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Pembrokeshire County Council leaders coronavirus update, 12th May



Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson,
has provided a further coronavirus update for Tuesday, 12th May, as

‘As we in Wales and Pembrokeshire continue in lockdown, I want to
reassure you all that we will get through this difficult period in our

‘I am aware that this extended lockdown is challenging however we
need to remember that our principle goal is preservation of life.
‘We all have a role to play to ensure that we continue to fight this
invisible enemy. The pandemic is cruel and it is taking lives and we
are also aware that anyone could catch this virus.

‘I want to extend my sympathy to anyone who has been directly
affected by this virus or knows someone who has unfortunately lost
their life.

‘I’d like to reiterate the Welsh Government’s latest key messages,

 the coronavirus lockdown in Wales will be extended for a
further three weeks with minor adjustments but with maximum
caution maintained to ensure the virus does not spread

 while the first peak of infection has been passed and rates
continue to fall, it is still too early for a significant lifting of
requirements or restrictions

 all of us must continue to work from home wherever we ca

 all of us must only travel when absolutely necessary

 and all of us must continue to observe the two-metre social
distancing rule and wash our hands often

‘These measures will continue to protect us all from coronavirus and
save lives.

‘The Welsh Government also made a series of small adjustments to
the regulations including:

 allowing people to exercise more than once a day, but people
should stay “local”. This means any exercise should start and
end at home and not involve going a significant distance from

 enabling local authorities to begin the process of planning how
to safely re-open libraries and municipal recycling centres

 allowing garden centres to open provided they comply with the
physical distancing duty.

‘These changes apply to everyone but the 120,000 people in the
shielding group. It is really important this group continues to follow the
shielding advice.

‘The Welsh Government also urges people who are over 70, who
have an underlying health condition or who are pregnant, to continue
to take extra care to protect themselves.

‘I want to thank everyone for the positive feedback you have offered
to myself, Elected Members and the Authority itself. Everyone across
our county is working hard to ensure we do the right thing – that is we
stay at home and stay safe.

‘I urge you all to keep strong and keep positive. There will be better
days ahead and we need to be patient.

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

 Capital Funding:

 Parents Asked For Views:

 Unpaid Carers Urged To Take Part In Survey:

 Numbers Helped by Community Hub Rise:

 Libraries To Remain Closed For Now:

‘Public Health Wales is updating and adding to their resources
regularly. Please find all assets here:

‘Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at:

‘And to get daily email updates, log onto our website and sign into My
Account at:

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

 Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru – Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19)
– Cyngor hunan-ynysu

For the latest advice and press releases relating to coronavirus,


Drug drive arrest following routine check



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



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’



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

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