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Operation Stack ready for county ports as Brexit day looms

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has confirmed the details of the Authority’s work to prepare for changes to trading relations on January 1.

The Brexit transition period ends on 31st December and in preparation the Council has been working closely with partners including the Welsh Government and the operators of the Ports of Fishguard and Pembroke.

Part of the Council’s work is Operation Stack.

This involves co-ordinating and arranging the provision of lorry parking space away from both local ports.

This is being provided for freight vehicles which arrive at the ports and do not have the required documentation and Movement Reference Number (MRN) to allow them to travel to Ireland.

As a result, some vehicles may be turned away from the ports until such time that they have acquired the necessary documentation and or, MRN.

To ensure this process is carried out safely away from the ports, space for lorry parking will be provided at:

  • Fishguard: The Hall Brothers Transport Ltd, Wern Road, Goodwick.
  • Pembroke Dock: Bridge Innovation Centre, Overflow Car Park.

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Cllr David Simpson, said: “The importance of Pembrokeshire’s ports to the County, Wales and UK as a whole cannot be over-estimated.

“Planning and review work with partners has been underway for some time to mitigate any issues associated with the end of the transition period and identify and secure facilities in appropriate locations for Operation Stack.

“The aim has been to ensure that freight vehicles are able to be parked up safely away from the ports, while documentation issues are worked through.

“This has been part of our wider Brexit planning which continues across the Council.

“Officers will be monitoring the situation closely as the transition period ends.”

Carl Milne, Port Service Manager, Stena Line Fishguard said: “We are working in partnership with Welsh Government, Pembrokeshire County Council and partners to protect Fishguard’s position as a key international gateway and mitigate any potential disruption to the town and its residents during the forthcoming transition period.

“Our priority remains to provide safe and efficient trade and traffic movement through the Port while protecting our local communities.

“The implementation of the Operation Stack protocols will greatly support the Port and the potential impacts.”

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Dale Morgan charged with murder of Judith Rhead, police confirm

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DYFED POWYS POLICE have charged a man in connection with the alleged murder of 68 year old Judith Rhead who was found dead in her home in Market Street, Pembroke Dock on Saturday (Feb 20).

Dale Morgan, 43, will appear at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court today by video link.

A spokesman for the force said: “Dyfed-Powys Police can confirm that Dale Morgan, aged 43, has been charged with the murder of Judith Rhead, aged 68, who was found in a property in Market Street, Pembroke Dock.

“He is due to appear before Llanelli Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, 25 February).”

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Judith Rhead murder investigation – Detectives given more time to question suspect

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POLICE have been given more time to question a 43-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

The man has been in police custody since Saturday night, after being arrested over the death 68-year-old Judith Rhead.

She was found in a residential property in Market Street.

The police now have until Thursday afternoon (Feb 25) to question the suspect.

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All people eligible for vaccination will get theirs by end of July

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PEOPLE eligible for the coronavirus vaccine will get theirs by the end of July, the Health Minister has said.

Wales achieved its target of getting everyone in the first four priority groups vaccinated by the middle of February and is now working on offering the vaccine to those in groups 5 to 9.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out that people with severe or profound learning disabilities or with a mental illness will be among priority group 6.

Mr Gething said that they were would make sure that no one is left behind.

The latest figures from Public Health Wales show that 878,506 people had received their first dose of the vaccine.

59,279 people have received both doses of the vaccine.

Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services, said: “We have achieved our first milestone of offering everyone in the first four priority groups vaccination by mid-February.

“We are now making progress in achieving our next milestone, which is to offer the vaccine to all individuals in priority groups 5 to 9.

“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out that people with a severe/profound learning disability and individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment, should be invited for vaccination as part of priority group 6.

“There are challenges with identifying individuals within these groups, particularly given the JCVI language is not generally in use in Wales, and we are working hard to make sure that no one is left behind. Today we have published guidance on identifying eligible individuals in these groups and on how to support them to take up their vaccine offers.

“The JCVI has also said that some of our invaluable unpaid carers should be included in priority group 6.

“Today we have also published guidance on identifying those unpaid carers eligible for vaccine prioritisation and the process around this. I am grateful to the national carers’ organisations for their support with this work.”

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