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Pembrokeshire County Council leader coronavirus update, Monday 11th May

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Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson,
has provided a further coronavirus update for Monday, 11th May, as
follows:

‘I hope that you were able to have a restful Bank Holiday and that you
managed to take the opportunity to commemorate the VE Day
anniversary while still complying with the social distancing guidance.
‘I appreciate that over the weekend there has been information
discussed at UK and Welsh Government levels in relation to the
situation relating to Covid-19. You may have found some of this
confusing.

‘We are now seeing other countries slowly amending their lockdown
rules, albeit very mindful that this virus has not been totally
eradicated.

‘One of the clear key messages is that the virus has not gone away.
We are still tackling the pandemic and lives are still unfortunately
being lost. We need to continue to work together to ensure the
spread of the virus is minimised. Preservation of life is key.
‘The First Minister made it clear that in Wales “we will proceed with
maximum caution.”

‘I am also aware that in Wales the First Minister has announced some
minor changes to the “stay at home” regulations. However, the
fundamental principles are still in force.

‘The modest changes will allow people to go outside to exercise more
than once a day, but the law requires people to stay local; to start and
end exercise at their homes and not to travel to exercise.

‘The new regulations also allow garden centres to open. However,
social distancing must be adhered to.

‘To be clear: these adjustments do not change the Welsh
Government’s overall advice to people. This continues to be stay at
home; protect the NHS and save lives.

‘As you are aware, waste and recycling centres (WRCs) in
Pembrokeshire and across Wales were closed in accordance with
Government guidelines to “stay at home” as this was deemed non-
essential travel.

‘On Friday, 8 th May, the Welsh Government announced that it will be
reviewing the regulations to allow local authorities to begin planning
on how to safely re-open WRCs. I can confirm that our officers are
now working on plans to re-open them and I will give you further
updates as the details emerge.

‘I want to highlight that we are actively redeploying staff to assist with
numerous work streams such as our Community and Provider hubs,
and on those plans to re-open WRCs.

‘Our Human Resources team has supported this redeployment and I
want to thank them for all their hard work in relation to this and other
staffing issues.

‘As we continue in lockdown we all need to remain safe and ensure
we do not catch or pass on this virus.

‘Covid-19 has reshaped our lives. What we do now will determine
how we shape the future. It is vital that we adhere to the advice given
by Welsh Government to ensure Wales and Pembrokeshire gets
through this.

‘I feel very passionate about our county and we all need to ensure we
safeguard its future. We will rebound and Pembrokeshire will
welcome tourism back although now is not the time to re-open to
visitors.

‘The following coronavirus-related press releases have been issued
since my last update on Thursday:

 Business Urged To Take Part in CV Survey:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/businesses-
urged-to-take-part-in-coronavirus-impact-survey

 First Remote Meeting of Cabinet To Be Held:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/first-remote-
meeting-of-cabinet-to-be-held

 All-Wales Approach To Waste And Recycling Centres:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/pembs-working-
on-all-wales-approach-on-waste-and-recycling-centres

 Work To Resume on Some Construction Sites:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/work-set-to-
resume-at-some-county-construction-sites

‘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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Flo Evans: Was Cooper responsible?

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‘THE PEMBROKESHIRE MURDERS’ has brought the crimes of local man, John Cooper, back to the forefront of our minds.
A notorious and brutal man, his crime spree, which could have started as early as 1961, would go on to leave 4 people dead, 30 homes burgled and 2 serious sexual assaults.

But now many local people worry that Cooper, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2011, may have been responsible for more.

This weeks ‘The Pembrokeshire Herald’ printed edition takes an in-depth look at 2 mysterious deaths in Llangolman, but there’s another death far closer to Cooper’s former stomping ground that the family believe could be connected to ‘The Bullseye Killer’.

At the time of her death in 1989, the same year that the Dixon’s met their grisly demise on the coastal path near Little Haven, frail 77 year old Flo Evans lived in Jordanston, a stones throw from Cooper’s house and well within his patch, in fact Mrs. Evans was mentioned by Cooper during police interviews.
It was later revealed that both John and Pat would visit Flo and John would do odd-jobs around her home.
Flo, it’s believed, liked the couple so much that she tried to help them secure land nearby for a small-holding.

Days after telling her friends that she was unable to find her house keys, Flo Evans was found dead in her bathtub, fully clothed.

Mrs. Evans death was, at the time, believed to be the result of her slipping and banging her head before falling into the bath and drowning.
Flo’s family never believed that version of events, talking to The Sun, Flo’s great-niece Rena Murphy said: “Aunt Flo was very set in her ways, she did things in a particular fashion.
“But the way she was found fully clothed in a cold bath and with no money in the house . . . we knew it was suspicious.”

Flo’s niece, Jean, said “Cooper knew my aunt. He visited her regularly and would have known there was always money in her handbag and more hidden upstairs.
“He lived across the fields from her and that fits with the way he approached his other victims.

“We could never understand why Aunt Flo was found dead in the bath with all her clothes on.
“She always lit a fire in the kitchen to heat the water before taking a bath and that fire wasn’t lit.”
“Money was missing, she didn’t have her false teeth in, the TV wasn’t switched off properly and the front door was open.”
Jean went on: “Hopefully, the police will now reopen the case. It would give us some closure.”

Rena finished by saying: “Even if they never charge him, we will still have the satisfaction of knowing he is locked up for good.”

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Puppies and ‘large quantity’ of alcohol stolen from Bramble Hall Farm

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of four puppies and a large quantity of alcohol from Bramble Hall Farm, Pembroke Dock, at approximately 5pm on Sunday, January 10.

It is understood that one of the puppies, believed to be blind, was found wandering in Monkton and has been recovered.

A source close to the farm said they believed that the culprit or culprits may have driven to the farm in a retired local taxi.

Anyone with information about the theft or knows the whereabouts of the dogs please contact PC 773 quoting reference DPP/0053/10/01/2021/01/C.

This can be done online at: http://orlo.uk/0GKuU, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

(Photo: Police at Bramble Hall Farm as part of a previous investigation into animal welfare. Herald photographer)

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Business grants: Find answers to frequently asked questions

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A SERIES of frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to Covid-19 business grants has been put together by Pembrokeshire County Council.

It is hoped the FAQs will answer many of the queries being received from local businesses.

Understandably, given the number of different grants schemes that have been announced by the Welsh Government over the last year there have been a lot of questions about which grant to apply for, how the money will be distributed, anticipated timescales for payments etc.

The current grants being processed are the Restrictions Grants. The Firebreak grants have now closed.

One of the most frequent questions received is about the automatic payments of the Non Domestic Rates related grant.

The FAQs explain that where possible automatic payments for the Restrictions Grant were made at the end of December and start of January.

All automatic payments have now been processed.

If you have not received an automatic payment relating to the Non Domestic Rates grant then you will need to apply.

The Council has a dedicated team working hard to process the grants to ensure that the money reaches Pembrokeshire businesses as soon as possible.

The FAQs can be found here https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/business-advice-and-support under the Restrictions Business Fund heading.

Further information on business grants and how to apply can be found via the same link.

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