Live updates as police called to protests at military base in Penally


Police have been called to a military base in Pembrokeshire as protests are being staged against plans to use it as a temporary camp for asylum seekers.

Up to 250 asylum seekers, who will be single adult males, will be housed at the MoD facility in Penally, just outside Tenby as facilities in south-east England reach straining point.

All those in the camp will be free to move around the area while their claims are being processed, with a checking in system to monitor their movements.

Penally’s Army training centre was the only location considered in Wales by the Home Office but locals say the plan had been “sprung” on the village. South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart said he was only told about the plans last week.

Police are at the scene to ensure it is a peaceful protest.

Dyfed-Powys Police superintendent Craig Templeton said: “Officers are at the scene of a planned protest being staged in Penally today. The police presence is to provide reassurance to the local community and facilitate peaceful protest.

“We are in liaison with the organisers and those attending to help achieve this. We would however remind people to be mindful of the need to socially distance, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 threat.”

A protest is set to take place at 5pm this evening.

Live updates here.

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