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Mum renews appeal over Michaela’s final hours

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michaelaTHE MOTHER of a young woman who tragically died in Tenby a few days before Christmas is again appealing for anyone who had contact with her in the period leading up to her death to get in touch with police.

25-year-old Michaela Haines was in Tenby on December 22 and the morning of December 23.

Her mother, Christine Williams, has contacted The Herald to appeal for anyone who was with her or saw her during this period to contact the police.

A JustGiving page has been set up to help fund the funeral.

More than £4,000 has now been raised as friends and family come to terms with their shocking loss.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Dyfed-Powys Police were called to an address in Tenby in the early hours of December 23 to reports of a death of a woman at the location.

“Officers and paramedics attended and the body of a 25-year-old woman was found at the address.

“There aren’t believed to be suspicious circumstances. HM coroner has been informed.”

Michaela was recognised for her work with The Prince’s Trust and Duke of Edinburgh awards, and also volunteered at the Pembroke Dock youth club.

She was an active young woman who loved horse riding, dancing, surfing and motocross.

In Tenby, flowers, candles and cards have been left as a tribute to her short but memorable life.

Hayley Brown posted on Facebook, commenting on the tributes: “So many people have come and brought you flowers. You have your own little flower garden; it’s so beautiful with candles and fairy lights and flowers… A beautiful tribute to such a beautiful girl; so many people love you.”

Jessica Austin said: “I’m in shock. I can’t believe what I’m reading! The tears haven’t stopped! Never in my life have I known such a caring, loving and beautiful girl as you!”

Sally James concurred: “Still doesn’t feel real! Micheala always had such a positive attitude no matter how she was feeling, and was always ready to help others! College will never be the same; we will all miss you so much!”

Michaela’s funeral will be held on Tuesday (Jan 10) at 1.30pm at St Mary’s Church in Pembroke.

A service will be held at 3.15pm at the Parc Gwyn Crematorium in Narberth.

There will also be a reception at the Monkton Swifts Social Club, Pembroke, commencing at approximately 3pm, following the service.

Michaela’s family have asked that attendees remember that the funeral is a happy celebration of her life and say that all are welcome.

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Police at scene of RTC – officers seeking witnesses

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POLICE in Milford Haven are making door to door enquiries in the Great North Road area following an accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle.

It is understood that CCTV in the area was not pointing in the right direction so police are appealing for help with the case.

There is still a large police presence in the area as of 11.20am this morning (Feb 26).

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Crime Commissioner continues to secure funding for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual violence

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THE POLICE and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police is again making the offer for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual abuse to bid for additional funds.

Funding was made available last year, in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on organisations supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence.

It was part of a £76 million package of support made available by the UK Government.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Thanks to this additional funding, we can ensure that victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Dyfed-Powys can access specialist services for support, at a time when they are needed the most.

“Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in domestic violence during the pandemic and victims need help now more than ever and I am grateful for the work of all the service providers across the Force area that help these men, women and families who are most in need.

“I want to reassure anyone who is in an abusive situation or relationship that you do not need to suffer in silence, and I urge anyone to report abuse to the Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

“This funding is open both to providers whom I currently commission and those that I do not currently fund. However, unlike the extraordinary Covid-19 funding provided in 2020/21, organisations do not need to be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise to be eligible for this funding. They must, however, provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims of sexual violence or domestic abuse cope with the impacts of crime and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced. We would also encourage applications from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics.

“If you wish to submit a request for this funding, further guidance is available on my website, and can be requested via the office e-mail address.”

Closing date for submissions is close of play on Friday, March 12, 2021.

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Covid alert level lowered for whole of UK

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THE COVID alert level for all four nations of the United Kingdom has been lowered to alert level 4.

The decision comes following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in light of the most recent data.

In recent weeks, the R-rate and the number of covid cases has been on the decline.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton said: “Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the four UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director agree that the UK alert level should move from level 5 to level 4 in all four nations.

“The health services across the four nations remain under significant pressure with a high number of patients in hospital, however thanks to the efforts of public we are now seeing numbers consistently declining, and the threat of the NHS and other health services being overwhelmed within 21 days has receded.

“We should be under no illusions – transmission rates, hospital pressures and deaths are still very high. In time, the vaccines will have a major impact and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they receive the offer. However for the time being it is really important that we all – vaccinated or not – remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidelines.

“We know how difficult the situation has been and remains to be for healthcare workers, we thank them for their immense effort, skill and professionalism throughout the pandemic.”

Under the Welsh Government’s Alert level 4 restrictions, schools and colleges, places of worship, community centres, playgrounds and public parks are among those that can be opened.

Theatres, entertainment venues, leisure facilities and outdoor visitors attractions are among the places that must remain close while the country is in Alert Level 4.

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