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Progress being made following Tŷ Belgrave fire

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FOLLOWING the investigative work as a result of the fire at Tŷ Belgrave in Aberystwyth, Marine Terrace has now partially reopened with traffic management arrangements in place, but Terrace Road will remain closed for the medium term.

Dyfed-Powys Police and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have completed their tasks and have vacated the site. Fencing has been erected around the building to prevent unauthorised access and to preserve the scene for future proceedings.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Protection Services which includes major incidents said: “There has been considerable partnership working between Dyfed-Powys Police, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Ceredigion County Council, as well as other partner agencies whilst dealing with this very difficult situation. I would wish to thank the public for their patience in the previous two months and in advance as matters continue to the conclusion of these tragic circumstances.”

Senior Investigating Officer, Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jenkins, said: “Dyfed-Powys Police’s investigation in to the cause of the fire is ongoing but I am satisfied with the progress so far. Officers continue working hard behind the scenes to examine evidence and updates will be given when more information is available. I would like to thank the community for their support and understanding while this vital work has been carried out.”

Group Manager David Hancock, Lead Fire Investigator for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service at this incident said: “The circumstances surrounding this fire has naturally required both a thorough investigation at the scene and concurrent detailed background enquiries to be conducted.

“The instability of the remaining structure presented considerable challenges to the investigation team, with a full multi-agency approach taken to ensure all available evidence could be gathered in a safe working environment.

“The efforts of Ceredigion County Council, their appointed contractors and the Wales Fire and Rescue Services Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team are recognised as being integral to this. In association with Dyfed-Powys Police, our investigative activities to pull together all available evidence continue with a view to bringing this incident to a conclusion.”

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Cooperation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Ceredigion County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) are working together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three facilities in the county – Plascrug Leisure Centre and Penweddig School in Aberystwyth and Cardigan Leisure Centre – will provide additional capacity in response to the unprecedented challenges currently faced by the NHS and social care services.

Further sites across the county continue to be scoped and further information will be provided as and when these are confirmed. The health service is also working with its university partners in Aberystwyth on opportunities for them to support the efforts.

This follows announcements made last week confirming additional capacity in Parc Y Scarlets and the Selwyn Samuel Centre in Llanelli and Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire.

Dr Phil Kloer, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Delivering this additional capacity in Ceredigion will be essential to help us manage patient flow over the coming weeks and we are extremely grateful for all of the support that we are receiving from Ceredigion County Council to help make this happen.

“We have followed the situation in Italy closely to learn where possible and to help our planning. Our European colleagues have provided feedback that patient flow and throughput is a critical factor in response to COVID-19 pressures.”

Eifion Evans, Chief Executive said “Ceredigion County Council is proud to be supporting Hywel Dda University Health Board in establishing our Leisure Centres and one of our secondary schools as facilities which will provide additional capacity as we prepare for the potential impact of COVID-19. This is a reflection of the close partnership working between the two organisations. We thank all staff who have been working tirelessly to prepare for and respond to this crisis.”

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Ceredigion Public House to be served with a prohibition notice

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On Friday night, 27 March 2020, officers from Ceredigion County Council`s Public Protection Team came across a country public house serving customers alcohol, and open for business in contravention of the recently issued Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020. Police assistance was called and the landlord will now be served with a prohibition notice. A number of other offences were identified and a report will be made to the Council`s Licencing Committee.

Inspections by the Council’s Public Protection Team during the week have shown that the overwhelming majority of local businesses have voluntarily closed when they have been required to do so by the emergency regulations. Other businesses, where permitted to do so, have quickly diversified from serving foods to be consumed on their premises to providing deliveries or takeaways.

Premises that have been permitted to remain open have diligently and rapidly adjusted to social distancing measures. The vast majority of the community recognises the need for, and the importance of these emergency measures and has willingly played its part.

Over 70 premises were inspected last week, however only one premises failed to follow the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 introduced.

The Council’s Public Protection officers will continue to monitor compliance, with support from the Dyfed-Powys Police if appropriate. Businesses and premises which breach the regulations will be subject to prohibition notices and fines. Businesses that continue to contravene the measures will be forced to close down. Individuals and companies who do not pay their fine may also be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose potentially unlimited fines.

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Appeal following assault

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POLICE in Aberystwyth are keen to speak to a ‘good Samaritan’ who gave the victim of a serious assault a lift.

Aberystwyth CID are making enquiries into an incident in the early hours of Sunday, March 22, in which a man sustained significant injuries.

The assault took place in the Bridge Street area, near to Trefechan Bridge, shortly after 2am.

Officers are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with CCTV of the area, to make contact with the investigation team.

Police are also keen to speak to another man who has provided the injured victim with a lift in a van to the Trefechan area shortly after the assault.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, or can assist the police in any way, they are asked to email contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or call 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired you can also text the force’s non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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