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Storm Callum: Trees blocking roads and flood warnings in place [UPDATED]

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High tide: In Amorth (pic. New Inn, Amroth)

AN AMBER weather warning is still in place for Pembriokeshire, with minor incidents being dealt with by Pembrokeshire County Council this morning (Oct 12) following high winds and heavy rain overnight.

A flood alert for parts of the Pembrokeshire coast is in place, and fallen trees are blocking some roads.

Drivers have been told to take care on the roads, with the increased chance of blocked drains caused by leaves.

The Cleddau Bridge may be closed due to high winds at certain points in the day.

Trains from Carmarthen to Swansea are not running overnight.

Show Cancelled at Torch Theatre:

A Torch Theatre spokesperson has dai: “Due to the exceptionally high winds and adverse weather conditions we have currently closed the building and will not be screening The Seagull at 5:45pm today.”

Power Cuts Reported:

Pembrokeshire County Council has reported the following power cuts:

  • 49 properties without power on New Road, Hook. Western Power currently estimating to be resolved by 19.00.
  • 265 properties without power in Trefgarne Owen. Western Power currently estimating to be resolved by 16.30
  • 146 properties without power In Little Newcastle Area. Western Power currently estimating to be resolved by 15.30

Damaged Garage in Llanion:

Sean Lowe said on Facebook:  “This happened up Llanion suspect its the wind, make sure all your stuff is secure, don’t want anyone getting hurt. If this is your house, I knocked but no one answered, was checking you were OK.”

Charles Street, Milford Haven:

Police had stopped pedestrians and cars from going down Charles St in Milford Haven after the Spar junction due to structural damage on a building which is causing a hazard.

Cleddau Bridge:

Wind direction has currently changed, however it is still forecast to return to problematic direction, therefore it is expected that bridge may be closed to high sided vehicles for part of this afternoon, however it is unlikely to be closed to all traffic at present.

Cancelled Trains:

There will be no services operating between Swansea & Carmarthen between 7am and 11am, and also after 7pm on both today (Oct 12) & Saturday (Oct 13).

A very limited replacement bus service will operate. Where trains are running, they will run at reduced speed.

Flood Alerts:

A flood alert is in place by Natural Resources Wales for the Pembrokeshire coast between St Dogmaels, Cardigan and Amroth.

NRW said in the alert: “From Friday the 12th October, as tidal surge, winds and wave heights increase small amounts of wave overtopping can be expected at the most exposed locations. Be careful on beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths, roads, low lying land, close to the estuary during this period. We will update this message as the situation changes.”

Situation on the Roads & coast:

Rainfall yesterday caused surface water flooding, especially in locations where leaves were blocking drains. Pre-emptive work had been undertaken. All resources were out and committed to clearance work.

Signs have been erected in known hotspots. It is anticipated that today’s rain, coupled with high wind and falling leaves/trees, will increase localised surface water flooding and disruption countywide.

The council has issued a warning highlighting the risk of standing water, aquaplaning and hazardous driving conditions.

There have been no issues reported overnight and with this morning’s high tide around the coast there are trees blocking the road at the moment.

Trees blocking roads in south Pembrokeshire:

Tree blocking B4318 road at Gumfreston being cleared – Crews in attendance to clear

Lower Lamphey Road – Tree down – Crews en route.

Tree at Bowett Wood, Pembroke to Hundleton road, has been cleared

Trees blocking roads in north Pembrokeshire:

Tree down across the road at Rosepool hill on the Broadhaven to Nolton road – Crews en route

Tree down at Llan y cefn on the Maenchlogog road  – Crews en route

Tree down across the road on the old whitesands road in St David’s Quickwell and Penarthir crossroads – just up from Dan Y Rhiw – crews en route

Large Branch obstructing road at Cilwendeg between Boncath and Abercych – Crews in attendance

Transport:

Road Safety Wales has said: “Poor weather conditions forecast today so if you’re travelling:

• Keep your distance
• Reduce your speed
• Use dipped headlights
• Keep all windows demisted (using air conditioning may help)
• Be aware that motorcyclists and cyclists need to avoid wet drains and manholes”

Additional arrangements:

Arrangements have been made with Pembroke Barrage and Sluice gate at Carew Bridge to manage water levels.

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Protest over animal welfare concerns at Bramble Hill Farm

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LOCALS held a peaceful protest at the site of a Pembroke Dock farm, where over 200 animals were removed after a multi agency response to animal welfare concerns last month.

Around 100 worried locals from Pembroke and Pembroke Dock gathered at the entrance to Bramble Hill Farm last Friday (Feb 15) at 4pm. Those present believed the farm owners are still in possession of dogs, which they cited as the reason for the protest. Head of Environment and Public Protection at Pembrokeshire County Council, Richard Brown later confirmed that there were two dogs left on the farm, but explained they were elderly and looked after. Locals hoped the protest would mean the removal of any animals still left at the property and a ban imposed to prevent any further animals being kept at the property or by the owners.

Officers from Dyfed-Powys Police were present, with the Herald reporter in attendance being told that the police were ensuring it remained peaceful and to keep traffic congestion to a minimum. There was evident hostility towards to the local authorities and RSPCA amongst the protesters, with many feeling that their concerns about the farm were not dealt with soon enough by the relevant organisations.

Speaking to the crowd, Richard Brown said: “So the idea of what we do is, we are proceeding with our enquiries and get the case together. If we get a successful conviction, it’s an opportunity to get a ban on keeping animals. Without that conviction we can’t get a ban.”

He was challenged numerous times on whether Sean Burns, owner of the farm, has been prosecuted for animal cruelty. Mr Brown then confirmed that ‘he has been prosecuted previously’.

He added: “We have to be careful not to prejudice any case. All of our interests is animal welfare. We can’t just go in and remove animals because people want us to. We don’t have those powers.

“There is a range of offences being investigated and a range of individuals being investigated.”

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Neyland woman imprisoned for driving while disqualified

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A 35-YEAR-OLD woman who was caught driving while disqualified twice in four days days has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Victoria Anne James, of College Park, Neyland, was stopped by Dyfed-Powys Police roads policing officers in Johnston on Friday, February 15. She was reported for the offences and her Alfa Romeo car was seized.

James was stopped a second time by police on Monday, February 18, for driving while disqualified while driving another car.

She was arrested and charged with two counts of driving while disqualified and two counts of driving without insurance.

She was convicted at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Courts that same day and received a six month prison sentence, and received a further 24 months Driving Disqualification.

Sergeant Justin Williams said: “Police intelligence led officers to stop Victoria Anne James on February 15 where she was reported for offences and her car was seized. For her to commit the same offence two days later shows her disregard for the law.

“I hope this targeted, swift work from roads policing officers and the courts, which has resulted in a prison sentence serves as a stark warning to James and others considering flouting the laws on our roads. We are monitoring our roads and we will take robust action to ensure we keep other drivers on our roads safe by upholding the law.”

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Boy took his own life after failure to refer him for psychiatric support

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THE INQUEST into the death of 14 year-old Derek Brundrett, who was found hanged at Pembroke School in December 2013, has found that there were individual failings in efforts to get psychiatric support for the teenage boy – who then went on to take his own life.

Derek had seven different social workers and record keeping by social services was in a “shocking state of affairs” leading up to his death.

Returning a narrative verdict, the Assistant Coroner, Paul Bennett, said: “That Derek Brundrett took his own life and intended to do so in circumstances where, despite efforts to refer him for psychiatric support there was a failure to do so.”

Although no systemic failures were found, the Assistant Coroner ruled that there was a failure to refer by a social worker, a failure by a GP to provide extra information when referrals in 2012 and 2013 were declined, and a further failure to provide the relevant information on the appropriate referral form of a Looked After Child.

Derek’s death was in the context that he had been returned to foster care and was concerned about a return to the Pupil Referral Unit.

Derek’s actions were not considered to be a cry for help but rather a deliberate attempt at self-harm, the Coroner’s report stated.

The inquest had previously heard there were numerous failed attempts to refer him to mental health services.

A social services referral plan was not completed by Derek’s social worker because “she believed him to be happy”.

The inquest also heard Derek’s GP had made “routine” referrals for mental health treatment in 2012 and 2013.

Angela Lodwick, head of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for the Hywel Dda University Health Board, said they had to “prioritise children with severe mental health disorders”.

She added requests for more information about Derek’s condition went unanswered.

But she told the inquest that, at the time, CAMHS was not proactive in seeking more information.

Ms Lodwick said CAMHS would have probably “taken him on referral and made an assessment” if they had known about Derek’s risk-taking behaviour and talk of suicide in 2013, such as when he climbed onto the school roof.

She told the inquest the system had been inadequate and “the position was that everyone sat on their hands waiting” but CAMHS has since made improvements.

A spokesman for the Pembrokeshire County Council said: “The death of a child is a profound loss and all the professionals involved in this tragedy feel great sympathy for Derek and his family and friends. We would like to repeat our sincere condolences to them at this time.

“Derek’s loss is deeply felt by those individuals who had formed close and caring relationships with him.

“We would like to thank the Coroner for his thorough investigation and consideration of the case.

“We will, of course, reflect upon all of the issues that have been raised during the Inquest, and consider what lessons can be learned with a view to continuing to ensure the safeguarding and well-being of all children and young persons served by Pembrokeshire County Council.”

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