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Fantastic, @GwentPolice announce new initiative to support @SSAFA

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Gwent Police has reinforced its commitment to colleagues from the armed services and their families by announcing a new partnership and initiative with the Forces charity SSAFA.
The Force has worked closely with the Gwent branch of SSAFA, the oldest military charity in the country, to produce a short film and other resources for police officers and staff to better understand the challenges that are sometimes faced by veterans and their families readjusting to civilian life.

These challenges can often leave former service personnel and their families vulnerable and can lead to the abuse of alcohol and drugs, violence and can also result in homelessness. The resources will form part of Police officers training days, which they undertake every 10 weeks, and will help officers signpost veterans and their families to services and support which is available to them through organisations such as SSAFA.

 Chief Superintendent Rhiannon Kirk commented:

“Gwent Police is committed to supporting colleagues from the armed services, some of whom experience real hardships and challenges when they leave the military. It’s not about putting special services in place or treating veterans differently, it’s about understanding the often complex needs of veterans as they readjust to civilian life.
“The initiative will help officers signpost former service personnel to the raft of support which is available to them. Having put themselves on the line to protect our country the very least we can do is help them when they are at their most vulnerable .”
The initiative is being fully supported by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and will complement the commitment which has already been made by Gwent Police in signing the Armed Forces military covenant in 2013. The covenant aims to encourage all agencies within our community to offer support to the local Armed Forces community and make it easier for Service personnel, families and veterans to access the help and support available from the Ministry of Defence (MOD), from statutory providers and from the Charitable and Voluntary Sector. 
Chris Kirk who is the Marketing, Communications & Fundraising Coordinator for the Gwent branch of SSAFA added: “ I am delighted to be given the opportunity to be involved with Gwent Police in the design and implementation of this initiative. As a former Soldier and Gwent Police officer I realise the value and impact this initiative will bring to the Armed Forces communities of Gwent.”
To mark Armed Forces Day tomorrow (Saturday 27 June) Chief Superintendent Rhiannon Kirk will be joining volunteers from SSAFA at a fundraising event in the ASDA store in Duffryn.

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Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49

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Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.

Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.

On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.

His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.

“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.

“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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