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Pembrokeshire County Council coronavirus update 13th May

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Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson,
has provided a further coronavirus update for Wednesday, 13th May,
as follows:

‘I want to start today by thanking everyone for supporting the fight to
tackle the pandemic.

‘We need to appreciate that we are all in this together. Nobody should
feel isolated or alone in tackling this virus. The virus has no
boundaries and doesn’t target any specific individuals – it can affect
any of us.

‘It is difficult, at times, to really appreciate the impact this is having on
our lives today and what the future may hold. Every day we are
heading towards the new normal.

‘Although it is still too early to fully map out the road to recovery,
County Council officers are actively working on the recovery plans
and actions that we will need to take and I want to personally thank
them for undertaking this important work.

‘Everyone’s well-being is vitally important and if you need support or
advice, please check out the information on our website at:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-
guidance/well-being

‘The ‘stay-at-home’ regulations ask the public to think very carefully
before they leave their house. They state that people must have a
reasonable excuse for leaving home. For example:

 shopping for essentials
 going to work (but only if you cannot work from home)
 receiving healthcare
 exercising.

‘Every time we leave home, there is a risk we will come into contact
with the virus, increasing its spread and increasing the risk to
ourselves.

‘I want to thank our “care in the community” teams. Making sure
people are kept safe is a vital element to fighting this virus.
‘I am humbled by the way care staff every day offer the friendly link to
people living at home. To them I say: you are providing a vital service
which everyone recognises and you should be proud of your role.
‘I have had feedback that people who need support truly are grateful
and that you give them the help they need and a link to the outside
world. You make them smile.

‘We should never forget that a simple hello or a smile can make a
huge difference to someone’s well-being.

‘I know this situation is hard for everyone. We have been hit by a
huge storm that has had such a massive impact on our lives.

‘But I urge you, please keep going; keep strong; support each other
where you can but remember to keep safe and at home. And
remember social distancing is so important.

‘So come on everyone, pick up the phone tonight and say hello to
someone you have not spoken to for a while. I guarantee it makes a
difference. Make someone laugh, make someone smile.

‘Thank you Community Pembrokeshire – we will get through this
together.

‘The following coronavirus-related press release has been issued
since my last update yesterday:

 Pick It Up Plea To Dog Owners:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/pick-it-
up-plea-after-rise-in-countryside-dog-fouling-complaints

‘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 MyAccount 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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