Sergeant Suzanne Lloyd

PCSO Graham Jennings

PCSO Aileen Stewart

PCSO Liann Richards

Local Policing Priorities

Date agreed: 02 September 2019

Action

‘County lines’ is an emerging national issue, where organised crime groups from urban areas such as London, Liverpool and Birmingham put children and vulnerable adults between themselves and the risk of detection by manipulating them into carrying and selling drugs. ‘Runners’ will be sent across county boundaries to areas like Llanelli, Newtown, and Haverfordwest to deliver and/or sell Class A drugs at the other end of the line.

Dyfed-Powys Police is committed to tackling the drug dealing and violence associated with these gangs, but alongside enforcement ‘Operation Guardian’ aims to identify the vulnerable people who are potentially coerced and forced into committing crime by urban gangs, and to put measures in place that protect not punish them. 

Someone may be vulnerable to exploitation by organised crime groups for a number of reasons, but invariably there is a power imbalance in favour of those perpetrating the exploitation. Factors include age, gender, cognitive ability, or social isolation; however, a consistent factor in county lines exploitation is the presence of some form of exchange between the victim and perpetrator.

In exchange for carrying out a task, the victim may be promised or given something they need or want. This could be something tangible such as money, drugs or clothes or intangible such as protection, status, affection or perceived friendship. The prevention of something negative can also fulfil the requirement for exchange, meaning a young person or vulnerable adult may carry out an activity due to fear of violence or retribution.

Detective Chief Superintendent Shane Williams said: "Our number one priority is to protect vulnerable people, and this includes children, who can be as young as 12 years old, and the vulnerable adults who are ruthlessly exploited by urban gangs to do their dirty work. Ultimately our aim is to make the Dyfed-Powys area a hostile environment for organised crime groups, preventing all forms of harm associated with these gangs.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Williams continued: “Any child or vulnerable adult can be affected and it’s important to recognise that it can still be exploitation, even if the activity appears consensual.

“Our aim is to shine a light on this exploitation, and by working together with a wide range of partner agencies including local authorities, third sector agencies, housing associations, train and coach operators, identify abuse sooner so that we can intervene and keep vulnerable people safe.”

‘Cuckooing’ is one example of how a gang will use and abuse a vulnerable person. This is where a gang will take over a drug users’ or other vulnerable person’s home, and use it as a base for their local drug dealing. This may be with the blessing of the resident, but more often is as a result of force or the threat of force. In some cases, the resident can also be pressured into selling drugs. 

Unusual activity that could be associated with ‘cuckooing’ include:
- Lots of different people coming and going from an address
- People coming and going at odd times of the day and night
- Suspicious smells coming from the property
- Windows covered or curtains closed all the time
- Cars pulling up to or near the house for a short period of time
- An increase in anti-social behaviour around the property

Dyfed-Powys Police is asking for the public and partner’s help to identify exploitation like cuckooing. So, if your neighbour or tenant is suddenly having many more visitors to their property and at unusual times of the day and night, or you notice that their curtains or blinds are almost always shut, it could be because their home has been taken over by a drug dealing gang.  

We’re not asking partners or the public to provide evidence or even to be absolutely certain of what they have seen or experienced, just that if they are in any way concerned that they report it to the police or anonymously with Crimestopppers.

Likewise you may be in a position as a parent or carer, teacher or health worker to identify that a young person’s behaviour has changed. You may notice that their academic performance is declining or they are persistently going missing from school; you may become aware that they suddenly have cash to splash or new clothes and gifts from an unknown source or; learn that they are carrying a weapon such as a knife. This could be because they have become involved with a gang.

The independent charity Crimestoppers Wales provides an anonymous route to give information about crime, and offers a bespoke service to young people called Fearless. Through Fearless, we aim to engage with and educate young people vulnerable to or involved in county lines criminality. Visit www.fearless.org

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Date / time: 12 Nov 2019 - 11:00

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#OpDarwen 2019 : Motorbike Safety Campaign Launched

‘High speed, high risk’ is the message from Dyfed-Powys Police as they launch a campaign aimed at reducing the number of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on their roads.

In 2018, 67 motorcyclists were either killed or seriously injured on roads in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys, and figures held by the force show that men were eight times more likely to be affected than women.

Dyfed-Powys Police have now launched their annual campaign, called #OpDarwen, which aims to reduce those numbers (on March 24 2019). The force is warning that there will be an increased focus on roads until October.

As part of the operation they are urging motorcyclists to ride safely and reminding drivers to be vigilant to motorbikes and other powered two-wheelers.

Superintended Craig Templeton, Head of Specialist Operations at Dyfed-Powys Police, said:

“Motorcyclists have long been identified as particularly vulnerable road users and reducing the number of road deaths and casualties on our roads is a priority.

“Most fatal road collisions happen on country roads, and inappropriate speed is one of the main factors.

“The national speed limit on single carriage roads is 60mph but you may need to drive under that in order to drive correctly for the conditions.

“These roads often have sharp bends, blind bends and unexpected hazards - brake carefully and give yourself time to react and stay in control.

“As the weather improves we see more bikers on the roads taking advantage of the stunning routes through Dyfed-Powys. As well as locals, we are seeing more and more visitors coming here to enjoy the scenery.

“We have always welcomed motorcyclists from outside our borders to enjoy the landscape, but they must be aware that Dyfed-Powys Police is doing all it can to ensure our roads are used safely by all.”

The force is working with partners in Go Safe, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS), and Welsh Ambulance to educate motorcyclists and drivers about the risks of excess speed and improve outcomes when a collision occurs.

As bikers tend to ride in groups or pairs, it is usually the case that when one is involved in an accident the first person on the scene will be a fellow biker.

Biker Down! is delivered by fire fighters and the Fire Bike Team from MAWWFRS and aims to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured in road accidents.

The free course is made up of three modules and will give participants a better understanding of what to do if they come across a road traffic collision and how to manage it safely. Search @MAWWFRS on Facebook to find an event.

Superintendent Templeton continued: “Everyone must take responsibility for their own and others safety on our roads and be aware of their riding and driving manner. Action will be taken against anyone choosing to ride or drive anti-socially, recklessly or illegally on our roads.

“Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable. Roads Policing Units will be out throughout Dyfed-Powys using a combination of education, engagement and enforcement to prevent further tragedies. ”

 

Contact The Team

Email

NewtownNPT@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

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ContactCentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

Telephone

101 (01267 222020 outside Dyfed-Powys)

If you know who you want to speak to at a station, ask for them by name and station and staff will check for you and connect you if they are available, or take a message. In case of emergency you should phone 999.

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SY16 1EN

Telephone

Non-Emergency Number 101 (01267 222020 outside Dyfed-Powys)

If you know who you want to speak to at a station, ask for them by name and station and staff will check for you and connect you if they are available, or take a message.

In case of emergency you should phone 999.

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Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 14:00 and 14:40 – 18:00

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