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Metal theft prizes

Gwent pupils have scooped prizes in an All-Wales competition aimed at preventing the theft of metal. Nine year old Elizabeth Mayo from Ponthir Church In Wales Primary School won the primary school category, whilst 13 year old Tristan Tovey from West Monmouth School won the comprehensive school category.

They were each presented with their prizes at the Pan Wales Metal Theft Seminar at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday, June 25.

Dwr Cymru (Welsh Water) sponsored the prizes – a £100 voucher for each pupil and an iPad for their schools. Primary school pupils were asked to invent and draw a character that can help to tackle the theft of metal. This part of the competition was open to any primary school pupil in Wales between the ages of five and 11.

Secondary school and college pupils were asked to write a short poem or a slogan that sums up the impact of metal thefts on local communities. This was open to all 11 to 18 years attending a secondary school or college in Wales.

School Community Police Officers helped to deliver information about the competition to schools and colleges right across Wales earlier this year. In April, each of the four police forces chose a winner for each category – they all won a £25 voucher each. The All-Wales Judging Panel then sat to select the All-Wales winners.

The All-Wales lead for metal thefts, South Wales Police T/DCC Matt Jukes, said: “Significant work has been carried out by agencies across Wales to cut off the market for stolen metal, and this will continue with the assistance of new legislation and police powers. Engaging with young people is an important part of our work to raise awareness and prevent crime.”

Aled Daniel, Welsh Water’s Emergency Planning Manager, said: “We are glad to be working with key agencies and other utility companies to combat metal theft. Such activity is very serious as it causes a significant risk to the operation of our works and interruption to communications networks and power supplies.”


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