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Discover Delicious delicacies of Wales

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A NEW online marketplace promoting artisan Welsh food and drink has launched, with a bespoke three-course menu designed by former Masterchef contestant and Pembrokeshire native Tom Simmons.

Discover Delicious showcases the delicacies, with the unique menu featuring one-of-a-kind produce such as shiitake mushrooms grown in the hills of Snowdonia and rum infused with seaweed from the Pembrokeshire coast.

Discover Delicious connects food, drink and flavour lovers with the hidden gems on offer from all corners of the country, celebrating Wales’ amazing producers, their products and the incredible Welsh landscape that shapes them all.

The site offers some of the country’s best kept culinary secrets with other award-winning delicacies like Bara Brith, Beetroot Bombs and Mermaid Confetti.

Tom Simmons comments: “Bringing Welsh food to a wider audience is something I’m really passionate about. I’m proud of my Welsh roots and cooking with the amazing local produce available through Discover Delicious has exposed me to an even wider variety of authentic tastes that have influenced the creative development of my menu.”

From a former city worker who moved back to the Pembrokeshire coast to develop Welshman’s Caviar, to producers of world-famous sea salt that has been enjoyed by the likes of Barack Obama, the site features amazing produce from fantastic producers. Each delicacy has an insightful backstory, in addition to being delicious. Collectively, the producers have won numerous Great Taste Awards.

Founder of the site, Laura Pickup said: “We’re delighted to be bringing the wonderful food and drink of Wales to the wider UK audience. We love finding incredible artisan producers and helping them share their amazing stories and delicious produce. We hope to inspire people to try new, authentic, local and sustainable delights that are reared, grown or crafted in Wales.”

The project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Discover Delicious’ goal is to bring tastes of Wales to the UK, promoting both smaller producers on a large platform and helping established suppliers reach a new audience. Find brilliant flavours at: https://discoverdelicious.wales/

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Police officer was assaulted on Christmas Day

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A 25-YEAR-OLD woman from Haverfordwest appeared before the town’s magistrates on Tuesday (Jan 15) to face a charge of assault by beating against a police officer.

Tiffany Rowlands, of West Court, pleaded guilty to assaulting PC Gareth Potter on Christmas Day.

Prosecutor, Sian Vaughan said: “The officer was at the defendant’s property searching the childrens’ bedrooms.

“Rowlands pushed the officer to the chest, and after she calmed down apologised following the incident.”

Defence solicitor, Mark Layton, said: “There’s no record of any injury. They were upstairs, the lights were off so it was dark, and she realises it was wholly inappropriate.”

Magistrates fined Rowlands £40 for the offence and ordered her to pay £85 prosecution costs and £30 victim surcharge.

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Milford Haven: Booms to be removed following oil spill

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BOOMS installed earlier this month to contain an oil spill in the Milford Haven waterway will be removed tomorrow (Jan 17).

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and partner agencies have continued to survey the affected areas since the incident on 3 January and are satisfied that they have contained as much oil as possible.

Where oil has been found on local beaches, Valero’s clean up team have removed it under advice of NRW officers.

The investigation into how this incident, and the previous oil spill in December 2018, happened is ongoing.

Following further assessments and an inspection of the affected fuel pipelines, Valero now believe that no more than 500 litres of oil was released during the incident on 3 January – significantly less than originally feared.

But the pipelines will remain closed after NRW took action last week to suspend their use. NRW will not allow Valero to reopen the pipelines until it is satisfied they can operate without causing further damage to the local environment.

Andrea Winterton, Operations Manager from Natural Resources Wales, said: “Following a swift response from everyone involved, much of the pollution has been contained and cleaned up quickly, reducing the impact it could have had on wildlife and the environment.

“Along with our partners, we will continue to monitor the situation and will respond to any further reports of oil washing ashore in the coming weeks.

“Valero continue to support our efforts and cooperate with our enquiries into how the incidents happened. Our investigation also continues as we consider what further action we need to take to stop this happening again.”

NRW is asking people who live in the area to report any signs of pollution to their 24/7 incident hotline on 03000 65 3000.

The multi-agency response to this incident has involved the following organisations: NRW, Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Milford Haven Port Authority, Marine and Coastguard Agency, Public Health Wales, Food Standards Agency.

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Fishguard: Sex offender caught trying to flee to Ireland

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A sex offender from Bow Street near Aberystwyth who tried to move to Ireland without telling anyone has been jailed.

Dennis Bull, aged 67, was caught trying to drive a van onto the Fishguard–Rosslare ferry with his belongings in the back ready for a new life in the Republic.

Bull, of Nirmit, admitted failing to comply with the conditions of registration as a sex offender and was jailed for 16 months.

Dyfed Thomas, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court it was the third time he had breached the order, imposed at Caernarfon crown court in February, 2016, for possessing indecent images of children.

That conviction was on top of earlier offending in New Zealand that included indecent exposure, outraging public decency and gross indecency with a child.

Mr Thomas said Bull had been jailed for 16 months in 2016 and ordered to register with the police. The restrictions imposed included a requirement to tell the police if he intended to change address.

On November 13 last year police at Fishguard harbour became aware of a Ford Mondeo registered to Bull.

A few minutes later Bull was arrested as he attempted to drive a van onto the Stenna ferry, which was loaded with household items.

Bull told the police he had made arrangements to move to Ireland “lock, stock and barrel” because he understood the monitoring of sex offenders was less strict.

In particular, said Mr Thomas, Bull did not like prospective employers being told about his convictions.

Judge Geraint Walters told Bull, “This was a planned and determined attempt to avoid detection. It was only the eagle eyes of the authorities that brought you to book.

“Your record is troubling and you present a risk of committing more offences of a sexual nature.

 “You are defiant of court orders that are there to protect others and it is truly disturbing that you are so keen to breach them.”

Bull was warned that the 2016 order remained in place for a further seven years.

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