Monday, 26 April 2010


The reality is:

£4 – 5 million pounds per year in the South Wales area is being made by
Organised Crime Groups as a result of the theft of Charity Bags.

This type of crime affects the genuine charities that carry out positive work for the elderly, ill and disadvantaged children and the disruption of these Organised Crime Groups is a positive way of ensuring they receive the funding intended by those who fill the bags. The loss of income to legitimate charities resulting from this type of crime runs into the millions!

A recent rogue trader operation resulted in three suspected members of an Organised Crime Group being arrested and upon searching their vehicle it contained bags from four different charities.

Information led to another arrest of a person who is making 75p per charity bag collected

Your intelligence reports have made a difference!

The next Rogue Trader week commences TODAY, and further intelligence is required.

In light of this, please can I again ask for your support by providing the following information to the Rogue Trader inbox?

Name of Charity (on collection bags)
Street Name
Collection Day
Details of any vehicles used to collect or deliver charity bags

Wednesday, 14 April 2010


On 6 May a Parliamentary general election will be held throughout the UK. On the same day, local council elections will be held in some areas of England.

Students may be able to register at home and at their term-time address. So wherever you are on election day, you can have your say.

If you haven’t registered – it’ simple - there are numerous ways you can do this. The easiest being by completing the form online at Once completed and signed you can send it to Electoral Services, County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff, CF10 4UW and you will be registered.

If you don’t have access to the online form and haven’t already received a registration form then you can request one be sent to your address for completion by calling Electoral Services on 02920872034.

It is important to register otherwise you will not be able to vote and it will affect your credit rating. This is because by law we must provide the register to credit reference agencies and they check the information whenever you open an account or make a purchase by deferred payments.

Can I vote twice, at home and at uni?

You can’t vote twice in:

a UK Parliamentary, Scottish Parliamentary, National Assembly for Wales or European Parliamentary election.

But you can vote in local government elections at home and at your term-time address, as long as they are not in the same local government area.

Monday, 12 April 2010


A new campaign aimed at keeping Cathays clean and waste-free is continuing.

Following initial education activities and an announcement of a zero tolerance policy on February 24, enforcement teams and education officers have been intensifying their efforts in the area.

As a result of this 129 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued for offences including placement of waste, items wrongly put in recycling and waste put out for collection on the wrong day.

Streets with the highest number of previously identified waste-related issues have been monitored closely during the clean-up campaign and education officers have spoken to hundreds of residents here, both before and after the campaign began, while also leaving leaflets at every household in Cathays.

Guidelines for waste collection are as follows:

• Waste should be placed on the kerbside by 6am on the day of collection but no earlier than 4pm the day before.
• Waste should be placed out in the correct bin/bag:-
o Green Wheeled Bins: These are for compostable garden and food waste only and can be placed out for collection weekly. Green bags MUST NOT be placed in green bins.
o Black Wheeled Bins: These are for all non-recyclable waste and can be placed out for collection weekly. All general waste bags must be contained within this bin and the lid must be closed. Any waste placed at the side of the bin or on top of the bin will not be collected.
o Green Bags: These are for recyclables only and should be placed out for collection fortnightly. Green Bags MUST NOT be used for general waste.
• Bins must be taken back in by 9am the day after collection
• Wheeled bins and green bags should be stored within property boundaries on days other than collection day.
• Frontages should be kept tidy; free of litter and loose waste.
• The above rules apply to everyone in the property.

Residents’ questions or concerns about this process, or any other issues relating to waste collection, should be addressed to Connect 2 Cardiff on 02920 872087.

Executive Member for Environment Councillor Margaret Jones said: “Our education and enforcement officers have been working hard to make sure everyone understands the guidelines in place and does their best to adhere to them. The clean-up campaign gives residents in Cathays an excellent opportunity to work from a clean slate, take ownership for their waste and maintain an excellent local environment.”