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Car fire costs enthusiast dearly

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Hensonm30A LOCAL classic car enthusiast has contacted The Herald to warn about the dangers of leaving mobile phone charges plugged in unattended.
On Saturday, October 5, a fire broke out in the centre of Milford Haven at a garage belonging to Hugo Henricksen.
Fire crews from both Milford Haven and Haverfordwest dealt with fire at a 5 Fulke Street.
The fire started around 12.20pm. Three fire appliances, an ambulance and police were at the scene. No injuries are reported, and the family who live on the first floor of the building were evacuated safely.
Witnesses at the scene reported hearing a series of loud bangs, and flames coming from the roof at the back of the property, and thick black smoke.
The fire was under control within half an hour, and fire fighters remained at the scene dampening down for some time later. At one point Charles Street was closed off.
Speaking to The Herald, Mr Henricksen said: “I had recently a new phone and the phone charger was now surplus to requirements. It had been left plugged in at the garage for three years. At the time of the fire it was the only thing switched on, and the fire brigade have confirmed that the fire caused by the charger suddenly overheating.”
Hugo Henricksen, who is a member of the Milford Haven classic car club, had been collecting classic car parts for over thirty years, and there were many irreplaceable items which were destroyed, as well as all the tools in the garage.
There were two cars in the garage at the time of the fire, one has been written off and the other, which was still under construction, was partially damaged.
The value of damage to the property, the written-off rare Hensen M30 kit car, as well as other items is estimated to be over £90,000.
Mr Henricksen said: “I didn’t realise before that there was a problem with phone chargers. But since the incident I have read on the internet that there have been many incidents similar to this across the country, including unfortunate ones where people have lost their lives.”
Mr Henricksen designed and built the Hensen kit cars in the 1980’s. There are only 17 in the world.

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Police confirm firefighter died in Neyland boat collision

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE attended Neyland Marina, Milford Haven following reports of a collision on the waterway at around 11:30am on Tuesday, (Sept 17).

A spokesman told The Herald: “We can confirm a 35-year-old serving Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service Firefighter tragically lost his life during the incident, in which two boats collided.

“Next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. Specialist teams from both the fire and rescue service and police were also on scene supporting witnesses.

“We have informed the Marine Accident Investigation Board and will be working with them to establish what happened here today.

“Our thoughts go out to the family of the deceased and to his colleagues at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.”

Deputy Mayor of Neyland, Cllr Dr Simon Hancock said: “I extend my deepest condolences to the family of the young man who so tragically died in the accident this morning. I know the whole town will join me in sending them to his family.

“We acknowledge the remarkable professionalism of the emergency and rescue services who responded to this very sad incident.’

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Crown court to sentence Pembroke Dock paedophile

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A 46-YEAR-OLD man who pleaded guilty to being in possession of over 6,500 indecent ‘real photographs’ of children, has been sent to Swansea Crown Court for sentencing by Haverfordwest magistrates.

Brett Johnson of Finch Close, first appeared before magistrates at Haverfordwest Law Court on August 27, and appeared again before the court on Monday (Sept 16) following a pre-sentence report made by the probation service.

Johnson pleaded guilty at the first court hearing to a charge of downloading one indecent image of a child between March 30, 2009, and June 28, 2018, and pleaded guilty to a second charge of downloading 6,570 indecent images of children between June 30, 2005, and June 28, 2018.

Prosecuting at the first hearing, Mr Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the Court that the reason for the long dates related to when he owned various computers.

Magistrates at Haverfordwest on Monday (Sept 16) decided to decline jurisdiction and sent the case to be dealt with at Swansea Crown Court on October 4 at 10am. Johnson was released on unconditional bail.

Magistrates made no direction under section 45 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.

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Glebelands Fun Day A Hit

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A FUN DAY at Glebelands play park in Hakin on Saturday (Sept 14) to garner support to further develop the facility, has been hailed a success.

The prime movers behind the community-led event were two local residents, Richard Nicholas and Wayne Richards.

“As well as trying to raise the profile of the park, the aim of the fun day was to get other local residents involved in setting up a community group to move the project forward,” explained Richard.

“I’m pleased to say there was a lot of interest in forming a group and we also had some great feedback on what play equipment should be installed. There was a clear view that people want the park back to being a safe, clean area where children can play.

Working with Richard and Wayne, to organise the community-led fun day were Pembrokeshire County Council and the Invest Local organisation.

The County Councillor for Hubberston, Viv Stoddart, who attended the event, said: “It was an amazing day – a perfect example of the community coming together to host an afternoon of fun for all the family. There was something for all to enjoy – and enjoy they did, with lots of smiley faces from everyone.

If Saturday’s event is a guide, it was evident there is enthusiasm in the community to transform the play park into an up-to-date facility. I wish them well, and will give all the support I can to see the playground become a truly family fun place for all.”

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