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Tenby: Fashion retailer creates 30 jobs as it opens doors

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NATION-WIDE fashion retailer M&Co has opened its doors to customers in Tenby.

M&Co announced it had agreed a lease with family-run T.P. Hughes to occupy its 10,000 sq ft property fronting on High Street, Upper Frog Street and St Nicholas Lane, which include the extensions into Bank Lane.

The store has created 30 new jobs with five positions being filled by former T.P. Hughes staff.

This is the third store in Wales for the fashion retailer, which ranges include women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories, together with homeware products.

Advised by Cardiff-based independent commercial property specialists Cooke & Arkwright, T.P. Hughes will still operate in the town but will focus its efforts on home furnishings.

T.P. Hughes will continue to sell furniture, carpets, bedding and home furnishings from the current carpet shop location in Upper Frog Street.

Chris Hughes of T.P. Hughes said: “We’re really pleased to have signed this deal with M&Co and help them open their third store in Wales. Five of our current staff have secured jobs with the retailer and we are sure they will be very happy in their new positions.

“Having had such a long-standing presence in Wales, we always review our business strategy in line with customer demand. As a result, we are now focusing our offering on home furnishings.

Huw Thomas, director at Cooke & Arkwright, said: “T.P. Hughes has been a key part of the Tenby retail offering for over a century and it was important for us to secure a long-term lease to a company that T.P. Hughes felt would benefit and add value to the Tenby community, of which it has played and will continue to play a key part moving forward.

“Whilst we did generate interest from a number of other retailers as well as some alternative uses, it was agreed that M&Co’s broad fashion line would be the most beneficial in attracting shoppers to Tenby.

“M&Co’s complimentary trade with the existing TP Hughes furnishings business, their recruitment of some of the existing TP Hughes staff, as well as their long-term commitment to investing into the building, demonstrates how securing this agreement with M&Co was the correct course of action to take.

“We’re sure that T.P. Hughes, M&Co and their customers will benefit immensely from the new store opening.”

Steve Knott, M&Co executive chairman, said: “I think the new store looks absolutely fantastic; with help from TP Hughes we were able to turn the store around within 6 weeks of being given the keys – which is brilliant.”

“We were very keen to retain the heritage of the building and feel that we’ve done TP Hughes proud.”

“The initial reaction from customers is that they are really delighted that we’re here – so fingers crossed that we will have a long and established relationship with Tenby.”

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Dyfed-Powys Police criticised for failing to record thousands of crimes

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A SHOCKING new report says that Dyfed-Powys Police failed to record thousands of crimes, despite being told to improve two-and-a-half years ago.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found the force had documented just 87.6% of reported crime – meaning upto 4,400 crimes are not recorded each year.

The report highlighted that of violent crimes, 85.4% were registered, which means about 2,400 went unrecorded, some involving domestic abuse or the vulnerable.

The force said it had “plans in place to improve its crime recording.”

HMIC reached their conclusion by comparing the number of reports to the police with recorded numbers. About 35,900 were reported.

In 2018, HMIC found that our local force was too often not recording crimes. And in 2014 it was reported the force was one of the worst in the UK at recording crimes. 

Dyfed-Powys Police T/Chief Constable, Claire Parmenter was quick to respond to the shocking finding. In a statement emailed to The Herald he said: “We accept the concerns and recommendations published by HMICFRS in respect of crime data integrity. As an organisation, we are firmly committed to supporting victims and putting them at the heart of everything we do. The force has plans in place to improve its crime recording and I am determined we will get this right.

“Since the previous HMICFRS inspection in 2018 we have made significant improvements in our response to Domestic Abuse victims, creating the vulnerability desk which provides real time intelligence to officers attending incidents of Domestic Abuse and ensuring that safeguarding arrangements are in place through a new partnership hub. Recent audits in April evidenced we were achieving a 98% compliance for the completion of risk assessments. This ensures that every Domestic Abuse victim is looked after and kept safe.

“We have a programme of change already in place which will deliver significant process and cultural change. The elements of this programme will improve the forces’ ability to manage demand, support victims, improve the timeliness and quality of investigations and supervision of crime. HMICFRS were unable to take this project into account as part of this inspection. Delivery plans commence next month (June 2021).

“Since the date of this inspection, we are already seeing improvements as a result of the swift additional action we have taken, achieving 100% crime recording compliance in respect of anti-social behaviour for February and March 2021 which is positive.”

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Firefighters extinguish blaze at St Catherine’s Fort, Tenby

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A CONTROLLED wood fire earlier in the day caused a fire to break out on Tenby’s St Catherine’s Island on Thursday (May 6).

Heat that was caused by a wood fire earlier in the day caused a ignition on the unburned wood nearby that was needed to be extinguished by Tenby fire crew.

Taking to their Facebook page, St Catherine’s island thanked Tenby Fire Brigade for their assistance.

No serious damage was caused by the incident.

The spokesperson said: “A massive shout out to Tenby Fire Brigade last night who were called to the Island last night after we left following a long day working on the Fort and burning off all the old flooring, having now replaced it all. 

“We had spent at least half an hour making sure that our controlled barrel fire was out. Unfortunately the ground was so hot it transferred to the rest of the unburned wood. 

“Thanks to our amazing local Fire Service, they were on hand to help us out and no damage occurred.”

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Angle Lifeboat tasked to disabled yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head

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Image Credit - RNLI Penny Harris

ANGLE LIFEBOAT and her crew saw out April when they were tasked on 30th of April to a yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head.

Angle Lifeboat and her crew saw out April when they were tasked on 30th of April to a yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head.

The lifeboat was launched at 10:43pm to a 26ft yacht that had reported smoke coming from their engine compartment. The casualty vessel was 22 miles south west of St Ann’s with two crew onboard.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 11:46pm. The on scene assessment was carried out and both crew were safe and well but the vessel would need to be towed to Milford Haven. The tow was set up and the casualty vessel was under tow at 11:56pm.

The conditions were perfect for the slow tow back which saw a beautiful moon rising and the early glow of dawn.

Lifeboat arrived at Milford and swapped the casualty vessel to an alongside tow to take it alongside in to the lock at Milford Marina where the casualty was safely tied up at 04:49am.

The lifeboat rehoused at 05:15am where she got her well deserved washdown and the crew headed home to get some sleep.

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