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Family speak to Jeremy Kyle about being ‘ruined’ by murder of their daughter

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THE FAMILY of murdered Natasha Bradbury spoke of their grief on this morning’s (Dec 5) edition of The Jeremy Kyle show on ITV.

Natasha, who was murdered by her on-off boyfriend Luke Jones in 2016, in Haverfordwest, was found by paramedics hours after the incident, with her young daughter covered in blood.

Jones had taken ‘up to two hours’ to dial 999.

When paramedics arrived she was ‘freezing cold’ and they discovered 53 injuries on her body.

A jury at Swansea Crown Court heard she suffered a ‘sustained and severe assault’ in her home at the hands of Jones.

Natasha Bradbury: Brutally murdered

Natasha had suffered fatal liver, heart and brain damage.

Jones was sentenced to a minimum length of 17 years in prison last year after he was found guilty of murder.

On the ITV show, her family spoke of what their daughter’s murder had done to their family.

Natasha’s sister, Shannon, said: “My dad had a phone call and the police came over the house and said she’d died. Not any of us had thought that Luke had done it. He was quiet.

“The postmortem said it was like jumping off a cliff.”

Talking about her parents, she continued to say it’s ‘ruined them’.

“They don’t talk. Mum would tell friends stuff, but not dad,” she said.

“They need to pull together. They need to help each other.”

Natasha’s mum, Tracey, broke down in tears.

Her father, Darren, said: “I’ve not spoken to anybody since. I don’t talk to anybody. There’s nothing I can say that will make any difference. It’s happened and it’s done.

“She called the night before, as they do, she was moaning about things – just life. The last thing I said via the phone was for her to ‘grow up and get on with life’. She put the phone down and that was the last I ever spoke to her.

“I’ve been with my wife nearly 30 years. We can’t even speak any more. I think we both must blame each other slightly. I think she blames me sometimes.”

Tracey said when questioned by Jeremy if she does blame her husband: “I do in a way. I blame myself as well.”

“There are in my mind, in this world, evil people who don’t deserve to live in a civilised society,” Mr Kyle said about Jones.

“You lost your daughter because of an evil man.

“Your daughter would be devastated to think you two were like this now, wouldn’t she?”

Describing her daughter, Darren said: “She was full of life. Perhaps too much sometimes. She liked to enjoy herself. She was good and kind to everyone.

“I don’t know how to fix it. Normally I fix everything. I just don’t know how to fix this.

“No way [to die] is nice but it’d be cleaner with a bullet. There were five flights of stairs, no rooms without any traces of blood. Where he chased her to the top where she couldn’t get out. Trapped. One way in, one way out.”

Jeremy added: “That man from his jail cell is killing you two. Your anger, guilt, sadness is bouncing off each other and it’s wrong.”

The family have been offered support by ITV.

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Have your say on the council’s Gambling Policy

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PEOPLE living in Pembrokeshire are being asked for their views on proposed changes to the County Council’s Gambling Policy.

The policy explains how Pembrokeshire County Council handles the licensing of premises and issuing of permits for gambling.

The policy is currently under review and the County Council is keen to find out what local people think about issues such as the prevention of crime and disorder, and protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

Sarah Johns, the Authority’s Public Protection Manager (Public Health, Housing and Licensing), explained: “The review will give people the chance to make their views known about our policy and how we deal with gambling matters.

“We are carrying out an extensive consultation, asking a wide range of people and groups for their views including the Police and the licensed trade. All views will be considered carefully and will help shape our policy for the next few years.

“We urge people who have an opinion on this to get in touch and let us know what they think.”

Councillor Pat Davies, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regulatory Services said: “This is an opportunity for businesses and residents of Pembrokeshire to respond and be part of influencing policy that will ultimately affect their communities. Please use this consultation to have your say.”

The gambling policy can be viewed on the Council’s website: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/licensing

Alternatively, contact the Licensing Team on 01437 764551 to view the policy at County Hall, Haverfordwest.

Comments must be received by 5pm on Friday, September 28.

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RSPCA ask public to not return unwell dolphins to sea

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THE RSPCA has issued a warning about how to respond to finding unwell or beached cetaceans, after two dolphins were inappropriately returned to the sea by members of the public in west Wales in recent weeks.

Officers say ‘well-meaning’ beach-walkers have sought to help beached dolphins by moving them back into the water, but that this is the ‘wrong thing to do for the animals, and their welfare’.

Last Sunday (Aug 5), a dead striped dolphin was found on Coppet Hall beach in the Saundersfoot area.

The RSPCA had previously responded to calls in the local area about the troubled striped dolphin – who had been beaching on a member of the public’s property. Unfortunately, in seeking to help the dolphin, members of the public refloated the unwell, thin and emaciated dolphin.

An RSPCA officer inspected photos of the dolphin and could ‘clearly see’ that the dolphin was suffering and should not have been returned to the wild in this way.


In a separate incident, the RSPCA was alerted after a washed-up, skinny dolphin was found on a Newgale beach last Tuesday (Aug 7). The animal welfare charity arrived to find a dolphin in poor bodily condition, which had recently died. Unfortunately, well-meaning members of the public had tried on several occasions to return the dolphin to the water.

RSPCA Cymru say dolphins tend to beach for a reason – often because they have major welfare complications, or even because they are dying. A summer plea has been issued urging anyone who finds a beached cetaceans to contact the RSPCA immediately, and not seek to refloat the animal.

Ellie West, RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO), said: “In many ways, it is a source of great pride that people across West Wales love wild animals and want to help.

“But returning a beached cetacean to the sea can be hugely counter-productive. People are obviously well-meaning in doing this – but usually it is the wrong thing to do for the animals, and their welfare.

“We were called out recently to help a striped dolphin, but this was returned to the water by members of the public.

“However, pictures of the poor thing – emaciated and thin – showed how this wasn’t the right thing by the animal. Later, we were alerted that the poor dolphin’s fate had been sealed – found dead in Saundersfoot.

“Similarly, in Newgale, we attended an incident where a very unwell dolphin had died. However, members of the public had spent some while trying to return the body to the sea – clearly kind-hearted, but sadly doing the wrong thing.”

RSPCA is also warning of the zoonotic risks of handling creatures like the dolphins found at Saundersfoot and Newgale.  

The charity works with the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) – in part funded by Welsh Government – which investigates whale, dolphin, porpoise, marine turtle and basking sharks stranded across the UK’s coastline.  Post-mortems to these animals can help establish a cause of death, and provide important insights into the health of populations living in the sea in a specific area.

ACO West added: “If anyone sees a beached cetacean, they should ring the RSPCA’s emergency line on 0300 1234 999, and provide as much information as possible about the location of the animal, and their condition. We can then do whatever we can to help – or at least alleviate the animal’s suffering as quickly as possible.

“It is a very distressing fact that often these animals are found on land with severe welfare problems, or have moved there to die. Returning them to the sea is not helping them however well-intentioned someone may be.

“There’s also substantial zoonotic disease risk of handling the animals in this way. This could be serious for human health.

“We work closely with CSIP, who do very important work in deciphering the cause of death for many cetaceans and other marine mammals. This work is vital – and where a beached, emaciated, troubled marine mammal sadly has to be put to sleep, we will often work with them so the cause of death can be established, and knowledge help support the wider population in the future.”

If you wish to help RSPCA Cymru, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations.

 

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Woman thanks strangers for helping her during County Show incident

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A WOMAN who, along with her husband, was knocked down at the County Show on Wednesday (Aug 15) when a horse broke loose and went on a ‘rampage’ has thanked those who came to her aid.

Eight people were injured in the incident and five were hospitalised, including a 12-year-old boy and an 83-year-old man.

Jane Armitage, who was visiting Pembrokeshire with her husband and three dogs, posted a message on Facebook thanking those who helped her, her husband, and her pets.

She said: “My husband was one of those injured today at Pembrokeshire Show. He was knocked down by the horse and is now in hospital; I was also knocked down, but I got up!

“The reason for this post is to thank those people who I will probably never meet again. The local store owner who came straight out to ask if I was okay when my husband was on the ground; the paramedics who did such a wonderful job and looked after him so well; but most importantly in this post, at least, is those dog lovers at the show.

Air ambulance: Landing at the County Show

“When I fell, I was holding three labradors. Ellie the senior Labrador stayed close to me, but the two younger ones, black and yellow labradors, ran. I don’t know the name of the lady who caught Lottie, a black Labrador, near the cattle rings, also the lovely lady judge who picked up Dolly, a yellow labrador, and carried her to me, she was too scared to walk.

“I don’t know your names but I just wanted to say a huge thank you. Your kindness will never be forgotten.

“I also want to thank the couple who came to the paramedic’s area and offered to hold the dogs for me so I could go in and be with my husband.”

Despite being involved in the freak accident, Jane

“They waited with our three stressed dogs, calmed them and I can’t thank you enough for your kindness at such a difficult time. We look forward to coming to the show again next year.”

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