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Police appeal following fatal crash on A487

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a single-vehicle incident which sadly resulted in the death of an 80-year-old woman.

The incident took place along the northbound A487 between Aberaeron and Llanon on Tuesday (Mar 13) at around 10:27am.

A police spokesperson said: “The vehicle involved was a 17 plate blue Suzuki Ignis whereby an 80 year old female driver had sadly passed away at scene.

“If anyone has any information on this incident please contact Ceredigion roads policing unit on the 101 number quoting reference 075 of March 13.”

Paul Kelly, a Milford Haven resident, was behind the car during the incident – and tried to save the life of the female driver.

Paul Kelly: He pulled the woman out of the car

He told The Herald: “We were driving down the A487 and a car in front of us was swerving around the road, and then she drove up the hedge, the car slid, and it ended up on the passenger side with the engine running.

“My mate jumped out of the car, and I had to jump out of the back door.

“Rushing like an idiot – a car passed me and ran over my foot.

“Despite this, I climbed up on top of the car, my colleague switched the engine off, and told me to drop inside of the car, so I did.

“I dropped down to the bottom window, then one of the boys said they would cut the seatbelt with a Stanley knife he had.

“As he did this I was trying to steady her head, and felt for a pulse, but I couldn’t find one and as she was cut her full body weight fell on to me.

“I said ‘let’s get her out of here’, so we smashed the back window and also managed to get the boot open.

“We got the lady outside and put her in to the recovery position. Again we couldn’t find her pulse, so we started to do CPR.

“The police came and took over, but there was still no reaction, then paramedics came and tried to resuscitate her.

“The air ambulance arrived and the lady showed a bit of response – they did get a bit of a pulse, one of the paramedics told me that it was faint.

“She was taken to hospital – I don’t know if she survived.

“I have to say the response time was good by all emergency services.

“I was taking to Aberystwyth hospital to have them look at my foot. It turns out it’s just a twisted ankle and bruising – so I am lucky.

“The whole incident was a big shock – I didn’t sleep last night and all I could see it over and over again.”

A spokesperson for the Wesh Ambulance Service told the Herald: “We were called at approximately 10.30am yesterday (Tuesday 13 March 2018) to reports of a one-vehicle road traffic accident between Aberaeron and Llanon.

“We sent a paramedic in a rapid response car and two emergency ambulances to the scene, where crews were also supported by a Wales Air Ambulance.”

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Police call for vigilance to report illegal raves

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is asking farmers and local landowners to be on the alert over the next few months for warning signs of any illegal gatherings planned for their land over the summer.

Gatherings – such as illegal raves – can cause considerable anxiety to the community and if they are not dealt with swiftly, they are difficult to stop or otherwise control, due often to the sheer numbers of persons involved and the safety aspects surrounding breaking up such an event.

Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “There is little doubt that these type of events are very well planned, organised and that local knowledge is important in drawing down the main group to a particular ‘vulnerable’ field, or area of land which has been targeted previously as a suitable venue.

“Farmers, landowners and local communities are encouraged to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Police; this may be an unusual numbers of vehicles, especially camper vans, vans or trucks in the locality, illegal trespassers who may be doing ‘recce’ of sites in advance of the event.

“I can assure local communities that Police will take the appropriate action to deter illegal gatherings and deal robustly with any criminal offences discovered or disclosed.”

Members of the public are also urged to be vigilant of persons who approach landowners or enquiring for land, in the guise of hiring for apparently acceptable activities such as gymkhanas and scouts/guides events.

Please contact Police on 101 with reports on any suspicious activity.

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Discover Coast and Cleddau boat trips launched at Milford Waterfront

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A NEW way to appreciate the spectacular Pembrokeshire coast has been officially launched at Milford Waterfront.

Discover Coast and Cleddau offers two exciting boat trips; ‘Discover Coast’ takes passengers on a guided tour around Skomer Island to see the array of wildlife while ‘Discover Cleddau’ explores the more tranquil waters around Benton, Cosheston Woodlands and Lawrenny.

Both trips celebrate the rich history of the Waterway. Suited to all ages from five upwards, what makes these trips unique is that all passengers are seated comfortably inside a heated cabin.

Director of Property and Tourism at the Port of Milford Haven which owns and operates the vessel, Clare Stowell, said “There is so much to see within the Milford Haven Waterway and out towards the islands that we’re confident both trips will be really popular. The trips form part of our wider strategy to transform Milford Waterfront into a vibrant destination where visitors will enjoy a memorable leisure experience.”

As well as the regular boat trips, a number of special tours will be publicised throughout the summer such as photography expeditions.

Excursions can be booked by calling the Skipper Gareth Light on 01646 696370; tickets are £25.00 per person with the boat departing from Mackerel Quay at Milford Marina.

For the latest information on Discover Coast and Discover Cleddau please follow Milford Waterfront on social media.

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Man who gets ‘a sexual buzz’ from touching bottoms avoids prison

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A HAVERFORDWEST man who cannot stop grabbing women’s bottoms has today (Jun 22) received a suspended prison sentence.

John Robert Hancox told police he could not understand where the urge had come from at the age of 66.

Hancox, of Hanover Court, was arrested on May 15 for touching the bottoms of two women in the town. Police cautioned him and released him.

Helen Randall, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that just eight days later Hancox said hello to a 23-year-old woman walking along Milford Road and then grabbed her bottom.

The following day he approached a 16-year-old girl who was clearly wearing a school uniform in the car park at Tesco, Haverfordwest and did the same to her.

Miss Randall said her friends spotted a police van and alerted the officers, who happened to be looking for Hancox for the offence the previous day.

Hancox admitted sexually assaulting two females.

During police interviews he said he got ‘a sexual buzz’ out of touching his victims and felt embarrassed.

His barrister, Carina Hughes, told the court: “These urges are recent in his life and he is crying out for help.”

The judge Mr Recorder Peter Griffiths told Hancox he presented a problem to the court as the public needed protecting but he needed help.

Hancox was jailed for two months, suspended for two years, and placed under supervision for two years coupled with an order to complete up to 30 days of a rehabilitation activity designed by the probation service.

He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order under which he must not approach girls aged under 18.

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