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Grandad’s ‘Tour de Wales‘

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Dick Venables cycled 216 miles: He has so far raised £10,275 for a children’s shelter in India

Dick Venables cycled 216 miles: He has so far raised £10,275 for a
children’s shelter in India

DICK VENABLES met his target of raising £10,275 by cycling 216 miles for charity. Dick, 84, pedalled into St Davids, the smallest city in Wales, accompanied by friends and family on Saturday (Jun 25) and was welcomed by the Mayor of St Davids, Chris Taylor , and local well-wishers.

Dick left Rising Brook Baptist Centre in Stafford on Thursday , June 16, with a send-off by Jeremy LeFroy MP, Senior Minister , Martin Young , and family and friends. Accompanied by his grandson , Marcus Janes, Dick cycled 216 miles to St Davids in commemoration of his late wife , Caty . He also wanted to raise funds for a children’s shelter in India. Dick had already risen over £8,500 of his £10,000 target amount via his Facebook page , ‘Grandad’s Tour de Wales’ .

Dick cycled approximately 40 miles each day , taking in Newport, Wellington, Shrewsbury, Montgomery, Newtown, Llangurig, Newbridge, Carmarthen, Puncheston and Caerau Bach, including a gruelling cycling over the Preseli Hills.

Dick is now raising money for Dalit Freedom Network UK, a trafficking prevention organisation , who work with women and children from poor and marginalised communities , such as that of the Dalits (Untouchables) in India. The £10,275 raised will go to the Pratigya Children’s Shelter , which provides a safe place for young girls who are at risk of being forced into sex slavery in the southern Indian state of Telangana. Currently , 40 girls are now able to grow up in a loving, caring and compassionate environment, with access to counselling, healthcare, nutritious meals and a quality education , with the charity provid ing hope and opportunities that would otherwise be denied to them.

Jeevaline Kumar, Director of Pratigya India, says: “We are so grateful to Dick – he is an amazing man. The money that he is raising will help us to expand our shelter so that we can care for 100 girls who otherwise would be severely exploited and abused. The shelter is making a huge difference in the lives of these children – here they can live with dignity. All of the girls in our shelter have dreams and ambitions, aspiring to become doctors, lawyers and engineers. We are working hard to make all their dreams become a reality. Thanks to Dick we can do this for even more girls.”

If anyone would like to support Dick’s ‘Tour De Wales’ they can do so online via his w ebpage: u k . v i r g i nmo n e y g i v i n g . c om/ DickVenables.

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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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