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BAILIFFS have recently been granted new powers. However, how many of us are aware of their rights when they hear that knockCitzens Advice Bureau on the door? Here’s a quick summary of the different types of bailiff and debt collectors you might encounter, what they are allowed to do, and who to contact for help and advice.

Certified Enforcement Agents are appointed by the Magistrates Courts (CHECK). Under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcements Act of 2007, they have certain powers to enter properties and to seize goods. Certified Enforcement Agents are either officers of the Courts, or private contracted firms. They deal with debts relating to: Council Tax; High and County Court Judgements; Magistrates Court fines and Compensation Orders; parking penalties; child support; income tax; National Insurance; VAT, and business rent. If your debt is not from one of these, it’s probably not a Certified Enforcement Agent.

Enforcement Agents can only force their way into your house if they have applied to the court for a Paragraph 15 warrant of entry. This only applies in law with unpaid criminal court fines. They cannot remove goods in your absence unless you have signed a compliant regulation 15 controlled goods agreement with those goods listed on it.

Agents can enter your house through an unlocked door. They cannot force their way past you, or enter the house when only children or vulnerable people are present, or at night. They must only enter through a door. If you don’t let them in, they are entitled to seize property outside your house, for example a car.

If you do not owe money to any of the above, or have not received notice that the bailiff is visiting, you are probably dealing with a debt collector. Always ask to see identification. Debt collectors have none of the powers discussed above, and if they try to convince you that they are a bailiff, or have the right to enter your home, they are committing an offence.

The new regulations concerning bailiffs have led to some confusion and disagreements locally. The Herald understands that the police were called to the Mount Estate in Milford Haven last week, after reports of an altercation between a bailiff and a local resident.

According to witnesses, on Thursday (Feb 5) the bailiff entered through the patio doors of a property in the Birch Mead area of the Mount before the argument took place. A Police spokesperson confirmed that officers had visited the Estate following ‘a request for assistance.’ However, no injuries were reported, and no arrests were made.

If you need more detailed advice on bailiffs, contact the Citizens Advice Bureau on 0844 477 2020. They will contact you within 48 hours. Alternatively, check their website www.adviceguide. org.uk for details of local drop-in sessions. To complain about a Certified Enforcement Agent, download a form from www.gov. uk

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Multi-agency response to house fire in Siskin Close, Haverfordwest

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FIRE crews are attending a domestic fire in a property on Siskin Close, Haverfordwest.

As of 11.45pm on Monday evening crews were still dampening down a fire which enfulfed two floors of a domestic property.

It is understood the alarm was raised after 10pm.

Our reporter on the scene said that there were four fire crews in attendance as well as three ambulances as well as police, who had set up a perimeter, controlling access to the scene.

A large number of local residents were watching on from a safe distance as the incident was being dealt with.

At the time of writing the street was blocked off to traffic with a large number of emergency vehicles parked up, all the way around the corner to the top of Harrier Road.

All of the emergency services have been contacted for a comment.

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Outdoor hospitality given go-ahead and rules on mixing outdoors relaxed in Wales

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SIX people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday 24 April while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April as cases of new COVID-19 infections continue to fall, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed today.

The current rule provides for up to six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) from a maximum of two households to meet outdoors.

The new rules from Saturday will allow six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) to meet outdoors.

People should observe social distancing from people from outside their household or support bubble when meeting others outside.

The rules for meeting indoors remain unchanged.

The First Minister has also confirmed outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April 2021.

First Minister, Mark Drakeford said: “The public health context in Wales remains favourable, with cases falling and our vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength. Because meeting outdoors continues to be lower risk than meeting indoors, we are able to bring forward changes to allow any six people to meet outdoors.

“This will provide more opportunities for people, especially young people, to meet outdoors with their friends. This will undoubtedly have a significant positive impact on people’s wellbeing.

“I’m also pleased to confirm outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April.

“These changes will help the hospitality sector recover after a difficult twelve months.

“It is thanks to the continuing efforts of people across Wales we are able to introduce this change. Together, we will continue to keep Wales safe.”

On Friday (23rd April 2021), the First Minister will confirm further relaxations to the covid rules that will come into force on Monday 26 April 2021.

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Police ‘enforcement and engagement’ to curb anti-social behaviour in Tenby

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POLICE in Tenby will be using enforcement and engagement in a bid to curb future incidents of anti-social behaviour, they said on Monday (Apr 17)

The announcement comes after Tenby was left with empty cans, broken bottles and fast food wrappers strewn everywhere, after over two hundred young people gathered to enjoy the weekend – perhaps expected whilst pubs remained closed.

Licensed establishment have not yet been able to open in Wales, but they are open in England for outdoor refreshments. They are opening on Monday.

There were reports of young people walking through the town with boxes full of alcohol, with other people buying takeaway drinks from licensed premises before making their way to the harbour.

The sheer number of people meant people were urinating in the streets, some residents told The Pembrokeshire Herald.

A Dyfed-Powys police spokesperson said: “With the continued easing of the regulations designed to keep us safe and the weather getting warmer we have seen an increase of people visiting and out and about in the Pembrokeshire area.
“While it’s great that people are now able to visit Pembrokeshire again, the behaviour of some placed additional pressure not only on the police but on the local authority as well.
“Tenby in particular attracted a large crowd on Saturday evening, April 18, resulting in anti-social behaviour, especially in the harbour area.

Chief Inspector Louise Harries said: “We recognise the concerns of residents and businesses after the anti-social behaviour seen in Tenby on Saturday evening. We are working with partners to avoid these issues re-occurring in the future.
“Police officers will be patrolling the area over the coming weeks and while the priority will be to engage with the public, enforcement action will be taken where necessary”
“We want to see people enjoying and the majority of people are doing so in accordance with the regulations, however the minority who don’t are spoiling it for others.
“We will continue to engage with our communities and visitors to the area to ensure that everyone enjoys in a safe manner.”

(Cover photo courtesy Pure West Radio)

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