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Pembrokeshire County Council: Leader’s coronavrius update, Thursday, 9th April

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Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson,
has provided a further coronavirus update for Thursday, 9th April, as
follows:


‘Once again I want to reinforce this week’s message which is: “stay at
home and help stop the virus spreading.”


‘I appreciate that the lockdown is difficult and I want to thank you for
sticking to the rules. We are all making sacrifices each day. However,
it is vital that we continue to do so in order to beat this pandemic. Now
is not the time to ignore the advice.


‘Easter weekend is a special time so please spend time with your
family at home, enjoy the garden but please stay at home.
‘Most people are sticking to the rules but, frustratingly, some people
are ignoring the advice. Sadly many have died after catching
coronavirus. If we all do not act now more lives will be lost.


‘Your actions and decisions over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend
and coming weeks will shape our county – so Stay at Home!


‘I can confirm that we will be working with the Police to monitor “hot
spots” over the Easter weekend to ensure people are complying with
government advice and legislation. Enforcement officers will also be
working over the weekend.


‘‘During these unprecedented times we are asking people not to visit
Pembrokeshire now. Please visit us later when the crisis is over.
‘I now want to highlight some key items.


‘Safeguarding children and adults at risk is a critical area for social
services which remains fully operational.


‘Our Children and Adults duty teams remain in operation to receive
calls about children and adults at risk of harm, abuse or neglect. We
all have an important role to play in helping to protect children, young
people and adults from harm.

‘If you think a child or young person is being abused, or at risk of
being abused, please report it by ringing the Child Care Assessment
Team on: 01437 776444.


‘If you think an adult is being abused, or at risk of being abused,
please report it by ringing the Adult Safeguarding Team on: 01437
776056.


‘If you have concerns outside of office hours, you should contact the
Emergency Duty Team on: 0300 333 2222.


‘I want to confirm that there are no changes to the waste and
recycling kerbside collections over the Bank Holiday weekend. These
services continue to run as normal.


‘Please help our collection crews by minimising the amount of
household waste you create over the Easter weekend. With pressure
on services and with waste and recycling centre’s temporarily closed,
try and avoid any big clear-outs at home or undertaking any DIY or
garden projects which are likely to generate large amounts of waste.


‘And please do not burn household waste at home. This creates air
pollution that could harm people nearby who may already have
breathing difficulties due to Covid-19. There is also the danger that
fires could get out of control. Fire services around the country are
reporting an increase in call-outs due to garden fires.


‘I want to end my newsletter by wishing everyone a Happy Easter
weekend. I appreciate we are all facing difficult times. However, we all
need to pause and reflect and ensure we act collectively to beat this
pandemic

‘Remember: together we are stronger and together we will get
through this.

‘Public Health Wales is updating and adding to their resources
regularly. Please find all assets here:
https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-
covid-19/coronavirus-resources/

‘Press releases issued since my update yesterday are:
Hundred Helped By Coronavirus Hub Team:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/hundreds-
helped-by-coronavirus-hub-team

Police And Council Work Together:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/police-and-
council-work-together-to-enforce-coronavirus-restrictions

Council Staff To Work Easter To Keep Grant Cash Flowing:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/council-staff-to-
work-easter-weekend-to-keep-grant-cash-flowing

Next Batch Of School Meal Vouchers On Their Way:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/next-batch-of-
free-school-meals-vouchers-on-their-way

Council Kick-Starts PPE Facemasks Project:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/county-council-
kick-starts-ppe-facemasks-project

Pembrokeshire Extends Suspension of Parking Charges:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/pembrokeshire-
extends-suspension-of-car-park-charges

‘Public Health Wales is updating and adding to their resources
regularly. Please find all assets here:
https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-
covid-19/coronavirus-resources/

‘Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom


‘And to get daily email updates, log onto our website and sign into My
Account at:
https://myaccount.pembrokeshire.gov.uk

‘Stay Safe. Thank you.’
Useful links:
www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/coronafeirws
https://phw.nhs.wales/
Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru – Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19)
– Cyngor hunan-ynysu
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-
19-list-of-guidance

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Police and drugs advice service issue warning over ‘deadly batch’ of heroin

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POLICE have asked the media to issue a warning over a batch of heroin.

The drug circulating in west Wales, first detected in Llanelli, is particularly dangerous, it has been confirmed.

“We are warning drug users to take extra care following reports of a particularly harmful batch of heroin circulating in the Llanelli area” said a Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson.

“We have reasons to believe some drugs being distributed and used in the Carmarthenshire area at present have been contaminated with other substances and could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately if they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone you believe could come into contact with these drugs.

”In an emergency or if you think someone’s life is at risk always dial 999.”

Earlier this week Barod, the drug and alcohol abuse service reported a dangerous and toxic heroin circulating in Pembroke Dock which a spokesperson described as being ‘potentially deadly’.

To comes as Public Health England issued a formal alert about the risks of heroin containing fentanyl or carfentanyl.

The warning reads: “There is significant evidence from a small number of post-mortem results of recent drug user deaths and from police seizures that some heroin may contain fentanyl or carfentanyl added by dealers.

“These are highly potent synthetic opioids and very small amounts can cause severe or even fatal toxicity.

“Those of you in contact with heroin users should be alert to the increased possibility of overdose arising from heroin cut with these synthetic opioids, be able to recognise possible symptoms of overdose and respond appropriately.”

The fentanyls are a group of synthetic opioids; some have legitimate uses while others are illicit drugs.

Fentanyl is about 100 times more potent than morphine and is a licensed medicine used to treat severe and terminal pain. Carfentanyl is 4,000 – 10,000 times more potent than morphine and principally used as an animal tranquilliser.

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Tenby’s famous walrus ‘Wally’ has been spotted again

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TENBY’S most famous marine animal has been spotted again after fears she had been scared away.

Wally was spotted on Friday evening by the seaside town’s Lifeboat station.

Thought to be a two-year-old male, the walrus’s return comes after it was feared she had been disturbed by people flocking to catch a glimpse of her and “getting too close”

The animal has attracted hundreds of people to the seaside town now that the travel restrictions with Wales have been lifted to coincide with the Easter school holidays.

Wally was last seen on Monday, but  members of the public were warned it was in the animal’s “best interests” to be “left alone” as much as possible and they were urged to “avoid the temptation to get near and disturb” her.

A joint statement was issued by the RSPCA, Tenby harbour master Chris Salisbury, Welsh Marine Life Rescue, Tenby lifeboat coxswain Phil John, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Natural Resources Wales and CSIP Marine Environmental Rescue said that they were concerned to hear that people had tried to get close by using personal watercraft or paddle and surfboards.

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Police plan to deter badly behaved youths from gathering in Tenby

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POLICE in Tenby responded to community concerns over antisocial behaviour and groups of between 15-20 youths gathering and clashing over the Easter bank holiday weekend. They moved the youths on, seized alcohol from them and stopped matters escalating when there were clashes between the groups. And they have a clear message ahead of this weekend – there will be extra police patrols and presence in Tenby, including on the trains, so this type of behaviour won’t be tolerated.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers used powers under the Antisocial Behaviour Act to disperse groups of youngsters meeting to drink alcohol in and around Tenby, many of whom had travelled by train to the area to meet up.

Based on these scenes from last weekend, plans are in place as part of a joint operation with Pembrokeshire County Council licensing officers and British Transport Police, to address and prevent any further gatherings.

A Section 34 Order is in place covering Tenby, which allows officers to move people out of the area and prevent them from returning for up to 48 hours.

Sergeant Stuart Wheeler said: “Following last weekend we had some concern from the community of Tenby, due to antisocial behaviour related to the groups of youths from Pembroke, Pembroke Dock and Tenby, and subsequently those groups clashing. Alcohol consumption by these youngsters was a factor.

“Proactive action was taken, and we are keen to avoid a repeat of this behaviour this weekend, and have therefore put plans in place. Additional resources have been allocated, which will allow us to respond quickly and prevent matters from escalating.

“Tenby Neighbourhood Policing Team and response officers, will be carrying out high visibility patrols in the area, covering areas known to be popular with youngsters. Pembrokeshire County Council licensing officers will be assisting us in ensuring youngsters can’t buy alcohol in the area by visiting shops and reminding them of the laws around selling alcohol, and if they bring it with them it will be seized. And our colleagues in British Transport Police will be patrolling the train network to prevent problematic groups getting to Tenby by train.”

Police are also appealing to parents and carers to know where their children are, and what they are doing.

Sergeant Wheeler added: “We would like to appeal directly to parents to be aware of where their children are, and prevent them from gathering in large groups. This type of behaviour is distressing for people living and working in Tenby, and we are urging you to be accountable for your children’s actions.

“We understand that the past few months have been difficult, and that children want to see their friends, but remember that only 6 people from 2 households can meet outdoors still. Please do your best to ensure they are adhering to regulations that are in place for all our safety.”

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