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Colemans win title in Milford

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IT WAS a fantastic weekend at Milford Waterfront as Sam and Daisy Coleman did enough to take the P1 Superstock UK title.

That wasn’t all as the hometown boat finished first overall in the weekend’s standings in what was an action-packed weekend at the 2017 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea (Jul 15-16).

Milford Haven’s debut weekend on the P1 calendar was awash with spectacular food, fans and, most importantly, racing.

An outstanding performance on Saturday gave Milford Waterfront a resounding event lead after winning all three heats on day one and a chance to take the overall title.

Their nearest rivals at the end of Saturday was reigning champions Pertemps having clinched three second-place finishes.

While the local team were jubilant, both Arthur J Gallagher and Spirit of Inverclyde had their days finish early following technical issues during the opening race.

Arthur J Gallagher entered Wales without their usual driver David Taft and their frustrating Saturday wouldn’t have helped their mood, but the man behind the wheel for this weekend, John Donnelly, flew out of the blocks to win the first heat on Sunday.

Pertemps were never threatened in second and Milford Waterfront claimed third after fighting back from a slow start which saw them round the first corner in fifth.

Experience Kissimmee were quick to get going but were struck with mechanical problems which ended their pursuit; they resiliently finished race four and six despite their issues continuing throughout the day.

The strong performance on Sunday by Arthur J Gallagher showed no signs of slowing when they hit the front early in race five and never looked back.

Pertemps’ Sam and Daisy Coleman moved one step closer to taking top spot in the overalls standings with another second-place finish while Milford Waterfront rounded off the top three yet again.

The last race of the UK Championship series was a tactical affair as Arthur J Gallagher once again sprinted into the lead but it later proved futile as they ran out of fuel with a couple of laps remaining.

Courtesy of the Arthur J Gallagher’s withdrawal, Milford Waterfront were victorious in the finale to clinch the weekend’s top podium spot.

Podium: Milford Waterfront finished first overall with Sam and Daisy Coleman in second

Harvey takes two victories

Joe Harvey once again proved a class above as he recorded two race victories on Saturday to take home the second round of the AquaX Euro Tour in Milford Haven.

The flatter water on Sunday allowed the competition to bridge the gap and Tim Batte took advantage to record his first victory of the season but it wasn’t enough to knock Harvey off top spot.

Harvey now takes a commanding lead in the Pro Euro Tour standings with the final round in Port Bilas, Spain, still to come.

The 2016 International Cup champion was racing at his very best on Saturday has he lapped virtually the whole field in race one and took yet another comfortable victory in race two ahead of Batte and Russell Marmon.

It was a slightly different story as Batte took victory on the calm water on Sunday, Harvey settling for second ahead of Marmon who was a consistent third all weekend.

With Jordan Lambert outside the podium places and Rainer Eidner unable to race this weekend Harvey now takes a huge lead in the championship standings and looks sure to add to his AquaX trophy collection if he can complete all three races in Spain in October.

In the 300 AM class Thomas Batisse took first place ahead of Richard Cable and Claude Vangansbeck, whilst in the 200 AM class Toni Luciano was victorious with Carl Lofthouse and Dave Lee in behind.

Simon Gill was pushed all the way by Nicolas Devys in the ski class but eventually came out on top with Harry Robinson back in third.

In the Spark class it was Frenchman Maxime Benoit who finished on the top step of the podium ahead of Thibaut Olivier and Tom Miller.

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Natural Resources Wales approves Ireland-UK interconnector licence

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GREENLINK INTERCONNECTOR LIMITED says it welcomes the decision by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to approve its application for a Marine Licence for the Greenlink electricity interconnector project, which will link the power markets of Great Britain and Ireland.

An important project for Pembrokeshire, and the UK as a whole, NRW’s go-ahead is one of several consents required for the construction of the project and covers installation of the marine cable in UK waters.

The approval is a major milestone for Greenlink and joins the onshore planning consents granted unanimously in July last year by Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

Greenlink’s proposed 190km subsea and underground electricity cable will run beneath the Irish Sea to connect National Grid’s Pembroke Power Station in Wales and EirGrid’s Great Island substation in County Wexford, Ireland. It will have a nominal capacity of 500 MW.

The Wales-Ireland link is just one of four interconnectors being installed

Nigel Beresford, CEO for Greenlink Interconnector Limited, said: “We are delighted by Natural Resources Wales’s decision to grant this licence. This marks a significant milestone for Greenlink and another important step towards project construction, which we expect to commence later this year.

“The Greenlink team has worked constructively with Natural Resources Wales and Welsh marine stakeholders to find workable solutions to the many technical and environmental challenges facing a large infrastructure project like this, and this has been reflected in the quality of the final proposal.

“The thorough environmental and technical assessments we have undertaken, supported by the practical and value-adding feedback we have received from key marine stakeholders, have ensured that we move forward confident that we are delivering a well-designed project with the interests of the Welsh marine habitat at its core.”

The subsea section of the cable will be approximately 160km in length and uses high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology. The preferred route and installation methods were chosen following the conclusion of subsea surveys and consultation with key stakeholders.

In Ireland, a Foreshore Licence application was submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Foreshore Unit) in 2019 and the onshore planning application was submitted to An Bord Pleanála in December 2020.

Greenlink is one of Europe’s most important energy infrastructure projects and brings benefits on both sides of the Irish Sea for energy security, regional investment, jobs and the cost-effective integration of low carbon energy. The project will offer important local supply chain opportunities and plans are being drawn up for ‘meet-the-buyer’ events in the local area prior to construction.

Once fully consented, Greenlink is expected to have a three-year construction programme, with commissioning planned by the end of 2023.

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Appeal from Fire and Rescue Service to install working smoke alarms

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AT 01:17am this morning, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, crews from Milford Haven were called to a property fire in the Hakin area of Milford Haven.

The fire was confined to a pan on a stove in the kitchen area and extinguished by firefighters using two breathing apparatus, a hose reel jet and a thermal imaging camera.

Crews also ventilated the property and fitted smoke alarms within the property.

The Fire Service left the incident at 02:00am.

Watch Manager Alun Griffiths, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said “This fire was the result of cooking left unattended. It is so important to remove all pots and pans from a heat source when you are called away from the cooker.

“Thankfully, the occupiers of the property managed to exit the property before our firefighters arrived, but it could have ended very differently as there were no smoke alarms fitted in the property.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of installing working smoke alarms in your homes and testing them regularly. In the dreadful event of a fire, they can alert you to the danger sooner and could mean the difference between life and death.

“As a Fire and Rescue Service, we provide Home Fire Safety advice which is free of charge. We also offer Safe and Well Visits which you can arrange by phoning us on 0800 169 1234 or by visiting the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website.”

For further Home Fire Safety advice or to talk about the possibility of a Safe and Well Visit by Fire and Rescue Service personnel, please phone us on 0800 169 1234.​​​ Alternatively please complete an online Request a Safe and Well Visit​ form on the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website: https://www.mawwfire.gov.uk/eng/your-safety/in-your-home/

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Milford Haven: Apocalyptic scenes as work truck catches fire in Meyler Crescent

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A MILFORD HAVEN businessman says that he is “absolutely gutted”, after he lost his tipper truck in a dramatic fire overnight.

Callum Hicks, of Meyler Crescent, was woken just after 1am on Monday morning (Mar 1) to see his vehicle in flames, with fuel running down the street on fire.

The apocalyptic scenes brought neighbours out of their homes and the fire brigade was quickly called and put out the blaze.

At this time the police and fire brigade are not suspecting foul play, but in a telephone call to a Herald reporter Callum Hicks said that he thought it was impossible that the vehicle would just spontaneously combust.

Work van: Callum Hicks with his truck, which he says was his “pride and joy”

Explaining that he thought his truck had been set on fire deliberately, he said: “There was CCTV of the fire, but its a football pitch length away, with a white van parked blocking the view of the camera. There was not a clear uninterrupted view.”

“I parked the truck at 2pm on Sunday afternoon so it was 11 hours before the fire started. The vehicle was therefore cold, and locked up.”

Firefighters at the scene

The Herald has asked two mechanics, one of whom has worked on Transit vans for decades. The first said: “It is very unlikely that a vehicle like this would catch fire on it’s own – its impossible – I am 99.9% sure that this was arson.”

The second, a specialist in vehicle electronics said: “There are so many fuses and fail safes its highly unlikely for diesel vans to burst into flames like this without some kind of catalyst.”

Burned out shell: The vehicle after the fire

“There have been issues regarding Transits in the past, even a product recall involving a fire risk from a towing module. But, the chances are a million to one of it catching fire after being parked up for almost twelve hours. It just doesn’t happen.”

The Herald asked Callum Hicks if he could think of anyone who may want to torch his truck. He said that he could not think of anyone who would do such a thing.

Commenting on the police handling of the matter, he said: “They told my missus, Rhianna Pearce, that they were not taking matters further because it was just an accident – its not!”

“I have been in trouble with the police before, and they know I am a bit of a boy, but I think this is the reason that the police are not looking into this properly.

“At the end of the day this was a large fire in a residential area, lives could have been in danger. I have lost thousands because I was insured third-party only and I do not have cover for fire.

Dyfed-Powys Police and Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have been asked for a comment.

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