Pontardawe Neighbourhood Policing Team and Cwmtawe Comprehensive School arranged an Action Day through the Community Alcohol Partnership last month speaking with Year 10 students about the effects of Alcohol and Drugs.

The students were also spoken to about Child Sexual Exploitation and County Lines.

The assembly was attended by PCSO Dayton Hughes of Dyfed Powys Police whom spoke on behalf of Ammanford's Paul Pugh regarding the unprovoked assault in 2007 where Paul was left in a coma.

Assistant Deputy Head Teacher Gemma Morgan said Pupils in Year 10 responded extremely well to a hard hitting and educational day.

The link with the local PCSOs, agencies and clubs means that pupils are aware of the risks and effects of alcohol misuse.

The day also highlighted diversionary activities that are available to them within the local community.

The introduction of a lesson on County Lines, which was delivered by PC Hodges, highlighted a current issues facing young people.

Pupils felt that Paul’s Pledge proved highly emotive as Paul was a local boy who many of the pupils could identify with. As Paul says, this could happen to anyone.

Coordinator PCSO Sian Jenkins said: "This was an excellent event which was well attended and well received.

"The day was a great success with partner agencies working together.

"The carousel event in the afternoon was well received.

"Students were able to speak with different partner agencies about what diversionary activities are available and speak with partners about plans for their future career.

"I would like to thank Cwmtawe Comprehensive School and all our partner agencies for helping this to be another successful event."

Police Sergeant Derwyn Thomas, of Pontardawe Neighbourhood Policing Team, added: "I would like to extend my thanks to the headmaster, his fellow teachers and staff, in allowing South Wales Police the opportunity to raise awareness of the risks surrounding County Lines amidst the year 10 pupils present here today.

"Addressing vulnerability that exists within our communities is our number one priority and I am confident that having received this input, we will go some way in achieving our aim of building safe confident and resilient communities.

"Only by working together, will we be able to achieve this and therefore I would urge the community to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to the police’’