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Zero cost pumping solution for businesses

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zero costRURAL businesses across Wales are set to benefit from a major innovation, with a new campaign from Source for Business – the business support service from South West Water – which highlights how to save money on water pumping costs, through the use of natural water sources.

Working with Cornwall-based PAPA Utility Services, customers are now able to make use of natural watercourses on their land using a PAPA pump, the installation cost of which can be recouped in as little as 12 months.

Llanelli-based Emyr Phillips has been appointed a dedicated sales manager for the Welsh market by Source for Business. He has worked within the agricultural industry since 1986, and will now be using his years of expertise to showcase the benefits of the PAPA pump to a new Welsh audience.

Using only the natural flow of a watercourse such as a stream or river, a PAPA pump can provide water to the places it is needed most, with minimal maintenance and virtually no running costs. The pump is able to transport water large distances using just the natural flow of the watercourse, with an average supply of 14 litres per minute. This water can then be put to a wide variety of uses, from providing drinking water for livestock to irrigating crops and nurseries. A PAPA pump could also be set up to draw off water to storage ponds in times of plenty, such as when water levels are high following heavy rain.

Not only is this a very cost-effective solution, but also an entirely natural one, requiring no electricity, diesel or other polluting fuels. In fact, any water returned to rivers and streams after passing through a PAPA pump is fully aerated, carrying extra oxygen that is beneficial to plants and animals alike.

Emyr commented: “I come from a farming background myself, so am well aware of the cost benefit the pump can bring. I’m really looking forward to helping farmers and landowners across Wales to save money on their water pumping costs with the PAPA pump.”

Dr Dylan Bright, Sustainability Manager for South West Water, added: “We are delighted to be working with PAPA to offer this revolutionary technology to customers across Wales. It really is a no-cost energy solution to replace traditional fuel or electric pumps, whilst at the same time being very sustainable in terms of its impact on the environment.”

“The PAPA pump is simple to install and requires minimal maintenance. We believe it is of benefit to a huge range of rural businesses including farms, nurseries, campsites, leisure facilities and large estates, as well as a vital tool for storing water for when supply is limited.”

For more information about a PAPA pump solution or to request a site visit please contact Source for Business on 01392 443567 or email contactus@sourceforbusiness.co.uk

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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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