THE Port of Milford Haven is warning members of the public to stay away from Ward’s Yard after a teenage boy had a lucky escape.

The site, purchased by the Port last year, has undergone a great deal of work to make sure it is secure, including the installation of additional fencing, signage and CCTV.

But there have been several occasions where the fencing has been cut and warning signs removed. which leaves the site accessible and puts lives in danger.

Last month a 14-year-old boy had to be rescued from the water at Ward’s Pier by the Port’s staff, HM Coastguard and Dyfed-Powys Police after he fell in.

The incident could have been far more serious if it weren’t for the quick thinking of his friend who quickly alerted the coastguard.

The Port is reminding locals and visitors that Ward’s Yard is private property, and anyone there without consent is trespassing.

Anyone caught causing criminal damage could also face prosecution.

Wayne Evans, health, safety and security manager at the Port of Milford Haven, said: “We are issuing this warning in the interest of public safety. The site has not been operational for a number of years so there are serious hazards which can cause injuries or worse.

"There are many other picturesque locations along the waterway that people can enjoy both safely and without committing any criminal offences.”

Anyone who sees any suspicious activity at Ward’s Yard is asked to contact Dyfed Powys Police on 101 or the Port of Milford Haven’s estates team on 01646 696380.