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Broadway to deliver fibre broadband to rural Pembrokeshire

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AN AWARD winning telecoms company, providing quality broadband to rural parts of the United Kingdom, has been chosen by the New Moat and Ambleston communities in Pembrokeshire to deliver FTTP (fibre to the premise) networks to their respective areas as part of the county’s Digital Connectivity Programme.

The project will connect approximately 350 households as part of the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) Rural Gigabit Connectivity Voucher Scheme, created to ensure those living in more remote areas of the country have access to the same quality of broadband as is increasingly available in urban areas.

Michael Armitage, CEO of Broadway Partners said: “We have been delivering great broadband connectivity to digitally disadvantaged areas in Wales and Scotland since our first commercial operations in 2016. As Openreach accredited users of PIA (Physical Infrastructure Access), and with the complete toolkit of technology solutions, we are excited to have been chosen to help connect some of the more rural parts of Pembrokeshire to affordable, high speed broadband.

“The business and social benefits of faster connectivity have been amplified during the Covid-19 pandemic, as the internet has become a lifeline for so many people and small businesses. We look forward to building a strong relationship with Pembrokeshire communities, not only by providing ultra-fast connectivity, but also helping to stimulate wellbeing and the local economy through offering skilled apprenticeships and jobs, and partnering with local charitable organisations.”

Broadway Partners is committed to ‘connecting the unconnected’ and specialises in those parts of the country that are typically forgotten by the larger broadband providers. Using a combination of fixed-wireless and fibre technologies, the company is able to reach the places that larger networks often cannot.

The coronavirus crisis has highlighted just how important digital connectivity is for those people working from home, self-isolating or caring for friends and family in rural areas. As a result, demand for the company’s services has never been stronger. Broadway’s network has comfortably absorbed the traffic increases prompted by the surge in home working, video calling and streaming, whilst retaining its 4.8/5 customer satisfaction rating.

Progress on Broadway’s network expansion has not been impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak and services remain normal. Broadway has also implemented new policies and procedures to ensure strict compliance with government guidelines on safe working practices when installing and maintaining its network.

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Johnston: Police appeal after boy on scooter injured in collision

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a collision in Johnston, near Haverfordwest, on Wednesday (Aug 5).

A boy on a scooter sustained minor injuries during the collision, which took place at around 4.20pm.

A red 4×4 is also believed to have been involved.

Anyone who was in the area of the St Peters Road pelican crossing, or nearby Langford road, and either witnessed the collision or who has CCTV that covers this area is asked to get in touch with Dyfed-Powys Police

As spokesman said: “You can telephone 101 or email contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired you can text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Please quote Dyfed-Powys Police Ref DP-20200805-249.”

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Police ask communities to stay alert to prevent raves this weekend

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Police are asking communities to stay alert to prevent raves this weekend.

As we head into the weekend, police are urging members of the public in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire to help them prevent illegal raves from setting up in their communities.

A police operation, called #OpFlamenco, is urging people living in rural communities, including farmers and landowners, to report anything suspicious to Dyfed-Powys Police.

The information will help police respond swiftly as illegal raves arise and hopefully prevent them from happening or at the very least allow police to respond before they become established.

Superintendent Jon Cummins, Head of Specialist Operations for Dyfed-Powys Police, said:

“We know raves can cause anxiety to the community they are held in, and if not dealt with swiftly are difficult to stop due to the sheer numbers of people involved. There is also a safety concern involved in breaking-up such events. And as we’re currently faced with the pandemic, it is absolutely crucial that these types of gatherings do not take place.

“As a force, action is taken as soon as we gather any intelligence of an event being planned. We will continue to respond swiftly to reports of illegal gatherings, and where appropriate will prosecute those responsible in order to protect our communities. Officers will also be conducting proactive patrols of areas identified as possible sites for these types of gatherings.

“However, these types of illegal events are carefully co-ordinated to avoid police attention, and organisers will always try to find new ways to avoid being found out.

“We rely on the support of communities to report any suspicious activity immediately, so action can be taken to disrupt illegal gatherings swiftly. And there has never been a more important time for us all to look out for each other, and report anything that seems suspicious.

“I would encourage farmers, landowners and local communities to report anything they feel is suspicious or out of the ordinary either online at: http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, or by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101.”

Know the signs:

Unusual numbers of vehicles, especially camper vans, vans or trucks, seen in the locality.
Illegal trespassers may recce sites in advance of any rave

People may approach landowners and ask around for land, in the guise of hiring it for acceptable activities such as gymkhanas or scout camps.

If you suspect anyone who approaches you for land hire might not be who they say they are, please do not hesitate to contact police.

Social networks make it easier for organisers to spread the word – rave attendance numbers can grow hugely in short spaces of time, and locations can change quickly.

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Haverfordwest: Appeal for information following incident at Morrisons

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POLICE are investigating a shoplifting and assault allegation which occurred at approximately 3.20pm on Saturday (Aug 1) at Morrisons, Haverfordwest.

A teenage male was involved in an altercation with the store security guard after he and two older people, a male and a female, were stopped for the purpose of checking receipts as they exited the store.

All three had left the store before police arrival.

Police said: “There were a number of customers of the store who may have witnessed the incident.

“Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked contact police.”

“Police can be contacted at contactcentre@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.”

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