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PEMBROKESHIRE charity FRAME celebrated its 20th birthday with the opening of a new building in Merlins Bridge on Wednesday.

Members of the charity were joined by Dame Stephanie Shirley, who was there to officially open the new building, as well as Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman Arwyn Williams and County Councillor Huw George.

Stephen Crabb MP had hoped to join the celebrations, but sent his apologies with the following quote: “A very big congratulations to Jenny and all the team at FRAME on reaching such a fabulous milestone. Sorry I can’t be with you today.

“Over the last 20 years FRAME has become one of the most widely recognised Pembrokeshire charities. It has a reputation for excellence in all that it does; from the way it treats its staff and volunteers, to the customer service it gives, to the life changing work it does day-in-day-out with people facing so many different challenges. You do brilliant work for our county”.

Jenny Sims, one of the founders of FRAME, said: “I can’t believe FRAME is 20 years old. This organisation happened as a happy accident really. Recycling wasn’t the done thing 20 years ago. It was a group of people attending a day care centre who wanted more.

“I couldn’t have done what we’ve achieved on my own. We have 44 paid staff and over 200 people a year turn up for support.

“FRAME has helped hundreds of people over the years and helped quite a lot of them achieve their aspirations.

“FRAME is run by the people, for the people, and it is great fun”.

Dame Stephanie Shirley said: “It is a pleasure to be here to open this new facility. I much admire the work that FRAME does and I applaud Jenny for her work as well.

“Not everything that is small is insignificant. FRAME provides meaningful occupation, work practices for over 200 people. It helps them to reach their full potential.

“It is an exemplar social business”.

FRAME is a community re-use organisation, providing a much needed service to the County of Pembrokeshire.

They encourage and promote the use of sound environmental practices by extending the useful life of: furniture, bedding and curtains, clothing, bric-a-brac and other household items.

They also offer low cost, pre-used items to individuals or families in need and also help to reduce the use of landfill refuse sites.

FRAME provides a real supported working environment for individuals with disabilities including mental ill health, learning difficulties and those socially disadvantaged and/or excluded.

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Police warn motorists after thefts from cars in Haverfordwest

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‘LOCK your car’ drivers are warned, following a two-day spate of thefts in Haverfordwest.

Eight thefts were reported between January 13 and 14, from unlocked cars parked across the town.

Officers are advising people to double check they have locked their cars, and to remove valuables from vehicles overnight.

Among the stolen items was over £1,000 in cash, a laptop, a number of bank cards, a Stihl chainsaw, worth £700, and beauty products worth around £650. Many items have since been recovered.

Two men, aged 20, have been arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle, and a third man, aged 19, on suspicion of handling stolen goods, in connection to the thefts. All three have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police either by calling 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DPP/0030/14/01/2020/01/C

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Milford Haven: Police appeal after hair salon burgled

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POLICE in Milford Haven are investigating a burglary at Cut-Away Hair Salon, Priory Street, which occurred at approx. 3am on Thursday (Jan 16).

Around £200 in cash has been stolen, some of which was donations intended for a local charity.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone with information which could help the investigation, and in particular, anyone in the Priory Street area who has CCTV.

T/Sergeant for Milford Haven, Haydon Mathias, said: “Burglaries to small, local businesses like this cause distress and disrupt both the owner and the wider community. Rest assured we are doing all we can to identify the suspect and bring swift justice for the victim.”

Business owners are being advised to take appropriate steps to secure their properties:

“Don’t leave large sums of money in the premises overnight, and install CCTV– affordable cameras are readily available online.

“Specialist officers are able to provide crime prevention advice to any business with concerns about the security of their property, whether you have been a victim of crime or not.” Sgt. Mathias continued.

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Milford Haven: Appeal for information after museum windows smashed

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MILFORD HAVEN MUSEUM is asking for help after vandals struck around midnight, January 15.

The museum, based on The Docks, posted on Facebook saying: “Last night at around midnight three youths thought it would be funny to throw a traffic cone at one of the windows at the museum, breaking two panes of glass.
“If anyone saw anything please let PC Baxter 856 know by calling 101.”

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