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Pembrokeshire County Council leaders coronavirus update, 12th May

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

‘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
lives.

‘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,
namely:

 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
home

 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:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/cabinet-to-
consider-project-capital-funding

 Parents Asked For Views:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/parents-asked-
for-their-views-on-education-related-matters

 Unpaid Carers Urged To Take Part In Survey:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/unpaid-carers-
urged-to-take-part-in-survey-to-shape-future-support

 Numbers Helped by Community Hub Rise:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/number-of-
people-helped-by-community-hub-continues-to-rise

 Libraries To Remain Closed For Now:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/libraries-to-
remain-closed-for-now

‘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

For the latest advice and press releases relating to coronavirus,

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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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