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Thieves target charity Basics Bank

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patchA MONKTON based charity which is committed to helping the poorest of the poor has had to relocate its distribution centre because thieves have been stealing their stock. PATCH Charity whose HQ is located in Milford Haven has been offered temporary space in the CAB building in Pembroke Dock. Voicing his regret that the charity would no longer be able to operate from their base at Long Mains Monkton Chairman Dennis O’Connor said “Recently we have experienced several incidents involving theft from the food bank. Regrettably, despite repeated attempts to ensure security, the most recent theft was discovered on Friday (Oct 31).

Dyfed-Powys Police have been informed and are currently investigating” Coordinator Tracy Olin is saddened by this unexpected development but remains clearly undaunted in her determination to continue to meet the needs of those who rely on PATCH for help. She said “The numbers affected vary from week to week and month to month. We are probably helping some 40 – 69 people a month. And although I feel devastated by what’s happened the people of Pembrokeshire have rallied around again and supported us wonderfully.

We are very disappointed of course but we have reached the conclusion that we really believe this is God’s timing and that the provision will continue to come. The support we have received from churches, individuals and companies is fantastic. I am constantly amazed by peoples’ generosity” She continued “I cannot stress how grateful I am to CAB for the way they have stepped in to help us at this crucial moment. We can use a room in their building in Meyrick Street. We will be there11am – 1pm on Tuesdays until we find a new home. It will be just for food as they have no storage space. We will bring food parcels from Milford. And I would ask anyone visiting PATCH please to use the client entrance only. All referral will have to be phoned through first so we know what food to take over” “Parcels will only be available between 11 and 1 on Tuesdays and clients cannot pick up from there at any other time.

We are incredibly grateful to CAB who we have worked with for a very long time. They are an amazing charity that support and help many of our clients and we sign post on to them often” “Clothing and Household items will have to be collected from our Milford HQ. We apologise for any inconvenience, but the situation is out of our control and we would have been really stuck without the help of CAB” PATCH Charity, which celebrated its sixth birthday recently, operates as a Basics Bank rather than a simple food bank.

Consequently PATCH provides food parcels for people who for various reasons are unable to feed themselves. It also provides clothing for people who cannot afford clothing and household basics such as kettles, pots and pans. It aims to support individuals, couples and families ensuring that people are able to access the support they need to help them, whether that be through the provision of food and clothes, or by signposting to other agencies. Pembroke’s Deputy Mayor Councilor Pauline Waters told The Herald: “This kind of initiative is desperately needed however the help is given.

And we need to find ways of helping those out of the loop and who do not have access to the normal channels of help. Sadly incidents like this only remind us what type of society we are living in today where so many people are just out for themselves” “As a local councilor I would appreciate feedback from those have been help[ed over the years so that we can do all we can to enrich the life or our town and community. Local people are so sad but they are also saying maybe we should be praying for those who have done it”

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Pembroke Dock: Two in hospital following Fort Road car accident

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EMERGENCY SERVICES dealt with what has been described by a witness as a “horrific car accident” in the Pembroke Dock area on Wednesday night (Jun 12).

A 23-year-old woman, driving a black BMW, travelled down Fort Road at speed, hit a low wall, catapulting the vehicle some considerable distance across a picnic area. The vehicle ended up irreparably damaged on the beach – which was luckily not in use at the time – landing next to the old Cambridge Gun Tower.

No other vehicles seem to have been involved, police said.

The driver has been arrested but remains in hospital, one passenger is in a critical but stable condition, in Cardiff, and a second passenger sustained only minor injuries.

A spokesperson for Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 10.45pm on Wednesday night (Jun 23), to reports of a road traffic accident near the Fort Road car park in Pembroke Dock.

“We attended the scene with one rapid response vehicle, two emergency ambulances and our Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service.

“Two people were taken to University Hospital Wales, Cardiff for further treatment.”

The police are appealing in the media for information following the crash.

An official statement from the police reads as follows: “We were called to Fort Road, Pembroke Dock, at around 10.45pm on Wednesday night to reports of a single-vehicle collision. Ambulance and fire service also attended.

“A 19-year-old man was taken to the Heath Hospital in Cardiff and remains in a critical but stable condition.

“A second passenger attended hospital for minor injuries but has since been discharged. A 23-year-old woman was arrested, and currently remains in hospital.

“Anyone who witnessed the collision but who has not yet spoken to us should get in touch by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, visiting our website, or calling 101.

UPDATE: 24.06.2021, 15:47HRS

On Thursday (Jun 24) said that the female who was arrested was de-arrested because of the need for medical treatment, and is “no longer under arrest at this time.”

The police also added that their investigation was “still active”.

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Pembrokeshire call handler helps deliver Llanelli couple’s new baby

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A 999 CALL HANDLER from Pembrokeshire has helped deliver a Llanelli couple’s baby.

Father-of-two Chris Bassett, from Hook, answered the call from the Trust’s Clinical Contact Centre in Carmarthen, and whose instructions on loudspeaker enabled the pair to deliver their 8lb 1oz new arrival safely.

Thanks to Chris, Troy Smith, 34, and partner Abigail Jones, 33, delivered baby Arabella Dilys Smith in the bedroom of their Llanelli home.

Troy said: “I’ve never felt adrenaline like it but I knew I had to focus on the situation for Abigail and the baby’s sake.

“It all happened so quickly, but Chris’ voice on the other end of the phone kept us calm.”

Abigail, a teacher at Ysgol Carreg Hir in Briton Ferry, went into labour at around 10.00pm on Thursday, June 3, and made a trip to hospital, where nurses confirmed she was in the early stages.

The couple returned to their Pwll home, but their soon-to-be daughter had other ideas.

Troy said: “At around 4.30am, Abigail developed a lot of pain and said she had an urge to push.

“I thought, ‘Right, this is happening’ and phoned an ambulance because I knew I’d be delivering the baby right there and then.”

It was Chris, a former RAF Aerospace Systems Operator, who picked up the call in the early hours of Friday, June 4.

The 29-year-old, who has been with the Welsh Ambulance Service for 18 months, said: “As soon as I answered the call, it was obvious that Troy and Abigail were in distress, as anyone would be in that situation.

“The priority was to get Abigail in a comfortable position to deliver the baby safely.

“For me, it was about giving them clear instructions while trying to keep them both calm.”

Troy added: “I just did what came naturally. When you’re in that situation, you just do it.

“As soon as Arabella came, I felt this wave of relief and I just couldn’t believe how gorgeous she was.

“Chris was so professional and handled the situation really well.

“He gave us all the information and kept us calm.”

Ambulance crews arrived soon after, and took Abigail to Carmarthen’s Glangwili General Hospital, where she was treated for shock before being discharged the following day.

Abigail said: “The whole thing was petrifying because I just never expected to be having the baby at home, but we’re so grateful to Chris for helping us to deliver Arabella safely.”

Chris added: “In your role as a 999 call handler, you’re helping people in their darkest hour, but I’m just glad this call had a happy ending.

“This is the third baby I’ve helped to deliver during my time at the ambulance service, but the first one I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.”

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Covid causes partial school closure at Haverfordwest High VC

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A PARTIAL school closure is in force today at Haverfordwest High VC school after a pupil in year 9 has tested positive for coronavirus.

All students in year 9 must stay at home , isolate and await further instruction while the school completes all of the necessary Track and Trace processes.

In a statement released by the school, they said: “We have been informed that a Year 9 pupil has tested positive for COVID-19.

“We wish them a speedy recovery.

“As a precautionary measure and to enable us to complete all of the necessary Track and Trace processes, the school will be closed to Year 9 Pupils today.

“The school remains open to all other year groups.

“Until further notice, Year 9 students should stay at home and isolate until further instructions are given. Lessons for all other year groups will continue as usual. Unless your child is in Year 9 they should attend school.”

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