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Taser guns for all 'would be a mistake', says Welsh PCC

Offering Tasers to all front-line police officers would be a mistake, according to the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner.

Christopher Salmon says he is against to the proposal by the head of the Police Federation who argues police need better protection from acts of terrorism.

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“Routine arming with Tasers would be a mistake and counter to the traditions of British policing.

“Strong community relationships, not weapons, are the key to fighting terrorism - just as they are to fighting crime", Mr Salmon argued.

Citing the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby near Woolwich Barracks in 2013 as an example of how lone wolf-style attacks could be carried out without guns, Steve White, Head of the Police Confederation, said all frontline police officers should have the option of arming themselves with Tasers in future to help them deal with the UK's heightened security threats.

Police name road accident victim

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/PA Images

Police say 85 year-old John Roberts, who lived locally, was involved in an accident at Mill Road, Ely, Cardiff on Saturday.

He was admitted to the University Hospital of Wales where he died from his injuries.

'The cause of the collision is being investigated by the Roads Policing Unit, and the appeal for potential witnesses continues.' - South Wales Police


Armed officers deployed to 'incident' in Cardiff

Armed officers have been deployed to an "incident" on Colum Road in Cardiff.

Police were called to the scene just after 7am this morning. South Wales Police said armed officers were deployed to "ensure the safety of the public and officers in the area."

A 27 year old man has been arrested and is in police custody.

The road was closed for a short time but has now reopened.

Armed police at incident in Llanelli

A map of where the incident in Llanelli is taking place Credit: ITV Wales

Armed police are at an ongoing incident on Station Road in Llanelli. Sgt Justin Evans said: "We are acting on information and we need to track down a suspect. It's an ongoing incident on Station Road armed officers are in attendance and the road is closed off."

Police say there is no more information available at this time.

Police appeal after 12-year-old boy assaulted in Cardiff

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old boy was assaulted in the St Mellons area of Cardiff.

The assault happened on the grassy area near Tesco outside the St Mellons Community Centre at around 8pm on Tuesday 10 December.

Two local boys aged 14 and 12 have been arrested and are on bail while officers continue to make enquiries including checking CCTV.

The victim, who has learning difficulties, was punched and kicked causing bruising and swelling to his face.When the assault started on the Tesco field a number of youths ran out of the nearby community centre and gathered in the area.

These young people are potential witnesses and we would ask them or their parents to make contact with South Wales Police.

– PC Alun Nevett, South Wales Police

Man arrested in connection with sexual assault

Police have arrested a 21 year-old man in connection with a serious sexual assault which happened near Swansea Civic Centre at around 5.40pm on Wednesday.

The female victim, who is aged in her 50s, was walking from her work place to her car when she was threatened before being sexually assaulted.

The man was arrested in the Swansea area and is currently in custody at Swansea Central Police Station.

South Wales Police say the investigation is continuing.


MP calls for inquiry into Gwent crime figures

Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith has called for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to look into claims crime reporting in the Gwent area was 'capped.' He made his call during a House of Commons debate on the rôles and powers of Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales.

Mr Smith said that the force's Commissioner Ian Johnston had not justified claims that the area's figures had been capped. He said an external inquiry is needed.

Police body camera scheme in Cardiff extended

Body cameras capture evidence in the same way as CCTV cameras Credit: PA

A body camera pilot scheme run by police in Cardiff is to be extended following a number of successful prosecutions.

Since June a team of response officers in the west of Cardiff have been equipped with the camera when attending 999 calls to violent incidents.

The cameras, similar to those worn by extreme sportspeople such as snow boarders and rock climbers, captures evidence in the same way as traditional CCTV cameras.

Two men were this week sentenced at Cardiff Magistrates' Court after being arrested by officers equipped with the camera.

Detective Sergeant Chris Hathway, from South Wales Police who is leading the project, said: "CCTV is used on a daily basis for successful prosecutions in a wide range of crimes.

"While Cardiff is well equipped with an excellent CCTV system, there are occasions where officers attend an incident perhaps at a residential or commercial property where there are no cameras.**

"This evidence will supplement all the usual enquiries such as witness statements and forensic examination."**

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