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Shopkeeper tells of armed robbery horror

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robbery horrorTHE owner of Bargain Booze in Pembroke Dock which was raided by armed robbers last Sunday has been left traumatised by the incident.

In an exclusive interview with The Herald, co-owner of the off-licence in Dimond Street, Narender Sreeram spoke about the incident: “I was at the counter and these two young lads came in with ‘hoodies’ on. They went straight to the rear of the store near the beer, where they were discussing what to take. One took 20 cans of Strongbow, and went straight to the door without paying for it, and the other took 10 cans of Budweiser.

“I tried to stop him but he ran for the door. I followed to stop him and that is when he turned and pulled a knife. I stepped back to save my life and returned to the shop shaking.

“I then followed them with my mobile to get more evidence. It was a three-inch knife. I didn’t expect that for a couple of beer cans. I went back to the shop and called the police who later arrested them. I’m mentally stressed, very scared and having nightmares. It is dangerous, but we have put too much money into this shop to close it down. It also affects our business as people are scared to come to the shop.”

On how Narender felt the police were supporting him, he said: “They are still investigating my statements and trying to sort it out. We have a Neighbourhood Watch but nobody is coming here to help us. We were broken into before, but people are scared. It isn’t safe for us or the community.

“The police could add more security, maybe some more efficient street cameras. There should be actions towards criminals so they would think twice before doing it again. There are not enough police around really. They help us as much as possible but we need more support.”

Local shop owners and workers are alarmed about the incident. A bookmaker’s assistant manager, who wished to remain anonymous, said:

“This is very worrying for people who work around here, especially as it happened in broad daylight. It is also shocking that a knife was pulled out to steal something as cheap as alcohol.”

A clothes shop manager said they thought the off licence was being targeted by local criminals who thought it was a ‘soft touch’.

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Police investigate ‘Chinese government vehicle’ spotted near Puma Oil Terminal

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POLICE have confirmed that they are conducting “the appropriate enquiries” after a suspicious vehicle was spotted in the vicinity of Puma Oil Terminal on Saturday afternoon (Aug 8).

Following a tip off a Herald reporter was dispatched to the area, and saw a black Volvo SUV with three IC5 (Korean, Japanese or Chinese) looking males inside the vehicle. The vehicle had diplomatic number plates identifying that it belonged to the Chinese government.

However, a DVLA check suggested that the plates were registered to a BMW and not the Volvo they were displayed upon.

South Hook LNG security was notified as a precaution.

A police spokesman said: “Members of the public are advised to contact the police to report any suspicious activity or incidents.”

Both the UK and US governments are currently on alert following incidents of spying relating to key infrastructure, computer systems and state secrets by the Chinese authorities.

[The image used in this report is a computer generated artist’s impression.]

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Milford Haven Street Food Festival Returns To Waterfront This August

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MILFORD Haven Street Food Festival will be setting up camp at Milford Waterfront for the third year running to continue their Summer of street food tour, and with a brand new sponsor joining for the ride! Jubel Beer will be on hand fully loaded with refreshing fruity beers to serve all weekend long.

Street Food Warehouse and their team of feeders are heading back into town this bank holiday weekend, 28th – 30th August.

Cooking up a storm between noon – 10pm, the festival is split into three mouth-watering portions and is the only way to get you in the mood for summer and of course, fill you up to the brim on all of your favourite foodie delights.

You’ll need to grab your tickets beforehand, just make sure you come with an empty belly ready to taste new flavours – the world will really be your oyster. From smokin’ souvlaki to naughty nachos, mouthwatering Malaysian to chocolatey treats. Carnivores, veggies and vegans alike will be able to get their hungry hands on a range of Insta-worthy grub from all over the world!

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten that you’ll need something to tingle your taste buds and wash it all down with! Luckily, The Pop Up Bar Hire Company has got the whole weekend covered, offering all of your favourite beverages ranging from zesty Mojitos to ice-cold pints of Jubel Beer.

Two Lads Kitchen, Spicer’s Meat Wagon, Makasih and Chock Shop are just some of the street food vendors that will be attending the weekend, with many more both local and national vendors to be announced.

Come rain or shine, the event is completely free and family-friendly where you can get your hands on the most vibrant and high quality street food Milford Haven has to offer.

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Tenby: Police investigate overnight burglaries and theft

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POLICE are investigating two burglaries and a theft which occurred sometime overnight 9th/10th August in Tenby.

At approximately 2am this morning the RNLI lifeboat station, on Castle Hill, was broken into and money taken from the charity donation box.

Sometime overnight the padlock on the charity box for the Shipwrecked Mariners Society on Castle Square was broken and money taken from within.

Also overnight a window was forced open at the Denis Café, Castle Beach, and the till was missing. The till was later found with the money removed.

PC Garland said: “The three incidents are currently being linked. Having to close to deal with the clean-up of this type of incident is difficult for any business but especially so at this time. The two charities rely on donations to keep going and being a crew member of the Tenby Lifeboat I know what important work they due for the local community and for visitors who get into difficulty in the sea. I would appeal to anyone with any information to come forward and contact police.”

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