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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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Conservatives in disarray over alleged Christmas party lockdown breach

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THE CONSERVATIVE Party is investigating the attendance of senior Senedd members and staff at a Christmas party held during December’s lockdown.

Lockdown restrictions prohibit mixing with people outside your own household.

The Welsh restrictions barring such gatherings follow the basic outline of those imposed by the Conservative UK Government in December.

Those attending the drinks party included Paul Smith, the Conservative Chief of Staff at the Senedd, Darren Millar, the Party’s Chief Whip and campaign coordinator, and Preseli Pembrokeshire MS and Conservative Senedd Group Leader Paul Davies.

The Herald understands that a Labour Senedd Member who attended the Party has been suspended by the Labour Senedd Group pending its own investigation.

The Conservatives’ embarrassment at talking the talk but not walking the walk is intensified by Darren Millar’s presence at the shindig.

In May, Mr Millar led calls for Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething to be sacked for eating a bag of chips in a park with one of his own children.

If the Conservative Party follows the logic of their previously stated positions, Mr Millar’s and Mr Davies’ futures look bleak indeed.

With a Senedd election only months away, the revelations have thrown the Conservatives into disarray.

If they do nothing, the Conservatives will – at the very least – face claims they are hypocrites.

If the Conservative Party acts decisively, it faces massive internal problems.

The Herald has asked the Conservatives’ Media Team at the Senedd to respond.

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Pembrokeshire restaurant fined over ‘gluten free’ takeaway meal

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A SAUNDERSFOOT food business operator has been fined £320 for supplying a takeaway meal that contained gluten, having said that it was a gluten free dish.

On February 19 last year, as part of Pembrokeshire County Council’s sampling programme, an officer visited Sao Mai Dragon takeaway, which specialises in Cantonese and Vietnamese food, to check allergen controls.

The business had been given advice about the importance of providing accurate information about allergens as part of their previous food safety inspection.

The officer arrived to collect an order placed by telephone, during which the officer had requested a dish that would be suitable for someone suffering from a gluten allergy.

The officer was told that lots of the available dishes would be suitable, including sweet and sour chicken balls in batter. The officer asked on two additional occasions if this dish was definitely safe for someone with an allergy to gluten.

Each time she was informed that it was and that the batter was made using cornflour, not wheat flour.

A sample of the dish was sent for analysis and on 13th March 2020, the officer received a Public Analyst’s certificate stating that the meal did contain gluten.

Mr Luyen van Nguyen, the business owner, appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court in person and unrepresented on Friday, 15th January 2021.

He entered a guilty plea and stated that it was his wife who had dealt with the order.

He added that she should not have done so as she usually works in the kitchen and probably didn’t understand what was required.

He also stated that he was receiving government support since lockdown and that the business was closed.

As well as the fine, costs of £1000 were also awarded to the County Council.

After the case the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Public Protection and Welsh Language, Cris Tomos, said: “It is absolutely vital that food businesses provide accurate information about allergens.

Where they are catering for allergy sufferers this can literally be a matter of life and death.

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Two charged in connection with Haverfordwest cannabis grow

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TWO suspects have been charged in connection with an investigation into drugs being brought to Kent from Wales.
Kent Police officers on patrol during the morning of Monday 18 January 2021, stopped a black Jaguar X Type car in Hythe.
They recovered cannabis and a substance believed to be cocaine as well as around £12,000 in cash.
Assisted by officers from Dyfed-Powys Police, a warrant was later carried out at a property in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, where a cannabis cultivation was found.
Nicholas Moulder, 48, and 19-year-old Thomas Moulder, both of Kensington Gardens in Haverfordwest were charged with being concerned in the production of, supplying and possessing cannabis.
Nicholas Moulder was also charged with possession of cocaine, and driving while unfit through drugs.
Both are due to appear at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 19 January.
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