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Protesters march to castle to highlight child abuse and forced adoption in Wales

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A PROTEST took place in Pembroke Dock on Saturday afternoon (Aug 22)

Around twenty people attended.

Those attending walked from Asda car park to Pembroke Castle.

Some people carried placards and banners. One woman had a megaphone.

Forced adoption: One of the issued highlighted at the demo (Pic: Herald)

The march was organised by Paul Candin who runs an organisation called ACA, which stands for Against Corruption and Abuse.

The ‘awareness day’ was to highlight what he describes as corruption and abuse of children happening up and down the country.

He said: “I have been protesting abuse for many years. I was abused from the age of five to thirteen by a well-known local businessman from Pembroke Dock, so being so local, as you would expect, is a little awkward for me.

We want kids to have a better future. We are here because we have got to do our part for them.”

Asked what he would like the government or police to do to help his cause, Mr Candin said: “I would like to see the police stand up for us as humans. Even though there is some corruption in the police some officers are decent

I would like to see the police stand up for us as humans. Even though there is some corruption in the police, some officers are decent.

“I would like to see tougher sentences for sexual predators” he added

Similar demos have been arranged by Mr Candid all over Wales. One in Newport, Gwent was attended by hundreds of people.

A paedophile hunter group organised the protest, as one of several around Wales.

Protesting a separate issue, one woman was protesting about two children age 5 and 3 who had been taken from their family by Swansea Social Services.

She was giving out leaflets saying: “These children have been ripped away from their free older brothers who they love and miss and are being forced to live a life without their brothers and their family. Please help stop this.”

The leaflet goes on to say: “These children should never have been taken away let alone put on a placement order.”

The leaflet then asks for information on the whereabouts of the children and gives a telephone number for information. It would be unlawful for this newspaper to provide any further details, and the leaflet being distributed was almost certainly in contempt of court.

The police briefly attended the demo, but no action was taken.

On the march: Around 20 people walked from Asda to Pembroke Castle (Pic Herald)

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Beach clean highlights tide of plastic pollution

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Preseli MP Stephen Crabb has praised the work of local volunteers after joining them for a beach clean in St Davids.

The clean at Porthlysgi Bay beach was organised jointly between environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy and EcoDewi as part of the Wales-wide Autumn Clean Cymru campaign, with over 15 volunteers litter picking while socially distancing.

EcoDewi is a new ecology and energy group on St David’s peninsula, working to increase the community’s capacity to produce its own, locally-owned sustainable energy.

Between Saturday’s beach clean and visitors piling litter in gateway, over 30 bags were collected. Rubbish included fishing wire, a steel toe cap shoe and plastic bottles, all of which will now be disposed of responsibly. While some litter is left behind on the beach by inconsiderate users, much of the rubbish now comes from the sea, as the tide washes in what has been thrown overboard by some sailing vessels.

Speaking following the clean, Stephen Crabb said: “Pembrokeshire’s beaches are some of the very best in the world, but litter remains a dangerous and unsightly problem. Beach cleans are a good way to protect and learn more about our natural environment and Saturday’s clean was a good example of many hands making light work.

“There have been positive steps by UK and Welsh Governments to reduce the volume of plastic pollution going into our waters, including a ban on microbeads, plastic straws and drink stirrers. But last weekend’s beach clean was a real eye opener and it is clear that more action is needed.

“My thanks to Keep Wales Tidy and EcoDewi for organising an excellent beach clean at one of Pembrokeshire’s hidden gem beaches. Anyone can volunteer for a beach clean and I look forward to taking part in another in the near future.”

Jeremy Wadia of EcoDewi said: “Community collaboration is key to fighting the current ecological and climate crisis, and it’s always great to see people coming together to clean our local beaches which benefits both our marine & land wildlife and of course residents and visitors. Seeing local and regional leaders out on the ground inspiring others to get involved is really important, so we are very grateful to Stephen for joining us at Porthlysgi.”

Mari Williams, Keep Wales Tidy Pembrokeshire officer said:

“It was a brilliant event and great to have so many people turn up to volunteer. We’re all responsible for the health of our oceans, that’s why clean-ups like this are so important and do make a real and lasting difference to our marine environment. Our campaign Autumn Clean Cymru was a chance for us to take a stand and declare that litter is not acceptable.”

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Man arrested at Penally Training Camp for arson and criminal damage

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A 29-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal damage at the Penally Training Camp.

Police and ambulances services attended the camp last night (Sept 30).

Police said that the man remains in police custody.

The Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called last night to reports of a patient needing medical attention at Penally Camp. We responded with one emergency ambulance and one person was transported to Withybush Hospital.”

It is unknown at this time is the man arrested was an asylum seeker or a local person.

He is the third person to be arrested in connection with the camp in recent days.

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Police probe into racist Facebook comments over Penally asylum seekers

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A NEIGHBOURING police force have confirmed that they are investigating grossly offensive comments on a Facebook group that suggest that asylum seekers staying at the MOD Training Camp in Penally should be gassed or shot.

Around 234 asylum seekers—Kurdish Iraqis and Kurdish Iranians—are set to be housed at the camp.

Many of the protesters are locals concerned about their communities after a lack of communication of the arrival of the asylum seekers by the home Office, but South Wales police believe that some of the protests outside the camp have been organised by far-right elements based in Swansea.

Two people have been arrested in connection with protests. One person released without charge, and another, – a well-known right leaning You Tube vlogger from outside the local area has been bailed on the condition he says out of the county.

Some of the shocking posts state: “Run the bastards over”… “Put a bullet in their heads if they can’t respect others” or “Tell your family to keep everything locked up, 250 new thieves, rapist and paedophiles are about to arrive in the area.”

Far-right activist Tommy Robinson has added his voice to the Penally Camp protest campaign. The founder of the English Defence League dubbed the prospect of the camp housing up to 250 asylum seekers as ‘sickening’, which has led to more interest in Penally online.
The Pembrokeshire Herald has engaged Facebook moderators after news articles, which now reach one million people online, were spammed with racist comments. 6,000 comments have already been checked, and hundreds deleted this newspaper can confirm.

A police spokesman said: “South Wales Police is looking into a number of inflammatory posts published on social media concerning the accommodation of asylum seekers at Penally in Pembrokeshire. Users of social media are requested to be mindful of the language used when publishing posts.”

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