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Haverfordwest: Suspicious fire at brand new hotel

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Hotel fire: Police at Premier Inn, Haverfordwest

DYFED-POWYS POLICE are investigating a suspicious fire at a Pembrokeshire hotel which took place early hours on Sunday morning (Jan 18).

A 26 year old woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire at the brand new Premier Inn in Withybush, Haverfordwest at around 6am.

A source close to the scene told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “It was a couple staying there from Hunt Ball. They’d fallen out. He’d locked her out from his room. She then went and got some petrol and set it alight, near a fire exit door.”

At the present time a part of the hotel is behind a police cordon. Specialist officers are investigating the events which lead up to the fire. It is not believed that anyone was hurt in the blaze.
Hotel guest Jennifer Paine said: “We were staying there last night. I have to say that the staff at Premier Inn dealt with the incident efficiently and professionally, and the Lost Coins nearby was marvelous in providing some delicious breakfasts.”
A spokesman for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service told The Herald: “Crews checked the property, which sustained minor smoke damage. The building was properly vented. All staff and guests were accounted for .”
The spokesman added: “133 people were evacuated to the neighbouring Marstons pub while the fire was extinguished.”
Premier Inn’s spokesperson told The Herald: “We can confirm that early this morning police and fire services were called to deal with a external fire next to ‎our Haverfordwest premises, causing smoke to enter the building and requiring it to be evacuated.

“All staff and guests were safely evacuated in accordance with our fire procedures, and we are continuing to co-operate with emergency services.”

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police said on Monday (Jan 19): “At approximately 6.30am on Sunday January 18, police were alerted to a fire at the Premier Inn, Fishguard Road, Haverfordwest. Officers attended, but the fire had been extinguished. A 26 year old woman was arrested on suspicion of arson and driving whilst over the prescribed limit, and remains in custody at present.”
Behind the hotel: Police check for clues

Behind the hotel: Police check for clues

Crime scene: Hotel wing cordoned off

Crime scene: Hotel wing cordoned off

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Judith Rhead murder investigation – Detectives given more time to question suspect

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POLICE have been given more time to question a 43-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

The man has been in police custody since Saturday night, after being arrested over the death 68-year-old Judith Rhead.

She was found in a residential property in Market Street.

The police now have until Thursday afternoon (Feb 25) to question the suspect.

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All people eligible for vaccination will get theirs by end of July

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PEOPLE eligible for the coronavirus vaccine will get theirs by the end of July, the Health Minister has said.

Wales achieved its target of getting everyone in the first four priority groups vaccinated by the middle of February and is now working on offering the vaccine to those in groups 5 to 9.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out that people with severe or profound learning disabilities or with a mental illness will be among priority group 6.

Mr Gething said that they were would make sure that no one is left behind.

The latest figures from Public Health Wales show that 878,506 people had received their first dose of the vaccine.

59,279 people have received both doses of the vaccine.

Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services, said: “We have achieved our first milestone of offering everyone in the first four priority groups vaccination by mid-February.

“We are now making progress in achieving our next milestone, which is to offer the vaccine to all individuals in priority groups 5 to 9.

“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out that people with a severe/profound learning disability and individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment, should be invited for vaccination as part of priority group 6.

“There are challenges with identifying individuals within these groups, particularly given the JCVI language is not generally in use in Wales, and we are working hard to make sure that no one is left behind. Today we have published guidance on identifying eligible individuals in these groups and on how to support them to take up their vaccine offers.

“The JCVI has also said that some of our invaluable unpaid carers should be included in priority group 6.

“Today we have also published guidance on identifying those unpaid carers eligible for vaccine prioritisation and the process around this. I am grateful to the national carers’ organisations for their support with this work.”

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Council want your help to keep Pembrokeshire active

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is asking residents to give their views on local walking and cycling routes.

The Council aims to make journeys on foot and by bicycle easier, safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

In order to design a network that works for all, the Council would like to get the views of as many people as possible, particularly those who don’t currently walk or cycle. This will help ensure the routes built for walking and cycling work for the whole community.

The consultation focuses on the main towns and villages in Pembrokeshire which have been selected by Welsh Government as the designated localities in the County. These are:

  • Fishguard & Goodwick
  • Haverfordwest
  • Johnston
  • Milford Haven
  • Neyland
  • Pembroke Dock
  • Pembroke
  • Tenby
  • Saundersfoot
  • Narberth

Pembrokeshire Council is currently undertaking an Active Travel Network Map consultation (ATNM) which will run in 3 stages

Consultation 1: Residents can take part in the consultation exercise online, hosted by Commonplace at https://Pembrokeshire.commonplace.is/

The interactive map allows participants to flag issues, problems and successes on a plan of the active travel settlement and add comments. Such points could be for example, a pavement that is too narrow or a newly built cycle route that is regarded as a success.

The first stage of the consultation will close on 31 st March 2021.

Consultation 2: Following this, the second step of the consultation will see the Council share the initial findings and ask people what they think of the plans
proposed as a result of the feedback received.

Consultation 3: The third stage of the consultation will give members of the public a final say on the Active Travel Network Maps before they are sent to Welsh Government for approval. These maps will have been produced taking into account public feedback and ideas from consultations 1 and 2.

By upgrading facilities and creating new walking and cycling routes, the Council plans to make Active Travel the popular choice for local journeys, to increase the attractiveness of local communities as places to live and work, improve health and well-being, and help tackle air pollution.

Cllr Phil Baker, Pembrokeshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “This consultation exercise will produce an Active Travel Network Map which will be a plan of routes the Council will use to inform where improvements to walking and cycling should be made in Pembrokeshire.

“It will help to make journeys on foot or by bicycle easier and safer for everyone, particularly those who don’t currently walk or cycle often and people who use mobility aids and will build on the increased level of walking and cycling that we have seen over the last 12 months during the pandemic.”

See more information on Active Travel at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/fitness-and-well-being/active-travel

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