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Ashes in black bag causes fire at amenity centre [VIDEO]

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HOUSEHOLDERS have been urged not to put potentially combustible materials in their black bag waste, following a fire in a landfill compactor skip at Winsel Civic Amenity and Recycling centre on Saturday (Sept 28).

The waste compactor had to be removed from its holdings when smoke was seen billowing out – just 30 minutes before the centre was scheduled to close.

The fire service arrived to help put out the smouldering fire and spent over an hour on site to ensure it was extinguished.

It’s believed hot ashes were the cause.

Site supervisor Nigel Cole said a major fire was only averted because of the quick reactions of the centre’s staff.

“We were lucky this was spotted just before closing time,” he said.

“It could have been much worse had it spread to the carpets and cardboard stored nearby.

“Fortunately the staff on site reacted quickly, removed the compactor away from other potentially flammable material and started to put the fire out before the fire service were able to assist.”

He said it wasn’t the first time a fire had broken out in a skip.

“Sometimes it’s because of hot ashes, but often it’s due to smaller electrical items which people have put in their black bags.

“When these are crushed, the electrical components or the batteries can sometimes ignite and start a fire.”

Nigel added: “We would ask anyone who needs to dispose of small electrical items to use the specific containers available at all civic amenity and recycling centres.

“With ashes, they are permitted on site but they should be extinguished properly and put in the rubble container not the general waste skip.

“If people are unsure where to dispose of items, our staff are always willing to assist.”

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Death on Freemens Way

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A 56-YEAR-OLD man has died following an incident on Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, on Wednesday night (Jul 15).

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “A 56-year-old man has died following an incident at Freemens Way, Haverfordwest, last night.

“He was taken to hospital with severe injuries, but sadly passed away.

“His family has been informed and is being supported by local officers.

“An investigation is ongoing but the circumstances are not believed to be suspicious.

“HM coroner has been informed.”

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Two arrested for shouting racist comments at BLM protest

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TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of shouting racist comments at Black Lives Matter protestors, at the latest event in Haverfordwest on Wednesday night (Jul 15).
Commenting on the incident, Superintendent of Pembrokeshire division, Ross Evans said: “On Wednesday evening (July 15) a peaceful protest took place on Picton Fields, Haverfordwest, as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The demonstration, which was attended by around 70 people, was overseen by local officers as part of appropriate plans in place to allow for peaceful protest.

“Sadly, officers present observed a man and a boy shouting a number of racist comments towards those attending the demonstration, and promptly arrested both, one aged 19 and the other 14, on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences.

“The comments understandably caused a great deal of upset and distress to those from the demonstration who heard them.

“The two men arrested have been taken to Haverfordwest custody, where they remain currently. Anyone who witnessed the incident and has any information is asked to contact police by emailing us at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or call 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311908.”

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Local bus firms in protest drive over uncertainty

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HONK for hope is being backed by the coach operators surrounding the South West Wales area.

They took to the roads around Haverfordwest, Carmarthen, and Cardigan in peaceful protest to support the call for help by coach operators during the corona virus pandemic.

Honk for hope is a national campaign to draw the public’s attention to the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the industry. It seeks to draw Governments attention to the dangerous position the coach and travel industry has fallen under, asking for them to take action.

Local coach companies, including Midway Motors, took to the roads to show their support to the campaign and to highlight the impact the pandemic has had on the industry and to ask for more support from the Government.

The coaches and supporters met at the Carmarthen Park and Ride on July 14 at 11am to begin the drive. On the trip they visited Carmarthen at around 11.15am then headed to Haverfordwest for noon, finally reaching cardigan at 1.30pm.

Midway Motors spoke on their social media page: ‘Amazing to see so many local companies turning up to travel around Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. Nice to see so many people along the roadsides as well. Let’s hope for some good news from the Government in Westminster tomorrow.”

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