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Badger baiting in Pembrokeshire exposed

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A BBC WALES investigation exposing badger baiting in Pembrokeshire is set to air tonight (May 22).

As part of a six-month investigation, BBC Wales infiltrated two gangs, uncovering a network across south Wales.

This is the first time in over 30 years that a group of badger baiters have been infiltrated in this manner, revealing the reality of the brutal blood sport. Secret recordings show two men pull a badger cub from the ground, setting dogs on it then killing it with a spade.

Others were filmed illegally digging a sett in Pembrokeshire, including a convicted badger baiter who is banned from keeping dogs.

The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 bans people from injuring, killing or taking the animal or disturbing their setts, yet hotspots of activity were found in Wales and the English borders. The cruel treatment of the dogs were also revealed, with one member of the group claiming to have shot dogs that failed to act as he wanted.


Veterinary physician Mike Jessop, an expert witness for dozens of animal welfare prosecutions, said: “The dog is just another working tool. They’re just thrown down holes, they’ve got to do their job. If they’re not doing their job they become a useless commodity.

“This is the classic blood sport activity that we all thought had been brought under some sort of control – this is showing clearly it hasn’t.”

RSPCA special operations unit head Ian Briggs described how there was ‘a particular problem’ with badger baiting in Wales, saying that this was due to the ‘remoteness and the ease of which they [badger baiters] can carry out their activities’.

The Ministry of Justice reported that 13 people across England and Wales were convicted in 2016, with four of those in Wales. Yet police forces are not required to reveal badger baiting investigations or outcomes to the Home Office, resulting in the scale of badger baiting being unknown.

Despite this, information collated by charities suggested there were 18 reports of badger baiting in Wales over the 17 months ending in 2017 with four reports of dug badger setts.

Sue Hayman, Labour’s shadow environment secretary, said: “If we’re going to genuinely tackle something we need to know the extent of the problem and the only way we’re going to properly know the extent of the problem is to record it effectively.”

Mr Briggs went on to say that prosecutions were reliant on the RSPCA getting ‘information from friends, family, neighbours, who are aware of what these people are doing’.

The BBC Wales investigation also revealed a convicted badger baiter that had been boasting on a closed Facebook group dedicated to Patterdale terriers about setts he had dug up and his breeding of puppies for hunting. The man denies all allegations, including ownership of dogs and hunting for badgers.

Exposed: The Secret World of Badger Baiters is on BBC One Wales at 10:35pm tonight (May 22).

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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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