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Photo, left to right: Chris Jones, Chair Cwm Taf Health Board, Sophie Howe, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, and Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health & Social Services

New programme to help health practitioners in Cwm Taf support victims of domestic abuse

A new programme to help health practitioners identify victims of domestic abuse and intervene to provide them with the appropriate support has been launched in the Cwm Taf area of South Wales.

Monday, November 30th, 2015


Student art on display at city station

Cardiff Bay Police Station has been given a splash of colour thanks to students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD).


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Jail for Cardiff fraudster arrested while boarding a flight

A man who was arrested by South Wales Police while waiting to boarding a flight out of the UK has been jailed for fraud.

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

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Child Advocates engage with young people at risk of being sexually exploited

Children who go missing from home and are at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) can now talk to their own Advocates as part of a bid by South Wales Police to help keep them safe.

Fraud Alert: Bogus Electrical Websites

Fraudsters have set up a bogus website selling electrical goods and domestic appliances below market value that do not exist.

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

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All Wales Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign

This Winter police will be targeting drivers who risk their lives and the lives of others by driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Arrests and dog seizures follow day of action

A nationwide multi-agency day of action involving seven police forces in England and Wales targeting people who use dogs to hunt wild and domestic animals and involving animal cruelty both to the dogs and the hunted animals has resulted in seven arrests and a number of dogs seized.

Police launch murder investigation after body discovered in Beddau

A murder investigation has been launched by South Wales Police following the discovery of what are believed to be human remains within the grounds of a block of flats in Beddau.

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

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White Ribbon Champions support campaign to end male violence against women

White Ribbon Ambassadors and Champions ask men to pledge to never to commit, condone, or remain silent about men’s violence against women in all its forms

Celsa Industrial Incident: Update

Emergency services are continuing a multi-agency recovery operation at the Celsa steelworks site in Cardiff which began yesterday (Wednesday, November 18).

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Celsa Industrial Incident: Update

Incident updates provided to media at the scene at approximately 5.40pm today (18/11/2015) by representatives from South Wales Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, and Wales Ambulance Service: Superintendent Stephen Jones, South Wales Police Emergency services were called to the Celsa steelworks site in Cardiff at around 10.30am this morning following reports of an […]

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

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Christopher May found guilty of the murder of Tracey Woodford

A jury at Cardiff Crown Court has found Christopher May, 50, guilty of the murder of Tracey Woodford, whose dismembered body was discovered in a number of locations in the Pontypridd area on April 24th.

Celsa Industrial Incident: Update

Emergency services are currently in attendance at the Celsa steelworks on East Moors Road, Cardiff, following an explosion which was reported just after 10.30am today.

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Truancy operation in Swansea city centre

Parents have been warned it’s their responsibility to ensure their children attend school after 42 children were found in the city centre when they should have been in lessons.

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

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Morriston ‘legal highs’ shop owner sent to prison

A shop-owner from Morriston in Swansea has been sent to prison after selling dangerous ‘legal highs’ to people visiting his business.

Friday, November 13th, 2015

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2015 Remembrance Day Service at South Wales Police Headquarters

Chief Constable Peter Vaughan led a Remembrance Day Service this morning at South Wales Police headquarters to remember those who have fought and died for their country.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

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M4 Fatal Road Traffic Collision: Victim named

The man who died in the fatal road traffic collision on the M4 motorway outside Cardiff on Monday 2nd November has been named as Michael Coleman, 50, from Betws near Ammanford.


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Swansea drugs gang jailed

A drugs gang involved in the import and supply of heroin and cocaine in Swansea has been sentenced to prison.

Monday, November 9th, 2015

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Sophie Howe appointed Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael has welcomed the appointment of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Sophie Howe as the new Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

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Police and Crime Plan 2016/17: Public’s views sought

South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael is seeking views on budget proposals for protecting policing in South Wales for 2016/17. He is also seeking views on the Police and Crime Plan, which will set the policing priorities for South Wales from April 2016 through to 2021.

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

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Emergency Services want your night to go with a bang!

Police forces across Wales are working in partnership with Fire and Rescue Services and Trading Standards to keep the public safe as we prepare for Bonfire Night.

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

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Don’t become a victim of fraud!

Do you know your fraud fact from fraud fiction? Action Fraud and the City of London Police launch its Urban Fraud Myths campaign to let you know the truth about fraud and cyber crime

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

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All Wales campaign catches 571 drivers using a mobile phone whilst driving

571 motorists were caught using their mobile phones whilst behind the wheel during the 2015 All-Wales Anti-Mobile Phone While Driving Campaign.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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Compact Pledges To Fight Crime

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Alun Michael, and South Wales Police have officially joined forces with the Voluntary and Community Sector, also known as the Third Sector, in a pledge to fight crime together.

Monday, October 26th, 2015


Be a good monster this Halloween

31st October 2015 will see many people celebrating All Hallows’ Eve. Emergency Services across Wales are encouraging people to have a safe and fun Halloween.

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Commitment to closer links between police and public health in South Wales

A new agreement between the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, South Wales Police, and Public Health Wales will commit the three agencies to working more closely together to tackle ill-health and crime.

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

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What a performance! Local schools get invlved with Get Safe Online week

Pop-Up Shop event opened by South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Alun Michael

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Operation BANG launches in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot

Police in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot are getting ready for what has traditionally become one of the busiest times of the year.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

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All Wales Hate Crime Campaign launched: Hate Crime is wrong: Report it

Today South Wales Police joined with Gwent, Dyfed Powys and North Wales Police forces to launch a campaign aimed at encouraging the reporting and awareness of hate crimes and incidents.

Monday, October 12th, 2015

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First Minister Of Wales Officially Opens ‘Joint Vehicle Maintenance Facility’

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, is officially opening a new workshop in Bridgend called Ty Richard Thomas during a ceremony to be held this Friday 9th October 2015.

Friday, October 9th, 2015

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Rogue Trader Week 2015

This week police forces across the country have been taking part in a nationwide initiative to target rogue traders and provide education and reassurance to the public on how to deal with unscrupulous or unwanted callers.

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

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Police Constable forthcoming vacancies

South Wales Police will be advertising for Police Constables in Spring 2016 (11 April 2016 with a closing date for applications of 18 April 2016) and we are looking for the very best candidates.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

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Rogue trader operation is held in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot

Police, trading standards and numerous other partner agencies have joined forces to crack down on rogue traders across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

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Ban on smoking in cars with children under the age of 18

New legislation comes into force today making it illegal to smoke in a car with children under the age of 18

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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Cardiff sexual assaults: Second man appears in court

South Wales Police continues to investigate a series of sexual assaults which happened in Cardiff last week.

Monday, September 28th, 2015

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South Wales Police take part in All Wales campaign to target motorists who use mobile phones while driving

Launching today for a period of two weeks, South Wales Police will be joining the other three Welsh forces in increased activity to target motorists who use mobile phones whilst driving.

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

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Investigation continues into Cathays sexual assault

South Wales Police is continuing to investigate a sexual assault on a woman at a property in Cathays Terrace, Cardiff, which was reported just after 11.30am on Tuesday, September 22.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015


Help Point – One year on.

Exactly one year since its launch, Swansea city centre’s new and improved Help Point has brought significant benefits to police, ambulance and health services.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

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Sexual assault in Cardiff Civic Centre

South Wales Police is investigating a sexual assault which occurred in Cardiff Civic Centre during the early hours of Sunday, September 20.

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Advice to city builders following thefts

Building companies are being asked to log and photograph machinery following thefts from construction sites in Cardiff city centre.

Beating the burglar in student areas

A policing operation is underway in the student area of Cardiff in a bid to prevent burglaries.

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Know the Score #DrinkLessEnjoyMore

A campaign to urge people to enjoy a good night out by not having too much to drink is being given a new focus ahead of the Rugby World Cup and Student Freshers Week in the towns and cities of South Wales this autumn.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

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Western Avenue Road Traffic Collision: Family statement and photograph

The 5-year-old boy who died following a collision on Western Avenue, Cardiff, yesterday has been named as Joseph Smith from St Mellons.

Monday, September 14th, 2015

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Brackla ‘drugs den’ uncovered and destroyed by police

A real ‘drugs den’ located in a wooded area in the Brackla area of Bridgend has been destroyed by police.

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

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Man jailed for fatal dog incident in Ely

A man has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for two offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act following an incident which happened in Ely, Cardiff.

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Football fan banned after pub arrest

A Wolverhampton man has been made subject of a football banning order following an incident at a Cardiff city centre pub.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

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Commissioner invites you to join the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme

The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales Police, the Right Honourable Alun Michael, is inviting members of the community to join its volunteer scheme which inspects the custody cells within the South Wales Police service.

Monday, September 7th, 2015

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Local police out in force tackling extremism

South Wales police is joining colleagues from across the UK as part of Local Policing Prevent Awareness Week


Off-duty officer helps save the life of collapsed dad

Off-duty officer Barry Davies has been hailed a hero for helping to save the life of a man who collapsed at a Neath sports ground.

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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Warning to illegal off road motorcyclists

Police in Cardiff are working with the local authority and local landowners to tackle anti social use of off road motor cycle in the area of Plymouth Great Woods.

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Safer Vale Partnership Inspector Rob Lewis outside number 26 Cardiff Road, which has been subjected to a closure order under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act.

New closure powers used for the first time in South Wales

A Barry woman and her landlord’s refusal to cooperate with ultimatums from the Safer Vale Partnership has resulted in the first eviction and closure order being granted in Wales under the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act.

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

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Three men share 11 year prison sentences for distraction burglary

Three men have been put behind bars after targeting an 84 year old man from the Splott area of Cardiff and bullying their way into his house and stealing £3,000 in cash.

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Thursday, August 6th, 2015


Seven men sent to prison for Violent Disorder at Cardiff Crown Court

Seven men have been sent to prison and an eighth has received a suspended sentence today (Wednesday 12th August) at Cardiff Crown Court for violent disorder which broke out in central Cardiff during an organised protest in the city in July 2014.

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015


South Wales Police stands proud at Pride Cymru

Staff and officers donned their rainbow epaulettes and T-shirts to join in the Pride Cymru celebrations in Cardiff.

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015


Chwarae Teg gets SWP backing

South Wales Police (SWP) is helping to build a Wales where women achieve and prosper, by championing gender equality in the workplace and becoming the latest supporter of Chwarae Teg.

Monday, August 24th, 2015

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Remove it. Lock it. Don’t lose it!

Our new campaign launched today highlights how quickly someone can become a victim of car crime. Between February and April this year – 1,566 thefts from motor vehicles were reported to South Wales Police.

Friday, August 14th, 2015

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Burglary suspect traced through half-eaten snack

Police in Swansea traced a burglary suspect through DNA technology after he left a half-eaten snack at the scene of his crime.

Thursday, August 13th, 2015


Man shot on New Road, Mountain Ash

South Wales Police is appealing for information about an incident that took place in a layby on New Road, Mountain Ash at around 7.40pm on Sunday, July 26, in an area known locally as Lletty Turner Bends.

Monday, July 27th, 2015


More than 12,000 breath tests carried out across Wales during Summer Anti-Drink and Drug Drive Campaign.

Over 300 breath tests were positive throughout Wales during the recent month-long Anti Drink and Drug Drive Summer Campaign.

Friday, July 24th, 2015

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Evaluation of the South Wales Police Know the Score #drinklessenjoy more campaign.

An innovative South Wales Police campaign aimed at reducing violent crime is already helping to make people feel safer and encouraging people on a night out to drink less alcohol according to a report by the Centre for Public Health.

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Swansea burglar sentenced to nine years in prison

A Swansea man has been sentenced to nine years in prison after he smashed his way into the home of a 73-year-old man to commit a burglary.

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015


Children lend a hand to drive crime prevention message

Surfers heading to a Swansea beach are being reminded not to give thieves an easy ride this summer.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Drugs, weighing scales, phones and cash seized from houses across Barry.

Drugs seized by police in Barry raids

Police launched an offensive against drug dealers in a series of Barry raids on Wednesday, 15 July 201

Friday, July 17th, 2015

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Appeal continues to find mother of baby found in Taff

Detectives in Cardiff investigating the discovery of the body of a baby boy in the river Taff on June 23rd have published photographs of a sheet and a towel which was used to wrap the body.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

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Swansea school children visit police dogs and horses

Children from a Swansea school have been given the VIP treatment as a reward for their success in a crime prevention quiz.

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Indecent Assault: Ferndale

Police in Ferndale are appealing for information following an indecent assault which occurred at around 8.40pm on 10 July 2015.

Monday, July 13th, 2015

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Cardiff fatal RTC: Family Tribute

The motorcyclist who died in a road traffic collision which occurred shortly before 10.00pm on Wednesday 8th July has been named as Richard Williams from Pontypool.

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Head teacher Andy Henderson, PCSOs Sarah Phelps and Cherylin Pryor, and staff and pupils from Ysgol Hen Felin School.

Emergency Services Fund Day to help Rhondda school for children with special needs

South Wales Police is pleased to announce that announce that children with special education needs will benefit from this year’s Emergency Services Fun Day which takes place on 25th July, 2015.

Nosey PCSO uncovers Aberdare cannabis factory

An Aberdare PCSO proved he has a nose for the job this week after sniffing out tens of thousands of pounds worth of cannabis.

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Rhondda pupils take Paul’s Pledge calling time on violent crime

A man who was left in a coma for two months by a vicious attack which occurred in 2007 has helped to spread the anti-violence message in south Wales.

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Looking to the future

Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael and Chief Constable Peter Vaughan are looking for the views of the public and key partners, as well as canvassing officers and staff, to hear first hand what their views are on policing in South Wales and how best to understand and respond to the needs of our communities.

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Prison sentence and five year CBO for motorcycle menace

A 23 year old man from Caerau in Cardiff has been sent to prison for eight months and received a five year Criminal Behaviour Order and disqualified from driving for three years.

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015


Adopt a Post Office scheme launched in Cardiff

Neighbourhood police officers have been working with local post offices across Cardiff this week to launch the ‘‘Adopt a Post Office’ scheme.

Friday, July 3rd, 2015


End of an era beckons for Port Talbot Police Station

It will soon be the end of an era for Port Talbot Police Station which is due to close to make way for new town centre development.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

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Specialist Crime Operation makes 20 arrests in Cardiff

Multi-agency operation in Cardiff makes 20 arrests for offences including suspected forced labour, money laundering, theft and abstraction of electricity.

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Thursday, June 25th, 2015

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Tackling violence against Women and girls is proving a success in south Wales

South Wales Police Superintendent Lian Penhale responds to the encouraging news that the Crown Prosecution Service has recorded a record number of prosecutions for violence against women across England and Wales.

Friday, June 26th, 2015

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Award-winning officer donates prize to local youth club

An award-winning police officer from Swansea has given a youth club for youngsters in the Pontardawe area a summer boost.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

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The Keep Safe Cymru Card – helping to protect our communities

Over 300 people within our communities are now carrying the Keep Safe Cymru Card since its joint launch with South Wales Police, Learning Disability Services and Mencap Cymru, December, 2014.

Monday, June 29th, 2015

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Police dismantle organised Swansea drug dealing network

South Wales Police has dismantled an organised drugs and money laundering ring involved in dealing cocaine.

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

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Glastonbury 2015 – stay safe and have fun

This weekend, over 135,000 festival-goers will be in Glastonbury enjoying the festival. If you are heading down to Somerset, please ensure that you think about your own safety and the security of your belongings.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

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Neighbourhood Watch Launches Bid To Reduce Phone Scams

This week marks the launch of National Neighbourhood & Home Watch Week 2015, and Neighbourhood Watch coordinators across England and Wales are being urged to take a moment to talk with neighbours about the rising danger of phone scams.

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Appeal to trace mother of dead baby boy

South Wales Police is investigating the discovery of the body of a newly born baby which was retrieved from the River Taff in Cardiff near the junction of Penarth Road and the Taff Embankment shortly after 6.00pm on Tuesday 23rd June.

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Police dismantle cannabis factory in Swansea

Police in Swansea are continuing to investigate the discovery of a cannabis factory at a house in the Uplands area.

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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South Wales Police Directors recognised in Queens Birthday Honours

Former Director of Corporate and Legal Services for Gwent and South Wales Police, Gareth Madge has been awarded an OBE and Director of Finance and Administration, Umar Hussain has been awarded the MBE.

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

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Carlos Brown sentenced to 15 years in prison

Convicted rapist Carlos Brown has been sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by six years on licence.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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Robert Brain sentenced to 8 years in prison for Swansea robberies

A Swansea man has been jailed for over eight years after pleading guilty to burglary and robbery offences.

Monday, June 15th, 2015

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Welsh Government awards over £16m for CSOs across Wales

Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews has announced over £16 million for the continued funding of 500 Community Support Officers.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015


Two men sentenced to total of 13 years in prison for burglary

Two men from the Wentloog area of Cardiff have each been sentenced to six years and six months in prison for a string of burglaries in and around Cardiff.

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Four arrested in Swansea drugs operation

Police have made four arrests for drugs offences after executing warrants in the Penlan area of Swansea.

Monday, June 8th, 2015

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Swansea golf club burglar sent to prison

A thief who used a car to smash his way into a golf club has been sent to prison.


Stolen property seized in Briton Ferry crime operation

Police have recovered stolen property worth over £40,000 after officers executed a search warrant at a traveller site in Briton Ferry.

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Neath burglar sent to prison following police stop

A Neath burglar has been sent to prison after he was arrested by police and found in possession of money and a Terry’s Chocolate Orange which he had stolen from his elderly victim.


Swansea PCSOs receive awards from Neighbourhood Watch

Several PCSOs from the Western Division of South Wales Police have been recognised for their outstanding work in the community.

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PCSO is back on the beat in Morriston

There’s a familiar face back on the beat in Morriston.


101 Launch

24 hours a day, seven days a week- 101 – the non-emergency contact number for South Wales Police

South Wales Police launched an awareness campaign this month, June 2, 2015 to let everyone in South Wales know that the best and quickest way to contact the Police is to dial 101 for all non-emergency calls.

Thursday, June 11th, 2015


New unit launched in south Wales to better safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults

A new multi-agency hub set up to safeguard vulnerable people in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil has been praised by South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael and Deputy Commissioner Sophie Howe.

Thursday, May 21st, 2015