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Drop-in event for people concerned about antisocial behaviour to be held in Neath town centre

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The Safer Neath Port Talbot Community Partnership is set to host a drop-in event to promote what is being done to tackle and prevent antisocial behaviour in Neath town centre.

The drop-in event is to be held between 11am and 2pm on Tuesday 24th August at the Neath Town Hall Community Centre (situated next to the Gwyn Hall). Members of the public, local businesses and anyone else with an interest in Neath town centre are welcome to attend the event.

The event will be an opportunity for people to meet representatives from the Partnership and to find out more about some of the key initiatives ongoing in the town centre such as: South Wales Police’s Operation Lileum, the Business Crime Reduction Partnership, CCTV, homelessness services, and the support for vulnerable people.

Members of the Partnership who will be in attendance include South Wales Police, Neath Port Talbot Council, Safer Neath Port Talbot, Salvation Army and Neath Town Council.

Acting Local Police Inspector Mark Watkins said: “Do you have questions about personal safety, crime or anti-social behaviour in Neath?  If so, you are welcome to come along and speak with representatives of South Wales Police, where you can speak to officers in a safe environment about issues and experiences you’ve had with anti-social behaviour in Neath town centre.”

“This drop-in event will provide the community of Neath to ask questions and find out more about what is happening to tackle local problems. Whether that is issues around drugs, anti-social behaviour or youth nuisance.”

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Councillor Leanne Jones, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection, said: “This event is a great opportunity for people to find out more about how partner organisations are working together to combat antisocial behaviour. It is also a chance for people to talk directly to the organisations involved and discuss any issues they may have.

“Neath town centre has a lot to offer visitors, residents and businesses, and the Community Safety Partnership is keen to ensure the town’s reputation is not damaged by the behaviour of a minority.”

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Man charged with murder after Neath death

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A 38-year-old man has been charged with murder following the discovery of a body at a property in Caewern, Neath on Wednesday (27 April).

Emmett Morrison, from Caewern, has been charged with the murder of Timothy Dundon, 66, in Heol Catwg.

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He was remanded in custody and appeared at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on Monday (May 2).

Mr Dundon’s family has been updated and next of kin continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Darren George, from South Wales Police, said: “Clearly the charging of a person with the murder of Mr Dundon is a significant development in the investigation however I would still urge anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it might be, to please contact South Wales Police.

“I would like to thank the local community for the support they have provided to this investigation to date.

“There has been an increased police presence in Caewern since Wednesday and this will continue over the coming days as enquiries continue.”

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Murder investigation after death of 66 year-old Neath man

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South Wales Police’s Major Crime Investigations Team (MCIT) have launched a murder investigation following the death of a 66 year old man at a property on Heol Catwg in Caewern, Neath.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Darren George, said: “I can confirm a murder investigation is underway following the discovery of a man’s body in Heol Catwg yesterday.

“The community in Heol Catwg is close knit and I would encourage anyone who may have information in connection with the murder to please contact our incident room at Cockett Police Station.

“We are particularly keen to hear from anybody who may have heard or seen anything suspicious in the area between 8am on Monday morning, April 25th and 1pm yesterday afternoon, Wednesday April 27th.

“A police cordon remains in place whilst Crime Scene Investigators and Specialist Search Officers are at the scene.

“There will also be an increased police presence in the area over the coming days as officers continue with their enquiries.

“I would like to thank the local community for their support whilst we continue our investigation. “

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A 38 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody. The 66 year old man has not yet been formally identified.

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Firms reimagine workspaces post COVID thanks to Neath office furniture company

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Neath-based Ministry of Furniture is enjoying a surge in demand for some of its most innovative services on the back of companies reinventing the way in which their offices operate, in a post COVID-restrictions environment.

A shift to hybrid and flexible working arrangements on a long-term basis has prompted many firms to reconsider the very nature of their office environment – and how much space they need. Hotdesking and mixed working environments are being introduced as companies reimagine the office, scrapping outdated principles of set desks and offices.

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This approach is also combined with a growing desire to leverage the principles of the circular economy in all aspects of the design and fit out. Companies are now assessing and monitoring their carbon footprint and want a full understanding of where materials are sourced and the nature of supply chains.

Ministry of Furniture, able to deliver all aspects of an office refit from design stage to manufacture to fitout, has experienced a surge in demand as companies reconsider how and where people want to work.

Its designs incorporate flexible and informal breakout and workspaces incorporating pods and booths, which can also be powered by cutting-edge portable power banks, eclipsing the need for building costly fixed partitions and rewiring buildings based on new sets of plans.

In addition, the company has developed the expertise to upcycle and remanufacture desks and other types of furniture for new uses. For example, old desks can be repurposed as shelving or lockers – another important consideration in an office where employees no longer have a single dedicated desk or workspace.

Its approach always uses a local supply chain for all aspects of the job while leveraging the principles of the circular economy. Much of the furniture will be re-manufactured and upcycled, while it also works closely with Paint 360, a pioneer in the reengineering and reuse of waste paint, to decorate the interior.

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Just some of the companies Ministry has worked with on such projects include Marine Power Systems, Crunch Digital and Mrs Bucket. In the case of the latter, the company said it wanted to provide its growing team with a fresh environment focused on wellbeing and collaboration, and so added more informal space for collaboration and meetings.

The new office space located at Mrs Buckét, focused on team building and inspiration.

Graham Hirst, Managing Director, Ministry of Furniture, said: “The working environment fundamentally changed during the COVID pandemic, but many companies are now embracing the positives of that and want to adjust their working environments long term. With people working from home, companies want their offices to become alternative but inspiring workspaces.

“This ties in perfectly with our offering, whereby we can help clients through each part of the process from concept to completion. This approach also complements our commitment to the circular economy and skillset in remanufacturing and upcycling products. The clients we have worked with recently wanted a more collaborative working environment and I think that the final designs really help facilitate that creative energy.”

Rachael Flanagan, CEO of Mrs Buckét, said: “After a tough two years for everyone, we were keen to refresh our space as more of the team returned to office working. Employee wellbeing is really important to us and so our main goal was to create a modern, fresh environment, a place where people are excited to come to work.

“We consulted with our team from the outset and designed the new offices purely with their feedback in mind. Team building is at the top of our agenda, and we really believe that having an inspiring space for our team to work from will help us in our drive to become one of the foremost employers in the cleaning and facilities management industry.”

Lead image: The reimagined office at Crunch Digital supplied by Ministry of Furniture.

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