Oasis Zero Tolerance Dowlais Drop in Centre

excerpt from Merthyr Express, November 7, 1997

"Stars of stage and screen are giving their time free of charge to help the youth of Dowlais. Hi-De-Hi's Ruth Madoc and songstress Iris Williams have said they will come to Merthyr to take part in a charity gala night.

They will be joined on stage at the Pant Club by comedians Colin Price, Dave Devereux and Bob Webb.

The big night, which will be compered by Ruth Madoc, will take place on Tuesday, November 25, starting at 7pm.

Alan Davies of Merthyr Motor Auctions has helped organise the night, together with PCs Alun Brown and Martyn Jones.

The Pcs, nicknamed Pc Zero and Pc Tolerance, after Merthyr's scheme in Lower Dowlais, are putting on the night to raise money for a minibus.

Thousands of pounds are needed to pay for a minibus which would be used to transport Dowlais youngsters on away-days and trips.

Already the area of Lower Dowlais has been boosted by a zero tolerance campaign and with the crackdown came the refurbishment of an old disused building so a new drop-in centre could be established."

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excerpt from South Wales Echo, November 26, 1997

"Singing star Iris Williams lent her voice to a pioneering crime prevention campaign when she performed at a special concert in the Valleys.

A touch of Las Vegas came to Pant Social Club in Merthyr Tydfil, where Iris sang her heart out in aid of the continuing Zero Tolerance community safety scheme in Lower Dowlais.

She charmed an audience of nearly 300 people with a rendition of her massive hit, He Was Beautiful, together with Welsh and English versions of Amazing Grace.

The evening was compered by South Wales comedy actress Ruth Madoc and also featured performances by Dave Devereaux, Colin Price, Bob Webb and Johnny Tudor.

Organiser Alan Davies, boss of Merthyr Motor Auctions, said the event was expected to raise around £30,000 to provide young people with activities to steer them away from crime.

The cash will go towards the cost of a minibus to be used by a new youth drop-in centre as Station Road, Dowlais.

The centre has been established by community police officers Alan Brown and Martin Jones with sponsorship from local companies, including a £5,000 donation from Mr. Davies.

I am proud of Alan and Martin who have worked so hard with the youngsters in our community in order to prevent crime; said Mr. Davies.

Zero Tolerance has already achieved a reduction in the Dowlais crime rate of 60 percent and is due to be extended to Merthyr Vale and Aberfan after Christmas.

Cyfarthfa and Penydarren are also in line for the scheme which features enhanced security and increased police patrols."

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The fabulous Iris Williams flew from New York to perform the concert free of charge.

We are moving forward with the Million for Merthyr charity on a similar project with the Dowlais Engine House.

We expect this model to be taken on by every town and city in the country. It will help prevent crime, stop gangs developing and lead to employment in all areas.

Alan would like to thank Mike German (Leader of the Liberal Democrats), Stan Stennett MBE, Pat Weaver, the Councilors of Dowlais, the local authority; for all the hard work in starting up the Dowlais Engine House.

For further information please view the Dowlais Engine House page.

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