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Lions to take pride of place

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pride of placeFOLLY FARM Is bringing a pride of African Lions to Pembrokeshire this Summer in a £500,000 purpose built enclosure.

The species, which is currently classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, will be a flagship exhibit for Folly Farm’s conservation work, highlighting the work the attraction does with UK charity Wildlife Vets International. Work begins this week on the enclosure and will open to the public before the Summer holidays.

Councillor David Pugh, Cabinet Member for Economy Tourism and Communities broke the ground for the new enclosure at Folly Farm today;

“This is fantastic news for our county. Folly Farm has a strong track record of reinvestment and this project is another example of why they are one of the leading tourist attractions, not just in Pembrokeshire, but in Wales.”

Tim Morphew, Zoo Manager at Folly Farm, explained the decision to make Lions the next big attraction at Folly Farm; “We always listen to feedback from our visitors and we’re constantly being asked for big cats. Lions are the most majestic of the big cats and they are an iconic species for our conservation work.

“Working with Wildlife Vets International we will use the exhibit to raise awareness of, and fundraise for, their big cat projects in the wild.”

Zoë Wright, Folly Farm’s Head of Marketing, added; “We have a tough act to follow after the launch of Penguin Coast last year which saw us achieve our best ever year in terms of visitor numbers. Lions will be a huge draw and should see us extend our day visitor market across the border into England.”

The Pride of Pembrokeshire project will create two zoo keeper positions and cements Folly Farm’s growing reputation within the zoo community where it is recognised for its conservation and education work. The enclosure occupies an acre of land in the centre of Folly Farm’s zoo. The enclosure’s main features include large glass viewing areas for the public on the perimeter and into the Lion house. The Lion house has four sleeping quarters plus five undercover separation yards and a designated zoo kitchen. Within the outside area there are a series of elevated platforms for the lions to lounge on.

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Drug drive arrest following routine check

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A MALE has been arrested following a positive roadside test.

The vehicle, which was stopped this morning, June 6, by the Pembrokeshire Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) was part of a routine check.

Traffic officers suspected the driver may be under the influence after smelling cannabis coming from the vehicle.

A roadside drug test was performed with a positive result with the drugswab provided. A small quantity of cannabis was also found inside the vehicle.

The cannabis was seized and the driver was arrested, later released under investigation, pending the male’s blood test result for the drug drive offence, out of court disposal for the possession.

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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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