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Message stays the same: Please do not visit Pembrokeshire this bank holiday weekend



With another Bank Holiday weekend on the horizon, visitors and
second home owners are again being urged not to travel to
Pembrokeshire during the current lockdown.

“We are extremely grateful to the vast majority of people from outside
our county who are obeying the lockdown restrictions” said
Pembrokeshire County Council’s Leader, David Simpson.

“We need that compliance and co-operation to continue over this
coming weekend when Monday the 25th is a Bank Holiday.”
“This is especially important at this time given the change of rules in

Councillor Simpson emphasised: “The message stays the same. We
will welcome our visitors back when it is safe to return.”

He stressed that journeys to holiday lets and second homes are not
classed as ‘essential travel’ and therefore constitute a breach of the
lockdown regulations.

The penalty for breaching the stay-at-home rules has recently been
increased by the Welsh Government. Details on the fine increase can
be found at:

In the lead up to the recent Easter break, the Council’s Public
Protection Division received a significant number of reports of people
arriving at various properties in the County to take up occupation –
allegedly in contravention of the restrictions.

As a result of this intelligence. a joint letter endorsed by all members
of the Dyfed-Powys Local Resilience Forum- and signed by the
Council’s Chief Executive and the Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys
Police – was sent to over 6,000 owners of second homes/holiday
properties in the County.

The letter outlined the key requirements relating to the use of the

Councillor Simson revealed that the letter had been effective as the
number of complaints over the recent May Bank Holiday was
significantly reduced.

The Authority also carried out a programme of visits to establish
whether the properties reported to the team were ‘let as part of a
business’. These visits were supported by Neighbourhood Policing

Sixty-eight properties spread out across the county were visited with
the following results:

 thirty-six per cent of premises were found to be unoccupied

 fifty-four per cent were either the primary residence of the

occupant or they were second homes in which the owners had
taken up residence prior to the lockdown – a situation which
the regulations doesn’t prohibit

 five per cent had not sought a permit from the local authority to
accommodate key workers and other displaced individuals.

Approval was subsequently sought and the premises were
added to the list of over 60 permitted accommodation providers

 five per cent required follow up by the Public Protection
Division as there was potential occupation of a holiday
accommodation as part of a business.

Pembrokeshire County Council and Dyfed Powys Police continue to
work in partnership to protect our communities.

Council officers will continue to follow up any reliable intelligence of
‘persons renting out holiday accommodation as a business’ and will
also support police cordons that will be in place over the Bank Holiday
and are designed to stop those travelling into Pembrokeshire without
‘reasonable excuse’.

For further guidance on the position as it applies in Wales see

We appreciate the extreme challenges faced by many of our
businesses and would encourage those facing difficulty to visit our
support for advice on financial support that you may be entitled to.


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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