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Businessman lucky to be alive after ‘horrific accident’

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A BUSINESSMAN from Pembrokeshire says he feels lucky to be alive after being involved in a ‘horrific accident’ on a stretch of the A48 on Wednesday morning (Nov 29).

Cain Peacock, who is a partner in a boiler installation company based in Pembroke Dock, said on Facebook following the collision: “I was in a horrific accident yesterday. A five car pile up on the A48 which resulted in me colliding with someone somewhere around 60mph.

“This picture is what’s left of my car. I consider myself extremely lucky to be alive and thankful the components of the car worked as they were supposed to and saved my life.

“I’m battered, it hurts to move and I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus but I’m sound of mind, have all my limbs and I’ll live to see another day. Incredibly glad that although there were some injuries, everyone is alive and mobile.”

The five-vehicle collision happened at 8:30am near Foelgastell junction by Cross Hands.

A Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 8.32am to reports of a road traffic collision involving five vehicles, on the A48 between Nantycaws and Cross Hands.

“One male is trapped and another is receiving first aid from a nurse at the scene. Fire crews are using hydraulic cutting equipment to release the trapped male.”

Both lanes of the A48 heading eastbound were closed with diversions in place.

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New hedgerows introduced at Bluestone to help wildlife

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NEWLY connected hedgerows will provide better pathways for wildlife across Bluestone National Park Resort.

It comes after Bluestone teamed up with Keep Wales Tidy as part of the Long Forest project.

The project was developed by the environmental charity in partnership with the Woodland Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

The idea is to plant 100,000 trees and improve around 120,000m of hedgerow across Wales.

Although Bluestone has planted over 37,000 trees in the last 10 years, the Long Forest project identified an area where it could better connect and improve and extend its hedgerows.

Planting 500 plants containing a mix of Hawthorn, Hazel, Field Maple, Crab Apple, Holly and Dog Rose over a 100 metre gap will connect up roughly 1500 metres of hedgerow from Black Pool Farm all the way up to Bluestone’s Arrivals Centre.

Bluestone Sustainability Manager Ged Davies, said: “I’m grateful to the help from Keep Wales Tidy. Hedgerows are not just important habitats in their own rights, supporting birds, mammals and insects, but also help wildlife move across the resort. The mix of plants will provide a range of flowers,  berries and shelter as they grow.”

Mari Williams from Keep Wales Tidy said: “The wildlife corridors that have been created will help local bat colonies which use the hedges for navigation, foraging and protection from predators. They also create habitat opportunities for important wildlife species.”

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Welsh Secretary emphasises importance of City Deal to Pembrokeshire’s future

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Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns: Meeting with Port of Milford Haven's CEO Alec Don and Wavetricity's CEO Simon Gillett

WELSH SECRETARY Alun Cairns has visited some of Pembrokeshire’s leading marine renewable tech firms to underline his support for the sector and highlight the importance of the UK Government’s City Deal to future economic growth in the region.

The Secretary of State was joined by Alec Don, Chief Executive of the Port of Milford Haven which is leading the £76m Pembroke Dock Marine project.

The project was successful in its bid for the UK Government’s City Deal funding as it seeks to create a world-leading centre for the development and testing of wave and tidal energy devices here in Pembrokeshire.

The development will also extend beyond renewables creating facilities that have application for multiple blue economy industries.

Mr Cairns caught up with the progress of Marine Power System’s WaveSub and Bombora’s mWave, just two of the innovative devices being developed in Pembrokeshire which are hoped to generate clean, low cost electricity.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “The UK Government’s Swansea Bay Region City Deal investment offers Pembrokeshire the chance to make a large, once in a generation investment in its own economic future. As one of the UK’s leading energy ports the Milford Haven Waterway already boasts excellent infrastructure and an outstanding supply chain, with talented companies serving domestic and international clients in shipbuilding, oil and gas.

“We want this region to be in the best position possible to compete with other port-centred regions across Europe, and to be a destination of choice for the fast-growing marine renewable energy industry. The City Deal funding, alongside investment from the Port of Milford Haven and others will play a vital role in helping to attract that industry to Welsh shores.

“Pembrokeshire is undoubtedly a wonderful place to live. Through the City Deal, the UK Government wants to make sure there are more opportunities for school leavers to benefit from local career opportunities, and to work in rewarding, skilled industries. The marine renewables industry clearly has the potential to provide those jobs of the future.”

Chief Executive of the Port of Milford Haven, Alec Don said: “We are grateful for the support of the UK Government in this project. Pembroke Dock Marine has the potential to fundamentally reshape Pembrokeshire’s future, and public funding is a critical part of achieving our united goals.”

“Combined with private investment, City Deal Funding will be a rare boost in a region that is heavily reliant on so few, typically seasonal, industries as well as the nationally important fuel industry. We believe the City Deal will help create new opportunities that will secure existing jobs and create new rewarding employment for the people of Pembrokeshire.”

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Haverfordwest: New electrical superstore opens this Friday

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SHOPPERS will be able to find all the technology they could ever want under one roof from Friday (Feb 23) in Haverfordwest.

A brand new Currys / Carphone Warehouse / PC World is opening at the Springfield Retail Park, off Fishguard Road.

This is the first time that the town will have had a PC World store, meanwhile the existing current Currys store, located at Bridge Meadow, is closing down.

The superstore will stock everything from mobile phones and tablets, to laptops and PCs, all the way to fridges and freezers.

The store is run by Dixons Carphone, one of the largest electrical retailers in the world.

Doors will be opening at 9am.

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