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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that Flint station has won the prestigious Rail Station of the Year title at the National Transport Awards.  

The National Transport Awards were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Hosted by Kate Silverton, the Awards brought together the transport industry from across the UK and Ireland to celebrate and reward transport excellence.

The Awards are supported by the Department for Transport, the Highways Agency, the Local Transport Planning Network and rewards the transport professionals and providers who have rises to the challenges of delivering improvements and making real differences to the transport system for the benefit of the people who use it.

David Hanson said:

“This is great news for Flint; it is a tremendous honour for the Flint Railway Station to be named Rail Station of the Year.

“Substantial investment has helped to transform the station and make rail travel a more attractive option. The increase in services to London, due next year, and the quicker journey times show that the rail service out of Flint is continuing to improve.

“Credit must go to all the staff at Flint Rail station that provide passengers with a high quality service. I am delighted that their hard work has been recognised in this way.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson has backed the Government’s new Youth Action Plan to get young people off the streets late at night, to offer intensive support for the most problematic families and to set out more visible Community Payback sentences for young people.

Over the past ten years, significant resources have been invested in tackling youth offending and improving outcomes for young people. This has delivered:

·        A 17.4 percent fall in the number of re-offences committed between 2000 and 2005;

·        The average time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders has been halved from 142 days in 1997 to 58 days in April this year, ensuring swifter justice for more young people and their victims.

Overall youth crime remains stable but challenges remain particularly around alcohol-related crime, delinquent peer groups and gangs and young people carrying knives. Each year around 100,000 young people aged 10 -17 enter the criminal justice system for the first time. The new Action Plan aims to reduce this rate by one fifth by 2020 and in turn to substantially reduce the number of young victims.

The £100 million Youth Crime Action Plan sets out a comprehensive package of tough enforcement and intensive prevention measures as well as more support for parents to tackle offending and reduce re-offending.

It will support families with the most entrenched and complex problems in all areas of England and will also offer an intensive programme of action for priority areas where the problem of youth crime is greatest.

David Hanson said:

“I welcome this new action plan which will help communities to offer up a range of activities to keep young people occupied, but also offers tough enforcement and a clear sentencing policy for those that do offend.

“The package announced today offers over £100 million of investment in order to help reduce youth crime. There will be better prevention and support for victims, an expansion of youth centres and other activities at times when young people are likely to offend, including Friday and Saturday nights;

“There will also be tough enforcement, using safeguarding legislation to remove at-risk children and young people from the streets late at night, greater use of existing police enforcement tactics,; new police enforcement tactics to ensure visible patrols during after-school hours; and, street-based teams of youth workers and ex-gang members to tackle groups of young people involved in crime and disorder.

“For a small number of young people that commit serious crimes, custody is the answer. However, one aim of the new Action Plan is to divert young people away from crime, so that they are not unnecessarily drawn into the criminal justice system.”

Responding to a knife crime incident at Flint Skate Park earlier this week, David Hanson added:

“There is no place for knife crime, in Flint or anywhere else in the country. I will be working with North Wales police to ensure that where incidents of violence crime occur they are dealt with swiftly and the perpetrators are brought to justice. There are tough laws in place and we must send out a clear signal that knife crime is not acceptable.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson and Sandy Mewies AM visited Mold Community Hospital to mark the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

Sandy and David were at the hospital and joining with staff and patients to listen to a pianist playing songs from the last sixty years.

David Hanson said:

“The setting up of the NHS is one of the greatest achievements of the last century and something that we should all be proud of

“Universal healthcare free at the point of need was brought in, in 1948 as the country was rebuilding after the devastation of WWII.

“This week I want to pay tribute to all NHS staff who work hard to give us the care and attention we need when we need it most.”

Sandy Mewies said:

“This Government remains committed to the ideals of the NHS and will continue to rise to the new challenges it faces every year.

“As your AM I will always fight to improve the NHS in Delyn and work to ensure that it is fit for modern life. “

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed new legislation which will come into force on Monday which will mean that people who commit sex offences against children abroad will face prosecution in the UK, even if that offence is not illegal in the foreign country it was committed.

It means that UK nationals who commit a specified sexual offence against a child overseas which may not be an offence in that country but is an offence here can expect to be prosecuted for the offence on their return to the UK. For example, in some countries possession of indecent images of children is not an offence or the age of consent is lower than 16 years.  The measures are part of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.

This legislation comes in addition to the UK recently signing the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. This sets standards to ensure that countries criminalise the sexual exploitation and abuse of children and adopt similar standards of investigation and prosecution of these crimes. It also includes measures on exchanging the identity of convicted sex offenders with other countries. The UK is aiming to ratify the Convention as soon as possible.

David Hanson said:

“Although we have some of the toughest sex offences legislation in the world, these new powers will do more to protect the vulnerable, both at home and abroad.

“These measures will send a strong message to sex tourists that wherever an offence is committed they will still face the prospect of prosecution.”