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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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Major changes to waste and recycling services in Pembrokeshire

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THE FIRST of three major changes to waste and recycling services in Pembrokeshire is due to be rolled out soon, among which will be a new initiative where householders will be asked to demonstrate that their black bag waste does not contain any recyclable items.

The aim is to encourage more people to recycle as the County Council faces punitive fines if Welsh Government recycling targets are not met.

Two further significant changes to the Council’s waste service will take place later this year – the introduction of a free fortnightly Absorbent Hygiene Products collection (on request) starting in August and more changes to the kerbside collection services from October.

“We anticipate that before making the journey to their local centre, many householders will have already ensured that their general bin bag is free of any recyclable material,” explained Councillor Cris Tomos, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment.

“If recyclable items are in the general waste bags then householders will be asked to remove them and simply place them in the recycling containers.’

“We are determined to improve to ensure that we hit our targets. If we fail, the Council will be heavily fined and it would be unacceptable to have to divert much needed cash from essential services.

“Every one of us has a duty to recycle. It is a hot topic at the moment, especially with the concern being shown by environmentalists like David Attenborough over the amount of plastic in our oceans.

“We therefore anticipate that householders will show support for this initiative and recycle responsibly in their own homes.”

Later this month, staff at the county’s six waste and recycling centres will be handing out leaflets and speaking with householders and businesses explaining how the new bag-sorting scheme will operate.

The Council’s communications team will also be sharing information and guidance via their social media channels and the County Council website.

Explaining why the bag-sorting scheme has to work, the Council’s Head of Environmental Services and Public Protection, Richard Brown, said: “We need to increase the amount that we recycle in Pembrokeshire to meet Welsh Government’s targets.

“We currently recycle 60% of our waste but we need to recycle 64% by next year and 70 per cent by 2024 – 2025. If we miss these targets, Welsh Government will fine Pembrokeshire £140,000 for every one per cent we miss the target by.

“These changes will help ensure Pembrokeshire becomes more recycling focused and meets the targets, while also improving our environment. Wales is at the forefront of recycling on global scale and we are just a part of the story.

“We want to assure householders that, far from being a reduction in service, this is an initiative that will help everyone to dispose of the same amount of waste but in a better way.

“Our operatives will offer on-site support to anyone who is unsure about the process but our message is that these changes are not unique to Pembrokeshire.”

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Head to a lifeguarded beach this Easter Bank Holiday say Lifeboats

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WITH sun and warm temperatures predicted over the next few days, many people are likely to head to the coast to enjoy the Easter bank holiday. Although the air temperature may be warm, the waters around our coasts will still be very cold. The RNLI is urging people to stay safe and to head to a lifeguarded beach.

Although it is early in the year, RNLI lifeguards are patrolling a variety of beaches around the UK and will be on hand to offer safety advice.

The charity is encouraging anyone visiting the coast to head to a lifeguarded beach and to swim between the red and yellow flags, which is the area most closely monitored by the lifeguards. Lifeguarded beaches provide much greater safety for general beach users, swimmers and water sports enthusiasts.

In warm weather, a dip in the sea can seem very inviting, but our waters are still very cold at this time of year. Sudden immersion in cold water puts people at risk of suffering cold water shock, which triggers the instinctive but life-threatening reaction to gasp uncontrollably and swim hard, which can quickly lead to drowning.

Brian Robson, Community Safety Manager for the RNLI, says: “While we are all looking forward to some spring-like weather, we’d like to remind people that the conditions around the coast can change quickly and still be challenging, and should you go in the water intentionally or unintentionally, the sea is extremely cold at this time of year, making cold water shock a real danger. If you find yourself suffering from the effects of cold water shock, fight your instincts to thrash about or try to swim – instead, relax and float on your back until the effects have passed and you can swim to safety.

“We want people to enjoy the coastline and therefore urge people to respect the water and take extra care when visiting the coast, by taking some basic precautions. Plan your activity – check the weather and tide conditions before going to sea, and make sure your equipment is all in working order.

“Carry a means of calling for help should something go wrong, know your capabilities and make sure you wear the necessary safety equipment for your chosen activity. To find out how you can stay safe while enjoying your water activity, visit rnli.org/safety.

The RNLI is also advising people to enjoy the sun safely by making sure they apply sunscreen generously, with at least a factor 15, spend time in the shade when the sun is at its strongest between 11am-3pm and by wearing protective kit such as a shirt, sunglasses or a cap.

To find your nearest lifeguarded beach, please visit: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches

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Haverfordwest: ‘Serious facial injuries’ after Castle Square attack

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POLICE are asking the public for help following a horrific attack in Haverfordwest last month which left a young man with serious facial injuries.

The incident took place in the early hours of March 17 on Castle Square

A police spokesperson said: “Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious assault on a male which occured in the early hours of the 17th March 2019 on Castle Square, Haverfordwest.

“The Victim who is a 20-year-old male received serious facial injuries.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact PC 445 GOSLING on 101 or contact anonymously crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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