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Campaign to ensure Tenby continues to be ‘safe and popular’

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OPERATION LION is a partnership initiative involving Dyfed-Powys Police, British Transport Police, Transport for Wales, Great Western Railway, Pembrokeshire Local Authority and local Licensees, with the aim to ensure public safety and deter anti-social behaviour, low level public order and drink related problems, to make Tenby a pleasurable place to visit over the forthcoming summer month

Under Operation Lion, which will run every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday in Tenby from Saturday 20th July 2019 to Sunday 1st September 2019, more police resources will be dedicated to the area to help cope with the increase of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour the town experiences over the summer.

Tenby Inspector, Gareth Thomas said: “Towns like Tenby get busier during the summer season with the influx of holiday makers to the area, so we will have additional staffing resources from the division drafted in for patrols, as well as dedicated PCSOs. The population rises from the 5,000 mark to around 60,000 over the holiday period so it’s a different town to police.

“As a seaside town there is the inevitable crossover of families with young children out in the day enjoying the shops, attractions and beaches, and early afternoon and evening drinkers frequenting the pubs and bars. That’s our main concern, the cross-over of those revellers mixing with the daytime economy, and with Operation Lion we want to ensure that we provide a safer environment and reassurances on the streets with more foot patrols, where officers can adopt a ‘walk and talk’ approach to ensure a higher visible presence is maintained at all times.

Dyfed-Powys Police has worked with British Transport Police and Transport for Wales to help people coming to Tenby by train get to and from the town safely. Police officers from both forces will be on the trains and the platform on weekends, to help deal with the large numbers of people who use the service.

Inspector Thomas added: “Historically the trains have been a problem with individuals arriving to the town already intoxicated, but we’ll be working jointly with the British Transport Police once again to patrol this aspect and stopping people from getting on the trains bound for Tenby in the first place, if their behaviour is not acceptable and they are drunk or under the influence of intoxicants. The feedback we had from this last year was very well received and we’ll look to continue this good work.”

Sergeant Steve Dawkins of British Transport Police said: “Over the last few years we have successfully worked alongside Dyfed Powys Police, Transport for Wales, Great Western Railway and the Local Authority ensuring everyone who visits Tenby can have an enjoyable & memorable time. Tenby is a great place to visit with many attractions and events being held throughout the summer months.”

“Our priority is to ensure that those using the rail network at this busy time can do so safely. Therefore, if you see additional police officers on patrol remember we are there to make sure that all revellers arrive and leave the festivities safely.

Our message is clear we do not want to spoil anyone’s evening, although we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour or any form of aggression towards rail staff. Anyone who is found to be unfit through alcohol will be refused travel and could find themselves in front of the court.”

Spokesperson from Great Western Railway told The Herald: “GWR is committed to maintaining the safety of our staff and passengers on board our services, and we are delighted to be working with our partners at Dyfed Powys Police, the British Transport Police, and TFW on this project.

Earlier this summer we reintroduced our seasonal services to Pembroke Dock, now operating with new Intercity Express Trains and providing almost 25% more seats than the train they have replaced – ensuring even more people can enjoy this beautiful part of the country in a memorable and safe environment.”

Simon Turton, Security Manager at Transport for Wales added: “We want all our customers young and old travelling to and from Tenby to feel safe using our services.

“It’s a beautiful town to visit and we want our customers to make fantastic memories there, not spoilt by antisocial behaviour.

“So working closely with our partners in British Transport Police and local police services we are delighted to be supporting Operation Lion. “This will play a massive part in deterring anti-social behaviour so people can enjoy a pleasurable trip in peace.”

Police Schemes in Tenby:

· PCs and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) can direct a person to leave an identified area if their behaviour is unacceptable. Not to comply when directed can lead to arrest under Section 35 of the of the Crime and Policing Act 2014.

· Behave or be Banned (BOBB): Police and licensees can ban someone for between one and twelve months. People arrested for offences in licensed premises can be considered for a ban from all participating venues in the area.

Pictured are PC Christian Rowlands and Sergeant Beverley Rodriguez

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Dale Road: Several have minor injuries after two vehicle accident

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EMERGENCY SERVICES are attending a two-vehicle road traffic accident on the B4327 Dale Road.

Two fire crews from Haverfordwest as well as police were called at around 3pm today (Aug 16).

A van and a car are involved.

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The Herald understands that several people are being treated for minor injuries.

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Tenby: Hotel goes into administration as new owner’s business empire collapses

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A POPULAR Pembrokeshire hotel has gone into administration.

The Fourcroft Hotel in Tenby how faces an uncertain future. It’s parent company Northern Powerhouse Developments reportedly suffered a £14m operational loss last year.

The 40-bedroomed hotel, which had been in the ownership of the same family for over 70 years, was bought by Northern Powerhouse Developments for an undisclosed sum in January 2017.

New boss Gavin Woodhouse said at the time: “This is the first of four hotels we are acquiring and opening in South Wales to complement our existing hotels up and down the coastline of the United Kingdom.”

“The Fourcroft will be the sister hotel to the Llandudno Bay Hotel and Spa and part of the group’s premier hotel collection.

“We are keen to compliment the local businesses and hope to be part of the future success of Tenby and the surrounding areas.”

NPD was founded by Gavin Woodhouse to focus on investment in the leisure and tourism industry.

According to ITV News, at the High Court hearing, Justice Alastair Norris was told that Woodhouse had been withdrawing tens of thousands of pounds from a bank account he had kept secret from administrators.

Below: Video by The Guardian regarding the missing millions which have plagued Gavin Woodhouse’s businesses

Appointment of Administrators

In the High Court of Justice

Court Number: CR-2019-005297

FOURCROFT HOTEL (TENBY) LIMITED

(Company Number 00772050)

Nature of Business: Hotels and similar accommodation

Registered office: Unit D2 Elland Riorges Link, Lowfields Business Park, Elland, HX5 9DG

Principal trading address: The Croft, Tenby, SA70 8AP

Date of Appointment: 8 August 2019

Names and Address of Administrators: Philip Francis Duffy (IP No. 9253) and Sarah Helen Bell (IP No. 9406) both of Duff & Phelps Ltd, The Chancery, 58 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 1EW

Further details contact: The Joint Administrators, Tel: 0161 827 9000. Alternative contact: Chloe Chan, Email: Chloe.Chan@duffandphelps.com

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Coastguard call-out after missing cliff climbers fears

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EMERGENCY services were called to the Stack Rocks area on Thursday August 15, following concerns for the safety of two climbers.

The emergency services were called following fears over the safety of some climbers when climbing gear had been found at the top of the cliff near Bullslaughter Bay, with the owners nowhere to be seen.

At 9.11pm, Tenby Coastguard rescue team, St Govan coastguard rescue team, Tenby Lifeboats RNLI ALB, Angle Lifeboat RNLI ALB and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 were called to search for possible missing persons in the vicinity of Stack rocks.

Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched just after 9pm and made best speed towards the scene, 10 miles west of Tenby, while Tenby and St Govans Coastguard rescue teams and Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 also made their way.

An RNLI spokesman said: “Once on scene, the volunteer crew began their search from Stackpole Head towards Bullslaughter Bay.

“With darkness fast approaching, it was decided to launch Angle all-weather lifeboat so that the search for anyone in difficulty could be widened.

“Sometime later, the helicopter spotted some climbers and directed Angle lifeboat to their position, and, while speaking to them, they confirmed it was their climbing gear and that they were in no difficulty.

“All units stood down and returned to their respective stations, with Tenby lifeboat arriving back on station at about 12.15am.”

H M Coastguard Tenby, posting on Facebook, added: “Coastguard and RNLI were quickly on the scene with the Coastguard officers searching from land along the coastline and RNLI lifeboats commencing a water search.

“Once Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 arrived on scene they managed to quickly locate two climbers using FLIR [Forward-Looking Infra-Red].

“Angle RNLI was then directed to the persons and made contact with the climbers and confirmed that the equipment found belonged to them and that they did not require assistance.”

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