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One-way system for St Davids aims to support social distancing

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A TEMPORARY one-way road system will be introduced in St Davids from Thursday (Jul 23) to create more room for pedestrians.

The move is in response to concerns that the city’s narrow pavements do not easily allow for social distancing.

It means that High Street will become one-way from Oriel y Parc (the National Park visitor centre) to Cross Square. This will allow the footpath along the whole route to be considerably widened using traffic cones.

The temporary scheme has been devised by Pembrokeshire County Council, who say they will be monitoring it closely.

“St Davids is one of Pembrokeshire’s busiest locations in the summer, with significant numbers of tourists,” said Cllr Phil Baker, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure.

“The one-way system aims to ensure that visitors and residents feel safer and more confident on the key pedestrian route into the city.

“Other footways are not being widened for now, but their usage will be monitored and the whole scheme kept under review and adjusted if necessary.

“We are eager to work with the City Council, local County Councillor and businesses as we move forward with this initiative.”

Pictured is the temporary one-way system being introduced in St Davids

The scheme is being supported by a 20mph temporary speed limit and extra signage reminding people about social distancing.

It was introduced after consultation with the local community and is supported by the City Council and local member Cllr David Lloyd.

Cllr Lloyd acknowledged the work of the officers of the Council’s highways department in developing the scheme, which he said has met with widespread approval from the local community.

He also recognised the readiness of members of the City Council to meet with highways officers at short notice to refine the scheme, having been in receipt of a number of concerns and observations from local residents and businesses.

“I’m happy that all concerns have been properly addressed and my thanks go to all involved for this excellent work,” he said.

The scheme will continue to cover the busy tourist season and beyond as required, depending on how the Covid-19 situation progresses and feedback from the local community.

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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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