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Pembrokeshire votes to leave the EU with a majority of nearly 10,000

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PEMBS JPGBREXITERS had a majority over 14.2% in Pembrokeshire with 39,155 voters stating they wanted to leave, whist remain received 29,367 votes.

The declaration for Pembrokeshire was made by council chief executive Ian Westley at just after 3am.

The turnout for Pembrokeshire was 74.39% – more than at the last general election.

The council said that there were 33 rejected ballot papers.

Responding to the EU referendum result, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies said:

“I am immensely proud to be part of a Party which delivered this referendum to the people of the UK, giving them an enormous opportunity to determine the course of their future.

“The will of the people has today been declared, and the result marks an historic moment of positive change for our country.

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“Wales has sent a clear message that it wants to be part of that change, and politicians of all stripes must now come together to deliver on this momentous constitutional decision.

“The campaign was not without its strong disagreements, and it is important that we reflect on those who voted and campaigned to remain.

“What unites both sides of the campaign is our belief in in the democratic process and our love for our country.

“I am sincerely grateful to all who voted and extend particular gratitude to activists and colleagues who campaigned with passion and conviction in all parts of Wales.

“I am also thankful to my team, who have throughout the campaign stood loyally by my side.

“Our priority must now be to continue working to deliver on our commitments to the people of Wales.”

Alice Hooker-Stroud, Leader of the Wales Green Party told The Herald: “I am deeply disappointed by the referendum result this morning. Many futures are uncertain, and I hope that the process of leaving the EU is carried out with careful consideration and without unnecessary haste.

My immediate thoughts are for the EU nationals who live in the UK, and the UK nationals who live in Europe. For the 150,000 people in Wales whose jobs rely on the EU, and for our farmers, whose income is directly subsidised by the EU. More than ever, we must now fight for a fair deal for Wales from Westminster. The EU has been plugging underfunding from Westminster for years. This woefully unfair deal cannot, and must not, continue.

We hope to see a wider debate surrounding Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland’s place in the UK, and will work with our Green colleagues in Westminster and with other Welsh parties, to campaign for a fair and respectful deal for Wales.”

Hannah Pudner, Deputy Leader of the Wales Green Party said: “This result demonstrates a seismic shift in politics in the UK. I’m alarmed by the result and deeply concerned that fear is dominating UK politics. There is clearly a huge disconnect between swathes of people in England and Wales and the UK establishment, founded in deep distrust in democratic processes, and resentment of mainstream politics.

I think there are a lot of people feeling isolated and alienated in the UK right now. Some expressed alienation from mainstream politics in their vote to Leave, but many who voted Remain also recognise the system is broken. This democratic deficit will not be fixed by leaving the EU. We must look to democratic reform within the UK as an absolute priority. Our task now is to make politics work better for everyone, everywhere.

I feel the campaign has reinforced and legitimised divisions within UK society – not just between those who voted to Leave and those who voted to Remain – but sadly and worryingly, divisions based on race, nationality and identity. The biggest task we have on our hands right now is to start the work of healing. We must concentrate on what unites us, not what divides us.”

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Milford Haven-bound ‘flying oil tanker’ hits the national news

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A MILFORD HAVEN bound oil tanker has made the national news, after a photograph taken off the Cornish coast made it look like the ship was flying.

An optical illusion caused the ship to appear as though it was floating above the horizon

The ship is believed to be the Hafnia Malacca Oil/Chemical Tanker which is heading to Pembrokeshire from Primorsk, Russia via the English Channel.

David Morris, from the hamlet of Gillan, near Falmouth took a photo of the ship near Falmouth, Cornwall, the BBC have reported.

On the BBC news website, meteorologist David Braine said the “superior mirage” occurred because of “special atmospheric conditions that bend light”.

He said the illusion is common in the Arctic, but can appear “very rarely” in the UK during winter.

Mr Morris said he was “stunned” after capturing the picture while looking out to sea from the hamlet of Gillan

Mr Braine said: “Superior mirages occur because of the weather condition known as a temperature inversion, where cold air lies close to the sea with warmer air above it.

“Since cold air is denser than warm air, it bends light towards the eyes of someone standing on the ground or on the coast, changing how a distant object appears.

“Superior mirages can produce a few different types of images – here a distant ship appears to float high above its actual position, but sometimes an object below the horizon can become visible.”

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Pembrokeshire residents can quickly check symptoms for variety of conditions on NHS 111 Wales online

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NHS 111 Wales online symptom checker can save Pembrokeshire patients time by helping them find the right NHS service for treatment. Symptoms can be quickly checked for a variety of conditions and advice given on the best way to treat them by visiting www.111.wales.nhs.uk which is hosted by the Welsh Ambulance Service.

The way we access NHS services has changed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with more options now becoming increasingly utilised, including the NHS 111 Wales online service which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It can be used for both health information and advice and to access urgent primary care in Welsh and English.

In a recent YouGov survey, a third of Pembrokeshire residents had not even heard of the NHS 111 Wales online symptom checker and only 19% had used it during the past 12 months.

Andrew Carruthers, Director of Operations at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We are asking everyone to help us by reconsidering the way you access NHS services. The methods available have changed but we are still here for you. It is worth getting to know the different ways you can access the NHS so you can be seen and treated quicker with your first port of call being NHS 111 Wales.”

According to the YouGov survey, carried out for the Welsh Government’s Keep Wales Safe campaign, only 67% of Pembrokeshire residents had heard of the NHS 111 Wales online symptom checker. However, 86% said they felt it was important to have access to the service.   

NHS 111 Wales online can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do. The way it works is: You answer questions about your symptoms on the website and depending on the situation you will:

  •           Get self-care advice
  •           Be told how to get any medicine you need
  •           Find out what local service can help you
  •           Be connected to a nurse, emergency dentist, pharmacist or GP
  •           Get a face-to-face appointment if you need one
  •           Be given an arrival time if you need to go to A&E – this might mean you spend less time in A&E

For those who don’t have confidence going online to seek advice, there is the NHS 111 Wales phone service. This is also a free service where patients can contact the NHS by dialling 111 to receive advice on the best way to manage their issue or gain further assistance if needed. The bilingual telephone service is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Eighty-four percent of Pembrokeshire residents had heard of the NHS 111 Wales phone service when asked for the recent YouGov survey but only 20% had used the telephone service during the last 12 months.

 

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Trial date for son accused of killing mum

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THE SON of Judith Rhead, 68, who was found dead in her home in Market Street, Pembroke Dock on Feb 20 will now appear in Crown Court again in October.

Dale Morgan, 43, said to be a scout master, appeared in court only to confirm his name, date of birth and address – which was listed as Honeyborough Green, Neyland.

A plea and trial preparation hearing date was set for March 26 with a provisional trial date set for October 4.

He was remanded in custody.

In court papers it stated that the alleged murder took place between December 10, 2020 and February 21, 2021.

The paperwork demonstrates that the police are unsure of the exact date that Ms Rhead died. The large date range, two months, points to the likelihood that this will be a challenging case for all those involved.

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