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Superfast broadband progressing in county

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MORE than 23,500 homes and businesses in Pembrokeshire can now access fast fibre broadband thanks to the Superfast Cymru programme as Tenby becomes the latest area to benefit.

The first households and businesses to be connected in Tenby join residents in Haverfordwest, Johnston, Milford Haven, Neyland, Pembroke and Saundersfoot, who can already take advantage of faster upload and download speeds.

Elsewhere, Fishguard, Broadhaven, Narbeth, Newport (Dyfed), Carew, Manorbier, Clynderwen are all set to see engineering work begin before the end of March as part of the Superfast Cymru roll-out. Fibre broadband will also be switched on this month in Hebron, Crymych, Crosswell, Treffgarne and Letterston.

The high-speed technology has the ability to transform people’s use of the internet. At home, fibre broadband allows a family to simultaneously download a movie, carry out online research, surf the web and play games online all at the same time. Businesses can use fibre broadband to work more efficiently, market themselves more effectively, find new customers and become more competitive.

Superfast Cymru, a partnership between the Welsh Government, BT, UK Government and the European Regional Development Fund is the largest of its kind in the UK. It is aiming to achieve, when combined with commercial programmes by the private sector, the Welsh Government’s aim of providing 96% of premises in Wales with access to fast fibre broadband by the end of Spring 2016.

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Julie James said: “The Superfast Cymru programme is changing the digital landscape in Wales and I’m pleased to see more and more premises gaining access in Pembrokeshire.

“Tenby is the latest to benefit in the county and more communities will be able to take advantage of superfast speeds as roll-out of the programme continues.

“The pace of technological development shows no sign of slowing down. We are embracing this change and Superfast Cymru is a clear demonstration of our commitment to seeing Wales become a truly digital nation.”

Households and businesses who want superfast speeds need to contact an internet service provider (ISP) of their choice to sign up to receive fast fibre – the upgrade is not automatic. There are a wide range of ISPs offering fibre broadband in Wales so customers can shop around and choose the package that is best for them. If they choose not to upgrade to fibre broadband, they will be able to continue using their existing broadband service.

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Tenby: Air Ambulance medivac patient with suspected broken leg

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PARAMEDICS asked for assistance, and the Wales Air Ambulance were subsequently tasked with tending to an incident at Tenby harbour on Sunday (Oct 2).

A male required assistance due to a fall around the beach area, and suffered a suspected broken leg.

A spokesperson for the air ambulance said: “Our overnight crew arrived on scene at 8.12 pm.

“Following treatment at the scene from our on-board medics, we airlifted the patient to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Our involvement concluded at 10.31 pm.”

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Cleddau Bridge was closed due to concerns over person in distress

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THE CLEDDAU BRIDGE was closed just after midnight on Sunday morning after reports of concern over a person in distress.

A number of police units attended the incident, and an ambulance was put on standby, but thankfully was not needed. The bridge was closed for around a hour, with a diversion put in place.

Nearby residents noted the flashing lights from multiple emergency services on the bridge and posted statuses on Facebook wishing for the person’s safety.

Some other witnesses on the Pembroke Dock side of the estuary noted activity in the water from small vessels in the area under the bridge, which they believed may have been boats put on standby.

In a statement a spokesperson from the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called in the early hours of Sunday morning at 12:43am to reports of an incident on the A477, Cleddau Bridge.

“We sent one emergency ambulance but were subsequently stood down.”

At just after 1am Sunday the police posted the following on their official Facebook page, confirming that the incident was over: “Cleddau Bridge has now reopened. Thank you for your patience.”

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Thirty bags of cocaine – worth £90m – wash up on west Wales beach

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has confirmed that what is expected to be a large quantity of the class A drug cocaine has washed up on on a west Wales beach this weekend.

The Herald understands that a man walking on Tan-y-Bwlch beach, south of Aberystwyth, made the discovery early on Saturday morning – which at street value could be sold for as much as £90m.

The beach walker found 30 black bags on the sand which had been tied together with a rope and empty gallon jerry cans for buoyancy.

Inside each black bag were 30 x1kg blocks, labelled with the name of fashion brand Dior – the mark of a Latin-American cartel – indicating 100% purity.

A similar brick of cocaine confiscated in Australia (File)

Thinking the package was suspicious, the man called the police.

When the police arrived, one of the bags was cut open and inside was what appeared to be cocaine.

The suspected cocaine was then taken away by officers, and it has now been confirmed that the white powder inside the bags is believed to be cocaine.

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “We are investigating the discovery of a significant quantity of what is thought to be cocaine, spotted along the Ceredigion coast this weekend.

“Enquiries are being undertaken to establish how such an unusually large amount of the controlled drug came to wash up on the Welsh shore, following recent storms.

“The precise quantity is still being established and at this time no-one has been arrested in relation to this matter. Officers have thanked those who found the packages and their sensible actions in reporting the matter immediately.”

No arrests have been made.

The UK’s cocaine market is estimated to be worth more than £25.7 million daily, according to the National Crime Agency’s latest strategic threat assessment.

Figures released by the agency earlier this year revealed how cocaine seizures nationwide have soared by 161 per cent between early 2020 and early last year.

A suspected £90million haul of cocaine was found on beach
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