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EU protects the Pembrokeshire Early Potato

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THE LAUNCH took place this week of the first crop of Pembrokeshire Early Potatoes to be protected by European law.

Under the European Union’s protected food name (PFN) scheme certain food and drink products receive Europe-wide legal protection against imitation and misuse in recognition of their distinctiveness, quality and provenance.

Pembrokeshire Early Potatoes were granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status at the end of 2013. The award has put the famous vegetable among other PFN protected food and drinks including Champagne, Parma Ham and Melton Mowbray Pork Pies, and on a par with fellow PGI products Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef.

The campaign was led by Haverfordwest-based majority farmer-owned company Puffin Produce Ltd – with the application for PGI status made to the European Commission on its behalf by DEFRA and with assistance from the Welsh Government.

As part of the first crop celebrations Alun Davies, Minister for Natural Resources and Food received some PGI protected Pembrokeshire Earlies – straight from the field.

Said Alun Davies, “I am delighted to see a great deal of hard work now coming to fruition. Gaining protected food name status is a fantastic achievement and yet again demonstrates the world class food Wales has to offer on both a domestic and international stage.

“Our new Food and Drink Action Plan will build on this success and seek to ensure that by working together we can deliver 30% growth in the Welsh Food and Drink sector by 2020.”

Pembrokeshire Earlies have been grown in the county’s fertile soils since the mid-1700s and it is one of the county’s most treasured products.

Through its ‘Blas Y Tir’ (Taste of the Land) brand, Puffin Produce has been spearheading the campaign to re-invigorate the place of the Pembrokeshire Early Potato on the plates of Wales and further afield.

Said Puffin Produce’s managing director, Huw Thomas, “The wait is now over and we are ready to start harvesting our PGI protected Pembrokeshire Early Potatoes – which will be delivered to stores over the coming weeks.

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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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