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Police appeal for vigilance following spate of high-value burglaries



SINCE Sunday, 14 burglaries have been reported in areas including Sketty, Morriston, Llansamlet, Neath Abbey, Jersey Marine, Gower and Killay.

All are being linked by officers due to the similar ways in which the properties have been targeted.

The majority of the break-ins have occurred in the early evening while the occupants have been out of the property, with the addresses searched for cash and high-value jewellery.

The culprits have been disturbed during a small number of the burglaries, but have escaped on each occasion.

Detective Chief Inspector Helen Woodward said: “The culprits carrying out these burglaries are brazen and are clearly determined. These recent burglaries have all happened in affluent areas during the evenings when neighbours and other potential witnesses will have still been going about their daily business.

“We are confident that prior to each of these break-ins happening, the suspects will have visited the area to work out out which addresses to target, and I’d appeal to the public to work with us to stop them in their tracks.

“I’d like to hear from anyone not only with information about the burglaries themselves, but who may have seen individuals acting suspiciously, or cars suddenly being driven around their street that they’ve never noticed before.

“I’d also urge people to be wary of cold-callers – if you suspect someone calling at your address – perhaps claiming to be offering goods or services for sale or responding to a fictitious online advert – is suspicious, please report it via 101, or 999 in an emergency.

“Please take note of any descriptions of individuals or vehicles and contact police; the information may seem trivial, but it could prove key to our investigation.”

Anyone with dash-cam, CCTV or mobile phone footage which they believe could assist the enquiry is also urged to get in touch.

The suspects are believed to be carrying tools to commit their burglaries and members of the public who may disturb them in action are urged not to approach them but to report immediately via 999.

Officers have been carrying out house-to-house and CCTV enquiries around the areas where the burglaries have occurred, as well as providing support and reassurance to victims.

Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips to consider:

·       Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors.

·       Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox – a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox.

·       Install a visual burglar alarm – and use it.

·       Install good outside lighting.

·       Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property.

·       Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied.

·       Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition.

·       Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage.

·       Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.

·       Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.

·       Ensure rear fencing is in good repair.

·       Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges.

·       Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise.

·       Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

·       Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.

·       Store any high value items such as jewellery in a properly secured safe or bank vault.


The Range’s Swansea Store Shortlisted for ‘Best Christmas Display’



Christmas has arrived early for The Range stores in Wales, boasting gigantic displays of all-things festive! The Range is well known for going all out during the Christmas season to create a fun and magical experience full of trees, lights, decorations and much more for their customers to enjoy and this year is no exception. The Range in Swansea surpassed expectations with a display so great, it’s left them shortlisted for ‘Best Christmas Display’ out of all The Range’s 182 stores.

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Local coronavirus restrictions imposed to control outbreaks in South Wales



Coronavirus laws are being tightened in four more Welsh authorities – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport – following a sharp rise in cases, Health Minister Vaughan Gething today announced.

The new measures will come into force at 6pm on Tuesday 22 September 2020, to protect people’s health and control the spread of the virus in the four local authority areas.

The new restrictions will apply to everyone living in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport:

People will not be allowed to enter or leave these areas without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education;
People will only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors for the time being. They will not be able to form, or be in, extended households;
All licensed premises will have to close at 11pm;
Everyone over 11 will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public areas – as is the case across Wales.
From 6pm on Tuesday 22 September, the requirement for all licensed premises to close at 11pm will also be extended to Caerphilly borough.

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, said:

“Following the decision to place additional coronavirus restrictions in place in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf, we have seen a worrying and rapid rise in cases in four other south Wales council areas – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport.

“In many cases, this is linked to people socialising indoors without social distancing. We are seeing evidence of coronavirus spreading. We need to take action to control and, ultimately, reduce its spread and protect people’s health.

“It’s always a difficult decision to introduce restrictions but coronavirus has not gone away – it is still circulating in communities across Wales and, as we are seeing in parts of South Wales, small clusters can quickly cause real issues in local communities.

“We need everyone’s help to bring coronavirus under control. We need everyone to pull together and to follow the measures which are there to protect you and your loved ones.”

The restrictions are being introduced following a rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases in coronavirus, which have been linked to people meeting indoors, not following social distancing guidelines and returning from summer holidays overseas.

The Welsh Government will call an urgent meeting of all local authority, health board and police forces from Bridgend to the English border tomorrow to discuss the wider situation in South Wales and whether further measures are needed across the region to protect people’s health.

The new local restrictions measures will be kept under regular review. They will be enforced by local authorities and by the police.

Keep Wales safe by:

Always keeping your distance
Washing your hands regularly
Working from home wherever you can
Following any local restrictions
Following the rules about meeting people
Staying at home if you or anyone in your extended household has symptoms.

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Welsh legislation will restrict those travelling from hotspot areas



MARK Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, has today announced legislation which will restrict those coming from coronavirus hotspot’s from travelling to Wales.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has refused to impose rules which prohibit those from areas where the infection rate is high from entering low virus rate areas’s.

Mr Drakeford has made two requests to the Prime Minister requesting to impose rules which will mean those from high virus areas in England be prohibited from travelling to Wales, a request which has been denied by Mr Johnson.

The powers set by Mr Drakeford will come into force by the end of the week, unless Boris Johnson takes action sooner.

Speaking at the Plenary today, Mr Drakeford made the announcement, stating if Mr Johnson does not reply to his request by Friday then The Welsh Government will bring in legislation to restrict travel from those in English lockdown areas travelling to Wales.

Mr Drakeford said this was not a case of all those from England being restricted travel to Wales, just hotspot areas.

He said: “Evidence from public health professionals suggests coronavirus is moving from east to west across the UK and across Wales. As a general rule, it is concentrating in urban areas and then spreading to more sparsely populated areas as a result of people travelling.

“Much of Wales in now subject to local restriction measures because levels of the virus have risen and people living in those areas are not able to travel beyond their county boundary without a reasonable excuse. This is designed to prevent the spread of infection within Wales and to other areas of the UK.

“We are preparing to take this action to prevent people who live in areas where there are higher Covid infection rates across the UK from travelling to Wales and bringing the virus with them.

“I am determined to keep Wales safe.”

The legislation, which is understood to come into force Friday, October 16 at 6pm, will mean those travelling to Wales from areas of England which are classed as virus hotspot’s will be restricted.

The new legislation also restricts those travelling into Wales from high virus prevalence areas from Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Welsh Parliament – Paul Davies MS – has rounded on the First Minister over a ban on people entering Wales from England, and the Labour Party’s inability or unwillingness to publish comprehensive data proving that transmission rates are accelerating due to travel.

Mr Davies took the First Minister to task during Plenary today (October 14), and referred to a statement made by the leader of the Labour Party on September 23 when he said that the Welsh Government was not seeing any spikes at all in infection due to travel and tourism.

Mr Davies said that the people of Wales deserve to have sight of the data that underpins the Welsh Labour-led Government’s position on this matter, so that they can be confident that the Government’s actions are proportionate to the threat of the virus in their area.

Mr Davies also referred to a paper that accompanied the First Minister’s letter to the Prime Minister yesterday, a paper – that was not peer-reviewed – that confirms the data “…does not constitute definitive proof” in favour of a travel ban.

Mr Davies said: “The First Minister and his Government have acted rashly and without examining a range of other factors before a conclusion on whether to impose a travel ban or not is reached, while at the same time seemingly ignoring the fact that transmission rates in relation to travel had already peaked in August and September.

“It is incumbent on the First Minister to explain just why he has chosen to act in this way, and what supporting evidence he and his Ministers have seen to justify a ban and then publish it so it can be properly scrutinised.

“If he cannot or will not, then he must review and rescind this ban immediately.”

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