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Minister welcomes the pride of Pembrokeshire to Folly Farm

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Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart, has today come face-to-face with Folly Farm’s new lions at the adventure park’s new Pride of Pembrokeshire.

On the back of a record breaking 2013 season, which saw the attraction break through the 400,000 visitors mark for the first time, Mrs Hart was invited to unveil the new two-acre enclosure and congratulate Folly Farm on its success.

Since the opening of the Penguin Coast last year, Folly Farm has seen a 20% rise in visitor numbers and has invested £500,000 in its latest ‘Pride of Pembrokeshire’ attraction which houses six lions.
The Pride of Pembrokeshire project was funded entirely from reinvestment from Folly Farm. Over the last 10 years Folly Farm has invested £10 million into the attraction, 4% of which has been grant funded, creating 45 full
equivalent jobs.

Minister for the Economy, Edwina Hart, said: “With the penguin enclosure opening last year it’s a reflection of Folly Farm’s success that I am returning only 12 months later to welcome Hugo and his family to Wales.

“Investing and developing our tourism product is vital if we are to drive higher tourism earnings for the Welsh economy and Folly Farm’s commitment to giving its visitors more reasons to return is an excellent example of this development. I’d like to congratulate Folly Farm on their impressive new attraction which I hope will be a roaring success.”

Tim Morphew, zoo manager at Folly Farm, said: “It has been months and months of planning, research and training and it feels fantastic to share the new attraction with a record number of visitors.

“I am so proud of the whole team here, as every single member of staff has pulled together to make this attraction possible.

“We’re continuing to grow at a rapid pace and are extremely appreciative of the support from the Minister and our Folly Farm friends and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in this process.”

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  1. Tomos

    August 9, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Looks ferocious, but then I guess you need sharp claws if you’re not a freemason i.e one of the boyos to get on in the Senedd 🙂

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Pembroke: Leave teenage girls alone, sex offender told

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A SEX OFFENDER from Ashdale Lane, Pembroke has been jailed for repeatedly ignoring court orders which were put in place to protect young girls.
Gareth Thomas James Flynn, aged 41, frightened a 14-year-old girl who refused to get off a bus in case he managed to find out where she lived.
41-year-old Gareth Thomas James Flynn scared a 14-year-old girl because she refused to get of a bus, frightened he would learn her address.
He admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was jailed today for a year.
Sitting at Swansea Crown Court, Judge Geraint Walters berated the defendant.  His Honour said that Flynn had shown a complete disregard for the original SHPO.
The judge said: “Leave teenage girls alone. They are scared of you”
He told Flynn he would be on licence for 12 months after his release from prison, and he reminded him that the SHPO remained in place.

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Narberth: ‘My mum’s camper was stolen and found burned out down the road’

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A CAMPER VAN stolen on Thursday night in Narberth was found burned a short distance from where it was parked, the owner’s son has said.

Zachary Bunce posted an appeal on Facebook on Friday morning saying: “Can every single one of my friends please share this my mother’s Ford transit campervan was stolen last night in the Narberth area can people please be on the lookout for this van as my mother is completely heartbroken.”

But three hours later he updated the post to say: “Thank you everyone who shared, sadly my mums van was driven 1.3 miles down the road and driven into a ditch and burnt it out.

Mr Bunce has said on that the incident has been captured on CCTV, and took place at 2.10am in the morning (Jan 24).
Anyone with any information should contact the police on 101.

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Hook: Police and school confirm death of boy, 13

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POLICE are investigating the sudden death of a 13-year-old boy from Hook on Wednesday (Jan 22)

A police spokesman told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy, from the Hook area of Pembrokeshire.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. Next of kin have been advised and are being supported.”

A letter was sent out to parents and carers by Haverfordwest High VC School headteacher Jane Harries following the death. The letter reads: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you about the sudden death of a year nine pupil at our school.

“The children in Year nine were told this morning by myself and other pupils were told by their teachers during their lesson this afternoon. The full detail surrounding the death are not known at this stage – but children have been reassured that this is something that does not happen very often. Your child may or may not want to talk bout it, but it is likely that he/she will need your special care, attention and reassurance at this difficult time.

“We are deeply affected by the death, but we are trying, for the children’s sake, to keep the school as normal as possible over the coming days, whilst allowing the children opportunities to talk about the pupil if they wish to. Trained support staff and counsellors are helping to support us through this difficult time. If you feel that your child needs extra support, please let us know.

“Our thoughts are with the pupil’s family at this difficult time, and the whole school community sends them our sincerest sympathy and support. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s achievement leader, or Miss Thomas, pastoral support manager. Paul Lucas, chairman of the governing body at Haverfordwest High VC School, said: “The governors are shocked at the tragic loss of this young student. The family are in our thoughts at this very sad time.”

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