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16-year-old charged with murder used ‘axe and samurai sword’

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A TEENAGER has been charged with murder following the death of 54-year-old Fiona Scourfield in St Clears on Tuesday night (Mar 6).

He appeared at Llanelli Law Courts this morning (Mar 9) and acknowledged the bench with a nod and a smile.

The youth was represented by Jonathan Webb, who said that a full mental health assessment was required.

He will next appear in court in Swansea on Monday (Mar 12).

It is alleged that the deadly assault at Broadmoor Farm involved an axe and a samurai sword.

Ms Scourfield, who was also known as Suzi Wales, has been ​formally identified by police.

Following the 16-year-old being charged over the death, an incident room was set up at Carmarthen Police Station.

The Welsh Ambulance Service said police asked it to attend Broadmoor Farm at about 5:55pm last, but the crew were not able to help.

Police at the scene: Locals are still shocked (pic. Herald)

Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Dyfed-Powys Police has tonight (March 8 2018) charged a 16-year-old boy with the murder of Ffiona Scourfield. The 54-year-old lady was found dead at a property near St Clears on Tuesday, March 6.

“He has been remanded in custody to appear at Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, March 9.

“No one else is wanted in connection with the incident.

“The local community is thanked for its understanding and support during this investigation.

“Next of kin continue to be supported by specially trained officers.”

Driveway: Police are outside the property (pic. Herald)

Suzanne Syers, who worked with at the same charity as Ms Scourfield, said: “Today is an extremely sad day for UK-GSR.

“In the most awful circumstances, last night, Fiona Scourfield, aka Suzi Wales, was killed.

“To say the rescue is devastated would be a massive understatement.  Suzi was one of our longest standing members who supported the rescue wholeheartedly.

“Her UK-GSR dog Bruno was her absolute world.

“Suzi worked tirelessly to make the world a better place for animals & her loss is a huge loss not only to us but to animals worldwide.

“She spent many weekends braving all kinds of weathers fundraising & raising awareness in the South Wales area, and could always be relied upon to help any dog in need.

“We are all in shock at the moment, so please bare with us whilst we come to terms with our devastating loss.”

Investigations: Police officers have cordoned off part of the road (pic. Herald) 

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Newgale: New £30m road proposed to combat coastal damage

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has revealed a preferred new route for a road around Newgale today (Sept 25) at an event in Roch.

The new stretch of road would begin at Pencym and end at a new roundabout near Roch.

A new route is needed due to fears about road closures during high tides and winds, as well as coastal damage caused by global warming.

Reports have suggested that the current Newgale road may not exist in 20 years times.

The new route could cost up to £30m – compared to £40m a proposed viaduct would cost – and would need funding from the Welsh Government.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Transport officials will continue to work closely with the authority as they progress with their studies and firm up their proposals for addressing the current problems with the A487.

“Welsh Government is open to consider an application for funding to move forward the development work.”

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MP calls on Welsh Government to explain broadband delays

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STEPHEN CRABB has called on the Welsh Government to come clean over broadband rollout delays.

Minister Julie James AM, whose responsibilities include digital infrastructure and inclusion, has been urged to explain the reasons for delays to the rollout of superfast broadband to rural properties across Wales.

Last year, the Superfast Cymru scheme saw BT receive £425m in return for connecting the vast majority of premises in Wales to next-generation broadband.

When the contract ended, 90,000 mainly rural properties still had not been connected. Further details of another scheme to complete the work were due to be announced in July, but at the start of August, Julie James AM suddenly announced that ‘unforeseen issues’ were causing delays which could not be further discussed because of ‘commercial confidentiality’.

Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: “It’s simply unacceptable for the Minister responsible to announce delays to the next stage of Broadband rollout but refuse to explain why. Access to reliable, fast broadband is of increasing importance to businesses, large and small, in Pembrokeshire and I have worked with many across the constituency to improve their broadband access.

“However, the digital divide continues to exist with rural communities in Pembrokeshire suffering again. It is an inescapable fact that delivery of broadband infrastructure is devolved to the Welsh Government and Julie James AM should now come forward and explain the reasons for these delays.”

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Air ambulance lands at ‘serious’ crash scene

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THE WALES AIR AMBULANCE has landed at the scene of a serious crash this morning (Sept 25) between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts on the A477.

Posts on Facebook from witnesses at the scene say a man is being treated by paramedics.

Police have said one car was involved in the incident.

In addition to the helicopter, Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

The road is currently closed with diversions in place.

A police spokesperson said:  “Dyfed-Powys Police is at the scene of a serious RTC between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts, Pembrokeshire.

“The A477 stretch between those roundabouts is currently closed while emergency services deal with the incident. One car is involved; the driver has received serious injuries.

“No further information is available at this time.”

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