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Minister welcomes the pride of Pembrokeshire to Folly Farm

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Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart, has today come face-to-face with Folly Farm’s new lions at the adventure park’s new Pride of Pembrokeshire.

On the back of a record breaking 2013 season, which saw the attraction break through the 400,000 visitors mark for the first time, Mrs Hart was invited to unveil the new two-acre enclosure and congratulate Folly Farm on its success.

Since the opening of the Penguin Coast last year, Folly Farm has seen a 20% rise in visitor numbers and has invested £500,000 in its latest ‘Pride of Pembrokeshire’ attraction which houses six lions.
The Pride of Pembrokeshire project was funded entirely from reinvestment from Folly Farm. Over the last 10 years Folly Farm has invested £10 million into the attraction, 4% of which has been grant funded, creating 45 full
equivalent jobs.

Minister for the Economy, Edwina Hart, said: “With the penguin enclosure opening last year it’s a reflection of Folly Farm’s success that I am returning only 12 months later to welcome Hugo and his family to Wales.

“Investing and developing our tourism product is vital if we are to drive higher tourism earnings for the Welsh economy and Folly Farm’s commitment to giving its visitors more reasons to return is an excellent example of this development. I’d like to congratulate Folly Farm on their impressive new attraction which I hope will be a roaring success.”

Tim Morphew, zoo manager at Folly Farm, said: “It has been months and months of planning, research and training and it feels fantastic to share the new attraction with a record number of visitors.

“I am so proud of the whole team here, as every single member of staff has pulled together to make this attraction possible.

“We’re continuing to grow at a rapid pace and are extremely appreciative of the support from the Minister and our Folly Farm friends and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in this process.”

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  1. Tomos

    August 9, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Looks ferocious, but then I guess you need sharp claws if you’re not a freemason i.e one of the boyos to get on in the Senedd 🙂

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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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