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Mystery surrounds boatmen’s deaths

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indexTHE DEATHS of two west Wales boatmen who drowned in a canal after an all-day drinking session still remains a mystery. There was no explanation as to how the two men entered the icy waters on the evening of January 12 in the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal or how one of the bodies came to be on the towpath, near to the Tudor Arms in Slimbridge. The police said there were no suspicious circumstances and that it was a tragic accident. The bodies were found near Berkeley in the early hours. Verdicts of accidental death were recorded on 53-year-old Nicholas Barry and his friend 69-year-old Terry Humphries at Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court this week. Mr Barry, from Cynghordy, Llandovery, lived on his canal barge with his dog. His body was discovered on the towpath a short walk away from the body of Mr Humphries, of Pleasant Valley, Kilgetty, who was in the water. It is believed the two men entered the canal at the same location, but while Mr Barry seemed to have scrambled out, Mr Humphries was carried downstream. Both men were said to have drowned. Giving evidence at Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court, Detective Sergeant Alistair Hammett said: “A member of the public rang 999 after finding the dead man and three dogs on the towpath. “Another member of the public reported seeing a second male in the water. He was recovered by a lifeguard before the paramedics arrived. The walking distance between the two men was about 15 minutes.” In a statement, manager of the Tudor Arms said: “Terry and Nick had been drinking all day and they left at around 11.30pm to walk back to their barges.” Fellow boatman Tim Aldridge said: “Terry was drinking and they were both quite merry but they appeared to be in good spirits.” Coroner Katy Skerrett said: “The medical cause of death in both cases is drowning and clearly alcohol was involved. “Whether one or both slipped and fell into the canal or one fell in and the other tried to help or whether they went into the water to get their dogs, we shall never know. I agree this was a tragic accident. “The dogs remained close and although it appears that Mr Barry managed to get out of the water — there were scratches on his hand — he was unable to recover.”

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Police investigate ‘Chinese government vehicle’ spotted near Puma Oil Terminal

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POLICE have confirmed that they are conducting “the appropriate enquiries” after a suspicious vehicle was spotted in the vicinity of Puma Oil Terminal on Saturday afternoon (Aug 8).

Following a tip off a Herald reporter was dispatched to the area, and saw a black Volvo SUV with three oriental looking males inside the vehicle. The vehicle had diplomatic number plates identifying that it belonged to the Chinese government.

However, a DVLA check suggested that the plates were registered to a BMW and not the Volvo they were displayed upon.

South Hook LNG security was notified as a precaution.

A police spokesman said: “Members of the public are advised to contact the police to report any suspicious activity or incidents.”

Both the UK and US governments are currently on alert following incidents of spying relating to key infrastructure, computer systems and state secrets by the Chinese authorities.

[The image used in this report is a computer generated artist’s impression.]

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Milford Haven Street Food Festival Returns To Waterfront This August

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MILFORD Haven Street Food Festival will be setting up camp at Milford Waterfront for the third year running to continue their Summer of street food tour, and with a brand new sponsor joining for the ride! Jubel Beer will be on hand fully loaded with refreshing fruity beers to serve all weekend long.

Street Food Warehouse and their team of feeders are heading back into town this bank holiday weekend, 28th – 30th August.

Cooking up a storm between noon – 10pm, the festival is split into three mouth-watering portions and is the only way to get you in the mood for summer and of course, fill you up to the brim on all of your favourite foodie delights.

You’ll need to grab your tickets beforehand, just make sure you come with an empty belly ready to taste new flavours – the world will really be your oyster. From smokin’ souvlaki to naughty nachos, mouthwatering Malaysian to chocolatey treats. Carnivores, veggies and vegans alike will be able to get their hungry hands on a range of Insta-worthy grub from all over the world!

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten that you’ll need something to tingle your taste buds and wash it all down with! Luckily, The Pop Up Bar Hire Company has got the whole weekend covered, offering all of your favourite beverages ranging from zesty Mojitos to ice-cold pints of Jubel Beer.

Two Lads Kitchen, Spicer’s Meat Wagon, Makasih and Chock Shop are just some of the street food vendors that will be attending the weekend, with many more both local and national vendors to be announced.

Come rain or shine, the event is completely free and family-friendly where you can get your hands on the most vibrant and high quality street food Milford Haven has to offer.

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Tenby: Police investigate overnight burglaries and theft

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POLICE are investigating two burglaries and a theft which occurred sometime overnight 9th/10th August in Tenby.

At approximately 2am this morning the RNLI lifeboat station, on Castle Hill, was broken into and money taken from the charity donation box.

Sometime overnight the padlock on the charity box for the Shipwrecked Mariners Society on Castle Square was broken and money taken from within.

Also overnight a window was forced open at the Denis Café, Castle Beach, and the till was missing. The till was later found with the money removed.

PC Garland said: “The three incidents are currently being linked. Having to close to deal with the clean-up of this type of incident is difficult for any business but especially so at this time. The two charities rely on donations to keep going and being a crew member of the Tenby Lifeboat I know what important work they due for the local community and for visitors who get into difficulty in the sea. I would appeal to anyone with any information to come forward and contact police.”

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