

But the move has displeased Plaid Cymru.

Dyfed Powys is a large, rural force. The dedicated police helicopter based in the region plays a key support role to the work of police on the ground.

It’s been made clear to me in previous briefings with the police that the changes will mean response times to Aberystwyth, for instance, almost doubling from 18 to 30 minutes.

Also, there are major concerns about sharing this resource, and whether Dyfed Powys will be able to call on air support if needed.

– Elin Jones AM, Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion
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