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Pembrokeshire revellers caught up in violent Lincolnshire rave

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Pembrokeshire music fans were part of the crowds at UKTEC2015

Pembrokeshire music fans were part of the crowds at UKTEC2015

A CONTINGENT of Pembrokeshire dance music lovers were amongst over a thousand revellers who attended UKTEK 2015 rave in Lincolnshire this Bank Holiday weekend.

However, the unlicensed event descended in to public order chaos, and three police officers and a police dog were injured after being attacked by about 200 people. The police had moved in, dressed in riot gear to try and shut down the party, which involved multiple sound systems, following complaints by neighbours.

One of the officers is in a serious but not life-threatening condition after being called to the rave on Saturday night, Sky News reported.

Lincolnshire Police told The Herald that all the injuries were caused by missiles thrown by the crowd at police. As police moved in to shut down the event crowds chanted “Shame on you” at police as the MC took to the microphone saying: “Do not attack the police, this event is about love and peace, do not stoop down to their level.”

The BBC have reported that 43 people were arrested at the event.

The illegal party, which is an annual event, was taking place in the area of Twyford Wood near Bourne, about 20 miles north of Peterborough. Locals may recall that a few years back the event took place at Dale Airfield.

It is estimated that around thirty people from Pembrokeshire travelled to England for the event.

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A 26-year-old Pembroke Dock man, who asked not to be named, told The Herald by telephone: “The event would have been peaceful if the police were no so heavy handed. They decided to come in full riot gear with batons to a music event where everyone just wanted to dance and enjoy the Bank Holiday. We came up to UKTEK because we enjoyed the Dale event, and love big sound systems. No one from Pembrokeshire was arrested as far as I know, at least no one in our cars anyway.”

Police went to the site after receiving a complaint of loud noise and anti-social behaviour at about 11pm.

A statement said: “Police attended and found a large and illegal rave and the officers came under attack from an estimated 200 or so of the estimated 1000 or so who were at the site.

“Because of our regional collaboration arrangements we were able to mobilise enough resources to deal with the situation. We have seized a number of sound amplification systems and generators and we remain at the site today.”

Part of the A1 road was temporarily closed to deal with the situation. Police said they are carrying out a full investigation and would be prosecuting anyone involved in the disorder.

Police in riot gear trying to shut the illegal rave

Police in riot gear trying to shut the illegal rave

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Further coronavirus restriction relaxations brought forward

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FURTHER changes to the coronavirus restrictions have been announced by the First Minister Mark Drakeford today.

The Welsh Government has confirmed further relaxations will be brought forward from 17 May to 3 May – including the resumption of indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults, such as exercise classes, and the re-opening of community centres.

This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by Monday 3 May.

From Saturday 24 April, the rule of 6 will allow for up to six people from six households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers from those households.

The Welsh Government has also confirmed the relaxations that will take place on Monday 26 April. Outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen, while outdoor hospitality can also resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to take place and weddings receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people.

Wales has the lowest coronavirus rates of the UK nations.  The successful vaccine programme continues with a higher proportion of people vaccinated in Wales than other nations of the UK for both first and second doses.

Changes from Monday 3 May:

  • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen;
  • People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.

Relaxations planned for 17 May will be brought forward to the 3 May, including:

  • The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children;
  • Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons);
  • And the re-opening of community centres.

The First Minister said:

“The sacrifices we have made continue to show results. By us all working together and sticking to the rules, combined with our vaccination programme, mean we continue to make progress. Rates of the virus continue to fall and the public health situation is improving. 

“Due to these efforts we are able confirm more easing of the restrictions from 26 April and for early May we are again able to bring forward some of our plans. However, this progress is dependent on all of us continuing to work together to keep Wales safe.

“At the last three-week review, I set out a forward-look of how the restrictions could continue to be lifted in the weeks ahead, if the public health situation remains stable.

“It will be for the incoming Welsh Government to confirm these arrangements at the next three-week review, which will be held on May 13 – a week after the election. It is my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be able to open indoors from May 17, together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions.”

Further possible easements are subject to the public health situation remaining favourable.

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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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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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