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Milford Haven: ​Jaw ​dropping discovery

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A SHARK being billed as the ‘largest fish to come out of Welsh waters’ was caught off Milford Haven on Tuesday (Jun 12).

A 324lb (147kg) porbeagle was caught by Phatcat Charters as they started their sharking season.

The porbeagle is a species of mackerel shark and is the UK’s biggest game fish. They typically reach 8.2ft (2.5m) in length and a weight of 298lb (135kg) making the 324lb shark a particularly large catch.

Mathew Burrett had made the long journey down from Scotland for his fourth trip out with Phatcat Charters, having a long battle with the fish reeling it in. After a few pictures, the fish was released to go on her way, as were another two porbeagles and two blue sharks.

Skipper Craig Dean said: “I’ve been told it was the largest fish to come out of Welsh waters. We didn’t realise how big it was until it was on the boat.”

Phatcat is a 10m Cougar catamaran, that provides charter fishing trips out of Milford Haven Marina from June to September, and Cardiff Marina the rest of the year.

They have been fishing in Milford Haven for roughly five years, with Skipper Craig Deans saying: “It has the best shark fishing in Europe, warm waters off the gulf stream which are also rich in nutrients.

“After the Welsh record thresher three years ago, and now this, it is putting Milford Haven on the map.”

Phatcat have a successful record in catching sharks, with 65 caught in a single day in the 2014 season, with weights in excess of 100lbs. Phatcat operates a strict catch and release policy when shark fishing in order to conserve stocks and to treat the creatures with respect. Barb-free hooks and a special hook extraction tool ensure the release of the shark is as pain-free as possible.

Alongside the porbeagle, blue sharks, makos and threshers have been caught off Milford Haven.

Craig Deans is the experienced charter boat skipper, who encourages anyone to try it, whether you are an experienced boat angler or a complete beginner. Trips leave from Milford Haven mackerel stage, Nelson Quay.

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Milford Haven: Three hurt in violent pub incident

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THREE people were injured in a violent incident at the Trafalgar pub on Charles Street in Milford Haven, shortly after 7am on Sunday (Oct 21).

The popular drinking spot was forced to close for a few hours after a man was hospitalised and two others who were in the premises, a male and female were also hurt, but not seriously.

On Facebook, landlady Sally Allen posted: “We took the decision to close until the matter was fully investigated. I would like to thank my customers for they co-operation this morning and supporting with dealing with the matter. Much respect, thank you!”

She later added: “This was a rare but never less a horrible incident that was dealt with very professionally by staff and police. Also, I would like to thank everyone involved for there full cooperation.

“A real show of a community of locals pulling together.

“I couldn’t be any prouder of my staff and customers for their support in this matter at the time and afterwards.
“The offender is a known to the town and police as a troublemaker.

“He is being dealt with by the police and has a lifetime ban from the Trafalgar pub.”

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police told The Herald: “We attended The Trafalgar pub, Milford Haven, shortly after 7am on Sunday, October 21, following reports of an assault. One man was taken to hospital with a head wound and a woman and a second man received minor injuries.”

The spokesman added: “A 30-year-old man was arrested at 8.20am at Steynton Road on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, and later released on police bail with conditions.”

In an appeal for information, the police said: “The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20181021-067.”

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Haverfordwest: Suspected child groomer remanded

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A MERLINS BRIDGE man has been remanded into custody after being arrested and charged with a child grooming offence.

Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court heard on October 23 that from October 14 to October 20 in Haverfordwest, Shaun Smith, 63, used Facebook messenger to groom a 14-year-old girl and then made attempts to meet that girl in the local Mc Donald’s restaurant.

Shaun Smith, 63, looked emotionless in the dock, and did not enter any plea to the single charge under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Wearing a grey jogging suit, he confirmed his name, date of birth and address from behind a glass screen.

He will now remain in custody until his next hearing at Swansea Crown Court on Friday, November 23, at 10am for his own safety, and to stop the defendant absconding, the court heard.

He was represented in court by Mike Kelleher or Red Kite Solicitors.

Mr Kelleher made no application for bail as no suitable address could be found for Smith.

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Pembroke: RSPCA appeal after mare abandoned

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RSPCA CYMRU is appealing for information after a Thoroughbred bay mare was found abandoned in Pembroke.

It has been reported to the animal welfare charity that on Friday, October 5, the horse was seen being unloaded onto land belonging to the Windmill Hill Caravan Park which is on one of the main roads to Pembroke.

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “This Thoroughbred bay mare has a slight injury to her hip, which possibly could be an old injury as she was a racehorse. It is just so sad that someone has just left her.

“A blue transit van was seen with the horse by some witnesses. This does appear to be an abandonment, and we’d urge anyone with information about this horse to contact the RSPCA through our inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 so we can find out more information about what happened here.

“The horse has a microchip and has the name ‘All Talk’ and we know that the horse had been rehomed to a livery yard in Pembrokeshire, so we’re using this information with our enquiries, but we also need the help of members of the public for vital information.

“We also urge people to seriously think about the commitment involved in caring for horses as this sadly happens far too often.”

Should you wish to help RSPCA Cymru with work like this, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations.

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