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Pembrokeshire ravers among over a thousand at illegal rave

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OVER 1,000 people, many from Pembrokesrhire, attended the illegal UKTEK 2018 free party in neighbouring Carmarthenshire over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

The annual event, which takes place at surprise locations, was this year in a clearing in the Brechfa Forest. It is the third time the event has been in west Wales in recent years – it is the same party which was at Dale Airfield in 2010, which saw 2500 people attend.

It is well organised ‘teknival’ event comprising of multiple sound systems from all over the UK which join together to celebrate dance subculture.

But the events are not popular with police or local residents, who complained about hearing low bass noise and repetitive beats many miles from the remote location.

One resident said, having been there on Sunday morning, that there must have been more than 1,000 people in attendance at the peak of the event – this number has not yet been confirmed by police. However, photographs from people at the event show multiple sound systems and large crowds of people at the gathering.

A police helicopter was deployed above the site on Sunday as the authorities undertook reconnaissance to understand the scale of the event taking place.

The party started on Saturday and lasted for three days.

One raver from Carew, who was also DJing at the event, explained to The Herald how on Monday there was a mass litter pick at the event.

He told The Carmarthenshire Herald: “There are often parties at this location and we always respect the site.”

Police have been at the scene since around 1am on Sunday morning and were in attendance until Monday evening.

Officers in four police cars, created a roadblock to the rave site to turn people away so crowd numbers would not grow.

As the main road into the rave has been blocked, more and more people have been parking on the sides of the road, abandoning their cars and trying to gain entry via other routes, after police admitted that the number of people inside makes it virtually impossible for them to make a safe attempt at dispersing the crowd.

Also in west Wales, the UKTEK in 2009 took place on a remote hillside near Brecon at an abandoned pub called The Drovers Arms, used by the MOD as a training location.

Party time: Ravers enjoy the Bank Holiday weather (Pic:Herald)

Seize Mik sound rig at the rave (Pic: Herald)

Cop cordon: Police stop ravers near the party (Pic: D Harries/Herald)

Brechfa free party: A view from the DJ decks (Pic: Herald)

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Appeal after woman sexually assaulted on cycle path near Haverfordwest

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POLICE officers in Haverfordwest are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted at approximately 4.30pm on Sunday (May 16).

The woman was walking along the cycle path between Haverfordwest and Tiers Cross when she was approached by a man who threatened and assaulted her, before walking away towards Haverfordwest town.

The male is described as a white male, between 5ft 4 and 5ft 11 tall , normal build with a welsh accent. He has short dark hair, a beard and a moustache, brown eyes, and wearing light blue jeans, navy/dark blue jersey with grey sleeves. Anyone who saw a man matching this description in the area between 3.30pm and 5pm in the afternoon.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

The cycle path is currently closed while the investigation continues.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Butler, who is leading the investigation, said “Incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the Dyfed-Powys area. The public may see an increased presence of police officers in the coming days as police investigate the incident. Anyone with concerns or information that could help our enquiries can speak to those officers or contact police. While a man was quickly arrested we would still like to speak to anyone who saw a man matching the above description in the area yesterday afternoon.”

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact police. This can be done online at bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet endorses STEP Fusion application

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet have today endorsed proposals from Cllr Paul Miller (Cabinet Member for Economic Development) to further progress the nomination of a Pembrokeshire site to host a Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) fusion power station in the county.

Working with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the proposed site is adjacent to the existing energy facilities on the South Shore of the Haven waterway.

If approved, the facility will initially host research with the ultimate aim of developing this technology which could offer a virtually limitless source of clean electricity by copying the processes that power the sun.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “I am pleased my Cabinet colleagues endorsed this important programme of work. The Haven Waterway has provided livelihoods, underpinned by fossil fuels, for thousands of Pembrokeshire families, mine included, for more than 50 years. It’s my job to help ensure the waterway continues to provide high skilled, engineering, science and technology jobs for the next generation of this county – and so linked to our focus on climate change (and in addition to our existing multi-million pound commitments to supporting wind, wave and tidal clean power generation) my team have been exploring whether we can also support the development of clean, green fusion technology.

“It’s very early days in the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s site selection process but we’ll provide regular updates as things progress.”

•       STEP is an ambitious programme to design and build a prototype fusion power plant;
•       It is a UKAEA programme, currently with £222m funding from the UK Government to produce a concept design by 2024: https://step.ukaea.uk/

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Re-opening of indoor hospitality and attractions at Milford Waterfront

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RESTAURANTS and indoor visitor attractions in Milford Waterfront are welcoming the return of indoor services from today.

The re-opening of indoor dining allows all restaurants at Milford Waterfront to seat customers indoors. As well as all restaurants on the Waterfront now being able to offer this service, the brand-new Foam Domes overlooking the Milford Haven Waterway are able to open, with bookings being taken from the 19th May.

Indoor visitor attractions are also allowed to re-open. This includes the Waterfront Gallery, which is open today and Phoenix Bowl & Pirate Pete’s Adventure Play which is making preparations to open from Wednesday 19th May. Also, Milford Museum, which has had a new rendered exterior finish, is preparing to open for the end of May.

Lucy Wonnacott, Marketing Manager for Milford Waterfront commented: “We are delighted to see the re-opening of indoor hospitality and visitor attractions here at Milford Waterfront. Each business has their own safety and social distancing measures in place and we kindly ask that you respect and adhere to these for your own safety, and that of others. We hope you enjoy your visit to Milford Waterfront and stay safe!”

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