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Changes for police officers in St Davids and Tenby

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POLICE OFFICERS in Pembrokeshire are on the move this month as the St Davids Neighbourhood Policing Team move to the fire station and Tenby police station closes temporarily for refurbishment.

Superintendent Ian John, Policing lead for Pembrokeshire, said about the move in St Davids: “This move has been about ensuring the best use of public money.  Our focus is now about spending time in the community working with local people and advances in technology allow us to do this much more.

“We really don’t want to spend much time in our police stations, so sharing a facility with the Mid and West Wales Fire Service helps both services make the best use of valuable resources.

“There is very little need for Officers and PCSOs to return to a station throughout their shift.  The switchboards, systems and paperwork once associated with policing are now available in the palms of our hands.

“This new base will give us the flexibility to have a base available to us for those times when we need it.  It is important to us that the people of St Davids and surrounding community know how to engage with us. ”

Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “It’s great news that the people of St Davids continue to have a police base at the heart of their community. I am committed to ensuring opportunities of working with other agencies to maintain services within local communities are maximised. This development is part of a wider Estates Programme helping me as the Commissioner to ensure an effective and efficient service is delivered for local residents.

“I look forward to working with – and listening to – the community over the next four years.”

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s Corporate Head of Resources, Iwan Cray, said: “We are delighted to welcome St Davids Neighbourhood Policing Team to St Davids Fire Station.

“Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service works in partnership with Dyfed Powys Police across a wide range of activities, and sharing our base at St Davids is another example of our excellent co-operation.

“I look forward to continuing our close working relationship with the Police, and other partner agencies, in making the communities of Mid and West Wales safer places to live and work.

Tenby police station will also be closed from Monday (Jan 16) for approximately 8 weeks in order for the building to be refurbished.

During this time alternative arrangements will be in place for normal service to continue. The Neighbourhood Policing Team will be based in a portacabin on the police station premises and will be accessible as they are now.

The Public Call point outside the police station will also remain working.

Inspector Gareth Thomas said: “This level of investment in Tenby police station clearly demonstrates our commitment to keeping a local policing base in the town and our desire to ensure our facilities are fit for operational use for the future.

“It will house a number of police officers and police staff who together, will continue to keep the public safe. The refurbishment will ensure that we are able to provide the highest standards of service to our communities in the Tenby area.”

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Meet the Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor

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A NEW Pembrokeshire business is proving to be an inspiration for young people after its recent launch.

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor is the brainchild of Ewan Griffiths, who turned his dream into reality thanks to the advice and support of Cam Nesa.

The project aims to reduce the number of young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, training or employment.

Before signing up to Cam Nesa, Ewan was out of work and struggling for direction, and anxiety was preventing him from maximising his potential.

Throughout his journey with Cam Nesa, Ewan worked closely with youth worker Donna Wright to devise a plan that provided support and guidance to improve his confidence and self-esteem, and provide mechanisms for coping with anxiety.

In addition, the project provided Ewan with opportunities to gain qualifications and obtain information that would help him with starting his own business.

Ewan’s message to other young people is simple, “If you find yourself struggling, there is help.”

“Cam Nesa supported me in all aspects of my plan, and working with Donna was fantastic.”

“I would definitely encourage others to reach out for support.”

Donna Wright, who supported Ewan throughout his Cam Nesa journey, said that the launch of his new business is a great source of pride for Cam Nesa and Pembrokeshire Youth Service.

“Ewan has come on leaps and bounds, and it was his engagement and determination that has made his outcome with Cam Nesa so successful and inspiring”, she said.

“Congratulations Ewan on your achievements, and we all wish you good luck with your new business.”

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor provides repairs and servicing for mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, and most agricultural engines, with the mobile service providing collection and returns.

For more information, search ‘Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor’ on Facebook.

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Milford Haven: Mount estate death not being treated as suspicious say police

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POLICE have confirmed that following a welfare visit to a property in Mount Estate, they discovered a male occupant, in his 30’s, in need of medical help.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he sadly passed away on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a property at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Friday 30th April 2021, following a report of concern for the welfare of the occupier.

“A male was taken to hospital where he died on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

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Polling station changes in Pembrokeshire

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POLLING STATIONS in Pembrokeshire are open today (May 6) but a small number may have changed from the last time you voted.

In Neyland, the polling station will be at the new Community Hub building on John Street.

St Katherine’s Church Hall will be the new host for the station in Milford Haven, having previously been held at the Murray Suite in the town hall.

A polling station will be placed at the leisure centre in Haverfordwest while one at Trecwn has been moved to the Gate, Scleddau.

Voters in the county will be electing for the Preseli Pembrokeshire and the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituencies.

People will also be able to select five MSs to represent the Mid and West Wales Region.

The candidate with the most votes will win the constituency but the ballot for the region will be decided by a different process.

People will be elected according to their share of the vote, using a mathematical process, and gives parties who may have won fewer or no constituencies a better chance of winning regional ones.

It will also be a big day for 16 and 17 year olds as they will be able to vote in Welsh elections for the first time.

The ballots will be counted on Friday (May 7) with results expected to come in from the afternoon.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 10pm.

All those who vote will be required to stick to Covid-19 safety measures including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

Clean pencils will be available but voters can bring their own pen or pencil.

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