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Milford mourns death of tragic teen Morgan

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Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 10.49.38ON FRIDAY, (Feb 12) a tragic collision took place, which took the life of the young Morgan Power and left his father in a critical condition in Morriston Hospital, Swansea.

The following day, after the devastating incident, hundreds of Morgan’s friends and family flocked to the Rath in Milford Haven, to set off fireworks in his memory. Since then a public donation has been started and a memorial signed banner has been placed up.

The crash involved a lorry which collided with Morgan and his father Karl Power’s van whilst they were on their way to work.

The Peugeot Partner van was travelling eastward on the M4 when it reached junction 46 at 6.11am and it collided with the large lorry.

The van soon-after caught fire, which engulfed the vehicle in flames. Morgan Power, aged 17 was pronounced dead at the scene and Karl who was driving was taken immediately to hospital, where he was later put into induced coma.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service crews from Morriston and Neath attended the accident along with two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and the Welsh Ambulance Service’s hazardous area response team.

While the road-side investigation into the cause was underway, the road was closed leading to tailbacks almost nine miles long as far back as Junction 48.

With his condition not showing any signs of changing, Karl’s friends set up a donation page online for anybody wishing to help Mrs Power and their family through the hard period.

The donations have been streaming in the past week with over 570 people having shared the page which has so far reached over £1,400.

The community of Milford Haven came together the day after the crash, Saturday (Feb 13). 350 people gathered to take part in the tribute for Morgan, which involved fireworks, candle lanterns.

Morgan’s heartbroken mother and Karl’s wife has paid tribute to her “wonderful and cherished son” and spoken about the evening.

“Never in my life have I seen so many people in one place for one amazing young lad.. Such an amazing turn out.. Milford is in mourning for a truly amazing boy!!” she said.

Speaking about the gathering a local woman and friend to the family said: “Massive credit to the young people that organised tonight on behalf of Morgan, and to the youth workers who turned up to provide tea and coffee too everyone and the anglers corner who put on an absolutely amazing display.”

A banner was placed on Milford Haven’s Tesco roundabout which was signed by family and friends of Morgan, the same group who organised the banner, also released helium balloons with messages attached in his memory.

From 12noon on Monday (Feb 15) a book of remembrance has been available for everyone who knew Morgan to sign. The book is at Milford Haven Town Hall and will eventually be given to his family.

Not a month before the incident Morgan entered a relationship, his girlfriend has posted to Facebook after she put up the banner: “This is for you Morgs, we all signed a banner for you, from all your friends that miss you so much! Words cannot explain how much I miss you already!”

“Not a day will go by where I will not think off you! You were such a big part of my life and always will be. Love you millions”

One friend of Morgan’s posted a picture online and said: “RIP Morgs missed and loved by many, you were an amazing son, brother, boyfriend and friend, known well though Pembrokeshire as being a loving, kind and funny young man. Taken too soon!”

Milford Haven Golf Club wrote on Facebook about the tragedy: “The club is shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic accident this morning which has resulted in one of our well known and popular members being admitted to hospital with serious injuries.

“We await further news on Karl Power and wish him a speedy recovery.

“The club also extends our heart felt sympathies and condolences to the family who sadly and tragically lost their teenage son Morgan in the accident.”

Hundreds of messages, pictures and videos have been shared over the past week from those who knew Morgan, with everybody expressing their deepest condolences and wishing Karl a swift recovery.

To contribute to the fund raiser which has been set up online visit: www.gofundme.com/5cjvck5a

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COVID-19 tests being encouraged for wider range of symptoms

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PEOPLE living in Pembrokeshire are being encouraged to have a free COVID-19 test if they have a wider range of symptoms.

Previously, only those with either a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss/change of taste and smell, were advised to seek a test. The health board is now also encouraging people to have a test if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Flu-like symptoms, including myalgia (muscle ache or pain); excessive tiredness; persistent headache; runny nose or blocked nose; persistent sneezing; sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Generally feeling unwell and a history of being in contact with a known COVID-19 case
  • Any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test

The change aims to find hidden COVID-19 cases in our communities and drive down the numbers of onward transmissions.

Identifying infections, which could otherwise go undetected, is particularly important as new variants of the virus emerge. The more tests carried out, the easier it will be to spot early clusters of cases and possible virus mutations. This will help with easing restrictions in the future.

The new testing regime will initially run for at least 28 days and will then be reviewed. Swansea Bay University Health Board is also expanding its offer of testing in this way.

Alison Shakeshaft, Director of Therapies and Health Science at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “Overall, we are seeing a positive picture across the three counties and there has been a steady fall in the number of COVID-19 cases.

“Also, the demand for tests has come down considerably since the end of 2020, so we have capacity to expand the offer of testing to those with a wider range of symptoms.

“We know the wider group of symptoms do occur in COVID-19 but are not reported as often as the ‘classic three’ symptoms. With the very low rates of flu circulating at the moment, it is more likely that wider flu-like symptoms are due to COVID-19.

“Our aim is to find as many COVID-19 cases as possible so we can prevent the virus being passed on to others. We want to do everything we can to help bring the pandemic to a close as fast as possible and help restrictions to be lifted.”

If you have any of the symptoms outlined above, please stay at home and get a test by booking online via the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ringing 119.

As these are national contacts, you may automatically be asked about the ‘classic three’ symptoms. However, to book your test simply choose either one of these options: “You have been asked to take a test by your local council” or “You are part of a government pilot project”.

Once you have had your test, you must continue to self-isolate until you receive your result, which will usually be within 24 hours of the test. If your result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date your symptoms started. You will also be contacted by the local Tracing Team.

If your result is negative, you can end your self-isolation, when you feel well enough to do so.

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Dale Morgan charged with murder of Judith Rhead, police confirm

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DYFED POWYS POLICE have charged a man in connection with the alleged murder of 68 year old Judith Rhead who was found dead in her home in Market Street, Pembroke Dock on Saturday (Feb 20).

Dale Morgan, 43, will appear at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court today by video link.

Dale Morgan, in court today

A spokesman for the force said: “Dyfed-Powys Police can confirm that Dale Morgan, aged 43, has been charged with the murder of Judith Rhead, aged 68, who was found in a property in Market Street, Pembroke Dock.

“He is due to appear before Llanelli Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, 25 February).”

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Judith Rhead murder investigation – Detectives given more time to question suspect

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POLICE have been given more time to question a 43-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

The man has been in police custody since Saturday night, after being arrested over the death 68-year-old Judith Rhead.

She was found in a residential property in Market Street.

The police now have until Thursday afternoon (Feb 25) to question the suspect.

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