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Pembrokeshire Panniers Deliver Vital PPE

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PEMBROKESHIRE PANNIERS Volunteer Motorcycle Couriers are delivering vital personal protective equipment (PPE) to social care and medical centres across Pembrokeshire. The volunteer group of mature bikers, who are more like Pembrokeshire’s Angels than Hells Angels, are co-ordinated by David Stewart-Walvin from Tenby with members living in Tenby, Kilgetty, Haverfordwest and Milford.

We are all aware of the vital life-saving work our care services and medical staff are providing at this difficult time. The need for PPE to protect workers and those they treat since the coronavirus outbreak is constant.

Local volunteers with a talent for sewing are working hard to provide equipment for local frontline Hywel Dda staff, hospices, GP surgeries, midwives, carers and key workers. Pembrokeshire Sewers, headed by Wendy Morse, are making headbands and uniform bags. Anthea Evenden co-ordinates Pembrokeshire For The Love Of Scrubs, with more than 140 dressmakers and stitchers making uniforms, scrub bags, reusable gowns, and headbands and Tenby Freemasons have donated plastic face shields.

As demand and production grow, so does the need for the items to be transported. This task was initially undertaken by Tuk Tuk Time Rainbow Delivery squad who offer free shopping, prescription collection and delivery services. Tuk Tuk driver Geoff began delivering essential equipment out of the Tuk Tuk delivery areas via motorbike. When Geoff returned to work he contacted fellow bikers and on March 20th Pembrokeshire Panniers Volunteer Motorcycle Couriers took to the road. The group are now registered with Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS).

In a typical day there is anything up to 20 deliveries. David Stewart-Walvin contacts the PPE co-ordinators who advise him what equipment needs transporting and where. David then arranges the jobs into delivery routes and sends out information to the Pembrokeshire Panniers via WhatsApp group.

“We are very grateful to Pembs Panniers for their invaluable help with collections and deliveries of fabric, completed scrubs, gowns, bags, headbands and masks around the county. Nothing is too much trouble and they’re always cheerful, rain or shine.” Said Anthea.

On a special mission, Pembrokeshire Panniers organised a relay type delivery service to get vital PPE to University Hospital Wales, Cardiff, where the daughter of Pembrokeshire Sewers organiser, Stephanie Morse, was receiving emergency dialysis. Respecting travelling rules and social distancing several bikers passed the PPE at different points in their locality in the form of a relay delivery reaching to Cardiff within 2 hours of despatch.

“We all want to help, our area of expertise is safe delivery via motorcycle. We are a fast response group handling collection and delivery of medical and PPE equipment to Social Care, Medical and Key Worker groups as well as mainstream hospitals. If services need PPE they contact the local volunteer groups who are making the PPE, we then arrange to deliver the required equipment.” said David.

Pembrokeshire Panniers are volunteers; the bikers are personally financing fuel and running costs for the essential journeys. If you would like to donate fuel costs or your business might like to sponsor them, please contact David via the email address below.

If you are a group making PPE, an organisation or medical service needing PPE please contact the numbers below and the Pembrokeshire Panniers will do their best to deliver, usually within 24-48 hours.

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Drug drive arrest following routine check

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A MALE has been arrested following a positive roadside test.

The vehicle, which was stopped this morning, June 6, by the Pembrokeshire Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) was part of a routine check.

Traffic officers suspected the driver may be under the influence after smelling cannabis coming from the vehicle.

A roadside drug test was performed with a positive result with the drugswab provided. A small quantity of cannabis was also found inside the vehicle.

The cannabis was seized and the driver was arrested, later released under investigation, pending the male’s blood test result for the drug drive offence, out of court disposal for the possession.

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Campers from Cardiff sent packing

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PEMBROKESHIRE Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) have this morning, June 5, reported nine individuals for breaching coronavirus regulations.

The occupants of the three vehicles, all from the Cardiff area, had moved barriers that had been in place to close off the carpark to the public and set up camp for the night.

A Pembrokeshire RPU spokesperson said ‘Three vehicles from the Cardiff area located at Abereiddy this morning.

“The occupants of the vehicles, who’d travelled down overnight, had moved the barriers that had been used to close the car park. Having done so they then set up camp nearby.

“All nine persons present were reported for breaching coronavirus regulations. One was further dealt with by means of an out of court disposal for possession of cannabis.

“Rubbish cleaned up, car park closure reinstated, vehicles escorted out of Pembs.”

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Police urge visitors to ‘check the rules’

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POLICE in Powys are reminding people to check the rules before they travel, as tourists from the Midlands, London and Bristol continue to visit despite lockdown restrictions.

Last weekend more than 1,000 cars were turned around by police in the Brecon Beacons after visitors attempted to access the area around Ystradfellte known as ‘waterfall country’.

Many of those stopped claimed they thought the rules around travel were the same as in England, while others had deliberately flouted them.

Seventy-two per cent of people reported for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions in Powys since March 27 have been from outside the police force area.

“I would like to thank the communities of Powys for their cooperation in recent months in complying with requirements of the Covid 19 legislation and also reassure them we are still working hard with our partners to police the restrictions that remain in place across Wales,” said Superintendent Steve Davies.

“Our officers have worked hard to engage with the public at every opportunity throughout these unprecedented times by explaining what we are doing and why, and encouraging people to make the best choices to protect public health in Wales.

“But where people have clearly flouted the rules we have dealt with them appropriately and issued fines.”

He said officers will continue to conduct stop checks throughout Powys and across the force area this weekend.

In England, people can now travel an unlimited distance for exercise and to access so-called ‘beauty spots’.

But the Welsh Government has said people must remain local – ideally not travelling further than five miles from their home – for exercise or limited leisure pursuits, and this also applies to anyone travelling across the border.

Wales’ three national parks – which include popular sites such as Snowdon, the Elan valley and the Pembrokeshire coast – currently remain closed to the public, as do all National Trust car parks and properties.

The latest Welsh Government advice is available at gov.wales/coronavirus.

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