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Johnston: Bombay Brasserie to keep licence following review

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A REVIEW of a popular Indian restaurant’s drinks licence has ended with no further action bar a request for the premises to install CCTV.

The review of Bombay Brasserie’s licence was undertaken after it was alleged that illegal workers had been found on the premises in immigration raids.

The application for the review of the award winning restaurant filed by the Home Office Immigration Team says: “”We have reason to believe the licence holder will fail to meet the licensing objectives of prevention of crime and disorder, as illegal working has been identified at the premises”

But after a meeting at County Hall on Thursday (May 30), which was held in private for legal reasons, it was decided that the restaurant could continue operating as long as CCTV was installed which the Home Office would be able to review if necessary.

Licensing Sub Committee Chairman Tim Evans said at the end of the meeting: “This committee is dealing today with the licensing objective of the prevention of crime and disorder, the Home Office being the responsible authority which instigated the review.
“The Home Office has indicated that the licensing objectives would be satisfied by the installation of CCTV cameras in both the bar and kitchen areas.

“The premises licence holder has agreed to this proposal.

“Therefore, the review will be dealt with by modifying the conditions of premises licence specifically: the standard licensing condition of the installation of CCTV cameras at the premises to the satisfaction of Dyfed Powys Police shall be added to the premises licence conditions.

“Also, the Home Office Immigration Enforcement should be added to the list of those able to view the CCTV footage.

“The CCTV must be installed, and the licensing team notified within 30 days.”

Bombay Brasserie’s manager Fazlur Rahman told The Herald that the Home Office had been criticised by the council for being insufficiently prepared for the meeting, and for not being able to prove that those caught working allegedly illegally were in fact illegal immigrants. “Our reputation was tainted unfairly” he said – “but I am glad now things have been put right.”

The Council has been contacted for a comment.

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Welsh Deputy Minister visits New Farm Shop

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Pictured : Julie Morgan AM

A new farm and produce shop on the Scolton Manor estate outside Haverfordwest has been visited by a Welsh Government Minister.

Julie Morgan AM – Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care – called at the shop to see the Welsh Government’s Intermediate Care Fund (ICF) in action.

The shop provides work experience, training and supported employment opportunities in retail and customer service for people with learning disabilities, disabilities and autism.

It is an addition to Pembrokeshire County Council’s existing supported employment offer through Norman Industries, the Authority’s sheltered employment factory in Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest.

The shop is the result of partnership working involving Workways+ and Experience for Industry – both funded by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government – Norman Industries and the management and staff at the Council-run Scolton Manor attraction.

The shop, which opened just a few weeks ago, will be supplying the public with fresh produce from the walled gardens at Scolton Manor, local meats, produce, tea and coffee.

It also provides a retail outlet for some of the arts, crafts and products made at Norman Industries.

Over the coming months the shop will also be supplying chutneys made by participants and employees at the supported employment café in Milford leisure centre ‘Caffi Man Cwrdd’.

The Deputy Minister was welcomed by County Councillor Tessa Hodgson, the Authority’s Cabinet Member for Social Services.

The farm shop has been partially resourced and staffed through some of the £400,000 ICF money allocated to expand supported employment opportunities regionally.

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Haverfordwest: Police promise extra patrols for GCSE results night

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THERE will be an increased police presence in Haverfordwest tonight, in response to an anticipated influx of young people who will be celebrating their GCSE results.

Parents are being asked to go over their child’s plan for the evening, before they head out. Sergeant Haydon Mathias is overseeing the operation.

He said: “It’s a big day for teenagers, and we understand they want to celebrate after all of their hard work.

“We’ll be there to make sure they do that safely, and without disrupting others.

“This is usually a busy night for us, and historically we have seen crime and anti-social behaviour rise. You’ll notice my team out and about from early this evening to stop that happening. They’ll be seizing alcohol from anyone they suspect is under the age of 18, and dealing with any other issues that arise.

“We’re asking parents to take the reins and discuss plans before your child goes out. Make sure you know where they’re celebrating, who they’re with, and how they’re getting home. It’s useful to make sure your child’s phone is fully charged, in case of an emergency.

“I encourage anyone with concerns to come and speak to an officer or Police Community Support Officer around the town, or contact Dyfed-Powys Police.”

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Llangwm Church Donation Box Stolen

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St Jerome’s Church: Second theft in a year!

 

A DONATION box has been stolen from a village church, the second theft from the historic building in a year.

The donation box at St Jerome’s Church, Llangwm, is believed to have been taken in the last few weeks.

The box is usually kept next to the Talking Tapestry of Langum, a project which tells the story of the village’s origin with the invasion of the Flemish in the 12th century and its later history.

Pamela Hunt of Heritage Llangwm said: “This theft is the second from St. Jerome’s in a year.

“If anyone has seen or knows anything, then please let the police know.

“If they feel unable to do that, but would like to contact us at St Jerome’s Church, then email info@heritagellangwm.org.uk

“We will treat your contact in the strictest confidence.”

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