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Prince of Wales visits Castlemartin

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prince visitDESPITE the grey Pembrokeshire weather, the Prince of Wales’ visit to Pembrokeshire had a warm welcome from the troops of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards at Castlemartin Range on Friday, February 28.

The troops have been undertaking a live firing exercise at the range in preparation for potential deployment to Afghanistan as part of Operation Pashtun Tempest.

Soldiers from 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards have been learning to operate the new Husky and Foxhound vehicles in readiness for the tour, which will be the last Afghanistan tour to involve British troops.

Using the the Castlemartin range allowed soldiers to fire their weapons accurately before progressing to more complicated shoots.

These culminated in more complex scenarios where soldiers carried out live-firing manoeuvres with support from mortars and airborne assets.

Prince Charles spoke with Sergeant Davies about his role working on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used as booby traps by Afghani insurgents. Sgt Davies’ next deployment will be his 3rd tour of Afghanistan, when he and his team-mates go out at the end of May ready for deployment in June. Sgt Davies will be part of the reconnaissance force also known as “find and strike force”, whose job is to find threats and remove or interceptor them on short notice.

Major Hugo Lloyd said: “It’s a huge boost for the men to have a visit from their Colonel in Chief while stationed in Castlemartin.”

Colonel Richard Howard-Gash, in charge of the DIO’s service delivery training in Wales and the west Midlands, said: “DIO’s priority is to support our armed forces as they prepare for operations.

Castlemartin is a diverse training area and the terrain and excellent facilities enable the soldiers to operate armoured vehicles and train effectively.

“We are pleased to be able to offer the environment and facilities that support the delivery of this exercise, and to enable our military personnel to train in a way that really prepares them for the challenges they will face whilst on operations.”

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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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