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South Wales Police say it is "business as usual" for the force

By EvansTheCrime  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

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SOUTH Wales Police say it is "business as usual" for its officers today.

With snowy conditions gripping the whole of the force area, assistant chief constable Matt Jukes said he was proud of the commitment of his staff.

And he said the force was working hard to cope with extra workload the weather had brought.

Mr Jukes said: "The heavy snow fall overnight has proved challenging for the force, but we are extremely proud of the commitment and dedication of our staff who have gone to extra lengths to ensure it remains business as usual for South Wales Police.

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"Our priority is to provide a 24/7 emergency service to the public of South Wales and we are working hard to meet the additional demands placed upon us.

"As a force we are prepared for the possibility of further bad weather next week and are working closely with other emergency services and partners to ensure the safety of our communities."

The force is advising motorists who are out and about today to stick to main roads, and to allow more time for their journeys.

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  • maxmin  |  January 19 2013, 10:50AM

    Jiffy, Navy mates, actually. It is very rare that we get sever weather conditions in this country, East Anglia and Scotland being exceptions.

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  • Jiffy  |  January 19 2013, 10:13AM

    First - this is an EP generated story. They'd have done better to find out how the buses were doing. Second - our emergency services are not equiped to work in severe weather conditions. They don't have the vehicles and probably not the clothing. Your army mates had the lot. Had they been dumped in Norway without the right equipment and training, they'd not have a clue about how to operate in winter conditions. I can't see us ever training our police to work in any depth of snow. The comparison of the UK (except Scotland) to the Baltic states every time it snows was boring 30 years ago. It just shows how limited our media are when it comes to bringing us news.

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  • maxmin  |  January 19 2013, 9:41AM

    Jiffy, Sorry I don't understand your comment at all. Are you saying that servicemen shouldn't be trained? As for your comments about other countries I quite agree with you, but that isn't the point here. I can understand if we were hit with really Arctic conditions and were caught on the hop, that would be understandable as we would not be prepared. But what happened here is about an inch of snow fell which wouldn't actually stop a Jack Russell and you have the police bravely announcing it would not prevent them doing their job - not should it. Whatever next - are we going to be regaled by the emergency services going to print to say that the light shower experienced during the night will not prevent their brave men from battling on?

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  • Jiffy  |  January 19 2013, 12:11AM

    maxmin - you went for training. Without that, your squadron would have been running around like headless chickens. Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Germany all know they are going to be getting feet of snow in the winter, They can plan for it. We don't always have to suffer it and therefore don't bother planning, for what is only likely to affect us for a couple of days at the most.

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  • siarad2  |  January 18 2013, 8:47PM

    I remember skiing in Norway in the mid 60s, such nice people, even though we didn't speak each other's language we somehow got on well. Their trains ran to time despite feet of snow. Working on repairing a ships RADAR or steering gear in Swansea about 1969, the only time I was welcomed was by Norwegians, normally it was 'your equipment has failed again', well no it wasn't it was theirs!

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  • maxmin  |  January 18 2013, 6:50PM

    Why would it be anything else? About an inch of snow fell, are you seriously saying that should disrupt the police in the performance of their duties? Every January my squadron would go to Norway for Arctic warfare training, they seem to manage with several feet of snow, down here you get less white stuff than sugar on a doughnut and everyone goes around like they're Scott of the Antarctic!

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  • Neathboy234  |  January 18 2013, 2:59PM

    siarad2 a few people i knew walked into work from Porthcawl along the beach what winter. I don't think you'd ever see that happen today, especially with the youngsters who'd be more worried about how the cold weather might effect their skin, or god forbid their hair being blow out of place!

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  • siarad2  |  January 18 2013, 2:55PM

    I remember that winter & walked from the Twelve Knights, where I overnighted, to Neath Abbey, due to the M4 not being cleared, I pushed the snow plough back to the depot! Funny how the two oldies, me & the MD of Borg Warner, walked while all the youngsters stayed behind. The police complained we'd dangerously & illegally walked on a closed motorway, talk about jobs-worths!

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  • Neathboy234  |  January 18 2013, 2:53PM

    Not quite, besides that was over 30 years ago. I always use to volunteer to pull on a chain-block or pull-lift back then, i saw it as an extra form of exercise. My 2 days a week in the gym and a swim are quite enough these days. Oh and the odd bike ride in France now and again

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  • Jiffy  |  January 18 2013, 2:46PM

    ... and you've been shovelling ever since...

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