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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


Family becoming increasingly concerned for missing teenager

Connor was last seen in Saundersfoot on Thursday. Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

Police are appealing for information after 16-year-old Connor Davies from Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire was reported missing last week.

His family are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare and would like him to return home.

Connor was last seen outside Beddoes Court in Saundersfoot on Thursday 26 March.

He has been described as 5ft 5 inches tall, of slim build, with light brown hair and was wearing dark jeans, black and blue Adidad trainers and a bright yellow Superdry hoodie.

Anyone with information on Connor's whereabouts is urged to contact Dyfed Powys Police on 101.

Police appeal after Carmarthen man is reported missing

Dyfed Powys Police says it is growing 'increasingly concerned' for the welfare of a man who has been reported missing in Carmarthen.

The man was last seen leaving Glangwili Hospital in the area at around 7:45pm last night. He is described as a white male, in his seventies, with a goatee and tattoos on his arms.

He was last seen wearing a white short sleeved shirt and dark trousers and had a white dressing on his head.

Anyone who has seen the gentleman is asked to contact the police immediately.


Police unveil marked tractor with flashing blue lights

It probably won't be giving chase down a country lane in the fight against crime anytime soon but Dyfed Powys Police has unveiled its latest vehicle this week - a tractor with flashing blue lights.

The aim of the police tractor is public engagement in rural area. Credit: Dyfed Powys police

The force hopes the novelty piece of kit will strike a chord with rural communities and encourage public engagement in agricultural events over the summer months.

It was launched this week at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells.

We're very impressed with this new piece of kit - and are hoping it'll encourage people to come and have a look and to then speak to us at events over the summer. Engagement with our rural communities is important to us. We're sure it will appeal to children and adults alike, and as part of the fun why not have your photo taken with the police tractor.

– Inspector Tim Davies, Dyfed Powys Police

But the tractor will not be taking to the streets or lanes carrying out patrols as it is on loan and will be handed back later in the year.

Police stations put on closure list in Dyfed Powys

Five police stations could close under plans by Dyfed Powys Police and the Crime Commissioner who says he wants to save money and get more bobbies on the beat.

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Commissioner, Christopher Salmon says he wants a modern police force where money is invested in officers rather than bricks and mortar.

Those under threat are:

  • Burry Port Police Station
  • Knighton Police Station
  • Llandysul Police Station
  • Llwynhendy Police Station
  • Saundersfoot Police Station

I understand that some people may be concerned at the prospect of change but I assure them that they can start looking forward to improved services. In the meantime, we've created 30 new police officer posts in response to what the public have consistently told me in the 18 months since my election - they want to see officers on the streets. After all, it's bobbies that catch criminals - not bricks.

– Christopher Salmon, Crime Commissioner

Police mount overnight search for missing teenager

Ryan Evans was last seen yesterday afternoon Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

There is growing concern for a missing teenager from Talsarn near Lampeter. Ryan Evans, 13, was last seen leaving his home at around 3:30pm yesterday. He did not return home last night which, his family say, is out of character.

Ryan is described as 5’6”, of stocky build, with collar-length dark brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing black tracksuit bottoms, a biscuit coloured t-shirt, socks but no shoes.

Police and mountain rescue teams have been searching for Ryan overnight. Anyone with information is urged to call Dyfed Powys Police on 101 or 0845 330 2000.

People trapped after two-vehicle crash on A487

People have had to be cut free from a serious two-vehicle crash on the A487 using hydraulic equipment, Mid and West Wales Fire Service has confirmed.

The crash happened between the A486 in Synod Inn and the B4342 in Llanarth. An air ambulance and other emergency services are currently at the scene.

Dyfed Powys Police confirmed that the road has been closed both ways and that diversions are in place.

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