Connect with us
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

Coronavirus update from the leader of Pembrokeshire County Council

Published

on

PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL Leader, Councillor David Simpson, has provided a further coronavirus update (Aug 28) as follows:
‘Welcome to another update and with the August Bank Holiday weekend upon us, the summer season is drawing to a close.
‘With a busy few days ahead, I would implore everyone – locals and visitors alike – to respect our communities and environment.
‘I certainly want everyone to enjoy themselves but we must all take personal responsibility to ensure we observe social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
‘We are not out of the woods yet and if we ignore the guidelines we risk going into another lockdown which would be heart-breaking.
‘On a brighter note, the big news for the coming week is that our schools are re-opening for the Autumn Term.
‘The term starts officially on Tuesday, 1st September, but with two inset days for teachers, pupils will not be returning until Thursday, 3rd September.
‘For the first few days attendance is optional but from Monday, 14th September, all pupils are expected to be back in class.
School operations will increase quickly during the first two weeks with all learners back in school during this period.
‘Each school will have its own arrangements in place – building on the valuable experience of four weeks of safe opening in July – so it is important to keep up to date with the latest information.
‘Parents and guardians are asked to check their child’s school website regularly for details.
‘And remember, secondary school and college students will have to wear face coverings on all education transport and in the communal areas and corridors of secondary schools.

Council Leader, David Simpson: Succeeded in cutting Deal’s cost to Pembrokeshire

Community

Beach clean highlights tide of plastic pollution

Published

on

Preseli MP Stephen Crabb has praised the work of local volunteers after joining them for a beach clean in St Davids.

The clean at Porthlysgi Bay beach was organised jointly between environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy and EcoDewi as part of the Wales-wide Autumn Clean Cymru campaign, with over 15 volunteers litter picking while socially distancing.

EcoDewi is a new ecology and energy group on St David’s peninsula, working to increase the community’s capacity to produce its own, locally-owned sustainable energy.

Between Saturday’s beach clean and visitors piling litter in gateway, over 30 bags were collected. Rubbish included fishing wire, a steel toe cap shoe and plastic bottles, all of which will now be disposed of responsibly. While some litter is left behind on the beach by inconsiderate users, much of the rubbish now comes from the sea, as the tide washes in what has been thrown overboard by some sailing vessels.

Speaking following the clean, Stephen Crabb said: “Pembrokeshire’s beaches are some of the very best in the world, but litter remains a dangerous and unsightly problem. Beach cleans are a good way to protect and learn more about our natural environment and Saturday’s clean was a good example of many hands making light work.

“There have been positive steps by UK and Welsh Governments to reduce the volume of plastic pollution going into our waters, including a ban on microbeads, plastic straws and drink stirrers. But last weekend’s beach clean was a real eye opener and it is clear that more action is needed.

“My thanks to Keep Wales Tidy and EcoDewi for organising an excellent beach clean at one of Pembrokeshire’s hidden gem beaches. Anyone can volunteer for a beach clean and I look forward to taking part in another in the near future.”

Jeremy Wadia of EcoDewi said: “Community collaboration is key to fighting the current ecological and climate crisis, and it’s always great to see people coming together to clean our local beaches which benefits both our marine & land wildlife and of course residents and visitors. Seeing local and regional leaders out on the ground inspiring others to get involved is really important, so we are very grateful to Stephen for joining us at Porthlysgi.”

Mari Williams, Keep Wales Tidy Pembrokeshire officer said:

“It was a brilliant event and great to have so many people turn up to volunteer. We’re all responsible for the health of our oceans, that’s why clean-ups like this are so important and do make a real and lasting difference to our marine environment. Our campaign Autumn Clean Cymru was a chance for us to take a stand and declare that litter is not acceptable.”

Continue Reading

News

Man arrested at Penally Training Camp for arson and criminal damage

Published

on

A 29-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal damage at the Penally Training Camp.

Police and ambulances services attended the camp last night (Sept 30).

Police said that the man remains in police custody.

The Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called last night to reports of a patient needing medical attention at Penally Camp. We responded with one emergency ambulance and one person was transported to Withybush Hospital.”

It is unknown at this time is the man arrested was an asylum seeker or a local person.

He is the third person to be arrested in connection with the camp in recent days.

Continue Reading

News

Police probe into racist Facebook comments over Penally asylum seekers

Published

on

A NEIGHBOURING police force have confirmed that they are investigating grossly offensive comments on a Facebook group that suggest that asylum seekers staying at the MOD Training Camp in Penally should be gassed or shot.

Around 234 asylum seekers—Kurdish Iraqis and Kurdish Iranians—are set to be housed at the camp.

Many of the protesters are locals concerned about their communities after a lack of communication of the arrival of the asylum seekers by the home Office, but South Wales police believe that some of the protests outside the camp have been organised by far-right elements based in Swansea.

Two people have been arrested in connection with protests. One person released without charge, and another, – a well-known right leaning You Tube vlogger from outside the local area has been bailed on the condition he says out of the county.

Some of the shocking posts state: “Run the bastards over”… “Put a bullet in their heads if they can’t respect others” or “Tell your family to keep everything locked up, 250 new thieves, rapist and paedophiles are about to arrive in the area.”

Far-right activist Tommy Robinson has added his voice to the Penally Camp protest campaign. The founder of the English Defence League dubbed the prospect of the camp housing up to 250 asylum seekers as ‘sickening’, which has led to more interest in Penally online.
The Pembrokeshire Herald has engaged Facebook moderators after news articles, which now reach one million people online, were spammed with racist comments. 6,000 comments have already been checked, and hundreds deleted this newspaper can confirm.

A police spokesman said: “South Wales Police is looking into a number of inflammatory posts published on social media concerning the accommodation of asylum seekers at Penally in Pembrokeshire. Users of social media are requested to be mindful of the language used when publishing posts.”

Continue Reading
Community2 hours ago

Beach clean highlights tide of plastic pollution

Preseli MP Stephen Crabb has praised the work of local volunteers after joining them for a beach clean in St...

News4 hours ago

Man arrested at Penally Training Camp for arson and criminal damage

A 29-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal damage at the Penally Training Camp. Police and...

News1 day ago

Police probe into racist Facebook comments over Penally asylum seekers

A NEIGHBOURING police force have confirmed that they are investigating grossly offensive comments on a Facebook group that suggest that...

News2 days ago

There are no illegal immigrants in Penally, Home Office confirms

THE HOME OFFICE has been in touch with The Pembrokeshire Herald to clarify some of the queries that locals have...

News3 days ago

Police appeal for witnesses after 20-year-old pedestrian tragically killed on A40

DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision on the A40 west of Carmarthen on Saturday...

News5 days ago

No one wants a ‘concentration camp’ for asylum seekers in Penally

A COUNTY COUNCILLOR is slamming the Home Office for creating a “concentration camp” in Pembrokeshire. Cllr Paul Dowson says that...

News6 days ago

Alcohol sale restrictions come into force

ALL LICENSED premises in Pembrokeshire must now stop selling alcohol at 10pm. The move is part of further Welsh Government...

News7 days ago

Police and Crime Commissioner demands halt to movements of asylum seekers to Penally

THE LOCAL Police and Crime Commissioner is calling on Home Secretary to halt further movements of asylum seekers to Penally...

News1 week ago

Multi agency response at Milford Docks

AN incident at Milford Haven Docks this morning required a multi agency response. The Herald received a report of a...

News1 week ago

Charity organiser targeted by extremists over Penally Camp collection appeal

LOCAL charity organiser Tracy Olin and her family have been targeted by extremists opposed to the location of asylum seekers...

Popular This Week