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Award Nomination for Innovative Home Safety Partnership

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MID AND WEST WALES Fire and Rescue Service together with Pembrokeshire County Council have been nominated for an APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) Award for their innovative collaboration. The project involved the provision of targeted Home Fire Safety Checks for over 2300 people who are receiving some form of care support.

 Head of Community Safety for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue, Group Manager Karen Jones said: “Pembrokeshire’s Community Fire Safety team in partnership with Pembrokeshire County Council have succeeded in providing this valuable service to those who need it most in the County and its fitting that the hard work has been recognised by this nomination.” In order to deliver the safety checks eight temporary positions were created to augment the work already being undertaken by Fire and Rescue Service teams and partner agencies. Pembrokeshire County Commander Steve Bryant said: “I am extremely proud of the innovative approach my Community Safety team have taken to complete this project ahead of target. There were some unique staffing and logistical challenges which the Pembrokeshire Community Safety team overcame by utilising some ground-breaking approaches which are now being utilised as models of good practice in other areas of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.” Angela Watwood, Head of Community Health and Social Services for Pembrokeshire County Council added: “Through clear thinking and positive action a valuable service has been delivered to our citizens. There were a number of challenges to overcome in the early stages of the project which were resolved by the excellent joint working between the Adult Services team and the Pembrokeshire Community Fire Safety team. The outcome is that over 2000 people are safer in their homes.” Angela added: “Pembrokeshire County Council has also benefited from specific training provided by the local Community Fire Safety Manager to the Domiciliary Care Forum and Housing Officers. This will ensure that the project maintains momentum and protects Pembrokeshire’s communities in the future.” The APSE Awards will be held in London in September – where the team will find out if they have been successful in their award category. Free Home Fire Safety Checks, which include the fitting of smoke detectors are available to all members of the public; to register your interest please contact Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 169 1234

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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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