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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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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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