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parkPEMBROKESHIRE Coast National Park’s head planner took up a prestigious role as Chair of the Planning Officers Society for Wales last week, at its annual conference in Gwbert. 

The event saw the Authority’s Head of Development Management, Vicki Hirst elected Chair of the society, which comprises of chief planning officers from Wales’ 25 planning authorities. The conference also saw the planners embark on a walk along a stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail at Moylegrove, where they were welcomed by National Park Authority Chairman Cllr Mike James. Vicki said: “The society is in the privileged position of meeting regularly with senior officials in the Welsh Government which provides a unique opportunity to discuss current and emerging proposals and issues which impact on the way that local authorities deliver their planning functions. “The planning system is under intense scrutiny at present with an emerging Planning Bill for Wales; the first time that Wales has had its own planning framework. I hope to continue the good working relationship that POSW has with the Welsh Government and to have a positive input to the changes to the forthcoming planning system.” The Coast Path walk was organised as part of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s centenary celebrations, which includes an attempt to have every step of the Wales Coast Path walked by RTPI members from across Wales. Current RTPI president Cath Ranson of Pembrokeshire County Council was one of those to join the walk as part of the effort. The Wales Coast Path, which is currently celebrating its second birthday, was the overall winner of the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence in 2013.

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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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