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Police appeal for information after serious assault in Risca

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Gwent Police is appealing for information after a serious assault on Mill Street in Risca, which saw a man struck on the head with a bottle.

The incident took place at 11:00pm on Sunday the 29th May 2016.

During the offence a vehicle containing four males stopped and a dispute broke out with a male and female who were walking along the street.

The car the four males were travelling in is being described as a small blue hatchback car.

Man in critical condition after serious Carmarthen assault

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Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating a serious assault that has left one man in a critical condition.

The incident occurred in a property in Morgan Street, Carmarthen last night.

Police were called to the address at approximately 11.20pm and a 47 year old male victim was conveyed to Glangwili hospital with serious injuries.

One male has been arrested, and is currently in custody. Police are appealing for any witnesses.

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North Wales Police to roll out body worn video equipment

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North Wales Police are to become the first force in Wales to issue body worn video equipment to all frontline officers when their on duty.

Body worn video, which captures evidence of crimes as they happen, was introduced in North Wales last year.

Newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones is giving the force £163,000 to buy an extra 301 devices.

PCC Arfon Jones with PC Martin Taylor at North Wales Police Headquarters. Credit: North Wales Police

Body worn video improves evidence gathering and secures more convictions, especially in domestic violence cases. It also resolves complaints against the police because the evidence caught on camera is incontrovertible.

Nationally, according to the College of Policing, the chance of a successful prosecution in domestic violence cases has risen from 72 per cent to 81 per cent if there is a body worn video footage in front of a jury.

Body worn video is good for everybody except for the criminals. There is absolutely nothing to be concerned with in terms of you being filmed and if nothing untoward has happened the footage is wiped from the system in 30 days.

– Arfon Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales Police

Number of drink-driving convictions 'alarming'

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The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives says the conviction rate for drink driving is 'alarming'.

Figures from an insurance company show four Welsh communities dominate the top five worst areas for drink driving:

  • Crewe
  • Llandrindod Wells
  • Cardiff
  • Newport
  • Swansea
  • Aberdeen
  • Blackpool
  • Darlington
  • Telford
  • Plymouth

Although conviction rates across the country continue to fall, it is alarming to see Welsh cities such as Cardiff featuring so prominently on the list.

It’s clear that more needs to be done to drive home the message that getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs is completely unacceptable and puts lives at risk.

The fact drivers in Cardiff are more than 15 times more likely to have a drink or drug-drive conviction than counterparts in London is very concerning and more needs to be done to educate individuals and warn of the dangers involved.

– Andrew RT Davies AM, LEader, Welsh Conservatives
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Today Welsh police forces launch their anti-drink/drug driving campaign.

Gwent Police will lead the month-long campaign, running from 1st December 2015 to 1st January 2016.

Last year in Wales a total of 30,718 motorists took part with 488 returning either positive results or failing/refusing to take the breath test.

We are committed to making the roads in Wales safer and year on year we raise awareness of the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs through campaigns such as this one.

Christmas and New Year are a time for enjoyment and social events, and whilst I would encourage everyone to have a good time, it is important to reiterate our key message; if you drink, don’t drive and if you drive, don’t drink – it’s that simple!

– Julian Williams, Assistant Chief Constable, Gwent Police

Hain demands explanation of MP surveillence

On his last day in the House of Commons, Neath MP Peter Hain has demanded an explanation of why he and other MPs allegedly had police surveillance files kept open on them. He said it was hardly a revelation that the special branch had a file on people like him, dating back 40 years to his time as an anti-apartheid activist. But he was concerned at the suggestion that the file remained active after he became an MP in 1991.

Surely the fact that these files were still active for at least 10 years while we were MPs raises fundamental questions about parliamentary sovereignty and privilege—principles that are vital to our democracy. It is one thing to have a police file on an MP suspected of crime, child abuse or even co-operating with terrorism, but quite another to maintain one deriving from campaigns promoting values of social justice, human rights and equal opportunities that are shared by millions of British people. Surely that means travelling down a road that endangers the liberty of us all.

– Peter Hain MP

The claim about files on MPs was made by a former undercover police officer, Peter Francis. The minister responsible for the police, Mike Penning, said this was the kind of allegation that had led the Home Secretary to set up an inquiry under a senior judge.

Undercover policing is an essential tactic in fighting crime. However, we have known for some time that there have been serious historical failings in undercover policing and its practices. To improve the public’s confidence in undercover work, we must ensure that there is no repeat of these failings. That is why the Home Secretary established a public inquiry earlier this month -to investigate thoroughly undercover policing and the operation of the special demonstration squad

– Home Office Minister Mike Penning MP

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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

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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.

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