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Tributes pour in for county councillor

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pour inTRIBUTES have been pouring in over the past week following the death of former TGWU district secretary and Pembrokeshire Lottery founder Danny Fellows OBE.

A former county councillor, Danny passed away surrounded by his family in Milford Haven on Monday. He was 71.

Bob Clarke, Pembrokeshire Lottery Company Secretary said: “Danny’s vision and commitment to the creation of the Pembrokeshire Lottery was unstinting and for over 20 years he worked with the Board and Investment Panel to ensure its long term aims and future, helping Pembrokeshire businesses create jobs.

“His negotiating skills were legendary and his passion for the advancement of Pembrokeshire was unquestionable. He used all of this to good effect to establish a loan fund that has so far benefited over 330 local businesses and will continue to assist many more in the future.

“He was a great friend and a wise council to many and will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences go to Christine and his family at this very sad time.”

Danny was a personal friend of MP Stephen Crabb, who commented: “Danny was not only a dear friend who knew me since I was a boy, but a fantastic champion for our county. Throughout his years as a trade unionist, Labour Party activist and latterly an independent councillor, his overriding interest and priority was the wellbeing of Pembrokeshire, in particular seeing new jobs created for our young people.

“In founding the Pembrokeshire Lottery, Danny provided a lifeline to small businesses at a very difficult time, helping to fuel economic growth and provide security for countless families in our community. Danny had a massive heart and a huge vision for our county and the Pembrokeshire Lottery is just one small part of the legacy he leaves behind.

“Over the last eight years as local MP I sought his advice on a great many occasions and I always found his guidance to be both wise and practical. Danny was an inspirational mentor to me and so many others and I know that his loss will be felt deeply across the county. Pembrokeshire has lost one its finest servants and my thoughts and prayers are with Christine and the family at this time.”

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Jamie Adams, has paid tribute to former County Councillor, Danny Fellows.

Councillor Adams said: “Danny was a key figure in the economic life of Pembrokeshire for many years and he will be sadly missed.

“We should recognise his contribution to the county firstly as a leading Trades Union official and more latterly as an elected member of Pembrokeshire County Council which he served with distinction.

“I have always believed that part of Danny’s appeal was that he was a man of reason, who could see both sides of an argument. This meant he was never entrenched in his views and this, in turn, gave him the ability to mediate and find common ground in conflict.

“In short he was a man you could do business with. This was an essential part of his make-up and served him well over the years.

“My sympathy goes to his family in their sad loss.”

Mr Fellows’ funeral will be held next Tuesday, February 25 at 1.30pm at Christ Church, Priory Road, Milford Haven. All enquiries to Tom Newing & Sons Ltd, 01646 693180.

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Climate change protesters pack the streets of Haverfordwest

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Hundreds of protestors flooded the streets of Haverfordwest today to join in one of the biggest global climate strikes to date.

The event took place at County Hall from 11am on Friday, September 20, where hundreds flocked in unison to show their support for the many global activists around the world in protest of the way we live on our planet.

Leading the charge for the world-wide events were multiple organisations including Extinction Rebellion and UK Student Climate Network, as well as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish activist for the planet’s well-being. Children all across the globe have been puled out of their schools to join the protests for change on how we consume our planet’s resources and these acts have been met with mixed responses.

Some are happy that others are taking a stand for the greater good of our planet, whilst others seem to be disgruntled by all the commotion the protests have caused in their areas.

At County Hall in Haverfordwest, singing and chanting could be heard as the school children, toddlers, pensioners, families and college students all joined the call for imminent action to tackle the climate emergency.

The climate protest was also attended by Cllr David Simpson and director of development Dr Steven Jones, who assured the public that the authority was working towards its zero carbon goal.

In a statement on Facebook, Extinction Rebellion said: “Hundreds turned out to support today’s Global Climate Strike in Haverfordwest alongside hundreds of thousands around the world! A clear message was delivered and responded to by the leader of Pembrokeshire County Council who has invited you to be represented in their work in months to come to meaningfully address the climate emergency in our beautiful county and beyond. The tide is rising, and so are we!”

The protests ended as the groups made their way to Castle Square, where final chants and songs echoed around Haverfordwest.

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Refinery protest over: Two activists arrested at scene, others reported for summons

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THE PROTEST organised by Extinction Rebellion at Valero Refinery came to an end last night (Sept 19).

Specialist officers were deployed to the scene and as a result of that, two protestors were arrested for unlawful obstruction of the highway and transferred to Haverfordwest custody.

Others who took part, police said, decided to end their protest and have been reported for summons and the items used by them have been seized by the police.

Police said: “All protestors have now left the area and police are maintaining high visibility patrols.”

Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “Officers spoke to the protesters and partner agencies throughout the day to ensure a balance was maintained between allowing people the right to peaceful protest and the requirement to ensure the safety of, and minimise the disruption to, business and the community. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

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Pembroke Dock: Man hospitalised after ‘jumping through pizza shop window’

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A PEMBROKE DOCK man has been taken to hospital after becoming injured by glass in Pembroke Dock.

According to a passing motorist a male was seen shouting and screaming in the street – he was being restrained by others.

He then jumped into the glass window of the PizzaTime take away in Meyrick Street, cutting his stomach on the glass.

Multiple police vehicles and an ambulance attended the incident which took place at around 15.30 HRS.

The road was temporarily blocked.

Once police car remains on scene (16:49 HRS)

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