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Armed police swoop on Swansea train station in manhunt

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SWANSEA TRAIN STATION was evacuated by armed police today (Oct 5) in a hunt for murder suspect Steve Baxter, in connection with the murder of Simon Clark at Grove Caravan Park, Pendine, on Thursday (Sept 27).

Passengers were rushed off the trains and the station was closed.

A large crowd of commuters gathered outside the station as officers carefully searched the station and trains for the murder suspect.

A spokesperson for Arriva Trains Wales said: “There will be some service disruption as there were no trains moving in or out of the station during the incident.

“We’d like to thank customers for their patience and understanding during this incident.

“We work closely with the British Transport Police to keep all passengers safe when using the rail network.”

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “The police presence at Swansea Train Station is linked to the search for Steve Baxter, who is wanted on suspicion of the murder of Simon Clark, which happened on Thursday, September 27 in Pendine.

“Firearms teams searched the area and the station was evacuated as a precaution.

“The suspect was not in the station and it has now reopened.”

Four people have been charged in the investigation so far.

Jeffrey Stephen Ward, aged 40, from Pendine, has been charged with murder.

Linda Mary Rowley, aged 52, from Pendine, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder).

Kirston Macklin, aged 52, from Newport, Gwent, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder).

Julie Louise Harris, aged 46, from Tonypandy, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder).

Detective Superintendent Huw Davies said: “I would like to thank the public for their support and patience while we carry out this investigation. Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the victim, Simon Clark.

“We are continuing with the search for Steve Baxter, who is wanted on suspicion of murder. We know he was in the Bridgend area last Friday and we are aware that he has connections in the West Wales, South Wales and South West England areas. He is considered dangerous so I urge anyone who sees him or knows where he is not to approach him – call 999.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact police on 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number: 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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New Eco Feature For Haverfordwest

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Plans have been submitted for a ‘living green wall’ to be planted in the centre of Haverfordwest in a bid to enhance local biodiversity and wildlife.

The green wall would be situated alongside the river opposite Glan-yr-Afon, the town’s library and cultural centre, and planted with 25 species of native plants including ferns, grasses, flowers and wild herbs including basil, sage and clary.

As well as providing an important habitat for pollinators, the wall would also be an attractive natural feature in its own right, says Sara Morris, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Development Plans and Conservation Manager.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to re-introduce nature in the heart of Haverfordwest,” she said. “As with all planting, it will take some time for the plants to grow and flourish but given time it will look very attractive.”

The maintenance of the wall, which is scheduled for installation towards the end of October, would be carried out by a team of volunteers. New benches made from Welsh slate would also be installed to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy spending time in the area.

The green wall is part of the Cleddau Reaches partnership project which forms one of the priorities in the Haverfordwest Regeneration framework.

The Cleddau Reaches partners are Pembrokeshire County Council, the Bridge Meadow Trust, Haverfordwest Town Council, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Haverfordwest Kayak Club.

Pembrokeshire College and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority have also supported the project.

The aim is to improve and enhance the rights of way network in and around Haverfordwest and in particular, around the Western Cleddau, through several different inter-linked schemes.

Grant funding of approximately £250,000 has been provided by the NRW, Haverfordwest Town Council and the Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, says the project’s focus on the river follows recognition that for too long, it has been an under-utilised resource despite being one of the town’s key natural assets.

“The Cleddau Reaches project brings together many ideas which the community has put forward over the last 20 years,” he said.

“As well as boosting biodiversity, the project forms part of the wider package of investments we are bringing forward to support Haverfordwest Town Centre.

“This administration is determined to revive the fortunes of the County Town, transforming Haverfordwest Town Centre from a traditional retail centre that’s being left behind into a vibrant leisure destination where residents and visitors alike want to spend their time.”

Some of the work currently taking place as part of the Cleddau Reaches project includes new riverbank paths near the Bridge Meadow with plans to create a new footbridge connecting to the Old Mill Grounds.

Other plans include creating habitats for sand-martins, otters and lampreys upriver, creating a trail linking up with the Town Council’s Priory Saltings project, and installing five interpretation boards along the route describing the flora, fauna and history of the local area.

The green wall planning application is currently registered with Pembrokeshire County Council for determination.

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Homes in Pembrokeshire can get free boilers and insulation

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PEMBROKESHIRE HERALD is teaming up with Blackburn based company Euro Insulation, who are working on a Pembrokeshire County Council backed energy scheme called the ECO: Help to Heat programme.

The scheme intends to utilise government funding for the reduction of fuel poverty within the county.

The council says that it has worked for many years to improve homes locally, and is keen for as many households to sign up as possible.

The local authority is working with ECO energy installers.

Funding is only available for private owner occupiers and private rented tenants. Qualification of flexible eligibility in Pembrokeshire will be determined by certain criteria.

Grants are available to a range of households including those with someone aged over 60, with a child under 5, and homes with children in primary or secondary school, or with a pregnant mother.

The Pembrokeshire Herald is letting as many homeowners know as possible about the scheme and has a call centre open to take queries on behalf of Euro Insulation who will be doing the work.

The aim is to reduce C02 emissions and make homes more energy efficient in Wales.

They are with the Welsh Assembly Government to show homeowners how they can get a brand-new boiler, internal wall insulation and room-in-roof insulation

The funding is only available until December.

To be considered for a FREE boiler or INSULATION call our call centre on 01437 70 70 70

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Fishguard: Armed police presence at Fishguard port

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ARMED officers from Dyfed-Powys Police were on scene at the port in Fishguard this morning (Sept 18).

Border Force and the RNLI were involved in the operation, which reportedly involved a vessel being escorted into the harbour.

Details of the incident are still unfolding, and the police have been contacted for a statement.

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