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Bank Holiday beach safety message

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shutterstock_317546213FOLLOWING the number of tragic water related incidents across the country this summer, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is sending their deepest condolences to those effected, and would like to take this time to advise the public on how to use the sea safely.

Deputy Head of Community Safety, Steve Davies, said: “We cannot stress enough just how dangerous the sea can be, and how your life could change in a second.”

To avoid a potentially life threatening experience this Bank Holiday Weekend:

  • Where possible, only swim at a beach patrolled by lifeguards. Please refer to the RNLI’s list of lifeguard patrolled beaches here – http://rnli.org/aboutus/lifeguardsandbeaches/Pages/Lifeguarded-beaches.aspx
  • Before and upon arrival at the beach, look for safety information and follow it. Take note of which flags are up and what that means to you as a beach goer. Please see ROSPA’s beach flag information here – http://www.rospa.com/leisure-safety/water/advice/children-young-people/beach-flags/
  • Never swim alone
  • If you find yourself in trouble at the beach, try to remain calm – stick your hand in the air and shout for help
  • If you see someone in trouble alert a lifeguard immediately and phone 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard
  • Always supervise children
  • Do not use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas. Even a slight breeze could be stronger than you think at sea and could take you out to sea
  • Never swim after drinking alcohol or taking drugs
  • Even if it is a warm day and you are a good swimmer, you could still find yourself with cold water shock
  • Beneath the surface you cannot see what is happening with rip currents, nor can you predict current, tide and wave activity. Don’t let it be too late – educate yourself beforehand and pay heed to all safety warnings at the beach.

“We want you to enjoy the wonderful beaches that the Welsh coastline has to offer safely and incident free this weekend,” Mr Davies concluded.

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Search for Luke, 19, reported missing in the Pembroke Dock area, continuing

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FOLLOWING on from the major multi-agency search which was taking place in the same area on Saturday (Apr 13), HM Coastguard teams are currently conducting further searches around The Cleddau Bridge.

Police said: ” The search for 19-year-old Luke, reported missing in the Pembroke Dock area, is continuing this afternoon. Luke is described as a white male, 5’2 inches tall, of slim build, with dark brown hair.

“He was last seen wearing a long white jacket, black trousers with a white stripe and black trainers with a white stripe.

A number of enquiries are being undertaken which include a search in the Hobbs Point area.

“The public can expect to see an increase in police presence in the area while the search is ongoing.

Do you have information that might help us find Luke? Please, let Dyfed-Powys Police know:

💬 | Direct message us on social media

🖥️ | https://bit.ly/DPPmissingperson

📧 | [email protected]

📞 | 101

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20240414-012

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Pembrokeshire’s ‘Pure West Radio’ celebrates sixth birthday

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THERE ain’t no birthday like a Pure West birthday! 

Pure West Radio – Pembrokeshire’s multi-award-winning radio station is celebrating its sixth birthday this month – and is ready to move up a gear when it starts broadcasting on DAB later this summer. 

Pure West, which now has a staff of 12, and a team of over 90 volunteers bringing news, sport, entertainment and information to the airwaves of Pembrokeshire, celebrated its sixth anniversary on April 4 – and decided to share its celebrations with its loyal listeners – giving no fewer than 1,100 of them free tickets to some top local events. 

For the Pure West Team the birthday was marked with a staff party at Seven Spice in Haverfordwest – but for listeners the treats were more varied. 

Pure West Radio joined forces with Ocky White Travel – itself celebrating a 60th anniversary – to give away a cruise holiday to one lucky winner. On April 3 nurse Ffion Thomas, from Johnston, was announced as the winner of the seven-day P&O cruise to the Norwegian Fjords. She is taking her mum along with her as a 60th birthday treat when the Iona sets sail from Southampton on May 18. 

And the giveaways didn’t stop there… Mark Edwards kindly shared 100 free tickets for a celebratory Silent Disco at Eddie Rocks, in Haverfordwest, that were snapped up within an hour – so a hundred more were released; Pure West Radio also teamed up with Hangar 5, also in Haverfordwest, and offered two one-hour free bounces for listeners, but again demand far outweighed expectations, so another hour’s bounce was provided. 

In addition, Pure West Radio joined forces with The Palace Cinema, in Haverfordwest, for a free showing of Shrek – the Movie – but, yet again, a second showing had to be booked to accommodate all those who wanted tickets. 

And sports fans haven’t been left out of the party – Haverfordwest County AFC, media partners of Pure West, have supplied 100 free tickets for the Bluebrids final home game of the season against Colwyn Bay to the broadcaster’s listeners. 

“Our birthday celebrations were immense,” said Toby Ellis, Station Manager, “We gave away 1,100 free tickets to local events to make sure our dedicated listeners and followers were able to join in the party… putting a smile on the faces of more than a thousand Pembrokeshire people. 

“And while the birthday celebrations are winding down – Pure West Radio – the only radio station based in Pembrokeshire – is gearing up for the next phase in our story. 

“The licence for DAB broadcasting is in place – and we hope to go live within the next few months. 

“We’ve expanded our staff and are currently looking for a full-time show producer – so anyone interested should email [email protected] to find out more, and we have some new sponsors – Ocky White Travel is now the official sponsor of Pure West’s daytime show and Folly Farm sponsors the breakfast show. 

“And we’ve teamed up with yet more Pembrokeshire businesses who are taking advantage of our huge reach to spread their message across the county. 

“There really is something for everyone on Pure West Radio – tune in via app, smart speaker and check out our website for the latest going on in Pembrokeshire, he added.” 

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Suspended sentence for distribution and possession of child abuse images

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IN a controversial decision at Swansea Crown Court, 20-year-old Euwyn Draper of Goat Street, Haverfordwest, has been spared prison time despite admitting to possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

The court heard that Draper pleaded guilty to charges involving 74 Category A images — the most severe — along with 102 Category B and 385 Category C images. These were amassed and shared over a period last year, with specific distributions occurring on November 4, 2022.

Prosecutor Sian Cutter detailed that the investigation began with a raid at Draper’s residence on December 21, 2022. Although Draper was not present, and initial searches of his devices at his home returned no results, subsequent actions led to his arrest at his workplace. Upon confronting law enforcement, Draper immediately acknowledged his awareness of the reasons for their presence, lamenting, “I know why you’re here. I don’t do it anymore. I’m sorry.”

Further examination of his phone revealed not only the indecent images but also concerning internet searches and conversations indicating a focus on children. Notably, Draper had sent one image of each category to a contact named “Ralph” via WhatsApp.

Despite these admissions, Draper, who has no prior convictions, denied a sexual interest in children during his interview.

Representing Draper, defence lawyer Dan Griffiths stressed the defendant’s recognition of the gravity of his offences and highlighted his client’s age and immaturity at the time of the offences. The court also considered the prolonged period since the arrest to the trial, a span of 16 months.

Judge Geraint Walters addressed the court, underscoring the public’s disdain for such crimes and the harsh reality behind the images. “These are real children, they are not actors,” Judge Walters emphasized, condemning the market that drives such exploitative material.

Ultimately, Draper received a suspended sentence of 12 months for distribution and six months, concurrent, for making the images. Over the next two years, he must complete the Horizon programme and 30 days of rehabilitation activities. Additionally, Draper will be registered as a sex offender and is subject to a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.

Judge Walters concluded with a stern admonition for Draper to commit to rehabilitation and to move past this “dark phase” in his life, marking a pivotal moment for the young defendant and the community’s ongoing battle against such digital crimes.

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