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No denial on Penally ‘migrant camp’ plan

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Penally camp: Soon to welcome asylum seekers?

Penally camp: Soon to welcome asylum seekers?

THE HOME OFFICE was neither able to confirm or deny information that had been obtained by The Herald that Penally Training Camp is the subject of a potential change of usage from a training centre for military personnel to a holding centre for up to 1000 migrants who are waiting to be granted asylum in the UK. 

The Herald has received information from a senior source within the Ministry of Defence (MOD) that the camp is to be used as a reception centre for illegal immigrants and asylum seekers, with the hope of housing up to 1000 people at the camp until they are granted asylum and found homes in this, or other areas of the UK.

“The camp is subject to discussions to be turned into a ‘holding centre’ for migrants who are entering the UK. This would be a non-permanent home for the residents and they would be moved on when their applications had been processed.

“I have grave concerns about this, as the camp would require a huge amount of work doing to it to be able to contain these people securely until they are granted asylum.

“In Calais at the moment they are using the ‘Ring of Steel’ that was deployed around the Celtic Manor during the NATO summit in 2014. The current security at Penally is nothing like this.”

When posed the question “Has the Army Training Camp at Penally, Pembrokeshire been subject to discussions or plans as to a change of usage to become a migrant holding centre for up to 1000 people, and if so, when would these changes take place?” the MOD was unable to comment and referred the matter to the Home Office who returned with the reply:

“No decisions have been taken about the future of this site”

The reply neither confirms nor denies that the camp is to change to a reception centre for up to 1000 migrants, and implies that it is under discussion as a potential asylum site.

If it were to be true it would be the largest asylum centre of its kind in the UK. Currently there are 11 immigration centres throughout England and Scotland but none in Wales; Harmondsworth in Middlesex is currently the biggest with a capacity of 615.

In December 2015 the government shelved plans to house up to 1,500 migrants at a huge centre near the village of Littleton-upon-Severn in Gloucestershire after a barrage of complaints from local residents, many of which were worried it could interfere with village life.

In September 2015 David Cameron announced that the UK would accept up to 20,000 refugees from Syria over the next five years saying that the UK had a ‘moral responsibility’ to those living in camps near the border of Syria. Though opposition parties claimed that the UK should do more, with France taking 24,000 refugees over the next two years, attacked the number as being insufficient.

At the time of going to press The Herald was receiving fresh information and will continue to investigate.

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Limited tickets remaining for Reef gig in Tenby

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IT’S THE LOCAL gig that everyone is looking forward to. Reef is an alternative rock band that hail all the way from Glastonbury, England. They have been active in the industry since 1993 – but on the night of October 14 they will be playing in Tenby – at the De Valence Pavilion – for one night only.

The band’s original line up consisted of Gary Stringer on vocals, Kenwyn House on guitar, Jack Bessant on bass and Dominic Greensmith on drums. The foursome met in London in the early 90s, looking to put together a band, and soon started jamming together. They produced their first demo, ‘Purple Tape’. 1994 mainly consisted of promoting this demo through touring and trying to build up a fanbase. They were eventually signed by S2 of the Sony music label, and released their first single ‘Good Feeling’. This was soon followed by ‘Naked’ which gained the band a lot of publicity as it was used by a Sony advert.

Reef has toured with a number of high profile artists, including Paul Weller, Soundgarden and music legends The Rolling Stones. They have also been supported on their own headlining tour by Feeder, who has now made a very successful career for itself. Their debut album, from which the aforementioned tracks came from, ‘Replenish’, was certified Gold. This was followed up by their 1997 album ‘Glow’ which spawned the hit singles ‘Place Your Hands’, ‘Come Back Brighter’, ‘Consideration’ and ‘Yer Old’ which increased the band’s commercial success and fan base both in the UK and overseas. ‘Place Your Hands’ placed at number six on the UK charts and is the band’s most successful single as of 2014.

Support announced for REEF on October 14
Four Welsh lads which consider themselves as brothers on the rise to bring guitar music back to the ears of the consumers. The Now are making a massive impact in the UK with their music getting featured on ITV, BBC, Sky Sports, MTV and majority of local independent radio stations. The Now are even putting their feelers out to the other side of the ocean to the U.S with Steven Van Zandt founder Guitarist for Bruce Springsteen calling their single HOLY “The Coolest song in the World” and SIRUS XM featuring their track HOLY a numerous number of times.

The Now’s infectious guitar heavy riffs and poetic lyrics has lead them to turn some heads in the music industry since August 2021. The band have managed to land themselves a management deal with Gary Trew, owner of Trew Music, who has a history of working with some massive names in the industry.

For tickets visit: https://www.seetickets.com/event/reef/de-valence-pavilion/2393642

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Woman left with facial injuries after assault in Narberth

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DYFED-POWYS POLIE has said he is appealing for help in tracing two passers-by who might have information about a late evening assault in Narberth.

Officers would like to speak to some people who helped a woman on Moorfield Road sometime between 11.30pm and midnight on Monday, October 3.

The woman has reported being assaulted, and was left with facial injuries. The victim says she was helped by two passers-by, who might be able to help our investigation.

If you were one of those people, please get in touch. Even if you don’t think you have information that can help, by speaking to you we can ensure we have followed all lines of enquiry.

You can contact Dyfed-Powys Police in the following ways:

Email: 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

Call: 101

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908

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Warnings over rolling power cuts as UK faces energy shortage this winter

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ENERGY users in the UK should braced for the possibility of rolling power cuts this winter – the stark warning comes after a warning on Thursday (Oct 6) from National Grid.

The electricity and gas system operator has said households could face a series of three-hour power cuts if Vladimir Putin shuts off gas supplies from Russia, and Britain experiences a cold snap akin to 2018’s “beast from the east”.

Although National Grid has labelled the scenario “unlikely”, the emergency plan has prompted memories of persistent power outages in the 1970s and brought into focus the process by which people are cut off.

Households are being offered £10 a day to cut electric usage at peak times in a bid to avoid winter blackouts.

The deal relies however on smart meters which are unreliable and have been installed in around only half of homes and small businesses.

Customers would be warned in advance of the blackouts which are likely to occur in the morning peak or between 4pm and 7pm.

A move to implement power cuts would need approval from the Government and King Charles, who would need to sign off an emergency Privy Council order.

The number of homes left without electricity would depend on how many power plants need to be shut down because of gas shortages.

The system of rota disconnection, or rota load-shedding, is designed to equally share out the available power in a country or region through strategic shutdowns. In Great Britain, consumers in different parts of the country would be notified a day in advance of a three-hour block of time during which they would lose power. Households in different areas would then be cut off at different times or days, with the frequency rising depending on the severity of the supply shortage. The process is in legislation under the Electricity Supply Emergency Code.

There are 14 licensed areas of the country; within these, there are smaller areas on different circuits that have a timetable for cutoffs. The aim is to reduce power usage by about 5% through the three-hour disconnections. Consumers would typically be notified with a text message, similar to when there is a planned outage for maintenance work. An emergency public information campaign by National Grid and the government would be deployed across radio, billboards and social media platforms to urge people to use less energy. Liz Truss has so far resisted calls to ask people to use less energy.

Echoes of Christmas 1970

The 1970s are a decade remembered for industrial strife, particularly the Three-Day-Week of 1974 and 1979’s Winter of Discontent.

The pattern of dispute and disruption was set at the start of the decade, when in the run up to Christmas 1970 the country was crippled by power cuts as the result of industrial action.

As the lights went out, folk had to carry on with their daily lives as best they could – and this picture shows just that.

The photograph was taken on Thursday, December 10, 1970, and shows Mr W.R. Grice and his son Richard using candles and a camping gas lantern as they serve customers at their newsagent’s shop in Ablewell Street in Walsall, West Midlands.

The power cuts came about when electricity supply workers started an overtime ban and a work-to-rule. They were expecting it to be three or four weeks before there were any power cuts, plenty of time to bring pressure on the government and negotiate better terms.

However, it seems that everyone had underestimated the precarious state of the nation’s electricty supply, and the first power cut came just eight hours after the work-to-rule began.

As the the days went by there were more and more outages and widespread disruption, and newspapers were filled with tales of hospitals cancelling operations because of them, with the army drafted in to man emergency generators and keep patients alive.

The public turned against the power workers and after just a week negotiations had begun and the action called off.

The lights were back on but the effect of disrupting the nation’s electricity supply had been demonstrated for all to see. Britain relied on coal for three-quarters of its power supply – the stage was set for a decade of industrial unrest and disruption.

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