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Tragic teenager committed suicide

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THE DEATH of 19-years old Chloe Rose Bygate of Haverfordwest on April 30 2014 was ruled a suicide by Coroner, Mark Layton, on February 26.

Jeremy Davies, the Coroner’s Officer, said that Chloe had been 19 years-old when she died and lived in a flat on Haverfordwest’s High Street. She was one of three children to Mrs. Leslie Griffiths and soldier, Trevor Bygate, who separated. Chloe went to Sir Thomas Picton School, and moved to Germany with her father after her GCSEs, returning soon after to do her A-Levels in Pembrokeshire. She worked at Holland & Barrett for less than six months, leaving of her own accord. Chloe was fit and well, but often went without food and had lost a lot of weight. Chloe had been prescribed anti-depressant tablets and had dizzy spells.

Mr Davies told the court that Chloe had last seen her mother on April 25, and she had not had any concerns. On April 30, Chloe’s mother received messages from friends of Chloe saying that they had not heard from her. When Leslie Griffiths went to her daughter’s flat, she could not get a response. She reported her concerns to the police. The police gained access, despite the fact that Chloe had blocked the front door with a fridge. Chloe was inside the living room, with a blanket up to her neck, dead. There was no evidence of drug use, but there was an empty tablet container and vomit in a plastic bag. There were no signs of forced entry or disturbance.

Jamie Pearson, whose friend lived in the flat above Chloe, had his statement read out by Mr Layton. He said that he had seen Chloe on the stairwell and commented on how she looked on April 30. Chloe had thanked him and he went into his friend’s flat. He did not know anything was wrong until a disturbance outside the flat when Chloe’s mother and the police gained entry into the flat, later.

The doctor who conducted the autopsy said that the level of Paracetamol in Chloe’s blood at the time of recording was 98mg per litre. This was potentially much higher as the level would have lowered between the time Chloe took the tablets and the sample had been taken. The level of Paracetamol in Chloe’s blood was significantly higher than that associated with therapeutic use. The doctor described it to be an acute level of Paracetamol overdose. There were also traces of Diazapan and an anti-depressant in Chloe’s blood, but the levels were within the prescribed level. Chloe had been only 39kg, and the doctor could not say for sure how many tablets she would have taken, but presumed it would have been about twenty. Chloe suffered from depression and the doctor said that there were recent marks of self-harm on her body. The cause of death, said the doctor, was drug intoxication by Paracatemol. Chloe’s liver and kidney, and possibly heart, would have failed. The circumstances show that it was purposeful. Mr Layton concluded that Chloe had killed herself and had intended to do so, and the matter was formally concluded.

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Newport: Library to close as it prepares for move

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NEWPORT COMMUNITY LIBRARY will close next month as it prepares to move to a new location.

The current site, at Bank House on Bridge Street, will close its doors to the public for the final time at 12:30pm on Saturday, December 8.

The library will then begin the process of moving to Newport Visitor Centre on Long Street, where it is projected to open on Wednesday, December 19.

In advance of the closure period, Newport Community Library customers may borrow a further six books, in addition to the normal allowance, from December 3-8.

All items loaned from the current site will be given a longer loan period, so no overdue notices will be issued, and customers are welcome to return their items to any other library in Pembrokeshire during the closure period.

For more information, contact Newport Community Library on 01239 821 169.

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BBC’s Question Time to be broadcast from Milford Haven tonight

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DAVID DIMBLEBY will be chairing BBC’s Question Time from Milford Haven tonight. The show, which takes place on one of the most dramatic days in Westminster in living memory will be broadcast on BBC One at 22:45 tonight.
The program features a studio audience quizzing top politicians on the events of the day. The panel will be, as usual, comprised of at least one member of the three major parties.
Those who can’t watch the show, which is being broadcast from The Torch Theatre, it will be repeated at 6pm on Sunday on the BBC Parliament channel.
The management of the Torch Theatre have posted on Facebook saying they warmly welcome the crew and panel to Milford Haven.

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Each week Question Time aims to select a panel with a broad range of views, knowledge and experience, with panellists who are relevant to the big stories or debates of that week.
The composition of the panel varies week to week, but across each series there is a range of politicians, journalists, and public figures from the arts, business and elsewhere, to add a variety of perspectives and represent a breadth of viewpoints.
Question Time is usually recorded “as-live” shortly before transmission. The recording is done in a single take, precisely as if it were broadcast live. The first time the panellists hear the questions is when they are asked by the audience; they are never pre-warned.
Question Time selects local audiences which reflect a broad range of political views. People apply to be in the audience for Question Time via the website and by phone and producers get in touch to ask questions on their previous voting record and future voting intentions, whether they have party political membership and also how they voted in the EU Referendum. This is to ensure a range of views are represented in the audience. Occasionally, if production staff feel any group or view is under-represented in the applications, they will promote the programme through relevant local media channels to encourage people to apply.
As with the make-up of the panels, Question Time is aiming to achieve due impartiality in the membership of the audience across the series as a whole, rather than being confined to an exact mathematical formula for each programme. However, particular guidelines will apply during election periods to both panels and audiences.
Audience members write and submit questions on the night. The production team chooses questions which represent the most popular topics. Throughout the programme, audience members are also given the opportunity by the chair to ask further spontaneous questions to the panel, or, of course, to make their own comments.

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Red Roses: MP calls for ‘urgent action’ on dangerous junction

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Crash: Just one of the incidents at the junction from earlier in the year

SIMON HART MP is calling for urgent action to be taken on dangerous junctions at Red Roses and Llandowror.

He has written to the Welsh Transport minister six times since the new Red Roses by-pass was built – but no action has yet been taken.

“Homeowners from Red Roses, Llandowror and Pendine who have to use these junctions all the time are telling me how dangerous they find them,” he said.

Despite repeated requests, the only changes made have been a few extra signs at the westbound approach to Red Roses junction.

“I am frustrated because the Welsh Assembly Government is refusing to release data on these roads – in April this year they told us they were waiting for the 2017 data in order to complete the three-year-safety audit,” added Mr Hart.

“We are now 11 months into 2018 – how much longer do we have to wait for last year’s figures?

“It is known that two crashes happened at the Llandowror junction requiring police in 2015 and 2016 and there was a fatal accident close to the Red Roses junction last week.”

Mr Hart added: “I have asked for improved lighting at the Llandowror junction and been refused because ‘there are no indications that this junction has safety problems in the hours of darkness’ according to Welsh Transport Minister Ken Skates.

“I have written to him once again asking for the figures and am working closely with the relevant community councils to try to make this road safer.”

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