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

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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
England.”

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: https://gov.wales/fines-increased-repeat-coronavirus-
lockdown-breaches-wales

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
properties.

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
Teams.

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
https://gov.wales/guidance-note-holiday-accommodation-owners-
health-protection-coronavirus-restrictions-wales

We appreciate the extreme challenges faced by many of our
businesses and would encourage those facing difficulty to visit our
web-site: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/business-advice-and-
support for advice on financial support that you may be entitled to.

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Police investigate ‘Chinese government vehicle’ spotted near Puma Oil Terminal

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POLICE have confirmed that they are conducting “the appropriate enquiries” after a suspicious vehicle was spotted in the vicinity of Puma Oil Terminal on Saturday afternoon (Aug 8).

Following a tip off a Herald reporter was dispatched to the area, and saw a black Volvo SUV with three IC5 (Korean, Japanese or Chinese) looking males inside the vehicle. The vehicle had diplomatic number plates identifying that it belonged to the Chinese government.

However, a DVLA check suggested that the plates were registered to a BMW and not the Volvo they were displayed upon.

South Hook LNG security was notified as a precaution.

A police spokesman said: “Members of the public are advised to contact the police to report any suspicious activity or incidents.”

Both the UK and US governments are currently on alert following incidents of spying relating to key infrastructure, computer systems and state secrets by the Chinese authorities.

[The image used in this report is a computer generated artist’s impression.]

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Milford Haven Street Food Festival Returns To Waterfront This August

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MILFORD Haven Street Food Festival will be setting up camp at Milford Waterfront for the third year running to continue their Summer of street food tour, and with a brand new sponsor joining for the ride! Jubel Beer will be on hand fully loaded with refreshing fruity beers to serve all weekend long.

Street Food Warehouse and their team of feeders are heading back into town this bank holiday weekend, 28th – 30th August.

Cooking up a storm between noon – 10pm, the festival is split into three mouth-watering portions and is the only way to get you in the mood for summer and of course, fill you up to the brim on all of your favourite foodie delights.

You’ll need to grab your tickets beforehand, just make sure you come with an empty belly ready to taste new flavours – the world will really be your oyster. From smokin’ souvlaki to naughty nachos, mouthwatering Malaysian to chocolatey treats. Carnivores, veggies and vegans alike will be able to get their hungry hands on a range of Insta-worthy grub from all over the world!

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten that you’ll need something to tingle your taste buds and wash it all down with! Luckily, The Pop Up Bar Hire Company has got the whole weekend covered, offering all of your favourite beverages ranging from zesty Mojitos to ice-cold pints of Jubel Beer.

Two Lads Kitchen, Spicer’s Meat Wagon, Makasih and Chock Shop are just some of the street food vendors that will be attending the weekend, with many more both local and national vendors to be announced.

Come rain or shine, the event is completely free and family-friendly where you can get your hands on the most vibrant and high quality street food Milford Haven has to offer.

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Tenby: Police investigate overnight burglaries and theft

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POLICE are investigating two burglaries and a theft which occurred sometime overnight 9th/10th August in Tenby.

At approximately 2am this morning the RNLI lifeboat station, on Castle Hill, was broken into and money taken from the charity donation box.

Sometime overnight the padlock on the charity box for the Shipwrecked Mariners Society on Castle Square was broken and money taken from within.

Also overnight a window was forced open at the Denis Café, Castle Beach, and the till was missing. The till was later found with the money removed.

PC Garland said: “The three incidents are currently being linked. Having to close to deal with the clean-up of this type of incident is difficult for any business but especially so at this time. The two charities rely on donations to keep going and being a crew member of the Tenby Lifeboat I know what important work they due for the local community and for visitors who get into difficulty in the sea. I would appeal to anyone with any information to come forward and contact police.”

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