There is currently an ongoing incident with a large police presence outside a hostel facility in Tenby.
Dyfed-Powys Police have cordoned off one of the main routes into Tenby, as they deal with the incident at the Albany premises which is located along the Norton and junction of St. John’s Hill.
Eye-witnesses residing and working along the street told the Observer that they believe that an occupant of the hostel has barricaded themselves in.
A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police told the Observer: “We are dealing with an ongoing incident at the Albany Hotel in Tenby. People are advised to avoid the area.”
Concerns had already resurfaced this week from nearby residents over public order offences occurring at the hostel facility.
Police were called to deal with a matter on Monday evening (July 26) at the Albany Hotel which is located on the main route into the seaside town, along the Norton and junction of St. John’s Hill, with three police vehicles in attendance.
Pembrokeshire County Council confirmed back in September of 2021 that there was a ‘temporary arrangement’ in place with the authority and the hotel owners to use the building as a hostel, but under review.
At the time the owners of the facility wrote to residents in the vicinity in an attempt to alleviate ‘community tension’ in the area, after complaints were made from local residents regarding the behaviour of some of those staying at the premises, after police had attended the facility on numerous occasions.
This week, County Councillor for Tenby’s North ward, Cllr Michael Williams has once again written to PCC’s Chief Housing Officer Gaynor Toft on the matter, after being contacted by a number of concerned elderly residents on ongoing issues that were being reported.
“Another day at The Albany, with police vehicles called. The situation is out of hand with ongoing issues with various tenants,” stated Cllr Williams in his correspondence.
“The continuing public order issues are causing grave concerns to those, particularly elderly residents who are extremely frighted by the disturbances.
“This was a pleasant quiet area which was always a pleasant area to live. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case, and the authority needs to ensure a far more effective management of the facility.
“It is grossly unfair on long-term law-abiding individuals who have a right to expect to live their lives without continual upsetting incidents. I look forward to seeing robust action to manage this facility,” he added.
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