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Tenby: Arrest made over Caldey Island assault

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Caldey Abbey Caldey Island Aerial Pembrokeshire South Religious Sites Historic SitesDYFED-POWYS POLICE are investigating an assault which is alleged to have happened on Caldey Island, off Tenby, yesterday afternoon (Sep 1).

Police have arrested a 45-year-old man on suspicion of assault, who is currently in police custody pending further enquiries.

Dyfed-Powys Police were escorted to the island by Tenby’s RNLI all weather lifeboat, the Haydn Miller, at 2:50pm.

Once at the island, due to the low tide, police were then transferred onto one of the Caldey Island boats and taken to the shore.

Members of Tenby’s Coastguard team were then picked up by the lifeboat as a precaution in case the police needed assistance in searching the island.

However, the man was arrested without a search being necessary and the higher tide allowed the Haydn Miller to pick up the police directly from the island and return to Tenby at 4:05pm.

A spokesman for Tenby RNLI said: “This is a great example of a multi-agency response to an incident on Caldey Island, showing how effectively the RNLI, police and Coastguard can work together to provide a successful conclusion.”

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  1. Flash Bang

    September 2, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Did the police really need to waste the resources of the RNLI to get to Caldey?

  2. Tomos

    September 3, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Flash Bang – I find ppl who complain about the Police usually have loads of dealings with them – instead of commandeering a tourist boat they used an RNLI boat, would you have complained if they;d put tourists out?
    May I also say the “birmingham ” navy use the RNLI resources all the ruddy time

  3. Flash Bang

    September 3, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Tomos, You seem to think I’m some sort of criminal because I’m questioning why the police need to get a full lifeboat crew away from their jobs when they could use any one of the regular Caldey boats to get across and back. Who is paying for that decision? I also question why the police are not doing their job properly when it comes to investigating Pembrokeshire County Council or are you one of those who are quite happy to see taxpayers money wasted?

  4. Tomos

    September 3, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    the rnli is privately funded – hence the flag days. the other comment was a general one

  5. Tomos

    September 3, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Regarding PCC and the cops, I despair but the decisions not to investigate are I suggest done at a much higher pay grade than the local PCs, can I say it’s the same in Carmarthenshire with their council

  6. Bil

    September 6, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Being an eye witness to the events, the lifeboat was despatched, as it also had the cliff rescue team on board. It had plenty of water depth to dock, but intended to go round the back on a search mission. This was called off, as they became aware of a change in the situation on the island.
    Also, only one “officer” went onto the island. The others were community support officers.

  7. Bil

    September 6, 2016 at 1:06 am

    And yes, they felt they did need to “waste the RNLI resources”. Time was critical. If your child had been assaulted, and you feared for there life, would you want them to commandeer a slow passenger boat that takes 25mins, or a rapid boat that takes 5 mins?
    You tell me!

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Campers from Cardiff sent packing

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PEMBROKESHIRE Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) have this morning, June 5, reported nine individuals for breaching coronavirus regulations.

The occupants of the three vehicles, all from the Cardiff area, had moved barriers that had been in place to close off the carpark to the public and set up camp for the night.

A Pembrokeshire RPU spokesperson said ‘Three vehicles from the Cardiff area located at Abereiddy this morning.

“The occupants of the vehicles, who’d travelled down overnight, had moved the barriers that had been used to close the car park. Having done so they then set up camp nearby.

“All nine persons present were reported for breaching coronavirus regulations. One was further dealt with by means of an out of court disposal for possession of cannabis.

“Rubbish cleaned up, car park closure reinstated, vehicles escorted out of Pembs.”

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Police urge visitors to ‘check the rules’

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POLICE in Powys are reminding people to check the rules before they travel, as tourists from the Midlands, London and Bristol continue to visit despite lockdown restrictions.

Last weekend more than 1,000 cars were turned around by police in the Brecon Beacons after visitors attempted to access the area around Ystradfellte known as ‘waterfall country’.

Many of those stopped claimed they thought the rules around travel were the same as in England, while others had deliberately flouted them.

Seventy-two per cent of people reported for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions in Powys since March 27 have been from outside the police force area.

“I would like to thank the communities of Powys for their cooperation in recent months in complying with requirements of the Covid 19 legislation and also reassure them we are still working hard with our partners to police the restrictions that remain in place across Wales,” said Superintendent Steve Davies.

“Our officers have worked hard to engage with the public at every opportunity throughout these unprecedented times by explaining what we are doing and why, and encouraging people to make the best choices to protect public health in Wales.

“But where people have clearly flouted the rules we have dealt with them appropriately and issued fines.”

He said officers will continue to conduct stop checks throughout Powys and across the force area this weekend.

In England, people can now travel an unlimited distance for exercise and to access so-called ‘beauty spots’.

But the Welsh Government has said people must remain local – ideally not travelling further than five miles from their home – for exercise or limited leisure pursuits, and this also applies to anyone travelling across the border.

Wales’ three national parks – which include popular sites such as Snowdon, the Elan valley and the Pembrokeshire coast – currently remain closed to the public, as do all National Trust car parks and properties.

The latest Welsh Government advice is available at gov.wales/coronavirus.

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Coastal car parks at beauty spots remain closed

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THE RECENT changes in regulations reinforce that movement is restricted to your local area.

This has been identified by the Welsh Government as an approximation of a five mile radius from your home.

Members of two separate households from the same local area (not travelling more than five miles) can now meet outdoors, as long as they maintain social distancing.

You should aim to meet another local household as close to your home as possible. Always take care to maintain social distancing and hand hygiene.

Pembrokeshire County Council car parks at attractions and beauty spots (including public toilets) currently remain closed so you should check before travelling.

They remain closed as a clear message that travel remains restricted, and associated tourism amenities remain closed.

A critical point for all to note is that lifeguards are not currently patrolling beaches and toilets and other facilities are not open.

Full details of the car parking facilities which remain open for the local community can be found on the Council’s website:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/emergency-planning/service-changes

Councillor Phil Baker, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure said: “The emphasis is on careful, structured unlocking, and not to put in danger any of the recovery measures that relate to public health and not to undo the safeguarding that lockdown has delivered.

“We will continue to review and monitor this carefully and take cautious, measured steps only to provide the benefits of the eased regulations without putting our residents at risk.”

Motorists are reminded not to contravene parking restrictions – such as yellow lines – where they exist as parking enforcement is still being undertaken.

As with other service areas, car parks will be reviewed in line with current advice.

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