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Minister Visits Bombora Wave Power HQ in Wales

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Jeremy Miles, Counsel General for Wales and Brexit Minister was in Pembroke Dock to visit Bombora for a project update on its ground breaking mWave™, wave power project.

Pembrokeshire boasts the highest concentration of wave resource in Wales. In addition, Pembroke Dock offers access to a highly skilled marine and industrial supply chain. These attributes first attracted Bombora to relocate its headquarters from Perth, Western Australia to Wales in 2017. Bombora now has 24 staff in Wales with plans for continued expansion, exporting technology and services to the growing global wave energy industry.

Counsel General and Brexit Minister, Jeremy Miles, who is responsible for EU funding in Wales, said: “The partnership between Welsh Government and experts in sustainable energy like Bombora are vital to our plans to meet the shared challenges of global climate change. I was delighted to visit Pembroke Dock to view this highly innovative marine energy technology, which will make full use of the Welsh coast’s unique natural wave and tide resources.

“By supporting collaborative research into marine energy systems, EU funding continues to drive progress in R&D, science, infrastructure and skills in Wales, as well as promoting economic growth and creating new jobs in Wales. It is essential that this funding continues, enabling us to lead the transition towards a flexible, low-carbon economy, and to progress towards a more equal, more prosperous, and greener Wales.”

Bombora has benefited from a £10.3 million European Regional Development Fund grant via the Welsh Government to validate the innovative mWave subsea wave energy converter. This support has resulted in a total inward investment of £17 million.

Bombora is currently forging ahead with its ambitious Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project to design, build, deploy, test and validate a 1.5MW mWave – the most powerful wave energy converter ever built. mWave will be fully submerged on the sea floor and is non-disruptive to ocean users and marine life while generating electricity from the power of waves.

“The strong marine energy sector here in Pembrokeshire, coupled with the Welsh Government support, makes west Wales a natural home for wave technology developers like Bombora. It was great to share our journey with the Minister and we look forward to continuing our development and growth here in the heart of the emerging marine energy industry in Wales” said Sam Leighton, Managing Director of Bombora.

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Public should ‘be alert’ as flood water causes disruption across Wales

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NATURAL RESOURCES WALES is warning people to be alert as flood water causes disruption across Wales.

Coastal areas in west Wales have taken a battering, with Newgale flooding again.

The situation is stabilising, and river levels have started to peak but there are still warnings and alerts in place, and Natural Resources Wales are continuing to monitor the situation.

There are currently 2 Severe Weather Warnings, 83 Flood Warnings and 63 flood alerts in place across Wales.

Donna Littlechild, Duty Tactical Manger said: “Storm Dennis has caused significant impacts across Wales particularly in the south and west, from strong winds and heavy, persistent rain. With further rain forecast for the next few hours, we are urging people to heed advice from ourselves and emergency services.

“Our teams have been out day and night over the last 48 hours to reduce the risk to people and their homes. We have installed temporary defences to protect communities as much as possible, as well as deploying pumps, closing flood gates and supporting emergency services.

“Our thoughts are with those people who have been affected as we know how devastating flooding can be. If you’ve been affected, please keep safe and listen to the advice of the emergency services. Advice and information available about what to do if you’ve been flooded in available on our website”

People are advised to take extra care and allow extra time for their journey as driving conditions may be hazardous. People should also avoid walking or driving through any flood waters as it can be extremely dangerous. People should also avoid fast flowing rivers and streams as they could get swept away and avoid coastal areas.

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes and are available to view at www.naturalresources.wales/flooding

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Farmer Sean Burns has been given a 20 weeks custodial sentence

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THE FARMER behind the ‘farm of horrors’, Bramble Hall Farm, in Pembroke has been sent to prison following a sentencing hearing this morning.

Sean Burns has been given a 20 weeks custodial sentence, to commence immediately, for illegal dog breeding, animal welfare charges and other summary matters.

He was given an indefinite ban from keeping animals (which by virtue of the legal definition includes having any involvement or influence over the care or welfare of animals),

No costs were awarded against him due to prison sentence being instigated.

The date for the sentencing in Crown Court for operating an illegal slaughterhouse, related hygiene offences, supply of unsafe food and animal by-product offence is currently awaited.

The hearing took place in front of District Judge Chris James at Swansea Magistrates’ Court

FULL REPORT IN TOMORROW’S HERALD

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Rear windscreen smashed, Haverfordwest

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating after a car window was smashed in Haverfordwest.

The red Volkswagen Golf was parked in Castle Lake car park, near to the steps to Castle Square, when the damage to the rear windscreen was caused. A rock was found in the car.

The incident took place sometime between 7.30am and 6pm on Saturday, February 8.

Anyone with information is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote ref: DPP/0029/12/02/2020/01/C

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