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12/10/2018

Arrests, Searches and Vehicle Seizures - Operation Raptor Crackdown in Newport

Antisocial behaviour, drugs offences and suspicious vehicles were the subject of the latest Operation Raptor activity in Newport.

Between 4pm and midnight on Friday, 28th September 2018, officers from Gwent Police's Area Support Unit (ASU), East Tasking team, Dog Section, Neighbourhood and Response Policing Teams joined forces for the crackdown across the city.

Inspector Matt Havard, of ASU East, said: "The operation was intelligence-led, and focused on issues we know are important to our communities.

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11/10/2018

Bobby Goes Home

Do you remember Bobby? He was the loveable police car that travelled around schools in the 90s to deliver important road safety messages.

After attending countless schools with his partner, PC Roger Hughes, he went into semi-retirement at a community partnership centre called the Safety Zone in Treforest. Whilst there, he was used by South Wales Police to continue delivering road safety messages when school children visited. Approximately 5 years ago, the Safety Zone was closed and Bobby stayed with Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, waiting for the Police to re-house him.

The council got in touch with the South Wales Police Heritage Centre (museum) where a suitable home for Bobby was finally found. He is now FULLY retired and on display in the Police Museum at South Wales Police headquarters in Bridgend. This came just in time for their refurbishment and open doors event held recently.

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10/10/2018

SWFRS Bridgend Retain UK Extrication Title For The Sixth Time

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Bridgend Extrication Team remain the very best in the country after defending their U.K. Extrication Team title and winning for a sixth time.

The team fought off strong competition from teams across the UK on home soil at the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Challenge in Cardiff Bay. The team also picked up Best UK Extrication Technical Team and Best UK Extrication Medic.

Hosted by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and drawing thousands to the iconic and sunny Cardiff Bay the event saw 600 firefighters battle it out in Trauma, Water, Extrication, Rope and Urban Search and Rescue challenges showcasing the very best in rescue skills and techniques.

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10/10/2018

Last BikeSafe Workshop of 2018 in North Wales

The last of the 2018 workshops is to be held in Rhyl this weekend.

BikeSafe – a national police-led motorcycle project; offers practical advice about road safety and educates riders by passing on knowledge and skills. The workshop encourages motorcyclists to take post-test training, which can realise their best potential and help them to become safer riders.

Supported by the six local authorities in the North Wales Police region, the workshops are held throughout the year and the last session for 2018 will be held at Rhyl Community Fire Station on Sunday 14th October.

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09/10/2018

A Reminder For Extra Care Around The Crossing

A bright and bold new banner can now be seen at Cleddau Reach VC School in Llangwm, Pembrokeshire, encouraging drivers to take extra care around the pedestrian crossing used by pupils.

Staff, parents and pupils were concerned that a small minority of motorists were not as vigilant as they could be when approaching the crossing in the busy car park. As a result, the school council launched a competition inviting pupils to design a banner encouraging drivers to be more careful.

Two hundred children took part in the competition and the school council shortlisted nine designs before asking the road safety team at Pembrokeshire County Council to select an overall winner.

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01/10/2018

Celebrating a Silver Anniversary

Crucial Crew is getting ready to mark its 25th anniversary in Pembrokeshire.

With the continued support of South Hook LNG, Pembrokeshire County Council is again bringing together agencies providing focused safety input to around 1,400 schoolchildren.

During the past 25 years, thousands of Pembrokeshire youngsters have received important safety insights through the annual Crucial Crew scheme. From understanding basic first aid, road and coastal safety to recognising domestic abuse situations and online awareness, children continue to be guided through realistic scenarios that promote the importance of staying safe. 

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28/09/2018

UKRO Challenge 2018 Comes to Cardiff Bay

There's still time to visit Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay for the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Challenge. UKRO is a charitable organisation, which "aims to drive the national agenda on road death reduction, by pushing vehicle extrication to its professional pinnacle and showcasing other rescue disciplines."

Running until Sunday 30 September, the exciting event is a chance for emergency services personnel to demonstrate techniques across all rescue disciplines. The Safety Village will host a range of fun activities and the venue provides a tremendous view of the action, including:

  • Vehicle extrication
  • Trauma care
  • USAR (urban search & rescue)
  • Rope rescue
  • Water rescue

South Wales Fire Service Rescue Teams have a very successful history in competing at regional, national and world level; with the Bridgend Extrication Team holding the titles of world and UK champions in 2016 and 2017.

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24/09/2018

National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week takes place between 24th and 30th September 2018, which aims to promote the importance of eye health and the need for regular eye tests.

Good eyesight is vital when using the road, no matter what age you are. Drivers and motorcyclists must be able to read a vehicle registration plate from a distance of 20 metres (or 20.5 metres if the vehicle was registered before September 2001) wearing glasses or contact lenses if required.

If you’re finding it difficult to read road signs, particularly those with text, it could indicate that your eyesight has deteriorated and you may require corrective lenses. If you’re finding it harder to see clearly in the dark, this may also mean you need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

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19/09/2018

No Dropping, No Stopping, No Excuses

In response to issues around schools with some drivers parking on zig-zag lines, Neath Port Talbot’s road safety team along with South Wales Police and Mid and West Fire and Rescue Service, have launched a fresh campaign to raise the profile of safe parking around local Primary schools.

Road Safety Primary School Coordinator, Chloe Lyons is currently delivering assemblies in every Primary school throughout Neath Port Talbot, talking to the children about the importance of being safe on the journey to and from school, encouraging children to tell parents to park safely and other road safety issues.

As part of this campaign the road safety team, supported by the police and fire service, have purchased “No dropping, No stopping, No excuses” banners. Each school in the county is receiving a banner to put outside their school to encourage parents to keep off the zig-zag lines.

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17/09/2018

Child Car Seat Information for Parents

The recent publication of a new Which? mystery shopper investigation into the sale of child car seats, may have left many parents wondering where they can get information to make the right choice when shopping for a child car seat.

A good place to start would be RoSPA’s Child Car Seats website, which will give you information to help you understand the different types of child car seats, how to choose the most suitable one and how to ensure it is correctly fitted.

If you prefer to gain information through e-learning, then a new free online course from CarSeatSmarter may be just what you are looking for.  Developed by Avon and Somerset Police in partnership with several other organisations, the course consists of six short videos on different car seat related topics.  After each of the films, there’s a short task to ensure your understanding.  All of the videos have been designed to help you navigate through the buying, installing and using child car seats.  The course can be accessed through the CarSeatSmarter website.

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