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Pembrokeshire County Council leaders update, 5th May

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Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson,
has provided a further coronavirus update for Tuesday, 5th May, as
follows:

‘Today is Day 42 of lockdown. Everyone should be proud of their
achievements by staying at home and staying safe. Thank you.
‘It has been a very odd period in all our lives, totally unprecedented. It
has made us ask many questions about ourselves and our resolve
while recognising the way we have had to adapt and our ability to
change.

‘We have managed to rally together to support each other and
achieved something we should all be proud of.

‘Each day we hear stories of volunteers delivering parcels, people
supporting each other in the communities and making PPE for care
and NHS workers. Everything that you are all doing is strengthening
our communities and I thank you.

‘I have highlighted previously that the Council has set up a Provider
Hub. This newly-formed team continue to support the care providers
and ensure that care and support workers are protected as much as
possible during the Covid-19 outbreak.

‘I want to thank this team. I trust their work reassures care home and
domiciliary care providers, care staff, families and, most importantly,
those receiving care. I know the Authority is working hard to provide
this extra support in what is a testing time for all.

‘The care providers will have full contact details for the Provider Hub,
so if you have any issues or queries please contact the hub so we
can assist and give advice as required.

‘With the 75 th anniversary of VE Day on Friday, I want to remind
everyone that on that important day we are still in lockdown.
Unfortunately we are unable to celebrate as we would normally.

‘As we continue to be in lockdown the stay-at-home rules still apply.
Follow the celebrations on line or on television but please if you are
going to join in the sing-along in the evening, remember that social
distancing still applies.

‘Finally I want to thank the town and community councils across the
county that are keeping their residents up to date on matters by
sharing our social media posts and press releases.

‘This is much appreciated as it is important to convey the information
to the widest possible audience.

‘Stay at home, stay safe and please ensure we all work together to
save lives.

‘The following press releases have been issued since my update
yesterday:

 NHS Worker Helped By Community Hub:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/shielding-
nhs-worker-hails-help-from-community-hub

 Free Online Resources Available At Libraries:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/free-
online-resources-available-from-pembrokeshire-libraries

‘Public Health Wales is updating and adding to their resources
regularly. Please find all assets here:
https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-
covid-19/coronavirus-resources/

‘Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom

‘And to get daily email updates, log onto our website and sign into My
Account at:
https://myaccount.pembrokeshire.gov.uk

‘Don’t risk catching or spreading the virus, why risk it? Remember:
Stay Strong, Stay Safe and Stay at Home. Thank you.’
Useful links:

 www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus   
 www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/coronafeirws
 https://phw.nhs.wales/
 Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru – Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19)
– Cyngor hunan-ynysu
 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-
19-list-of-guidance

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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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