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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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Angle Lifeboat tasked to disabled yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head

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Image Credit - RNLI Penny Harris

ANGLE LIFEBOAT and her crew saw out April when they were tasked on 30th of April to a yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head.

Angle Lifeboat and her crew saw out April when they were tasked on 30th of April to a yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head.

The lifeboat was launched at 10:43pm to a 26ft yacht that had reported smoke coming from their engine compartment. The casualty vessel was 22 miles south west of St Ann’s with two crew onboard.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 11:46pm. The on scene assessment was carried out and both crew were safe and well but the vessel would need to be towed to Milford Haven. The tow was set up and the casualty vessel was under tow at 11:56pm.

The conditions were perfect for the slow tow back which saw a beautiful moon rising and the early glow of dawn.

Lifeboat arrived at Milford and swapped the casualty vessel to an alongside tow to take it alongside in to the lock at Milford Marina where the casualty was safely tied up at 04:49am.

The lifeboat rehoused at 05:15am where she got her well deserved washdown and the crew headed home to get some sleep.

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Meet the Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor

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A NEW Pembrokeshire business is proving to be an inspiration for young people after its recent launch.

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor is the brainchild of Ewan Griffiths, who turned his dream into reality thanks to the advice and support of Cam Nesa.

The project aims to reduce the number of young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, training or employment.

Before signing up to Cam Nesa, Ewan was out of work and struggling for direction, and anxiety was preventing him from maximising his potential.

Throughout his journey with Cam Nesa, Ewan worked closely with youth worker Donna Wright to devise a plan that provided support and guidance to improve his confidence and self-esteem, and provide mechanisms for coping with anxiety.

In addition, the project provided Ewan with opportunities to gain qualifications and obtain information that would help him with starting his own business.

Ewan’s message to other young people is simple, “If you find yourself struggling, there is help.”

“Cam Nesa supported me in all aspects of my plan, and working with Donna was fantastic.”

“I would definitely encourage others to reach out for support.”

Donna Wright, who supported Ewan throughout his Cam Nesa journey, said that the launch of his new business is a great source of pride for Cam Nesa and Pembrokeshire Youth Service.

“Ewan has come on leaps and bounds, and it was his engagement and determination that has made his outcome with Cam Nesa so successful and inspiring”, she said.

“Congratulations Ewan on your achievements, and we all wish you good luck with your new business.”

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor provides repairs and servicing for mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, and most agricultural engines, with the mobile service providing collection and returns.

For more information, search ‘Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor’ on Facebook.

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Milford Haven: Mount estate death not being treated as suspicious say police

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POLICE have confirmed that following a welfare visit to a property in Mount Estate, they discovered a male occupant, in his 30’s, in need of medical help.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he sadly passed away on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a property at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Friday 30th April 2021, following a report of concern for the welfare of the occupier.

“A male was taken to hospital where he died on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

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