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Tragic teenager committed suicide

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THE DEATH of 19-years old Chloe Rose Bygate of Haverfordwest on April 30 2014 was ruled a suicide by Coroner, Mark Layton, on February 26.

Jeremy Davies, the Coroner’s Officer, said that Chloe had been 19 years-old when she died and lived in a flat on Haverfordwest’s High Street. She was one of three children to Mrs. Leslie Griffiths and soldier, Trevor Bygate, who separated. Chloe went to Sir Thomas Picton School, and moved to Germany with her father after her GCSEs, returning soon after to do her A-Levels in Pembrokeshire. She worked at Holland & Barrett for less than six months, leaving of her own accord. Chloe was fit and well, but often went without food and had lost a lot of weight. Chloe had been prescribed anti-depressant tablets and had dizzy spells.

Mr Davies told the court that Chloe had last seen her mother on April 25, and she had not had any concerns. On April 30, Chloe’s mother received messages from friends of Chloe saying that they had not heard from her. When Leslie Griffiths went to her daughter’s flat, she could not get a response. She reported her concerns to the police. The police gained access, despite the fact that Chloe had blocked the front door with a fridge. Chloe was inside the living room, with a blanket up to her neck, dead. There was no evidence of drug use, but there was an empty tablet container and vomit in a plastic bag. There were no signs of forced entry or disturbance.

Jamie Pearson, whose friend lived in the flat above Chloe, had his statement read out by Mr Layton. He said that he had seen Chloe on the stairwell and commented on how she looked on April 30. Chloe had thanked him and he went into his friend’s flat. He did not know anything was wrong until a disturbance outside the flat when Chloe’s mother and the police gained entry into the flat, later.

The doctor who conducted the autopsy said that the level of Paracetamol in Chloe’s blood at the time of recording was 98mg per litre. This was potentially much higher as the level would have lowered between the time Chloe took the tablets and the sample had been taken. The level of Paracetamol in Chloe’s blood was significantly higher than that associated with therapeutic use. The doctor described it to be an acute level of Paracetamol overdose. There were also traces of Diazapan and an anti-depressant in Chloe’s blood, but the levels were within the prescribed level. Chloe had been only 39kg, and the doctor could not say for sure how many tablets she would have taken, but presumed it would have been about twenty. Chloe suffered from depression and the doctor said that there were recent marks of self-harm on her body. The cause of death, said the doctor, was drug intoxication by Paracatemol. Chloe’s liver and kidney, and possibly heart, would have failed. The circumstances show that it was purposeful. Mr Layton concluded that Chloe had killed herself and had intended to do so, and the matter was formally concluded.

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Further Covid-19 business support packages to become available soon

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PEMBROKESHIRE businesses that remain affected by Covid-19 restrictions can check their eligibility for a new package of support from the Welsh Government.

This latest support package will help those businesses eligible to meet ongoing costs through to the end of June as they prepare for re-opening and more normal trading conditions.

Businesses that stand to benefit include:

  • nightclubs and late entertainment venues
  • events and conference venues not covered by the Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF)
  • hospitality and leisure businesses, including restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • supply chain business, which have been materially impacted by restrictions

An eligibility checker has opened on the Business Wales website so businesses can find out how much support they are likely to be entitled to and how to apply.

See more information and check your business’ eligibility at: https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/

Funding will be calculated based on the size of the business and the type of restrictions they are under.

Businesses will be able submit applications to the Welsh Government from 24th May 2021 for grants of up to £25,000 and by the end of the month to Pembrokeshire County Council for smaller fixed Discretionary Grants.

To keep up to date and see the future application process for the Discretionary Grants please see: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/business-advice-and-support

The above link will be be updated with the latest information.  

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£50,000 funding windfall for low carbon community projects

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OVER £50,000 of funding has been awarded to local projects through the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).

Since June 2020, the Fund has focussed on supporting community-led projects that contribute towards a reduction in carbon and help respond to the climate emergency. These can include:

·       Installing renewable energy generation facilities, such as solar panels, to a community building

·       Transport initiatives that promote reduced carbon emissions

·       The installation of community facilities that minimise waste, such as water fountains

·       Any other community-based carbon reduction initiatives.

Tenby RFC were among those to benefit from the most recent round of grants with an initiative to install recycling bins and litter pick stations at each of the sports facilities in the town.

There were two successful applications from the Solva area – one for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at Solva Community Clubhouse, and the other from the Community Organised Allotment for Solva Tenants (COAST) to help with set-up costs.

Others to be awarded an SDF grant were the Paul Sartori Foundation and the EcoDewi community group. The Paul Sartori Foundation’s project involved fitting of tracking devices onto warehouse vans to enable route optimisation and increased fuel economy; while EcoDewi secured funding to support a part-time role organising community engagement events and volunteering activities, and developing wider community partnerships.

Jessica Morgan, Funding and Grants Officer for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Trust said: “It’s been wonderful to see such variety in the applications we’ve received, and the innovative climate emergency solutions suggested by communities in the National Park.

“We look forward to receiving the next round of applications, and would encourage any community-led group or organisation that needs support to fund projects that will help reduce carbon and/or respond to climate change to apply as soon as possible.”

The next deadline for SDF applications is Friday 10 September 2021.

To find out more about SDF grants, and to apply online or download the application form please visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/sdf.  

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Appeal after woman sexually assaulted on cycle path near Haverfordwest

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POLICE officers in Haverfordwest are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted at approximately 4.30pm on Sunday (May 16).

The woman was walking along the cycle path between Haverfordwest and Tiers Cross when she was approached by a man who threatened and assaulted her, before walking away towards Haverfordwest town.

The male is described as a white male, between 5ft 4 and 5ft 11 tall , normal build with a welsh accent. He has short dark hair, a beard and a moustache, brown eyes, and wearing light blue jeans, navy/dark blue jersey with grey sleeves. Anyone who saw a man matching this description in the area between 3.30pm and 5pm in the afternoon.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

The cycle path is currently closed while the investigation continues.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Butler, who is leading the investigation, said “Incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the Dyfed-Powys area. The public may see an increased presence of police officers in the coming days as police investigate the incident. Anyone with concerns or information that could help our enquiries can speak to those officers or contact police. While a man was quickly arrested we would still like to speak to anyone who saw a man matching the above description in the area yesterday afternoon.”

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact police. This can be done online at bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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