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Environment enforcement to re-commence in Pembrokeshire next week

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AS PART of the County Council’s commitment to keep Pembrokeshire looking clean and beautiful, environmental enforcement will start once again on Monday, July 13.

“We know from residents and visitors how important it is for their local area to be clean, free from litter and dog fouling, and a pleasant place to live,” said Cllr Cris Tomos, Cabinet Member for the Environment, Public Protection and the Welsh Language.

“That is why we are re-commencing enforcement as lockdown and travelling restrictions ease.”

From Monday, the Council’s partners District Enforcement will be operating throughout the County in accordance with Covid-19 risk assessments.

They will be patrolling open spaces which the public have access to – including streets and parks – and anyone seen littering or failing to pick up after their dog will be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £150 (reduced to £75 if paid within 10 days).

“Now that we are set to be out and about more often, we would urge everyone to help look after our environment by putting their litter in a bin or taking it home with them to dispose of – particularly if bins are full,” said Cllr Tomos.

The District Enforcement officers will also be operating on the County’s beaches to ensure that by-laws are being followed.

Although dogs are welcome on more than 50 of Pembrokeshire’s beaches in the summer, from 1st May to 30th September some of the more popular bathing beaches have dog restricted areas (this includes Poppit, Newgale, Broad Haven North, Dale, Lydstep, Tenby South, Saundersfoot and Amroth).

On two beaches, Whitesands and Tenby North to include Harbour Beach, the restriction covers the whole of the beach. The beach at Coppet Hall has a voluntary dog restriction. Guide dogs are welcome on Pembrokeshire’s beaches all year round.

There are notice boards on all of the dog restricted beaches above, with full details of the by-laws and maps of the restricted areas.

A fixed penalty notice of £75 will be issued for dogs in the restricted areas – other than Guide dogs.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s partnership with District Enforcement has now been in place for two years. Cllr Tomos said the partnership and the by-laws are part of the Council’s continuing commitment to improve the local environment for the benefit of everyone.

“We would encourage people to be dispose of their litter responsibly and to be compliant with the by-laws in place,” he added.

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Sergeant Hillier ‘died doing the job he loved’, says his heartbroken father

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THE ARMY SERGEANT who died after being injured in a live firing exercise, has been named locally.

The incident occurred at Castlemartin Training Area, and led to the death of Sgt Gavin Hillier, who was in the Welsh Guards.

In a post on social media, his father wrote: “Absolutely devastated to be writing this post, probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.

“At 3.45am this morning I received a phone call that will forever change my life. My eldest son Gavin Mark Hillier was in a fatal accident yesterday in the army (the job he loved).

“Sleep tight & rest in peace son. I’m so proud of you. Goodnight and god bless, love your heartbroken dad.”

An Army spokesperson said: “It is with great sadness we can confirm the death of a soldier on March 4.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.

“The circumstances surrounding this death are being investigated and it would be inappropriate to comment any further.”

It is understood that Sergeant Hillier, who served as part of the Welsh Guards’ motor transport platoon, was due to be deployed to Iraq and had previously been awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct medal by Prince Charles, the regiment’s Colonel in Chief, in 2019.

The tragic incident is the latest in a number of accidents at Castlemartin.

In 2017, The Herald reported that two soldiers died in a tank explosion, which a coroner ruled was due to a design flaw.

The following year, an Army captain was jailed in July 2018 after a 21-year-old soldier was killed by a stray bullet during an exercise at the range in 2012.

An investigation has been launched into the death of a soldier at Castlemartin RAC Range following a military exercise.

Police were called to the site at just before 10.45pm on March 4.

Sadly, a man was pronounced dead shortly after. Our thoughts are with his family, who have been informed of the incident and are being supported by specialist officers.

An investigation is underway led by Dyfed-Powys Police. Officers are liaising with the Health and Safety Executive and MoD.

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Welsh Guards sergeant shot dead during Castlemartin live-fire training exercise

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A BRITISH ARMY sergeant was killed on Thursday night (Mar 4) in a shooting accident at Castlemartin Training Area, The Herald can confirm.

The solider was training with live ammunition, ahead of a planned deployment to Iraq this summer.

Five police cars and an ambulance were seen screaming through Pembroke towards the incident at approximately 10pm towards the incident.

A coastguard helicopter, CG187, was scrambled to the scene, and hovered near Bosherston for a while, but was stood down and returned to base.

The Herald has contacted the MOD for a comment, who said: “It is with great sadness we can confirm the death of a soldier on the 4th of March.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.

“The circumstances surrounding this death are being investigated and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

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Pembrokeshire County Council bills Home Office for Penally camp costs

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THE COUNCIL has sent an invoice for more than £80,000 to the Home Office.

It is to cover some of the costs that the local authority has incurred in connection with the Penally Asylum Seeker Centre, near Tenby.

Following a question on the issue from Cllr Jonathan Preston at Full Council the Council have confirmed that a bill has been sent.

The Member for Penally ward asked: “Please can the relevant Cabinet Member provide a breakdown of all costs to this authority which have been incurred in providing staff, services and other associated resources to Penally camp since its re-purpose by the Home Office last September?”

Council leader Cllr. David Simpson confirmed that on February 22 Pembrokeshire County Council submitted an invoice for £83, 858 which includes £65,564 in staff costs, £12,799 of specialist support and £5,495 for works such as barriers.

Pembrokeshire County Council is currently awaiting payment, the Authority confirmed.

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