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Oliver is Commissioner’s design competition winner

A 10 year-old Carmarthenshire schoolboy has designed a Christmas card that will be seen in the corridors of power across the UK.

Oliver Thomas, of Llandeilo, won a competition to design the official Christmas card of Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon.

The card, in traditional and digital formats, will go to hundreds of people on Mr Salmon’s Christmas list, including Prime Minister David Cameron.

Oliver, head boy at his school, said: “I’m really pleased to win the competition; it’s brilliant that something designed in our school will go all over Britain.”

His artwork depicted traditional Christmas themes, the rural nature of Dyfed-Powys, the region’s heritage, its human spirit and the importance of police officers and others in maintaining and building community spirit.

Mr Salmon said: “I congratulate Oliver and thank the dozens of young artists from around the region who entered the competition. I know that Llandeilo Primary encourages pupils to become problem solvers – and Oliver certainly rose to the challenge of my competition.

“Young people are our future so I need to hear their views on crime and policing along with the thoughts of other young people and all residents of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.”

Llandeilo year six teacher Mark Jones said: “We’re thrilled that Oliver has won the Commissioner’s competition. It was a stimulating experience for him and his classmates and brought a close focus to the issue of ensuring that our communities stay safe.”

Year six schoolchildren across Dyfed-Powys submitted their Christmas card designs to the competition. Mr Salmon said: “Strong schools are pivotal to strong communities and, for that reason, I was keen for a school pupil to design my Office’s 2013 Christmas card.”

All year sixes which entered had at least one design reproduced on the Commissioner’s Facebook page alongside the name of the young artist.

Oliver’s winning design will go to hundreds of contacts, ranging from members of the public to Police and Crime Commissioners around England and Wales.

His prize is a class tour of Police HQ near Carmarthen and £200 to spend on a community safety initiative of the school’s choice.

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