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Mental health ‘Twilight Sanctuary’ pilot launches in Pembrokeshire

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A ground breaking out-of-hours mental health service for adults is being piloted in Pembrokeshire.

Following on from the success of the Twilight Sanctuary in Llanelli, Hywel Dda University Health Board in partnership with Dyfed Powys Police and Pembrokeshire County Council, have been able to secure funding for a three month pilot in Pembrokeshire.

The Twilight Sanctuary will be provided by Mind Pembrokeshire, based at their premises in 2 Perrots Road, Haverfordwest. It will open Friday to Sunday from 6pm to 2am, from 27 November 2020.

The service will provide a place of sanctuary for adults experiencing mental distress and those at risk of deteriorating mental health at a time when other support based services are closed. This preventative service will provide early access help which will lessen dependence on core mental health services. 

Peter Gills, Pembrokeshire Adult Mental Health Service Manager for Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with colleagues in Mind Pembrokeshire, to progress the transformation of mental health services and deliver services that the local community have asked for in providing support at times when it is often hard to access.

“We are committed to being able to offer the right support at the right time to the people of Pembrokeshire as we progress and are pleased to be developing this pilot project, working in partnership with Dyfed Powys Police and Pembrokeshire County Council.” 

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Tracey Price Chief Executive Officer, Mind Pembrokeshire added: “Mind Pembrokeshire are really excited to be able to run this pilot service, which we know is something that people have asked for and is needed. It’s a great opportunity to strengthen closer working across all sectors and to improve accessibility to out-of-hours support for people in Pembrokeshire.”

“We welcome the opportunity to work with and support people in managing and maintaining their mental health and wellbeing, in a welcoming and homely environment, that wherever possible avoids the need for people to access more acute services.” 

Inspector Andrew Merry, Dyfed Powys Police said: “This is a fantastic development for mental health services in Pembrokeshire. People in crisis will no longer be subject to long journeys to access the support they need.

“This will also help to reduce the demand on officers’ time. This service is already having a positive effect on individuals and the wider local communities.

“We will continue to work with partners to embed the new working practices and ensure the long term benefits of this scheme.”

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This service is being delivered in accordance with Hywel Dda’s ‘Transforming Mental Health’ programme. In 2017, over one thousand individuals engaged in a public consultation, seeking opinions on proposals to change how care and treatment is provided to meet the mental health needs now and in the future. Working together with service users, carers, staff, partners, including West Wales Action for Mental Health and the Community Health Council, a new model of care was co-designed for mental health services.

This includes:

  • 24 hour services – ensuring anyone who needs help can access a mental health service for support at any time of the day or night.
  • No waiting lists – so that people receive first contact with mental health services within 24 hours and for their subsequent care to be planned for in a consistent and supportive way.
  • Community focus – to stop admitting people to hospital when it is not the best option and provide support in the community, when people need time away from home, extra support or protection.
  • Recovery and resilience – services that do not purely focus on treating or managing symptoms, but instead help people to live independent, fulfilling lives with the help and support they need.  

Those who wish to access the service can call 01437 769982 or text 07959 835339. In response to COVID-19, all appointments must be pre-booked to ensure the area is sanitised between visits.  

(Lead image: Kevin Bidwell / Pexels.com)


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Man who filmed rape on Ammanford victim’s phone changes plea mid trial

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A man who filmed himself raping an Ammanford woman on his victim’s phone has changed his plea to guilty midway through his trial.

Cameron Hassan, aged 31, of no fixed abode, attacked the woman, raping her as she slept on 21 August 2021.

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Hassan had been on trial at Swansea Crown Court after denying any wrongdoing. However, after the jury was shown the video of the attack and hearing the victim was going to give evidence yesterday (Tuesday, 10 May), Hassan changed his plea to guilty.

Investigating Officer DC Sophie Lambert from Dyfed Powys Police said the victim had shown great strength and determination throughout the investigation.

“I must commend her tremendous courage in coming forward and the tenacity shown throughout the investigation,” she said.

“We hope this case demonstrates that Dyfed-Powys Police acts on serious allegations such as rape and sexual assault with officers working tirelessly to secure justice for victims.

“If you are suffering because of similar abuse, please contact the police, or if you would rather speak to someone in confidence, New Pathways are an independent charity that will support you through every step of the investigation.”

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New Pathways can be contacted at 01685 379 310 or email enquiries@newpathways.org.uk

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Man banned from driving for 12 months for fishing offence

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A man from Merthyr Tydfil who travelled to the River Loughor, near Llanelli to fish using a barbaric and illegal method, has been banned from driving for 12 months as part of his sentence.

Vu Quang Tien pleaded guilty to an illegal fishing charge and also to a charge of obstruction of a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Fisheries Enforcement Officer on 26 April at Swansea Magistrates Court.

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Mr Tien and two other anglers were witnessed by NRW Fisheries Enforcement Officers deliberately using the illegal foul hooking method of fishing – also known as snatching – at the river Loughor on 15 August 2021. NRW officers attended the site after several reports of illegal fishing were made to NRW’s 24/7 incident call centre by concerned members of the community.

When approached and questioned by NRW officers, Mr Tien and his accomplices showed significant hostility and reluctance to share identification documents which eventually had to be extracted by use of reasonable force.

All of Mr Tien’s fishing tackle and fish, along with his associates’ fishing tackle was seized by NRW Officers at the time of the incident. The district judge on the day at Swansea Magistrates Court gave permission to NRW to confiscate these items permanently from each of them.

The District Judge disqualified Mr Tien from driving for 12 months due to seriousness of the incident, and the premeditated and deliberate action of travelling such a distance to commit the offence.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £2,334 in fines, NRW costs and a victim surcharge.

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Mark Thomas, Fisheries Enforcement Officer for NRW, said: “We would like to again thank Dyfed Powys Police, the local communities and also the law-abiding anglers in the area for their continued support in reporting these illegal fishing activities.

“Foul hooking is a truly barbaric form of fishing carried out by a small minority of anglers in Wales, who have no regard for fish welfare.

“NRW and the Police take these incidents seriously as do the courts.

“Hopefully, the small minority of anglers who may in future, think of using any illegal fishing methods will take heed of the heavy fines and driving ban in this case issued by the courts.”

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Police appeal after cyclist dies in Garnant accident

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Dyfed Powys Police have issued an appeal after a cyclist died in a single vehicle road traffic collision on Friday (6 May).

The accident took place around 8.45pm outside the Discovery Book Shop on Cwmamman Road in Garnant, Ammanford.

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A spokesperson for Dyfed Powys Police said: “Sadly the 58 year-old male rider of the pedal cycle sustained serious injuries and passed away in hospital.

“We are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the pedal cycle at the relevant time, or who may have dashcam footage if they travelled along this stretch of road at the time, to get in touch.

“Also local residents and business owners are asked to contact Police if they have any CCTV footage covering the location.”

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