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Shark survives cuts

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shark survivesTHE GIANT white shark in the entrance to the Ocean Lab is a life-sized plastic replica, and not to be feared. But Council cuts that recently threatened the Ocean Lab truly terrified the residents of Fishguard and Goodwick.

When the County Council informed them of its intentions to close the beloved sea front attraction last spring, over 2,000 letters were written pleading to keep the centre open. It is the only free leisure centre with a playground; beach, helter-skelter, educational activities, cafe, shop, soft play, baby and wheelchair friendly, and all within a walk or bus of Fishguard and Goodwick town centres.

The Council claimed that closure would save it £73,000 each year. Cliff Benson of Sea Trust rode to the rescue. Working with Conygar the developer, which has acquired the sea front for development, he has taken on the management of the centre, but he has to find £10,000 to keep it going.

Since May the Ocean Lab has been invaded by sea creatures: from fish which look like bits of wire with horse heads to a live octopus, and giant lobster called Mister Claws. All the sea creatures in the Oceanarium come from the sea outside the window. They stay a few months then return to their ocean home, and new visitors arrive for a predator free holiday. The purpose is to awaken interest and knowledge of Pembrokeshire’s other half, its marine coastal habitat.

The Sea Trust staff who man reception, leave their desks at the drop of a hat to share their passion for the undersea world bordering our own. Santa Jaws, the great white shark replica is the latest arrival, and is great for attracting children in and catching toy seals in its many rows of teeth.

The Ocean Lab close to Fishguard Ferry is also a shop window for the coastal walks and boat trips led by the Sea Trust to spot dolphins, porpoise, streamlined diving sea birds, seals and pups and (who knows?) rarities like the minke whale.

Listening to Cliff and the Sea Trust staff one can wonder if they are perhaps part sea creature themselves, so intimate is their knowledge.

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Public should ‘be alert’ as flood water causes disruption across Wales

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NATURAL RESOURCES WALES is warning people to be alert as flood water causes disruption across Wales.

Coastal areas in west Wales have taken a battering, with Newgale flooding again.

The situation is stabilising, and river levels have started to peak but there are still warnings and alerts in place, and Natural Resources Wales are continuing to monitor the situation.

There are currently 2 Severe Weather Warnings, 83 Flood Warnings and 63 flood alerts in place across Wales.

Donna Littlechild, Duty Tactical Manger said: “Storm Dennis has caused significant impacts across Wales particularly in the south and west, from strong winds and heavy, persistent rain. With further rain forecast for the next few hours, we are urging people to heed advice from ourselves and emergency services.

“Our teams have been out day and night over the last 48 hours to reduce the risk to people and their homes. We have installed temporary defences to protect communities as much as possible, as well as deploying pumps, closing flood gates and supporting emergency services.

“Our thoughts are with those people who have been affected as we know how devastating flooding can be. If you’ve been affected, please keep safe and listen to the advice of the emergency services. Advice and information available about what to do if you’ve been flooded in available on our website”

People are advised to take extra care and allow extra time for their journey as driving conditions may be hazardous. People should also avoid walking or driving through any flood waters as it can be extremely dangerous. People should also avoid fast flowing rivers and streams as they could get swept away and avoid coastal areas.

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes and are available to view at www.naturalresources.wales/flooding

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Farmer Sean Burns has been given a 20 weeks custodial sentence

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THE FARMER behind the ‘farm of horrors’, Bramble Hall Farm, in Pembroke has been sent to prison following a sentencing hearing this morning.

Sean Burns has been given a 20 weeks custodial sentence, to commence immediately, for illegal dog breeding, animal welfare charges and other summary matters.

He was given an indefinite ban from keeping animals (which by virtue of the legal definition includes having any involvement or influence over the care or welfare of animals),

No costs were awarded against him due to prison sentence being instigated.

The date for the sentencing in Crown Court for operating an illegal slaughterhouse, related hygiene offences, supply of unsafe food and animal by-product offence is currently awaited.

The hearing took place in front of District Judge Chris James at Swansea Magistrates’ Court

FULL REPORT IN TOMORROW’S HERALD

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Rear windscreen smashed, Haverfordwest

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating after a car window was smashed in Haverfordwest.

The red Volkswagen Golf was parked in Castle Lake car park, near to the steps to Castle Square, when the damage to the rear windscreen was caused. A rock was found in the car.

The incident took place sometime between 7.30am and 6pm on Saturday, February 8.

Anyone with information is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote ref: DPP/0029/12/02/2020/01/C

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