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Partnership initiative to ‘ensure Tenby continues to be a safe and popular’

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LAST weekend saw an increase in people visiting, and generally out and about in the Pembrokeshire area as the restrictions eased and the weather got warmer. While it’s great that people are now able to visit Pembrokeshire again, the behaviour of some placed additional pressure not only on the Police but on other services as well. Tenby in particular attracted a large crowd on Saturday evening (Apr 18) resulting in anti-social behaviour, especially in the harbour area.

Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Inspector Louise Harries, said: “We are aware of the concerns of residents and businesses after the anti-social behaviour seen in Tenby on Saturday evening and are working with partners to avoid these issues happening again.

“Operation Lion has been running during the Summer in Tenby and Saundersfoot for a number of years now and following recent incidents and listening to residents’ concerns we are launching the scheme earlier this year and it will begin this weekend.”

Operation Lion is a partnership initiative with the aim to ensure public safety and deter anti-social behaviour, low level public order and drink related problems, to make Tenby an enjoyable place to live, work and visit over the forthcoming months.

Operation Lion, will run every weekend in Tenby and Saundersfoot from this weekend, Friday April 23. More police resources will be dedicated to the area to engage with those visitors and residents and help manage any increase of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. This will be also be supported by additional staff and measures from our partners.

Officers will be maintaining a visible presence and will be engaging with the public and utilising enforcement powers to disperse those acting in an anti-social manner if required.

Chief Inspector Harries added: “Towns like Tenby get busier during the summer season and after a difficult year it is natural people will want to enjoy our beautiful County – we welcome this but need to ensure it is done so safely for all. I simply want people to think about their behaviour and the impact it may have on themselves and others.  

“As well as extra officers at Tenby train station, there will be extra officers on foot patrol around the town including the harbour area from the early afternoon onwards. We are working closely with local businesses and the community to make sure Tenby continues to be a safe and popular destination for all to enjoy”

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Cllr David Simpson, said: “Pembrokeshire County Council echoes the point that the overwhelming majority of people are enjoying the County in a safe and responsible manner and we thank them for that. 

“Where there have been isolated incidents of poor behaviour we have been working closely with our partners to plan for and manage future situations. 

“We welcome Operation Lion starting today and have reviewed our services in Tenby, particularly the Tenby Harbour area, in an effort to avoid a repeat of recent incidents.

“Four Street Wardens will visit the area across the weekend to engage with members of the public, reinforce the social distancing message and discourage littering. Our preference is always to engage rather than enforce.

“We would simply ask that people enjoy themselves in a way that does not impact negatively on others. Please use the bins provided or, if the bins become full, take your rubbish home. Help us keep Pembrokeshire beautiful for everyone.”

The public toilets at Castle Beach will also now be opened later until 9pm on weekends, during school holidays and bank holidays.

British Transport Police Inspector Richard Powell said: “We’ve successfully worked alongside our partners at Dyfed Powys Police and Transport for Wales over the last few years to make sure everyone who visits Tenby can have an enjoyable time.

“Our top priority is to keep passengers and rail staff safe. We’ll have extra officers on high-visibility patrols, ensuring those travelling to Tenby can do so safely. Officers will also be reminding passengers of the importance of wearing a face covering on trains and at stations, unless exempt. If you need us, text 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40.”

If you do experience anti-social behaviour or criminality, you can report it to us online: bit.ly/DPP101Online, on email: 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

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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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