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Cancer support bus touring Pembrokeshire next week

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MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT’S Welsh information and support bus, Bronwen, will be in locations across Pembrokeshire next week, including Haverfordwest and Tenby.

Bronwen comes with her friendly team of Macmillan information and support specialists, a team of frontline health and social care professionals with years of experience in caring and supporting people living with cancer.

The bus hosts two electronic information screens, a private room for sensitive conversations and two iPads to enable people to find the information they need on the spot.

Macmillan would like to encourage anyone living nearby or simply passing by who have questions about cancer to come and say hello.

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, and the team will be also able to provide information relating to these cancers.

Starting the week in Narberth, on Monday (Apr 16), the bus will be parked up outside CK supermarket on Spring Gardens, from 9am to 4pm.

On Tuesday (Apr 17), Bronwen and the team will be available on Castle Square in Haverfordwest, from 9am to 4pm.

The following day, Wednesday (Apr 18), the bus will be outside Tesco superstore on London Road in Pembroke Dock between 9am and 4pm.

On Thursday (Apr 19) people can drop in to see the team outside Poundland on White Lion Street in Tenby from 9am to 4pm.

On the last day, Friday (Apr 20), visitors can catch the bus in The Harbour car park, on Cambrian Place in Saundersfoot, between 9am and 4pm.

Moray Hayman, Bronwen Team Lead Cancer Information and Support Specialist, said: “We encourage anyone who has been affected by cancer to come and see us, whether they’re living with cancer, have been recently diagnosed, caring for someone with cancer or worried about a loved one.

“As well as answering questions on the day, we can signpost to other cancer services in the area and provide information on a range of issues, including financial advice and wellbeing.

“Even if you don’t have a specific question to ask, our friendly team are always available for a chat.”

Richard Pugh, Head of Services for Macmillan in Wales, said: “At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything and we’re here to support you.

“Our mobile information team travel around Wales and the rest of the UK visiting local communities, providing cancer information and advice on the ground.

“The new Welsh vehicle is smaller and lighter, and will help the team to access places Macmillan has previously not been able to get to, reaching even more people affected by cancer in the process.”

For further information about Macmillan’s mobile information service, and planned visits, go to http://www.macmillan.org.uk/mobileinfo

If you are unable to visit the unit but have questions about cancer, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).

You can find out about Macmillan services near you at http://www.macmillan.org.uk/in-your-area/choose-location.html

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Pembroke: Emergency services dealing with another suspicious substance

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have returned to Pembroke Castle this afternoon (July 20) following reports of another container with a suspicious substance being found.

Dyfed-Powys Police, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, and the Welsh Ambulance Service have attended the scene.

South Quay car park was closed at 1:30pm. It has since re-opened, however the pathway behind Pembroke Castle remains closed.

Pembroke Castle itself remains open.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Dyfed-Powys Police received a report of suspicious containers found at Pembroke Castle at around 1.10pm today (Friday, July 20).

“Enquiries are continuing to safely establish exactly what substance is within the containers.

“Police would like to reassure members of the public that this is a safety precaution and that no one has been injured or harmed at this time. There is not believed to be any risk to the public at present.”

It emerged that a bottle bearing the word Novichok had been discovered last week, and the police are treating it as a hoax.

Paddle West, who offer row boat hire near the castle posted on Facebook: “Currently closed due to another bottle incident. If anyone knows the culprit please contact the police so we don’t have to do this every weekend!”

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Pembroke Dock: Indian restaurant owner sexually assaulted teenager

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THE OWNER of a Pembroke Dock restaurant who sexually assaulted the same girl three times has been made the subject of a suspended prison sentence.

Riaz Miah, aged 42, had been found guilty after a trial of three indecent assaults all committed on the same day.
Judge Paul Thomas told Miah he should feel disgusted and ashamed of himself.
Miah, of St Marks Close, Merlin’s Bridge, was jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 15 sessions of a rehabilitation activity. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for the community.
Miah was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and must register with the police as a sex offender, both for 10 years.
Swansea Crown Court heard how he had kissed the 17 year old, licked her face and touched her breast and bottom.
His barrister, Carina Hughes, told the court his business had failed in January because of financial problems.
The victim wrote in an impact statement she was still too afraid to out alone in Pembroke Dock for fear of bumping into Miah. She still suffered nightmares and sometimes woke in floods of tears.
Judge Thomas told Miah, a married father of two, his behaviour had been disgraceful and he found it disappointing that he still denied the offending despite the verdicts of the jury.
“She was disgusted and repelled by what you did. She was affected psychologically and has suffered a loss of confidence. You richly deserve a prison sentence,” he added.
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Welsh Water reminds customers to use water wisely 

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WELSH WATER customers are being asked to continue using water efficiently to help the company maintain water supplies and protect the environment as the current dry spell is set to continue through July and into August.

June was the hottest on record in Wales with only 24% of long term average rainfall during the month.  With the heatwave now set to continue and only limited rainfall predicted over the next few weeks, WelshWater is working  closely with water watchdog Consumer Council for Water and Natural Resources Wales to remind customers that using water wisely will not only help protect supplies for customers but also help the wider environment.  Many of the company’s upland reservoirs are used to release extra water into rivers during these conditions to increase river levels and protect local wildlife.

The company is now spending an extra £1.5 million a week to safeguard water supplies for its three million customers across most of Wales, Herefordshire and Deeside. It has already taken extensive action to prepare for and manage this prolonged dry period including:

  • 450 people working 7 days a week to find and fix 140 leaks a day (80 in normal conditions). Whilst leakage has been halved in the last 10 years and is currently at an all-time low, customers are being encouraged to report leaks to Welsh Water as the company will also repair customers’ pipes free of charge if they have a leak;
  • deploying 40 tankers to move water around the network and installing temporary pipelines and pumping stations to help keep customers in supply where we have seen huge increases in demand; and
  • pumping over 1 billion litres a day  into the network over the past 15 days. This is 25% more than usual amount of water put into the network every day.

 Customers are being urged to use water wisely:

  • Take a break from watering the garden – the lawn will grow back quickly once it starts to rain
  • Take a short shower instead of a bath
  • Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth
  • Always make sure any washing machines and dishwashers are full

 Managing Director of Water Services, Ian Christie, said:  “The level of water consumption has reached record levels in recent weeks. This is not surprising after the record temperatures in June and the continued lack of any substantial rainfall in July.

“These challenging weather conditions are set to continue, and behind the scenes, we’re working day and night to maintain supplies by finding and fixing leaks, using our integrated pipe network to move water around and also using tankers to feed into our network directly.

“We’d like to thank customers for working with us and urge them to continue reporting any leaks and follow the advice we have issued on how to use water efficiently so that we can help protect water supplies also play our part in safeguarding the local environment.”

Natalie Hall, Water Manager for Natural Resources Wales, said:“We’re responsible for securing the proper use of natural resources in Wales and making sure there is enough water available for all needs including the environment and people.

“We’re seeing some very low flows in our rivers and low rainfall totals across Wales during this prolonged period of dry weather and there are concerns that water quality and the environment will suffer if the dry weather continues through the summer.

“Every drop of water we use is taken from rivers or groundwater, so we are asking people to conserve water as much as they can.

“Saving water is something anyone can do and doing things differently can make a big difference – like having a shower instead of a bath, turning taps off when brushing your teeth, reducing sprinkler use and using water butts.”

Tom Taylor, Wales Chair for the Consumer Council for Water, said:“Customers are much more willing to use water wisely if they can see their water company is going the extra mile to maintain a reliable supply of water, so we’re pleased Welsh Water is taking exactly the sort of action we would expect.”

“With no end in sight to the hot weather, we’d urge people across Wales to keep playing their part by making every drop of water count in the home and garden. Customers can soak up some great tips on our website and Welsh Water’s too – it’s amazing the difference small changes can make.”

 

Saving water in the GARDEN

 

·         Use a watering can or handheld hose pipe instead of a garden sprinkler

·         Fit a hose trigger gun when using a hose, available from our Product Portal

·         Add water retention crystals to pots, tubs and hanging baskets to help keep compost moist, available here on our Product Portal

·         Don’t cut lawns too short and save the clippings to use as mulch to improve soil health

 

 

Saving water in the BATHROOM

 

·         Take a shower and reduce the number of baths you have

·         Put the plug in the basin when you wash and use the collected water instead

·         Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth

·         Always make sure taps are turned off fully

·         Fix a water efficient showerhead

·         Fix any leaking taps to avoid wasted water

·         If you are installing a new bathroom, always choose water efficient products

 

Saving water in the KITCHEN

 

·         Use a washing up bowl when washing up

·         Fix any leaking taps

·         Wait until you have a full load before doing your washing

·         Only fill the kettle with the water you need

·         If you are purchasing a new appliance which uses water, be sure to check how waterefficient it is

 

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