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Explosions rock Wiston

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jordan1A TEENAGER from Wiston, who has been described as “desperate to join the Army” may have lost both of his hands, but is in a stable condition, after an explosion rocked his parent’s home on Thursday morning.

Jordan Smith, age 19, was seriously injured in the blast, and was airlifted to Morriston hospital by the Wales Air Ambulance at an incident which took place at around 11am. He had just completed an army preparation course at Pembrokeshire College, and was known for enjoying dressing up in camouflage gear.

Bomb disposal experts were on standby, and police cordoned the road between Wiston and Crundale. Around four neighbouring homes were evacuated as a precaution.

Neighbours told The Herald that Jordan Smith had joined the Army last year but had not got through his course because he “Wasn’t focused properly on his training”.

Mr Bernie Jones, 67, said: “There was some sort of an explosion and it looks like Jordan has suffered bad hand injuries. Police threw a cordon up around the entire village and the bomb squad moved in. Jordan was interested in the Army and had wanted to join up since he was a young boy. The Army is definitely his orientation. He was very keen and and hoped to be accepted.”

The Smith family moved to Pembrokeshire six years ago from Stoke-on-Trent. They converted the old farm buildings into two new homes called Potters Barn, after The Potteries, a nick name for their home town.

He lived at one of he converted barns with his parents Anthony and Rita Smith, who until recently were directors of a cleaning company.

Local resident Fiona Morgan, said: “Neighbours said there was an almighty bang and a bad smell. There’s been a lot of police and sniffer dogs.”

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman told The Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police are continuing to investigate an incident that occurred in Wiston, Pembrokeshire yesterday – where a man sustained a non life threatening injury. He remains in hospital in a stable condition. The incident occurred in a field on the property. Searches of the land and associated buildings continue, and some bird scaring equipment has been seized from the premises. The 19 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of an explosive related offence. Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with this matter.”

Blast scene: The Potteries, Wiston, Pembrokeshire

Blast scene: The Potteries, Wiston, Pembrokeshire

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Johnston: Police appeal for witnesses

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POLICE have again appealed for witnesses after a collision in Johnston, near Haverfordwest, on Wednesday (August 5).

A boy on a scooter sustained minor injuries during the collision, which took place at around 4.20pm. A red 4×4 is believed to have been involved also.

Anyone who was in the area of the St Peters Road pelican crossing, or nearby Langford road, and either witnessed the collision or who has CCTV that covers this area is asked to get in touch.

You can telephone 101, visit bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, or email contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired you can text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Dyfed-Powys Police Ref DP-20200805-249

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Police investigate ‘Chinese government vehicle’ spotted near Puma Oil Terminal

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POLICE have confirmed that they are conducting “the appropriate enquiries” after a suspicious vehicle was spotted in the vicinity of Puma Oil Terminal on Saturday afternoon (Aug 8).

Following a tip off a Herald reporter was dispatched to the area, and saw a black Volvo SUV with three IC5 (Korean, Japanese or Chinese) looking males inside the vehicle. The vehicle had diplomatic number plates identifying that it belonged to the Chinese government.

However, a DVLA check suggested that the plates were registered to a BMW and not the Volvo they were displayed upon.

South Hook LNG security was notified as a precaution.

A police spokesman said: “Members of the public are advised to contact the police to report any suspicious activity or incidents.”

Both the UK and US governments are currently on alert following incidents of spying relating to key infrastructure, computer systems and state secrets by the Chinese authorities.

[The image used in this report is a computer generated artist’s impression.]

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Milford Haven Street Food Festival Returns To Waterfront This August

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MILFORD Haven Street Food Festival will be setting up camp at Milford Waterfront for the third year running to continue their Summer of street food tour, and with a brand new sponsor joining for the ride! Jubel Beer will be on hand fully loaded with refreshing fruity beers to serve all weekend long.

Street Food Warehouse and their team of feeders are heading back into town this bank holiday weekend, 28th – 30th August.

Cooking up a storm between noon – 10pm, the festival is split into three mouth-watering portions and is the only way to get you in the mood for summer and of course, fill you up to the brim on all of your favourite foodie delights.

You’ll need to grab your tickets beforehand, just make sure you come with an empty belly ready to taste new flavours – the world will really be your oyster. From smokin’ souvlaki to naughty nachos, mouthwatering Malaysian to chocolatey treats. Carnivores, veggies and vegans alike will be able to get their hungry hands on a range of Insta-worthy grub from all over the world!

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten that you’ll need something to tingle your taste buds and wash it all down with! Luckily, The Pop Up Bar Hire Company has got the whole weekend covered, offering all of your favourite beverages ranging from zesty Mojitos to ice-cold pints of Jubel Beer.

Two Lads Kitchen, Spicer’s Meat Wagon, Makasih and Chock Shop are just some of the street food vendors that will be attending the weekend, with many more both local and national vendors to be announced.

Come rain or shine, the event is completely free and family-friendly where you can get your hands on the most vibrant and high quality street food Milford Haven has to offer.

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