POLICE APPEAL FOR HELP ON PENARTH BREAK-IN …A MONTH LATER

Strandz in Cornerswell Road was raided in October

Strandz in Cornerswell Road was raided in October

South Wales Police have issued a CCTV photograph of a man they want to trace in connection with a  burglary at a Penarth hairdressers which occurred a month ago but which only today has been made public. 

The break-in happened at 03.00 on the morning of Sunday October 26th when thieves  broke into the Strandz Hair and Beauty Salon at 2a Cornerswell Road and stole two cash floats from the premises.

From the CCTV picture the police have released it seems as though the wanted man had a stubble beard,  a bald patch at the back of his head and was wearing a v-neck top of some kind.

From the CCTV picture the police have released it seems as though the wanted man had a stubble beard, a bald patch at the back of his head and was wearing a v-neck top of some kind.

South Wales Police have now launched an appeal to anyone with any information or who recognises the man in the photo to call them on 101 quoting reference number 140040116.

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PENARTH’S CHRISTMAS TREE IS ERECTED…VERTICALLY THIS TIME

Penarth's 2014 Christmas Tree is hoisted up over the roundabout

Penarth’s 2014 Christmas Tree is hoisted up over the roundabout

Penarth’s new 35-foot-high  Christmas Tree has been erected on the clock roundabout this morning in readiness for the Christmas Lights switching-on ceremony on Sunday.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council was actually carrying out in the installation under contract to Penarth Town Council.

Penarth's Deputy Town Clerk Keri Hutchings supervised the operation

Penarth’s Deputy Town Clerk Keri Hutchings supervised the operation

A veritable sea of high-viz yellow jackets was in evidence before the tree actually arrived. At one point there were five PSCOs,  one police constable,  and seven Vale and Penarth council employees on hand to make sure everything went smoothly.

Supervising operations was Penarth’s Deputy Town Clerk, Keri Hutchings .

Passers by commented the scene reminded them of the statue of U.S.Marines raising the Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima

Passers by commented the scene reminded them of that statue of U.S.Marines raising the Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima

The giant tree – weighing well over a tonne – was craned off a lorry, hoisted skywards and lowered  ) – into its prepared pit in the centre of the roundabout.

A close call for one council employee as he misses his footing beneath the tree

A close call for one council employee as he misses his footing beneath the ton-and-a-half tree

Police were on hand to stop the traffic temporarily because of the obvious risk to passing vehicles whilst  the conifer was still airborne.

It was a risky operation too for the Council’s parks staff as they wrangled an obstinate ton and a half of timber hovering above their heads.

At one point one of the three men manouevering the tree stumbled and fell, but luckily came to no harm – most of the weight of was still being taken by the overhead crane .

A van driver delayed by the operation complains to a council employee

A van driver delayed by the operation complains to a council employee

Although  most motorists bore the slight inconvenience of the temporary road closure with good-grace some did not and complained to the police about being held up or being diverted.

An angry van driver, who was at the head of the traffic queue, left his cab at one point  to take issue with the restrictions .

Road closure or no- he wanted to turn left out of Windsor Terrace into  Stanwell Road  and – picking on the nearest yellow jacket –  remonstrated with a wholly-innocent Penarth council employee.

The van driver was finally allowed through into Stanwell Road

The van driver was finally allowed through into Stanwell Road

Eventually he and  the rest of the queue was allowed allowed through.

The tree was supplied by local garden-centre Brynawel Nurseries and had undergone some surgery over the weekend to ensure its  trunk was squared off in advance to  fit the socket in the roundabout.

"Woodman -  pare that tree" .The Vale of Glamorgan's acknowledged Christmas tree expert makes some last minute adjustments

“Woodman – pare that tree” .The Vale of Glamorgan’s acknowledged Christmas tree expert makes some last minute adjustments

This year a council workman was installed at each of the sectors of the roundabout to ensure that from whatever angle it was viewed - this tree would be installed  absolutely vertical.

However – just as with any domestic Christmas tree – there’s usually a fair amount of fettling required to make it fit and lower branches needed to be lopped off to it ensure it was just right.

Penarth's famous 2013 leaning Christmas Tree

FLASHBACK:Penarth’s famous 2013 leaning Christmas Tree

Last year’s tree was said to have had a significant inclination to the left ( or right depending on the observer’s point of view) .

In subsequent gales – when the tree had begun to sway – some pedestrians complained to PDN that  it “scared the bejeezus “out of them.

However by mid-January Penarth’s leaning Christmas tree had come to enjoy a cult-status of its own. Some said that, in terms of tourist attractions, it was Penarth’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pizza.

The tree was checked from four different angles before the final wedges were driven home

The 2014 tree was checked from four different angles before the final wedges were driven home. This one is vertical.

This time however the team were determined the 2014 tree would be absolutely straight and –  as near as dammit – vertical.

Job Done! ...and bolt upright too...although maybe the rest of Penarth is sloping slightly .

Job Done – give or take a few degrees.

The next job is putting the lights on .Meanwhile the Christmas lights elsewhere in the town have also now been installed ready for next Sunday’s festive switching-on ceremony .

 

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PENARTH BIZWATCH: ‘TASTE OF ITALY’ HOPES TO OPEN BEFORE XMAS

The familiar name is already over the door of the new Penarth restaurant

The familiar name is already over the door of the new Penarth restaurant

Fitting out is now nearing completion on Penarth’s  newest Italian restaurant “Tony’s Taste of Italy” in Herbert Terrace, Penarth. 

Vincent Pugliese - creating the Penarth's newest Italian restaurant

Vincent Pugliese – creating Penarth’s newest Italian restaurant

It’s the creation of Vincent Pugliese whose thriving pizza business has been a staple of the Penarth seafront for more than a generation. It was  originally based in the old Beachcliff building and is now a popular take-away at  Penarth Pier Head.

The new Tony’s Taste of Italy will be an authentic Italian pizzeria restaurant and is situated in Herbert Terrace next door to Washington Tea and next-door-but-one to Tesco Express  .

The opening date is still not definite. Mr Pugliese says he wants to make sure the fit out is absolutely right – but he hopes to be open before Christmas.

A glass-balustraded staircase will link the ground and mezzanine dining areas

A glass-balustraded staircase will link the ground and mezzanine dining areas. Building work is still under way but nearing completion

Inside the new restaurant the ground floor and first floor dining areas – both with their own bars – are linked by a glass balustraded staircase.

Fittings were continuing to arrive today as work progressed to complete the installation

Mr Pugliesi says he has no worries about the competition coming from the new Prezzo restaurant in Windsor Road because he reckons a lot of his existing customers will be coming to his new restaurant.

Vincent Pugliese at the doorway of the new restaurant which may - just - be open before Christmas

Vincent Pugliese at the doorway of the new restaurant which may – just – be open before Christmas

After all the Pugliesi family are veterans of the catering trade and have been in business Penarth since 1974 having moved here originally from Newport.

Although his brothers have now “pretty-much retired”,  and Vincent himself was thinking of putting his feet-up, he’s allowed himself to be talked into to setting up more venture – and Tony’s Taste of Italy is it.

After long negotiations with planners and an enormous amount of design work – getting the look of the new restaurant just right –   the latest establishment to bear the  “Tony’s” name is now only weeks away from opening.

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AMERICAN INVESTOR SNAPS-UP 3% OF PENARTH’S ONLY QUOTED PLC

Ron Zwanzigler - investing in Penarth's EKF plc.

Ron Zwanzigler – investing in Penarth’s EKF plc.

Ron Zwanziger, the former chief executive of US diagnostics giant Alere, bought the shares in Penarth-based stock-market quoted company EKF Diagnostics Holdings.

EKF Diagnostics logo

EKF Diagnostics logo

EKF is based at Avon House in Stanwell Road Penarth is run by Penarth resident Julian Baines.

Zwanziger has bought his stake through his family investment vehicle, Zwanziger Family Ventures.

Alere is a US distributor of the diabetes and molecular diagnostics company EKF’s haemoglobin testing product HemoPoint H2.

The firm's HQ is at Avon House, in Stanwell Road Penarth

EKF’s  HQ is at Avon House, in Stanwell Road Penarth

It is the second time Zwanziger has backed Baines.

In 2008, Alere – then called Inverness Medical Innovations – acquired Baines’s former business Baines AIM-listed healthcare firm BBI Holdings for £83.7m.

EKF recently reported its first-half revenue was up by more than 12 per cent to £16.8m as point-of-care product sales climbed and the business completed three acquisitions.

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PENARTH FIRE-FIGHTERS ARE CALLED IN TO CARE FOR INJURED PEDESTRIAN

Penarth Fire-fighters beat the ambuklance service to it last night to give first aid to an injured man

Penarth Fire-fighters beat the NHS ambulance service to it last night to give first aid to an injured man in the town

 Penarth Fire Brigade beat the NHS Ambulance Service last night when they turned-out to attend to an injured pedestrian who’d hit his head after losing his footing and falling at the junction of Dinas Road and Lavernock  Road in the early hours of this morning.

Nights after rugby internationals are notoriously busy for  the Welsh Ambulance Service and for the NHS Accident and Emergency Service so 999 operators diverted a call regarding the injured pedestrian in Penarth to the local fire service instead.

The fight-fighters – all of whom are trained first-aiders – rendered “emergency trauma-care” to the casualty. The man – who hasn’t been identified – had been reported lying on the pavement at 02:00 am – bleeding from a head-wound.

After treatment the casualty was released into the care of local police to wait for the arrival of an ambulance to take him to hospital.

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100 GUNS SURRENDERED IN POLICE FIREARMS “AMNESTY”

Firearms Amnesty 1

A 12-day police amnesty on firearms which came to an end on Friday  has resulted in 100 guns being surrendered to the police in the West Wales, Gwent and South Wales Police areas – which includes the Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth.

Gun-owners were encouraged to telephone the confidential 101 police phone number and arrange for any weapons they wished to surrender to be collected on the undertaking that that no action would be taken in respect of anyone surrendering an unlicensed weapon.

In Wales as a whole 150 guns were given up – 50 of them in North Wales. The numbers however apparently include “antique, fake, replica and toy guns” . Police have not issued any information as to  whether any firearms – real, fake or toy – were surrendered in Penarth itself.

Since the amnesty ended police have been taking stock of the items which have been handed in  – including , they say,  handguns, rifles, shotguns, air weapons, revolvers and what are described as “humane killers” as well as a “large amount of ammunition”.

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LABOUR LEADER OF VALE COUNCIL QUITS PUBLIC-SECTOR UNION

Leader of the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council Neil Moore has parted company from the public sector workers union UNISON

Leader of the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council Neil Moore has parted company from the public sector workers union UNISON

The leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward)  has cut his ties with the public service-workers trade union UNISON – the union that’s fighting the job cuts he’s imposing on council staff .

Cllr Moore had declared, in the council’s official Register of Members interests, that he was a member of the retired section of the Cardiff Branch of the UNISON union . In the latest update to the Members Register of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, however Cllr Moore now declares that he is no longer a member of any “trade union or professional association”.

Many of the 400+ Vale of Glamorgan staff who stand to lose their jobs over the next 36 months , are represented by UNISON. In August the union  staged a mass demonstration outside the Vale Council offices in Barry.

Cllr Moore  forecast a loss of 150 full-time jobs but said the  eventual impact of the council’s payroll cuts could cost up to 313 posts. Rowen Hughes of Unison in the Vale of Glamorgan described the reduction as “the most severe cuts I have seen”.

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