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PM visits the Royal Welsh Show

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royalwelshTHIS WEEK saw the Royal Welsh Show take place in Llanelwedd, North Wales. The four-day agricultural event broke all records for the third year in a row as it specifically commemorated the World War 1 and D-Day anniversaries. Show Director, Harry Fetherstonhaugh said: “We are very proud to be part of Wales’ single, biggest cultural event. When you put it into a sporting perspective, we have the same sort of crowds as they do at Aintree on Grand National Day and at Cheltenham on Gold Cup day. On our big days we have a crowd of 70,000. This demonstrates the support we get from across Wales and much further afield – it is people’s annual holiday really.” This year saw the show boast a very special guest; the Prime Minister. As the first serving British Prime Minister ever to visit the show, Mr Cameron was greeted by the Show Director and other dignitaries before being taken on a guided tour of the showground. Whilst at the show, Mr Cameron announced a potential £400m of new business for the British food industry as part of a Government plan aimed at supporting British businesses. With Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, Mr Cameron explained how from 2017, all of Central Government would commit to buying fresh and locallysourced seasonal food. This would be made possible by a new food and drink buying standard, called The Plan for Public Procurement, which is targeted at helping thousands of British farmers, small businesses, rural economies and the British public. Attending the event was new Welsh Secretary, Stephen Crabb, who said: “As the new Welsh Secretary I’m absolutely clear that providing support to local communities in rural Wales is critical. That’s why this Government is backing businesses and hardworking families across Wales by reducing energy costs, lowering job taxes and freezing fuel duty to encourage job creation, boost growth and raise living standards in the Welsh rural economy. Of course there’s still more to do. But only by sticking to our long term economic plan will we build a more resilient economy across all parts of Wales and the UK.” Before attending the event AM Paul Davies told The Herald: “I’m delighted to be attending the Royal Welsh Show this year where the goods and foods on display will showcase the very best of Wales once again. The Show provides an excellent opportunity not only to celebrate Welsh food and produce, but also engage with the farming and food industry to better understand some of the challenges facing the sector. “Sadly, agriculture and rural affairs have been demoted to a junior position around Welsh Government’s cabinet table, which clearly demonstrates their attitude towards the industry. I hope to use my time at the Royal Welsh Show to engage as much as possible with farmers and food producers, establishing what some of their challenges are and listening to how we can best support the industry.”

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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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