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£140,000 from 1888 penalty notices, but only 40 not for cigarette butts

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’s enviro-crime contractors District Enforcement Ltd only managed to catch 27 dog fowlers, and 13 litter droppers between September and February 2019 according to the latest statistics.

‘The Fag-Butt Police’, as locals have nicknamed them, did manage to issue 1658 tickets to people stubbing out their fags on the road – 1150 for cigarette buts and 508 for dropping the end of a rollie – netting over £140,000 in fines.
Instead of admitting that their policy of employing enforcement for action against fly tipping and littering is failing miserably – amongst allegations of bully boy tactics and stalking by enforcement officers – the Council have sent out a press release condemning irresponsible dog owners in Milford Haven.
“Irresponsible dog owners in Milford Haven can lay a claim to the most unwanted title in Pembrokeshire” the press release claims “Top of the poops!” – pointing to just a dozen incidents of dog fowling near Gelliswick Beach and in Haven Head Retail park in the last six months.
But Cabinet Member for Housing and Regulatory Services, Councillor Pat Davies insisted that the partnership with District Enforcement is working.
“Nobody likes stepping in dog mess and no-one likes to see it on our streets,” she said.
“Dog faeces is unhygienic, unsightly and can be a hazard to human health, with the risk of it getting on the wheels of pushchairs and wheelchairs as well as people stepping in it.
“It’s only right and fair that we crackdown on irresponsible dog owners in our County and we will continue to do so.
“Receiving a Fixed Penalty Notice for any environmental crime is not a badge of honour. It should be a source of shame.
“We’re determined to try and keep our streets clean and together with District Enforcement, that is what we are striving to do. The clear message to those irresponsible dog owners is clean up after your dog or face a Fixed Penalty Notice or even court.”

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Pembrokeshire’s fixed penalty tickets in numbers…

Statistics – Offence Type:
• 1888 FPNs have been issued in Pembrokeshire between September 2018 and February 2019
• 1150 were issued for people dropping cigarette butts
• 508 were issued for people dropping rolled up cigarettes
• 27 were issued for dog fouling
• 13 were issued for people dropping packaging
Top Three Locations for Service of FPNs (all types):
• 836 in Haverfordwest
• 482 in Milford Haven
• 338 in Pembroke Dock
Issued by Gender:
• 1111 FPNs issued to Men
• 777 issued to Women

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Multi-agency response to house fire in Siskin Close, Haverfordwest

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FIRE crews are attending a domestic fire in a property on Siskin Close, Haverfordwest.

As of 11.45pm on Monday evening crews were still dampening down a fire which enfulfed two floors of a domestic property.

It is understood the alarm was raised after 10pm.

Our reporter on the scene said that there were four fire crews in attendance as well as three ambulances as well as police, who had set up a perimeter, controlling access to the scene.

A large number of local residents were watching on from a safe distance as the incident was being dealt with.

At the time of writing the street was blocked off to traffic with a large number of emergency vehicles parked up, all the way around the corner to the top of Harrier Road.

All of the emergency services have been contacted for a comment.

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Outdoor hospitality given go-ahead and rules on mixing outdoors relaxed in Wales

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SIX people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday 24 April while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April as cases of new COVID-19 infections continue to fall, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed today.

The current rule provides for up to six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) from a maximum of two households to meet outdoors.

The new rules from Saturday will allow six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) to meet outdoors.

People should observe social distancing from people from outside their household or support bubble when meeting others outside.

The rules for meeting indoors remain unchanged.

The First Minister has also confirmed outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April 2021.

First Minister, Mark Drakeford said: “The public health context in Wales remains favourable, with cases falling and our vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength. Because meeting outdoors continues to be lower risk than meeting indoors, we are able to bring forward changes to allow any six people to meet outdoors.

“This will provide more opportunities for people, especially young people, to meet outdoors with their friends. This will undoubtedly have a significant positive impact on people’s wellbeing.

“I’m also pleased to confirm outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April.

“These changes will help the hospitality sector recover after a difficult twelve months.

“It is thanks to the continuing efforts of people across Wales we are able to introduce this change. Together, we will continue to keep Wales safe.”

On Friday (23rd April 2021), the First Minister will confirm further relaxations to the covid rules that will come into force on Monday 26 April 2021.

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Police ‘enforcement and engagement’ to curb anti-social behaviour in Tenby

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POLICE in Tenby will be using enforcement and engagement in a bid to curb future incidents of anti-social behaviour, they said on Monday (Apr 17)

The announcement comes after Tenby was left with empty cans, broken bottles and fast food wrappers strewn everywhere, after over two hundred young people gathered to enjoy the weekend – perhaps expected whilst pubs remained closed.

Licensed establishment have not yet been able to open in Wales, but they are open in England for outdoor refreshments. They are opening on Monday.

There were reports of young people walking through the town with boxes full of alcohol, with other people buying takeaway drinks from licensed premises before making their way to the harbour.

The sheer number of people meant people were urinating in the streets, some residents told The Pembrokeshire Herald.

A Dyfed-Powys police spokesperson said: “With the continued easing of the regulations designed to keep us safe and the weather getting warmer we have seen an increase of people visiting and out and about in the Pembrokeshire area.
“While it’s great that people are now able to visit Pembrokeshire again, the behaviour of some placed additional pressure not only on the police but on the local authority as well.
“Tenby in particular attracted a large crowd on Saturday evening, April 18, resulting in anti-social behaviour, especially in the harbour area.

Chief Inspector Louise Harries said: “We recognise the concerns of residents and businesses after the anti-social behaviour seen in Tenby on Saturday evening. We are working with partners to avoid these issues re-occurring in the future.
“Police officers will be patrolling the area over the coming weeks and while the priority will be to engage with the public, enforcement action will be taken where necessary”
“We want to see people enjoying and the majority of people are doing so in accordance with the regulations, however the minority who don’t are spoiling it for others.
“We will continue to engage with our communities and visitors to the area to ensure that everyone enjoys in a safe manner.”

(Cover photo courtesy Pure West Radio)

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