(WALES) Afghan Evacuation Report: The first Afghan refugees, who were airlifted from Kabul following the #Taliban seizure of the country last month, have arrived #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.10: The Welsh government said 50 families are being resettled across the country: Most of those who have arrived directly supported Welsh-based armed forces in the country over the past 20 years….

#AceDailyNews says that the first refugees have arrived in Wales after #Taliban coup: The Urdd youth organisation is helping to provide accommodation, with 230 Afghans being resettled in Wales in total.

A mother and her two children who have left their home in Kabul
Getty Images: The UK government has pledged to rehome 20,000 Afghans over the next five years

This is after the UK government pledged to rehome 20,000 Afghans over the next five years after the Taliban seized back control of the country.

“Today we welcome the families and individuals that have served our country in Afghanistan,” said Wales’ Social Justice Minister Jane Hutt.

“We have made clear our pledge of Wales being a nation of sanctuary and we’re committed to do all that is possible to ensure Afghan interpreters, refugees and their families are welcomed.”

: Taliban has now taken control of Afghanistan

She added: “All local authorities in Wales are participating in these schemes and have offered their support and assistance to the Afghan citizens who are being resettled in the UK.”

The Urdd youth organisation is providing initial accommodation before other properties are found. 

Its chief executive, Sian Lewis, said: “As an organisation, we are proud to help and continue to share with our members the importance of loyalty to country and culture but also to humanity and a higher good: We have a moral obligation as a national youth organisation to support humanitarian projects and offer a hand of friendship and support to the Afghan community in their time of need.”

Colonel Sion Walker from the 160th (Welsh) Brigade said: “There are direct historical links with Wales-based and Wales-facing units and members of many of those families coming to Wales: They will have worked alongside each other during very difficult times in Afghanistan; our involvement is recognition of the support given and comradeships developed during those times and we are proud to have played a part in making Wales a nation of sanctuary.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.10: 2021:

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(WALES) JUST IN: Major proposals to change Westminster constituencies have been published, as the number of Welsh MPs drops from 40 to 32 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.09: The Boundary Commission for Wales’ initial plans now enter an eight-week public consultation: There will be two more separate consultations before final proposals are presented to MPs, with the final changes due to take effect at the next general election….

#AceDailyNews says major changes to cut number of Welsh MPs published: Arfon, which covers part of Gwynedd, could go and the number of north-east Wales MPs could drop from six to four: Welsh Secretary Simon Hart could face a battle for his seat as Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire is redrawn.

By Catrin Haf Jones
BBC Wales political correspondent

MPs in the House of Commons
Wales is due to have eight fewer MPs at the next general election, dropping from 40 to 32

Plans to redraw the Parliamentary boundaries date back around a decade, when David Cameron was prime minister.

The Boundary Commission has no power to set the number of MPs – which has already been decided by Parliament – and will not consider arguments around the number of constituencies.

Under new Westminster rules each constituency proposed by the Boundary Commission for Wales must contain between 69,724 and 77,062 registered voters. 

The UK government says this will ensure people from all parts of the United Kingdom have equal representation in Parliament.

The only exception to that rule will be Ynys Môn, on Anglesey, which was given a “protected status” last year, meaning no changes to its name or boundaries – leaving it with 52,415 voters.

Every other constituency in Wales will see changes, with the majority changing names and some disappearing entirely by being absorbed into neighbouring constituencies.

One of the constituencies affected will be Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, the seat held by UK government cabinet member Mr Hart: The constituency, which has 58,048 registered voters, would be redrawn to include parts of the Preseli Pembrokeshire seat held by former Conservative Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb and would be rebranded Mid and South Pembrokeshire, along with a new Ceredigion Preseli seat……………….Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Mr Hart said the boundary redrawing process had “years to run yet”. “This is the implementation of a manifesto commitment to make the parliamentary boundaries in Wales fairer for voters,” he said.”It’s not about career prospects of individual MPs or good fortune for particular political parties, this is making sure that every vote in Wales is of the same value.”The former “red wall” seats of north-east Wales could also face cuts, with Clwyd South and Vale of Clwyd disappearing.

Clwyd South, a Conservative gain from Labour in the 2019 general election, would being split between Alyn and Deeside, Wrexham and a newly-named Montgomeryshire and Glyndwr constituency. Another Tory gain in 2019, Vale of Clwyd, would also be absorbed by Clwyd and Delyn.

The Ynys Môn constituency is the only one in Wales to be untouched in the plan………..Arfon which has 43,215 voters, will be split between Dwyfor Meirionydd and Aberconwy – with Caernarfon in the former and Bangor in the latter.The Bridgend seat, another Conservative gain at the last election, would be split between a new constituency called Aberafan Porthcawl and a new Bridgend seat that would include parts of the current Ogmore constituency.How were these plans decided?

The Boundary Commission said it considered several factors in developing its proposals, from geography to local and historical ties, as well as the required number of voters.Secretary to the Boundary Commission for Wales Shereen Williams said: “We’ve had to propose significant changes due to the reduction in the number of Welsh constituencies and that’s presented a particular challenge as we seek to develop a map which meets the conditions laid out in the (Parliamentary Constituencies) Act, but also meets the expectations of the people of Wales.”We’re confident that our proposals are a strong first attempt to create a workable map of 32 Welsh constituencies. “The purpose of our initial proposals, however, is to start the conversation about how the new map will look.”What has the political reaction been?

Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, said she thinks the move is “yet another argument that Wales should be taking over [its] own affairs”.”We just lose our voice,” she told BBC Radio Wales Breakfast, adding she feared the proposals would make it even harder for MPs to serve their constituents. “There are certain areas in here as [the map] stands that are so huge. If you live in certain parts of Wales you should be asking yourself: ‘Am I getting fair service from my MP when I need them?'”

Meanwhile, Labour MP for Rhondda Chris Bryant said “it is a deliberate campaign by the Conservatives” to get people who typically vote against them to vote for them: Mr Bryant also criticised the UK government’s proposal to pass a law requiring people to show an approved form of identification in order to vote. “Many people in my constituency and people who live in transient communities in cities who normally tend to vote labour are going to find it more difficult to register, vote and participate in democracy”, he added.But according to Sir John Curtice, professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde, “it’s no longer clear whether the Conservatives will necessarily lose significantly less than Labour” in Wales after proposed boundary reform.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.09: 2021:

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(WALES) BTP REPORT: Officers investigating an incident in which a man caused £1,800 of damage to a lift at Prestatyn railway station are today releasing these (images below) in connection #AceNewsDesk report

#AceDailyNews reports on BTP Appeal for witnesses after man starts fire in railway station lift – Prestatyn and that just after 1am on Monday 16 August, the suspect entered the lift at the station, before later urinating in the corner. At 5.40am, he lit a fire in the lift which melted the floor, causing £1,800 worth of damage.

Do you recognise this man in these three images below ?

Prestatyn 1
Prestatyn 3
Prestatyn 2

Officers investigating an incident in which a man caused £1,800 of damage to a lift at Prestatyn railway station are today releasing these images in connection.

After being asked to leave the station, he verbally abused a member of rail staff.

Officers believe the man in the CCTV images may have information which could help their investigation.

If you recognise him, or have any information, please contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 79 of 16/08/21.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Sept.07: 2021:

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(LONDON) ONS REPORT: In England, it is estimated that over 9 in 10 adults, or 94.2% of the adult population (95% credible interval: 93.2% to 95.1%) would have tested positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the specific virus that causes coronavirus (COVID-19) FULL DETAILS BELOW: #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthDesk says that 9 in 10 adults were estimated to have #COVID19 antibodies across U.K. (not living in care homes, hospitals or other institutional settings) Week beginning 26th July 2021 ….

Aug.20, 2021: @acenewsservices

ONS REPORT:

1. Main points

  • In England, it is estimated that over 9 in 10 adults, or 94.2% of the adult population (95% credible interval: 93.2% to 95.1%) would have tested positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the specific virus that causes coronavirus (COVID-19), on a blood test in the week beginning 26 July 2021, suggesting they had the infection in the past or have been vaccinated.
  • In Wales, it is estimated that over 9 in 10 adults, or 93.2% of the adult population (95% credible interval: 91.8% to 94.5%) would have tested positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 on a blood test in the week beginning 26 July 2021, suggesting they had the infection in the past or have been vaccinated.
  • In Northern Ireland, it is estimated that around 9 in 10 adults, or 89.1% of the adult population (95% credible interval: 85.0% to 92.0%) would have tested positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 on a blood test in the week beginning 26 July 2021, suggesting they had the infection in the past or have been vaccinated.
  • In Scotland, it is estimated that over 9 in 10 adults, or 93.5% of the adult population (95% credible interval: 92.2% to 94.6%) would have tested positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 on a blood test in the week beginning 26 July 2021, suggesting they had the infection in the past or have been vaccinated.
  • Across all four countries of the UK, there is a clear pattern between vaccination and testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies but the detection of antibodies alone is not a precise measure of the immunity protection given by vaccination.

About this bulletin

In this bulletin, we refer to the following.

Antibodies

We measure the presence of antibodies in the community population to understand who has had coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past, and the impact of vaccinations. It takes between two and three weeks after infection or vaccination for the body to make enough antibodies to fight the infection. Having antibodies can help to prevent individuals from getting the same infection again, or if they do get infected, they are less likely to have severe symptoms. Once infected or vaccinated, antibodies remain in the blood at low levels and can decline over time. The length of time antibodies remain at detectable levels in the blood is not fully known.

Community population

In this instance, community population refers to private residential households, and excludes those in hospitals, care homes and/or other institutional settings.

SARS-CoV-2

This is the scientific name given to the specific virus that causes COVID-19.

Data in this bulletin

The analysis on antibodies in this bulletin is based on blood test results taken from a randomly selected subsample of individuals aged 16 years and over, which are used to test for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. We also present data on the percentage of people aged 16 years and over who report they have received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine since 14 December 2020, and the percentage of people aged 16 years and over who are fully vaccinated since 15 February 2021.

Our antibodies and vaccination estimates are based on modelling of the people visited in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey in the community. Further information on our method to model antibodies and vaccinations can be found in our methods article.

We produce weekly modelled estimates using standard calendar weeks starting Monday. To provide the most timely and accurate estimates possible for antibody positivity, the model will include data for the first four to seven days of the most recent week available, depending on the availability of test results. The antibody estimate for the most recent week in this publication includes data from 26 to 29 July 2021.

We are presenting weekly modelled antibody estimates for adults by country, grouped age and single year of age for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. We present the same analysis for vaccine estimates of adults who reported they have received one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and for adults who report they are fully vaccinated.

Modelled vaccine estimates are produced to provide context alongside our antibodies estimates and do not replace the official government figures on vaccinations, which are a more precise count of total vaccines issued. While we would expect the overall trend of our estimated number of people who have received vaccines to increase, it is possible that in some weeks, the estimate may remain the same or decrease as a result of sampling variability (for example, we may have a lower number of participants recording a vaccination in the latest week compared with an earlier week).Back to table of contents

2. Understanding antibodies, immunity and vaccination estimates

This bulletin presents analysis on past infection and/or vaccination – which we define as testing positive for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 – for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland based on findings from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey in the UK. For context, we include estimates from our survey on the percentage of people who reported they have received at least one dose of a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, as well as those who have been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

It is not yet known how having detectable antibodies, now or at some time in the past, affects the chance of becoming infected or experiencing symptoms, as other parts of the immune system (T cell response) will offer protection. Antibody positivity is defined by a fixed amount of antibodies in the blood. A negative test result will occur if there are no antibodies or if antibody levels are too low to reach this threshold.

It is important to draw the distinction between testing positive for antibodies and having immunity. Following infection or vaccination, antibody levels can vary and sometimes increase but can still be below the level identified as “positive” in our test, and other tests. This does not mean that a person has no protection against COVID-19, as an immune response does not rely on the presence of antibodies alone.

We also do not yet know exactly how much antibodies need to rise to give protection. A person’s T cell response will provide protection but is not detected by blood tests for antibodies. A person’s immune response is affected by a number of factors, including health conditions and age. Our blog gives further information on the link between antibodies and immunity and the vaccine programme.

While the daily official government figures provide the recorded actual numbers of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 issued, our vaccination estimates are likely to be different from the official figures. This is because they are estimates based on a sample survey of reported vaccine status and are provided for context alongside our antibodies estimates. We control for the effect of ethnicity by post-stratifying our analysis by White and non-White ethnic groups, rather than individual ethnicities, because of our current sample size. This could result in differences between our survey estimates and the government figures in the numbers of vaccines received for some ethnic minority groups.

Importantly, our survey collects information from the population living in private households and does not include people living in communal establishments such as care homes, hospitals or prisons. The value of showing our estimates of vaccines alongside our estimates of people testing positive for antibodies is to illustrate the relationship between the two.

Differences between official figures and the estimates from this survey differ in scale across each of the four UK nations (some survey estimates are closer to the official reported figures than others) because of differences in reporting dates and the inclusion of National Immunisation Management System (NIMS)1 data for England. In addition, our sampling method for Northern Ireland is different to the other nations, inviting only people who have previously participated in a Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) survey, which could result in a sample of individuals who are more likely to get vaccinated. This should be taken into consideration if comparing vaccine and antibody estimates across the four nations, as vaccine status and antibody positivity are related.

In addition, as our analysis develops, our survey-based estimates will enable possible future analysis of people who have received a vaccine with other characteristics collected in the survey. Our blog provides more information on what the Office for National Statistics (ONS) can tell you about the COVID-19 vaccine programme.

Our methodology article provides further information around the survey design, how we process data, and how data are analysed. The study protocol specifies the research for the study. The Quality and Methodology Information details the strength and limitations of the data.

Notes for: Understanding antibodies, immunity and vaccination estimates

  1. National Immunisation Management System (NIMS) administrative data are used to validate Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey self-reported records of vaccination for England. The equivalent of this is currently not included for other countries meaning the estimates for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are produced only from Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey self-reported records of vaccination.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.20: 2021:

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(LONDON) Kingston Crown Court Report: A county lines gang that trafficked a vulnerable London schoolboy to Wales where he was exploited as a drugs runner have been jailed for a total of more than 40 years #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.01: Five men were sentenced over two days on Thursday, 29 July and Friday, 30 July at Kingston Crown Court as follows:

  • Jemy Capitao, 28 (24.04.93), of Llanelli, Wales was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment. He pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and possessing criminal property before the five week trial. Part-way through the trial, he also admitted one count of arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploit
  • Basky Capitao, 27 (01.06.94), of Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment. He was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploit.
  • Harvey Kimpton, 21 (23.03.00), of Harlow, Essex was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment. He pleaded guilty on the day of the trial to two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and possessing a prohibited firearm, as well as two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply
  • Ayyub Elaouzi, 22 (10.11.98), of Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire was sentenced to eight years and four months’ imprisonment. He pleaded guilty on the day of the trial to two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and one count of arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploit.
  • Harry King, 20 (14.02.01), of Hertford, Hertfordshire was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. He was found guilty of arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploit.

A sixth man, Kenneth Langrish, 36 (11.05.85), of Enfield pleaded guilty on the day of the trial to two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and one count of arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploit. He had previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He will be sentenced on a date to be confirmed.

#AceDailyNews reports on County lines gang jailed for trafficking and exploiting a child as a drug runner after the investigation was carried out by officers from Operation Orochi, the Met’s specialist crime team dedicated to tackling high harm offenders involved in county lines drugs supply. It proactively targets London-based line holders, working in partnership with importing county forces.

County lines is the name given to drug dealing where criminals use phone lines to move and supply drugs, usually from cities into smaller towns and rural areas across the whole country.

The gangs exploit vulnerable people, including children and those with mental health or addiction issues, by recruiting them to distribute the drugs.

This investigation began when an autistic 15-year-old schoolboy from north London was reported missing on 10 September 2020. Enquiries revealed that he might be staying at an address in Swansea where he was running drugs for an organised crime group who controlled the ‘Gino line.’

As the missing person investigation continued, Elaouzi was arrested for an unrelated matter on 16 September 2020. During the course of his arrest he attempted to discard a mobile phone. The Gino line was active just five minutes before he was arrested and then ceased to continue.

On 17 September 2020, Jemy Capitao, who the court heard was the line-runner, went to a newsagents in Swansea and purchased two mobile phone top-up vouchers for a Nokia phone, which enabled the activation of the Gino 2 line. Bulk messages were sent from the phone later that night reading ‘the real Gino is back on bang bang both.’ Both refers to the crack cocaine and heroin they were selling.

On 25 September 2020, officers from South Wales Police attended a residential address in Swansea where they believed the missing teenager was, but he was not present. However, officers recovered a Nokia burner phone from within the property. Subsequent analysis of the phone revealed that it was housing the new Gino 2 line.

On the same day, officers carried out enquiries at a nearby address, which was in a poor condition, where they located the teenager. He was safeguarded and taken back to London.

Text messages uncovered on the victim’s phone by Op Orochi officers revealed the extent of the county lines operation as well as those involved. The victim was in regular contact with Jemy and the Gino and Gino 2 lines as well as some of the other defendants.

Analysis of his phone also highlighted the mistreatment of the youngster by the gang. On 12 September 2020, he sent a message the Gino line requesting some food before being repeatedly ignored and texting “can’t lie I’m hungry.” On 15 September 2020, he sent a text to Jemy saying: “I’m broke bro I haven’t eaten since yesterday.”

The gang became worried after the teenager was found by the police. Jemy Capitao went on the run with his girlfriend and they stayed in a hotel in Milton Keynes where they were found by officers on 1 October 2020. Detectives also found £2,910 in cash wedged into the handle of a kettle in the room. Officers also searched his home address and recovered a cash counting machine and large quantities of designer goods and high value items.

Jemy’s brother Basky Capitao, who ran the line when his brother was away, was also arrested on 1 October 2020 after officers stopped a car he was a passenger in on the M25. He was found in possession of £625 in cash as well as an iPhone and a burner phone. The court heard he played a key role in the trafficking of the teenager by arranging and facilitating his travel to South Wales.

Langrish, who works for Basky as a driver/courier, drove the teenage victim to Swindon on the night of 10/11 September 2020 for the first leg of his journey. He was arrested on 6 October 2020. He was found to have 125 packages of crack cocaine hidden under his genitals. The court heard Langrish made numerous trips to South Wales so he could re-supply the Gino line with class A drugs in Swansea.

Officers executed a warrant at Kimpton’s address on 9 October 2020. He was arrested directly outside. Detectives searched the address and found a Gucci shoe box containing a loaded 22-calibre self-loading pistol and ammunition. Officers also found a Taser disguised as a torch as well as cocaine and heroin.

King was arrested on 14 October 2020 at his home address. King was based in Swindon at the time of the teenager’s trafficking. He received the victim in Swindon from Langrish before arranging and facilitating the youngster’s travel to South Wales.

Elaouzi was also arrested on 14 October 2020 for the offences linked to this investigation. The court heard that Elaouzi was holding the Gino line when the teenager was trafficked to Wales.

Following the arrest of the defendants, further enquiries were carried out by Op Orochi officers, particularly into the phones that were seized from them when they were arrested.

Subsequently they were charged and convicted as above.

Detective Constable Ben Baker, the investigating officer from Operation Orochi, said: “County lines drug dealers exploit young and vulnerable people to facilitate their drug supply. They hope that by using vulnerable children as drugs runners they will shield themselves from identification and prosecution by law enforcement. This is because frequently, these exploited persons are too scared to assist police: The additional recovery of a loaded firearm associated with these perpetrators reflects the intractable association between drug supply and violence: This investigation has shown that the police are able to pursue those involved with exploiting children for drug supply, irrespective of whether a victim assists the police or not. We hope this case will discourage future gangs from using children as drugs runners by showing that it isn’t any barrier to their prosecution.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.01: 2021:

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(WALES, U.K.) LATEST: A search has been launched for three men after a woman was raped in a small rural town in the early hours following an attack by men wearing black masks #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.01: Dyfed-Powys Police said three men had approached her near a local primary school and one grabbed and raped her: The man who carried out the assault is described as tall, in his late teens or early 20s and wearing a baseball cap: Officers said he was wearing Adidas trainers “that were shiny on the side” and was wearing a black face mask.

#AceDailyNews says here’s the latest on the Crickhowell Rape: Police search for masked men after woman attacked this “harrowing” attack happened on the main road in mid Wales at about 04:00 BST on Tuesday:

Crickhowell
The woman was walking north out of Crickhowell on Brecon Road when she was approached by three men

Detectives said there are no descriptions for the other two, except for the fact they were wearing black face masks.

The attack happened on the main A40 Brecon Road, which goes through Crickhowell, near to the local primary school on the north of town.”We have specialist officers supporting the victim, and her welfare is our focus,” said

Det Ch Insp Phil Rowe of Dyfed-Powys Said Police Police say incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the Dyfed-Powys area. “Extensive inquiries are being conducted and the public will have seen an increased presence of police officers in the last couple of days in Crickhowell as we investigate this harrowing incident.”Detectives are appealing for people who may have seen the men matching the description in the area between 03:45 and 04:30 on Tuesday or have any CCTV footage to contact the police.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Aug.01: 2021:

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(WALES) Victim Report: A young woman who was sexually abused by a man at age 7yrs-of-age the man was jailed for 2017, served only half his sentence has returned to his home town due to his health after she was promised she would not see him again #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.24: She was reassured she wouldn’t see my abuser – then I saw him in Sainsbury’s and it shook me to my core,” she said.

WALES: Sex abuse victim’s shock at seeing attacker back in community: A victim of sexual abuse has said she cannot heal with her attacker now living back in her community: Despite being told she would not see the man when he left prison because he was housebound due to his poor health, Leah Walker was “devastated” when she bumped into him at a supermarket but monitoring dangerous prison leavers in a pandemic has become even more difficult with one in 40′ young women sexually assaulted per year

By Jenny Rees
BBC Wales home affairs correspondentLeah Walker says she cannot heal knowing her abuser is in the community

The Ministry of Justice has been asked to comment.

Leah, 32, was sexually abused from the age of seven through to adulthood. Her abuser was jailed in 2017 for 25 counts of indecent and sexual assault.

She was finally starting to heal when he was released into the community having served half of his six-year sentence.

“They reassured me that he’s of such ill health that he won’t be out of his home. But he’s still really close to me – I was absolutely devastated,” said Leah, who has waived her right to anonymity.

Within a few months, she bumped into him while food shopping. 

“I feel like back when I was a child and I wasn’t listened to, it was brushed under the carpet – this is how I’m feeling again. 

“I’ve voiced my concerns and let them know that I’m really not happy and I’m not comfortable with him being there and they reassured me that I won’t see him – but I did.”

“It shook me to my core when I saw him”, said Leah Walker

Leah also said a relative saw her abuser at a nearby takeaway on the weekend and she has raised it again with probation.

She explained the resultant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression could leave her with flashbacks. 

“Whilst he was in prison you start to build yourself up. I told myself: ‘I’m a stronger person. I went to court. I got justice,’ and my life was on a better track.

“But then you get knocked back and everything just seemed to unravel. 

“For me to be able to heal in the way that I should – and the way that I deserve to – he shouldn’t be in an area that I am. I feel my needs should be listened to and heard.”

The victims’ commissioner for England and Wales, Dame Vera Baird QC, said victims should always be considered by the Probation Service when releasing offenders to avoid such “shock or distress”.

“Victims who are in the government’s Victim Contact Scheme are offered the opportunity to request licence conditions, such as exclusion zones or no contact, so as to provide them with the peace of mind they will not meet the offender by chance close to where they live or work,” she said.

“Victims sometimes attach great importance to these conditions, not least as it gives them a sense of control – something they did not have when the crimes against them were committed.”

Leah says she was not taken seriously when she first spoke up as a child

For Leah, it took years – and a global movement – to have the courage to speak up again.

Aged seven, she disclosed what was happening, but was not taken seriously. 

It was only years later that the #MeToo movement gave her the confidence to seek justice. 

“I started to think ‘OK, so I’m not on my own. This has happened to other women and they seem like they’re coping, so maybe I can have the courage to speak out as well.’

“Seeing things in the media helped me come to my decision to take it to court and I think it’s really, really important that other people going through the same thing see a face out there that’s been through it. 

“And even though I’m still struggling – there is light at the end of the tunnel.” 

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(LONDON) JUST IN: Allow all Scots the right to vote in future independence referendum, PM Boris Johnson has urged #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.22: The prime minister is reportedly drawing up plans to allow the 800,000 Scots living in England a right to vote, as well as the 50,000 living in Wales:

Boris Johnson is reportedly weighing up plans to allow 800,000 Scots living in England the right in any future Scottish independence referendum, the leader of the All for Unity party has told GB News.

Charlie Bayliss Senior Digital Producer 

Published monday 21 June 2021 – 10:40 Last updated monday 21 June 2021 – 11:22

But Jamie Blackett said the government should go further and ensure all Scots, whether living in the UK or abroad, should be given the right to vote.

He said: “I don’t think it’s inevitable at all there will be another referendum. Nicola Sturgeon had 31% of the electorate voting for her on May 6 and that to my mind is not a mandate.

“The unfortunate thing is that the unionist vote was split, which allow the SNP to win the majority of the seats.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives to attend First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh. Picture date: Thursday June 10, 2021.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives to attend First Minister’s Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh. Picture date: Thursday June 10, 2021.Russell Cheyne

He added: “I do think we need to clarify matters. We cannot have in Scotland this toxic neveredum which is dividing communities, dividing families, and holding back the economy.

“We’ve urged the government to pass a Canada-style clarity act. One of the sections of that would be to sort out the franchise, not just to allow 800,000 Scots living elsewhere in the UK, but to allow all Scots to vote. Its part of the Scottish condition to go off and seek your fortune, before returning to Scotland.

“My own children are in London but they have ever intention to come back to live in Scotland.

“It’s manifestly unfair that just those Scots living in Scotland are given a vote. Goerge Galloway always points out that the captain of Lithuania would have a vote, but the captain of Scotland would not be able to as he’s playing in England.”

The Times is also reporting that Ruth Davidson could be ready for a return to frontline politics – being offered a ministerial role co-ordinating policy to keep the union together.

Last week former prime minister Gordon Brown warned of 50 years of conflict between England and Scotland if the country was partitioned.

  • Do you think all Scots should be allowed to vote in any independence referendum? ………….Or should it be reserved for just those living north of the English border? ……………Let us know what you think in the comments section:

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.22: 2021:

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(WALES, U.K) JUST IN: Snowdonia was the wettest place in the UK on Friday, as nearly two dozen flood alerts were put in place following downpours #AceWeatherDesk report

#AceWeatherReport – May.22: In Bridgend a family described seeing the roof blow off a house: Conditions on the M48 Severn Bridge have eased, with restrictions lifted: Windspeeds of 68mph (115km/h) were recorded on Mumbles Head in Swansea earlier on Friday:

Ace Weather Desk says ……Wales Flood warnings as heavy rain and winds hit: Gusts of 71mph (115km/h) were also recorded at Capel Curig, where more than 4in (106mm) of rain fell in 36 hours: A weather warning for wind issued by the Met Office was in place until 21:00 BST on Friday.

11 hours ago

People in strong winds in Tenby
Strong winds hit coastal areas on Thursday and are continuing to cause problems

Several areas of south and mid Wales had been affected by power outages, according to Western Power Distribution

More than 1,000 properties in Rhondda Cynon Taf, more than 300 on the Gower Peninsula and nearly 300 in northern Cardiff were left without electricity earlier – but power has been restored in most areas of Wales. 

A family in Bridgend described how they felt “panic” when they saw their roof blow off their home.

Adam PreddyThe fire service was called when a roof was blown off at Park Street in BridgendPhillip Dyke and Gaelle Stephan saw the roof blow off their home in Bridgend

“We called the fire brigade and within about an hour the roof came past our window and landed on the street,” said Phillip Dyke, who lives with his partner Gaelle and their 11-month-old baby.

“It was like something from a film.”

Ms Stephan said she was in “disbelief” as she saw the top of building come off, like it was “not really real.” 

It comes after a surfer had to be rescued after getting into difficulty off Anglesey on Thursday.

Train services across south Wales are also disrupted, with lines closed and trains delayed.

Flooding also meant services were suspended on the Conwy Valley line in north Wales between Llanrwst and Blaenau Ffestiniog.

In Ceredigion, the A487 between Cardigan and Penbryn was closed in both direction on Friday evening due to fallen trees.

In addition to flood alerts across Wales, Natural Resources Wales has also issued a full flood warning for the Lower Dee Valley in north-east Wales.

Wet and windy end to the week before settling down

The yellow warning will be in force from 15:00 Thursday evening through to 21:00 Friday night, with some delays to transport likely and damage to outdoor temporary structures possible, as well as some tree damage.  

The wind warning coincides with further unsettled weather across much of the UK, as an area of low pressure moves in from the west on Thursday, bringing continued wet and windy weather for the UK. The heaviest rain on Thursday will fall in Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, northwest Wales and northern England with between 40mm and 60mm expected in places.  

Outbreaks of heavy rain will continue for much of the UK into Friday while the wind warning is in place for southern areas but the low pressure system will gradually clear out into the North Sea later on Friday, leaving continued showery remnants for the weekend.  

Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri said: “The low pressure system moving in from the west is going to bring some heavy rain across much of the UK from Thursday and into Friday. With wind looking to be strongest in southern coastal areas, as well as Wales, there’s a chance of some disruption to travel plans and potential damage to temporary structures, such as tents and marquees.”

There will be plenty of sunshine on offer out there this afternoon with highs of 18 °C 🌤️

However it won’t be entirely dry, particularly in the east, as there’ll be some heavy showers around with a risk of thunder ⛈️ pic.twitter.com/KKUqhKIzOl— Met Office (@metoffice) May 19, 2021

Despite unsettled conditions continuing through the weekend, there is a sign of drier conditions to come from Tuesday, with some indications of temperatures starting to climb towards more typical figures for the time of year. This spell of weather will likely keep nights cooler than the long-term average, but warmer days compared to what we’ve seen recently.  

Dan added: “There are some glimmers of hope in the forecast into next week, with more settled weather possible from Tuesday. In areas of prolonged sunshine, we should be seeing some quite pleasant conditions, but night temperatures will continue to stay stubbornly low.” https://www.youtube.com/embed/XlqQfPkb9vA?rel=0

May so far has been cooler and wetter than average. although still not at record levels for the month. The full review of May’s weather will be available at the end of the month.

#AceWeatherDesk report …Published: May.22: 2021:

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(WALES) JUST IN: Changing the name of ‘Snowdon’ as councillor proposes it should be called by its ‘Welsh Name’ but the proposal receives a mixed response #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.29: Wales’ highest mountain could only be called by its Welsh name under plans being considered by park authorities:

Call for Snowdon to only be known by Welsh name Yr Wyddfa: ‘It follows a motion brought by a Gwynedd county councillor that Snowdonia National Park authorities be asked to only refer to Snowdon as Yr Wyddfa, and Snowdonia as Eryri’ but 12 hours ago: There were mixed responses about the proposals


BBC Wales News
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The mountain in Snowdonia National Park stands at 3,560ft (1,085m) and attracts about 400,000 walkers a year.

But the park authority said a task group would consider the proposal.

Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) said the motion was not discussed at a meeting on Wednesday as it would be considered by its task group, set up to adapt guidelines on the use of Welsh place names. 

What’s in a name?

Getty ImagesSnowdon – or Yr Wyddfa – is the highest mountain in Wales at 3,560ft (1,085m)

The Welsh name for Snowdon, Yr Wyddfa, means grave and is pronounced like “er with-va”.

The story goes in a legend that the giant Rhita Gawr, the king of Wales, was buried under a cairn of stones on the summit of the mountain, following a battle with King Arthur.

It is said that the giant defeated 30 kings of Britain, taking their beards to create a cloak of the beards, reaching from his shoulder to the floor.

Meanwhile, Eryri, the Welsh name for Snowdonia, is believed to originate from the Latin: oriri (to rise) and was first documented in the 9th Century, despite it long being thought to refer to the Welsh name for eagle – Eryr, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

The English names for Snowdonia and Snowdon are thought to derive from the Saxon: snow dune, meaning snow hill.

Has this happened elsewhere?

Getty ImagesMount Everest’s Tibetan name is Chomolungma, meaning goddess mother of the world

The highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, is not commonly known by its Tibetan name Chomolungma, meaning goddess mother of the world.

Many Sherpas, a community indigenous to the Himalayan region, believe that the summit of Chomolungma is home to the Buddhist goddess Miyolangsangma.

Its English name comes from Colonel Sir George Everest, who was born in Crickhowell, Powys, in 1790, who was a Surveyor General of India.

Meanwhile, Australia’s giant monolith Ayers Rock was renamed Uluru in 1993, switching from its colonial namesake, former South Australian Premier Sir Henry Ayers, to the language of its traditional owners, the Anangu people.

In 2002, that dual name was officially reversed, making it Uluru/Ayers Rock. Almost all Australians now refer to it as Uluru.

Getty ImagesSnowdonia National Park said about 10 million visitor days were spent in Snowdonia – or Eryri – each year

Councillor John Pughe Roberts, who put forward the motion for Snowdon and Snowdonia, said many members were “complaining that people are changing house names, rock names, renaming the mountains”.

Speaking on BBC Radio Cymru’s Dros Frecwast programme, Mr Roberts, who represents Corris Mawddwy in Gwynedd, said: “In this area, for example Bwlch y Groes has become Hellfire Pass, Dol Hir is known as Longmeadow and this is happening in many areas.”

After learning of the decision that his motion was to be considered by the park authority’s task group, he told the Local Democracy Reporting Service he was “naturally disappointed”.

“There’s much talk of people wrongly changing Welsh house names into English and long established place names being eradicated, but the public sector has a duty to lead the way here rather than insisting on this bureaucracy of kicking the can down the road to another committee,” he said.

SNPA chairman Wyn Ellis Jones said: “Authority members decided that there was no need to consider the motion today as a Welsh place names task and finish group has already been appointed. 

“This follows previous consideration by the members in a working group which recommended to establish and adopt guidelines to guide the use of place names by the SNPA.”

He also said authority members would consider these issues once the task group was able to make recommendations. 

“The authority is committed to protect and promote the use of native place names for everyday use and future generations,” he added.

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NATO SUMMIT NEWS: ' World Leaders Arrive at Summit As NATO's Top Official Accuses Russia of Attacking Ukraine '

#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (Wales) – September 04 – As World Leaders arrive at NATO Summit it has been reported by Reuters

that NATO’s top official accused Moscow outright on Thursday of attacking Ukraine as allied leaders gathered for a summit to buttress support for Kiev and bolster defences against a Russia they now see as hostile for the first time since the Cold War.

U.S. President Barack Obama and his 27 allies meeting at a golf resort in Wales will also discuss how to tackle the Islamic State straddling parts of Iraq and Syria, which has emerged as a new threat on the alliance’s southern flank, and how to stabilise Afghanistan when NATO forces leave at year’s end.

"We are faced with a dramatically changed security environment," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters on arrival at the summit. "To the east, Russia is attacking Ukraine."

His statement stepped up Western rhetoric against Moscow and set the tone for a two-day meeting marked by a return to east-west confrontation 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

#ANS2014

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BRITAIN: NATO Summit in Wales How UK Spends Taxpayers Money During Times of Austerity '

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN (Wales) – September 01 – As well as the 60 world leaders, 70 foreign ministers, 70 defence ministers and 28 NATO member countries invited to the summit, there will be:

3 military bands involved over the 2 days

Around 5 kilometres of power cables laid by Port Talbot-based Aggreko to support the summit

800 staff from Celtic Manor

6 warships from 6 NATO nations’ navies in Cardiff Bay

Over 7,000 square metres of flooring at summit venues provided and fitted by Cwmbran-based Floorex

An estimated 15,000 meals served to delegates, media and production crew over the 2 days

24,000 room nights in 80 hotels reserved in Newport, Cardiff and Bristol

An estimated 12,500 litres of water drunk

Over 1,000 school children in Wales taught from the NATO lesson plan

157 Royal Mint commemorative pieces struck and given to world leaders and Newport schools

12 students from Cardiff Met University cooking with Chef Stephen Terry

Source: http://bit.ly/1sUpuLP

#ANS2014

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‘ Detectives Investigating Slavery and Kidnap Allegations Arrest Four Men in Wales ‘

#AceUKNews – WALES (Rumney) – June 30 – Detectives investigating slavery and kidnap allegations have arrested four men.

An operation involving three police forces saw warrants executed at five addresses in Bristol and Cardiff this morning.

Four men from the Rumney area of the Welsh capital were arrested, Gwent police said.

Police working on Operation Imperial are probing alleged offences of slavery, forced labour, false imprisonment, kidnap and assault.

Lead officer Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths said: “The alleged offences we are investigating are extremely serious and we would urge anyone with any information which could assist to contact the Imperial team directly by dialling 01633 647174.

“Alternatively if someone has information and would rather not pass this directly to the police then I would urge them to contact Crimestoppers, which is independent of the police and guarantees complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.”

#ANS2014

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` NATO Considering Permanently Stationing Troops in Parts of Eastern Europe ‘

#AceWorldNews – NATO – May 07 – NATO’s top military commander says the alliance must consider permanently stationing troops in parts of Eastern Europe as a result of tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said on May 6 that the issue will be discussed by NATO commanders, defense ministers, and foreign ministers in the run-up to a summit in Wales in early September.

NATO’s short-term agreements to rotate land, sea, and air forces in places like the Baltics, Romania, and Poland are expiring at the end of 2014.

The alliance has deployed additional forces in the Baltics and Poland in response to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula and the deployment of tens of thousands of Russian troops on Russia’s border with Ukraine.

NATO officials have said recently that Russia can no longer be viewed as a potential partner but rather must be seen as an adversary.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP and Radio Free Europe

#ANS2014

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World Health Organization’s Ranking of the World’s Health Systems

Some people fancy all health care debates to be a case of Canadian Health Care vs. American. Not so. According to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems, neither Canada nor the USA ranks in the top 25.

Improving the Canadian Healthcare System does not mean we must emulate the American system, but it may mean that perhaps we can learn from countries that rank better than both Canada and the USA at keeping their citizens healthy.

Note: My Country, Scotland ALWAYS gets thrown in with the British average. Scottish NHS (National Health Service) is a lot better than England’s

Big ambitions: Scotland’s health service is aiming high while staying true to its foundations
http://www.holyrood.com/2012/03/big-ambitions-scotlands-health-service-is-aiming-high-while-staying-true-to-its-foundations/

World Health Organization Ranking; The World’s Health Systems

1 France
2 Italy
3 San Marino
4 Andorra
5 Malta
6 Singapore
7 Spain
8 Oman
9 Austria
10 Japan
11 Norway
12 Portugal
13 Monaco
14 Greece
15 Iceland
16 Luxembourg
17 Netherlands
18 United Kingdom – (England)
19 Ireland
20 Switzerland
21 Belgium
22 Colombia
23 Sweden
24 Cyprus
25 Germany
26 Saudi Arabia
27 United Arab Emirates
28 Israel
29 Morocco
30 Canada
31 Finland
32 Australia
33 Chile
34 Denmark
35 Dominica
36 Costa Rica
37 USA
38 Slovenia
39 Cuba
40 Brunei
41 New Zealand
42 Bahrain
43 Croatia
44 Qatar
45 Kuwait
46 Barbados
47 Thailand
48 Czech Republic
49 Malaysia
50 Poland
51 Dominican Republic
52 Tunisia
53 Jamaica
54 Venezuela
55 Albania
56 Seychelles
57 Paraguay
58 South Korea
59 Senegal
60 Philippines
61 Mexico
62 Slovakia
63 Egypt
64 Kazakhstan 65 Uruguay
66 Hungary
67 Trinidad and Tobago
68 Saint Lucia
69 Belize
70 Turkey
71 Nicaragua
72 Belarus
73 Lithuania
74 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
75 Argentina
76 Sri Lanka
77 Estonia
78 Guatemala
79 Ukraine
80 Solomon Islands
81 Algeria
82 Palau
83 Jordan
84 Mauritius
85 Grenada
86 Antigua and Barbuda
87 Libya
88 Bangladesh
89 Macedonia
90 Bosnia-Herzegovina
91 Lebanon
92 Indonesia
93 Iran
94 Bahamas
95 Panama
96 Fiji
97 Benin
98 Nauru
99 Romania
100 Saint Kitts and Nevis
101 Moldova
102 Bulgaria
103 Iraq
104 Armenia
105 Latvia
106 Yugoslavia
107 Cook Islands
108 Syria
109 Azerbaijan
110 Suriname
111 Ecuador
112 India
113 Cape Verde
114 Georgia
115 El Salvador
116 Tonga
117 Uzbekistan
118 Comoros
119 Samoa
120 Yemen
121 Niue
122 Pakistan
123 Micronesia
124 Bhutan
125 Brazil
126 Bolivia
127 Vanuatu 128 Guyana
129 Peru
130 Russia
131 Honduras
132 Burkina Faso
133 Sao Tome and Principe
134 Sudan
135 Ghana
136 Tuvalu
137 Ivory Coast
138 Haiti
139 Gabon
140 Kenya
141 Marshall Islands
142 Kiribati
143 Burundi
144 China
145 Mongolia
146 Gambia
147 Maldives
148 Papua New Guinea
149 Uganda
150 Nepal
151 Kyrgystan
152 Togo
153 Turkmenistan
154 Tajikistan
155 Zimbabwe
156 Tanzania
157 Djibouti
158 Eritrea
159 Madagascar
160 Vietnam
161 Guinea
162 Mauritania
163 Mali
164 Cameroon
165 Laos
166 Congo
167 North Korea
168 Namibia
169 Botswana
170 Niger
171 Equatorial Guinea
172 Rwanda
173 Afghanistan
174 Cambodia
175 South Africa
176 Guinea-Bissau
177 Swaziland
178 Chad
179 Somalia
180 Ethiopia
181 Angola
182 Zambia
183 Lesotho
184 Mozambique
185 Malawi
186 Liberia
187 Nigeria
188 Democratic Republic of the Congo
189 Central African Republic
190 Myanmar

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` Same Sex Marriages in ` Britain ‘ becomes Legal at Midnight with many Couples Hoping to say their Vows at 12.01 GMT.

#AceUKNews – BRITAIN – March 29 – The first same-sex marriages in the UK will take place at the stroke of midnight tonight, after years of tireless campaigning by gay couples fighting to have their unions recognised by law.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act came into force in July last year, but it was not until 13 March that couples were able to register their intention to marry under the Act for the first time.

Campaigners who spent years battling for the legalisation of gay marriage will see the historic law enacted at midnight, despite objections from the Church of England and some members of the Conservative party.

Civil partnerships were introduced in England and Wales in 2005 to provide gay couples with the same legal rights as heterosexual partners, but campaigners continued fighting to have their marriages recognised by law.

A number of couples are hoping to claim the title of being the first ever to be married in Britain by trying to time it perfectly so their vows are said at 12.01am.

Read More: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/first-gay-marriages-in-the-uk-will-take-place-tonight-9220985.html

#ANS2014

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` National Teacher’s Strike takes place across ` England and Wales ‘ over Pay and Conditions ‘

#AceUKNews – BRITAIN – March 26 – A national teachers’ strike taking place across England and Wales on Wednesday is affecting 10,000 schools, including in London, Oxford city and Yorkshire, which have all been closed to their students.

The National Union of Teachers is protesting working conditions, the potential introduction of performance-related pay and pensions, with NUT deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney labelling the industrial action a ‘last resort’, criticizing Education Secretary Michael Gove’s policies for ‘exhausting and demoralizing’ teaching staff.

Guardian – Daily Mail – Independent

#ANS2014

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#UK : ” Worst `Floods in Twenty Years’ leave `Thousands without Power’ across South West”

#AceWeatherNews `UK Storm’s Worst Flood’s in 20 Year’s Leave Thousands without Power’

Weather Alerts in South EastHeavy rain and winds have battered Britain, leaving thousands of homes without power in Wales and the south-west of England.

Electricity companies said Wednesday some 44,000 homes were experiencing intermittent power with another 5,000 homes being cut off from main power.

Britain’s Environment Agency has so far issued six severe flood warnings along the south coast in Cornwall and Dorset, meaning conditions represented a danger to life.

On the Isles of Scilly, there were reports of winds as strong as 146 kilometres per hour (91 miles per hour).

In the south-western county Devon, a section of the sea wall in the town Dawlish collapsed and left the main railway line suspended in mid-air.

The bad weather also caused disruptions to rail and air travel, with cancellations across much of the south.

This was the latest of the bad weather that has battered Britain since last December.

One of the worst affected areas is Somerset Levels in south-west England where thousands of hectares (acres) have been under water for more than a month.

Several villages in the Somerset Levels have been cut off and are only accessible by boat, as the area is experiencing the worst floods in 20 years.

Experts say the main reason for the wet weather is a predominance of west and south-west winds, bringing in mild air from the Atlantic.

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#Public Information: For the Elderly About Cold-Weather Payments During this Winter

New figures show that the government has spent over £706 million since 2010 with 28 million Cold Weather Payments during the winter.

WinterAs the first icy blasts of cold weather set in, new figures reveal that the government has spent over £706 million since 2010 with 28 million Cold Weather Payments helping those most in need keep warm during the depths of winter.

Payments are made automatically to those who qualify when temperatures are forecast to plummet, including poorer pensioners, disabled adults and children, and families with children under 5 who receive an income-related benefit.

Cold Weather Payments are made for each 7-day period of very cold weather – if temperatures are recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

Department for Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:

We are absolutely committed to helping the poorest pensioners and those most susceptible to the cold. We permanently increased Cold Weather Payments to £25 a week to help them heat their homes when it’s really cold, and have paid out over £706m since 2010 on this support.

People who get Pension Credit are automatically paid Cold Weather Payments, and in the cold winter days ahead it’s even more important that older people check if they are entitled so they don’t miss out on Cold Weather Payments. If anyone thinks a family member, a friend or neighbour might be entitled to Pension Credit, I’d encourage them to ask them to get in touch and find out by calling – 0800 99 1234.

More information

Statistics on Cold Weather Payments since 2010, based on Social Fund Annual Reports, are below.

Scotland Wales England Great Britain
2010/11 Number of payments 3,757,900 754,800 12,719,500 17,232,200
Expenditure (£) £93,947,500 £18,870,000 £317,991,425 £430,808,925
Number of recipients 776,300 182,100 3,110,900 4,069,300
2011/12 Number of payments 72,500 124,100 4,970,300 5,166,900
Expenditure (£) £1,812,500 £3,102,500 £124,257,500 £129,172,500
Number of recipients 49,600 62,400 3,057,400 3,169,400
2012/13 Number of payments 306,600 253,100 5,285,300 5,845,000
Expenditure (£) £7,665,000 £6,327,500 £132,132,500 £146,125,000
Number of recipients 133,600 75,700 3,081,500 3,290,800
£ Totals £103,425,000 £28,300,000 £574,381,425 £706,106,425

Over this period 28,244,100 million payments were made.

The figures for Wales and Scotland only include those from weather stations which cover areas entirely in each of Wales and Scotland ; weather station areas which straddle the Wales/England or Scotland/England borders are included in the figures for England, so it is possible they include some under-reporting in Wales and Scotland border regions, and consequent over-reporting for England.

The number of payments and number of individuals are rounded to the nearest 1,000, expenditure figures are rounded to the nearest £100,000.

Information on payments and expenditure against individual weather stations is published each year in the Social Fund Annual Report.

Over 1 million pensioners may be entitled to Pension Credit worth up to £2.8bn (2009/10) who are not claiming it. People can claim Pension Credit, as well as Housing Benefit, in one free phone call on – 0800 99 1234 without the need to sign a form.

Winter Fuel Payments also provide a valuable contribution to help older people with fuel bills in the colder winter months. Winter Fuel Payments are paid to more than 9 million households. The payment is £200 for households with someone over women’s State Pension age and £300 for those with someone aged 80 and over.

Around 2 million households receive assistance each year through the Warm Home Discount scheme; and well over 1 million of the poorest pensioners will receive a discount of £135 off their energy bill in winter 2013/14.

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St Jude Storm Update Video Across UK in Next 24 Hours

Major Atlantic storm to impact UK

27 October 2013 – A major Atlantic storm is set to move across the UK over the next 24 hours, bringing some heavy rain and very strong winds to parts of England and Wales.

Coastline battered by storm

The storm is set to deepen rapidly just to the south west of the UK late today, before moving into western areas in the very early hours of Monday morning.

It’s then expected to track rapidly across the country, moving off into the North Sea by late morning – by which time the strongest winds will have passed.

Gusts of 60-70mph are expected in southern parts of England and Wales, with gusts of 80mph or more in places – particularly around southern and south western coasts.

Heavy rain will accompany the storm, with a chance of some localised surface water flooding.

The Met Office has issued Severe Weather Warnings for potential disruption from both the strong winds and the rainfall.

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Martin Young, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: “While this is a major storm for the UK, we don’t currently expect winds to be as strong as those seen in the ‘Great Storm‘ of 1987 or the ‘Burns Day storm‘ of 1990.

“This weather system is typical of what we expect to see in winter but as it’s coming in during autumn – when trees are in leaf – and while the ground is fairly saturated, it does pose some risks. We could see some uprooted trees or other damage from the winds and there’s a chance of some surface water flooding from the rainfall – all of which could lead to some disruption.”

People are advised to take precautions ahead of the storm and that travel conditions may be difficult during tomorrow morning. Delaying journeys to avoid the worst of the winds should be considered.

The Met Office will continue to work with partners across the UK to help minimise disruption.

A spokesman for the  Environment Agency said: “Environment Agency teams are out working to minimise river flood risk, clearing debris from streams and unblocking culverts. We will continue to closely monitor the situation ready to issue flood warnings if needed. We are supporting local authorities who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding.”

“Seafronts, quaysides, jetties should be avoided due to the risk of overtopping by waves and wind blown shingle. People are advised to sign up to receive free flood warnings from the Environment Agency website, check weather reports on the Met Office website and be prepared to change travel plans.”

Contact information

Met Office Press Office: +44 (0)1392 886655

E-mail: Press Office

Met Office Customer Centre: 0870 900 0100

If you’re outside the UK: +44 1392 885680

 

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