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Pembroke Dock: Dogs rescued from house fire

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HEATING ENGINEERS ran into a house fire to rescue two dogs in Pembroke Dock yesterday (June 6). The fire down St Teilo’s Road was caused by the washing machine.

Jamie Thomas and Matthew Fielding, of Warmplan Heating Engineers Ltd in Cardiff, were installing central heating in the adjoining property for Pembrokeshire County Council when smoke was seen coming from the neighbouring windows.

Both a smoke alarm and barking dogs were then heard, so the two engineers felt they should act. Because of their line of work the two men had fire extinguishers with them, and Mr Thomas said that they ‘had to get in there as it was getting worse and worse’.

They were forced to break down the door, later finding out that the woman living there was out at the time and her daughter was at school.

They found flames to be reaching the ground floor ceiling, with the washing machine on fire.

Mr Fielding described how the light fittings had melted, and that they were lucky to get in when they did as a petrol can was in the kitchen, in preparation for a camping trip.

The two men held their breath as they looked for the two dogs and got them out of the premises.

Mr Thomas said: “It was scary, the smoke was funnelling upstairs, I’d never seen anything like it. Judging from what I saw, the whole house has smoke damage, it will cost a lot to get it back up to standard.”

Mr Fielding said: “It was human nature, instinct just kicked in. My house had caught fire a few years back so I know how bad it is.”

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Milford Haven: Cabins to appeal to glampers

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FOUR new arrivals are in place at Milford Waterfront offering visitors a unique on-water ‘glamping’ experience.

The Floatel Cabins were transported from Amsterdam to Pembrokeshire by road before being lifted into the marina by crane yesterday. The self-contained cabins measure 9m x 4m and feature an en-suite shower room, private balcony, WiFi and locally sourced works of art. Each will sleep two people, with one designed to cater for disabled guests in comfort and another that’s dog-friendly.

Over the next few weeks the cabins will be connected to the necessary utilities before fixtures and fittings are installed. Once ready, the accommodation will be managed by Quality Unearthed – a Pembrokeshire based holiday lettings agency that specialises in unusual properties.

Welcoming the arrival of the Floatel Cabins is Clare Stowell, Director of Property and Tourism at the Port of Milford Haven. She said “This is a fantastic milestone for us and I’m delighted to have a really unique attraction right here at Milford Waterfront. We plan to use high quality furnishings from local suppliers to create a quirky yet quality feel with a strong Pembrokeshire identity which I’m sure will be very popular with guests.”

“Milford Waterfront is fast becoming a busy, vibrant destination with attractions to suit people of all ages and interests” Clare added. “As such, the Port is investing millions of pounds into the development over the next 5-10 years to create new hotel, retail, leisure and residential facilities to complement the existing offering”.

The Floatel Cabins are part-funded by the Coastal Communities Fund. The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the Government with income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets. It is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

It is anticipated that the accommodation will be ready for letting by the end of the year. More information can be found at www.milfordwaterfront.co.uk/floatelcabins

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Martletwy: Cat’s leg shattered by air gun

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RSPCA CYMRU is appealing for information after a cat’s leg bone was shattered by an air gun pellet in Martletwy.

Trilby made her way back into her owner’s house with a broken leg, and after taking her immediately to a vet, it was discovered that she had been shot with an air gun.

The incident happened in the small village of Martletwy on Monday, September 10.

Following the incident, which shattered the central joint in her front leg, Trilby, who is around five years old, endured a gruelling three-hour operation in a bid to save her leg and avoid amputation.

Her owner Laura Hayden said: “We had a brilliant surgeon who carried out the very complicated, three-hour long operation on Trilby. The vet intended to do a pin and plate operation but the pins and plates they would have ordered in were all too big as Trilby is a small, delicate cat.

“The vet had to improvise with pins he had in stock which were small enough and wires in two figures of eight to hold the bones together. During the operation he found a destroyed blood vessel and because this had supplied blood to a bone, with no blood flow to it, that bone had to be removed.

“We have since been quite concerned about her because she has been very low, but since her splint has been taken off she has been a bit brighter.”

Laura said they have lived in Martletwy for 20 years and nothing of this nature has ever happened before.

She added: “Everyone in our road is very concerned about the safety of their animals and we will be holding a residents tonight (Monday 24 September). It is just shocking that this has happened in our small community.

“What happened to our cat is horrendous enough but this cat is a rescue cat – as are our other two cats and our two dogs – and to further blight the life of a previously badly treated innocent animal makes this even worse.

“The treatment and operation have cost us £2,000. We are lucky in that we have been able to afford this, but it frightens us to think that someone else might not have been able to. It has been, and continues to be, a traumatic, stressful and deeply upsetting experience for us. It has changed our cat’s life and has had a deeply disturbing effect of our lives that I would not wish on anyone.”

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “Trilby and her owners have been through such a distressing ordeal and it is just horrifying to think that someone may have have done this to deliberately inflict pain on this poor defenseless cat.
“We don’t know exactly where or when this happened and if this was a deliberate attack, so we are appealing for information to try and find out what happened to Trilby. If anyone has any information, they are urged to call the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018, which is in confidence.”

If you wish to help RSPCA Cymru look into incidences such as this, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and rely on public donations.

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Angle: Royal visit planned for October

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HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS The Duke of Gloucester is to visit Pembrokeshire on Thursday, October 4.

His Royal Highness will be carrying out four engagements in the county – three of them in Angle.

The highlight of the visit will be The Duke’s unveiling of a memorial at an unmarked Japanese war grave in Angle churchyard.

During the First World War on October 4, 1918, a 7,700-ton merchant ship, Hirano Maru, was torpedoed by a German U-Boat 200 miles south of Ireland.

Of the 320 people onboard, only 28 were saved. Several of the bodies were washed ashore at Angle and subsequently buried in the village churchyard.

Funds for the granite obelisk have been raised locally under the auspices of the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society and by a donation from the NYK Shipping Line, owners of the Hirano Maru.

Representatives from the company will be at the ceremony along with staff from the Japanese Embassy in London.

The memorial has been made locally by a father and son team of stonemasons from Milford Haven.

The Duke will also be visiting Angle lifeboat station – which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year – and Chapel Bay Fort and Museum at the western end of the village.

The coast artillery fort, a scheduled ancient monument, was completed in 1891 and is the earliest known fort in the world constructed principally in mass concrete.

His Royal Highness is Patron of the Fortress Study Group which aims to further the understanding of military fortifications.

Earlier in the day, The Duke will officially open Paul Sartori House in Winch Lane, Haverfordwest.

 

 

 

The building is the headquarters of the Paul Sartori Foundation which provides Pembrokeshire’s only Hospice at Home service.

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