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Milford Haven: ‘Unexploded bomb’ at Costa Coffee site

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POLICE in Milford Haven have sealed off the Costa Coffee Drive Thru site after builders working there found what they believe is an unexploded bomb World War II this morning (Sept 11).

Emergency services arrived at the scene at around 11.00am, and shortly afterwards construction workers showed photographs which they had taken of the suspected unexploded ordinance to officers.

Police sealed off the pavement nearest the site, but allowed traffic to flow along the A4076, near the Tesco roundabout as they deemed it was safe.

Police: Talking with workers at the scene (pic. Herald)

An official from Milford Haven Port Authority, which owns the site, was on hand to assist police with their operation.

A spokesperson from the Port of Milford Haven said: “We have been informed by contractors working at the Costa Coffee site that they have uncovered a suspicious looking object which they believe to be an unexploded World War ordnance device, although this has not yet been confirmed.

“The contractors contacted the police who have arrived on site and are directing public away from the nearby footpath as a precaution until the identity of the object can be confirmed.  

“We understand that the object uncovered this morning at the Costa Coffee site is believed to be a World War Two Ordnance Device.  Dyfed Powys Police have advised us that the Bomb Disposal Unit are on route.”

A police spokesperson added: “Dyfed-Powys Police was called to a building site on Victoria Road at Milford Haven Docks following the discovery of a suspected unexploded bomb at around 11am this morning (September 11).

“Experts from the Bomb Disposal Unit are en route to safely dispose of the item, which is believed to be an Ordnance Spigot Mortar.”

Construction site: The mound of dirt is believed to have been where the discovery was made (pic. Herald)

50 raids in Milford’s history

During the Second World War, Milford Haven housed roughly 1,000 American military personnel.
They manned an amphibious base which included a hospital built in Hakin and a docks complex at Newton Noyes, and activity was focused on mine sweeping of the Haven, which was subject to aircraft attack on 50 occasions.

The town itself avoided serious damage as bombs were seldom dropped on land, despite being home to a large fish market, flax factory, mines depot and housing the previously mentioned military personnel.

Yet some incidents did occur, and in the summer of 1941 a bomb fell in fields near Priory Road, and later that same year, a bomb damaged a house in Brooke Avenue. There were no casualties in either incident.

August 1941 saw the Meades Farm hit in an unsuccessful attack on Air Ministry underground petroleum tanks in Priory Pill, which resulted in non-fatal injuries.

Empty: Staff had stopped all construction work (pic. Herald)

In June 2012, Bomb disposal experts have carried out a controlled explosion on a German Second World War mine found by a diver on the bed of Milford Haven waterway just off Watwick Point, near Dale.

Just one month later, Navy bomb disposal officers were once more called to Milford Haven after environmental research divers found an unexploded 250kg bomb less than a mile from the port’s LNG Dragon terminal.

A spokesman for the Milford Haven Port Authority said at the time that in one of the world’s deepest natural harbours, the ordinance did not pose a danger to the gas works.

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Man ‘lucky to be alive’ after lorry crash

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THE CHAIR of the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats says that he is lucky to be alive after a freak car accident in Burton last week.

Andrew Lye was driving towards the Cleddau Bridge when his car was hit by lorry’s stabiliser which had come loose and was protruding into the road.

The collision, which happened at 2.45pm on Friday (Dec 7), left Mr Lye’s car written off, and he was badly shaken.

Mr Lye was thankfully not injured.

The police are investigating the crash between his Kia Picanto and a DAF LF lorry.

Mr Lye, who is the former Council Leader in the West Wiltshire District Council, told The Herald: “I consider myself to be lucky to get out of the car in one piece.

“I didn’t see the stabiliser bar as the lorry came towards me and the first I knew of the collision was the sound of my car being torn apart and glass and plastic flying over me.

“I am glad that I wear glasses as this protected my eyes.”

The police have been contacted for a comment.

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Pembroke: School to be closed tomorrow due to ‘major leak’

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Closed: Due to a 'major leak' (pic. Martin Cavaney)

A ‘MAJOR LEAK’ has closed Ysgol Harri Tudor / Henry Tudor School in Pembroke this morning (Dec 13).

The electrical system has been affected by the leak and the classrooms are not usable.

The council have said that the school will remain closed on Friday (Dec 14) as well.

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson said: “Ysgol Harri Tudor / Henry Tudor School in Pembroke is closing this morning (Thursday, 13th December) at 10.30 am because of a major leak in one of the buildings. This affected the electrical system and rendered classrooms unusable.

“All staff and pupils are safe and transport arrangements are in place.

“Please monitor Pembrokeshire County Council’s social media pages for information as to whether the school will be open tomorrow (Friday, 14th December). A decision will be taken later today.”

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Santa dog parade raises money for Greenacres

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FRIARS VAULTS in Haverfordwest hosted a Santa dog parade to raise money for Greenacres Animal Rescue on the weekend.

The event, which took place on Sunday (Dec 9), included a catwalk for dogs, hunt for treats and a raffle.

The total amount raised on the night was £110 with a further £45.50 collected through the donation box.

The winner of the best-dressed Dog was Deb and Steve Bunston with Pip, in second place was Danielle Boswell with Badger and in third place was Caitlin Davies with Denzal.

Greenacres Animal Rescue said on their Facebook page: “A huge thank you to all at Friars vaults Haverfordwest & Jamie Sid Williams for holding the fabulous fancy dress pooch party yesterday.

“A very welcome £158.50 was raised for Greenacres. Thank you all”

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