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100 mile underwater cable to run between Pembrokeshire and Ireland

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File picture: An example of an underwater cable

PEMBROKE POWER STATION will have a cable connected over 100 miles to County Wexford in the Republic of Ireland as part of a new power sharing scheme between the two nations.

The 500MW ‘Greenlink’ cable will be the first of its kind in South Wales, and would have the capability to power 380,000 homes.

Ofgem, the UK National Grid, and Element Power Ireland Ltd are the parties involved, and they will have surveys using drop-down cameras and sonar taken of the Castlemartin coast this summer in preparations of laying the cable.

As well as ascertaining the best route for the cable, the survey will try to identify any potential unexploded ordnance on the seabed.

A spokesman for Element Power Ireland said the €400m (£350m) scheme is designed to improve energy security in both Ireland and Wales, and pass on consumer savings through a more efficient system.

An approximate submission date of March 2019 has been set for the planning application, and they hope
to begin construction in 2020/21.

The specially made cable is expected to surface at Freshwater West, from which it will run back underground to connect with an existing substation at Pembroke.

It is planned to use as much agricultural land as possible, with conversations between Greenlink and landowners already taking place.

It is hoped that local businesses should benefit from the project during construction, and a further consultation event is expected to be held in May.

The Greenlink Interconnector Project Director Simon Ludlam, has said: “We believe that a proactive and constructive dialogue with stakeholders will result in the best possible proposal coming forward and we will be commencing a full and thorough public consultation to discuss the full project in the near future.”

The project will be privately funded by Element Power Ltd, but it will also benefit from designation as a ‘European Union Project of Common Interest’ under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

Brexit will also have no bearing on the scheme, as the trade of electricity without tariffs between the UK and the EU will continue.

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Tenby: Suspected groomer netted by paedophile hunters PH Balance

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A SUSPECTED child sex offender has been arrested in Tenby this weekend in a sting operatition set up by a peadophile hunter group called PH Balance.

The group, according to media reports, aims to catch predators on social media and in chat rooms before conducting stings and then handing evidence to the police.

A post on the group’s Facebook page has received a lot of local attention and includes a photograph of the suspect being detained by officers at Tenby railway station on Sunday (Jul 22)

A spokesman from PH Balance calling himself Taz posted: “Today the west team deployed to Tenby under the leadership to capture a ‘creature’ who had been talking to a 14-year-old girl and arranged to meet her at midday.

“The team caught him and called the police who responded rapidly and made an arrest.

“Two in two days for the PH family, and a busy summer holidays looks [to be] on the horizon.

“Well done PH Balance West.”

Dyfed-Powys Police have been contacted by The Herald for a comment.

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Keep Calm and Carry On at Carew Castle’s murder mystery events

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WOULD-BE detectives will be given the chance to catch a killer at Carew Castle on 27 and 28 July during two Second World War-themed murder mystery evenings packed with drama and intrigue.

Don’t Panic by Harvey’s Players is set in 1943 Carew, where a murder rocks the sleepy village as it gears up for the annual flower and produce show. It will be down to you to help the home guard track down the culprit and put them behind bars.

Carew Castle Manager, Daisy Hughes said: “If you’re a fan of detective dramas, 1940s fashion and good food, then join us in the Castle’s cosy Lesser Hall, where we’ll keep the home fires burning while the investigation ensues.

“Fancy dress is optional but with the cast donning authentic uniforms loaned from Carew Control Tower and a prize for the best Vera Lynn lookalike, there’s all the more reason to delve into your wartime wardrobe for afternoon dresses, hats and military outfit to fully immerse yourself in this 1940s experience.”

Tickets are £20 for adults and £18 for children (not suitable for under 12s). Doors will open at 7pm with the event starting at 7.30pm on both nights. Ticket price includes buffet. A bar will be available all evening.

To book your tickets call Carew Castle on 01646 651782 or more information visit www.carewcastle.com.

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Milford Haven: Two more arrested in Mount Estate drugs raids

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ARMED officers from Dyfed-Powys Police have carried out further drugs warrants in the Elm Lane and Willow End area of the Mount Estate in Milford Haven this week.

As a result of the raids, which took place on the morning  Friday  July 20, a quantity of drugs were seized and two males were arrested.

One male remains in custody and one has been released under investigation.

A police spokesperson told The Herald that an investigation into the matter is ongoing.

The spokesperson added: “Anyone with information on drug use is asked to report to police by calling 101, or anonymously contact Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.”

Police at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on July 20, 2018 (Pic: Herald)

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