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Paramedics struggled for 46 minutes to try to save Natasha Bradbury

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nbradPARAMEDICS struggled for 46 minutes to try and bring Natasha Bradbury back to life, a jury heard on this afternoon (Sept 2)

They applied CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for more than twice the recommended length of time in the hope of saving her.

But, argued the prosecution at Swansea Crown Court, she had already been beaten to death by her on-off boyfriend Luke George Jones.

Jones, aged 33, a pipe welder, of Haven Drive, Milford Haven, denies murdering Miss Bradbury in the early hours of February 22 at her flat in Imperial Court, High Street, Haverfordwest.

The jury heard today from paramedic Alan Thomas, who was the first to arrive after Jones had dialled 999 and told ambulance control she was not breathing and that her body was already “freezing cold.”

The jury also heard for a second time a recording of the 15 minute call, during which Jones had difficulty explaining where he was.

Eventually, he had to find a letter received by Miss Bradbury and read the address to ambulance control.

Even then Mr Thomas and his colleague had difficulty identifying the location because Flat A was not marked on the front door and was in fact a four storey high building.

Mr Thomas said he had to knock “hard” on the door three times before Jones responded.

He said Jones appeared to be calm but he had a small cut on his left knee and both his hands were blood stained.

Mr Thomas said Jones was bare chested and wore just a pair of shorts. He told them, “It’s my girlfriend.” Then he said she had taken Valium, or too much Valium.

“I asked him where the patient was and he said upstairs, but he was reluctant to lead the way and I walked up ahead of him,” said Mr Thomas.

As the paramedics made their way up the flights of stairs they noticed blood smears and various items strewn on the stairs, including a cabinet.

Inside the lounge on the third floor, he said, there was “glass all over the floor” and he could see that the screen of a television set had been broken.

Miss Bradbury was lying on her back and was very pale. There was blood around her mouth and dried blood inside her nostrils.

And the fingers of her left hand appeared to be misshaped as if they had been fractured.

“There were no obvious signs of life, no pulse,” he added.

A second ambulance crew arrived and Jones was asked to wait outside the lounge.

The paramedics tried a combination of CPR and drugs for 46 minutes but without gaining any response from Miss Bradbury, who was just five feet two inches tall and weighed less than seven stones.

“We decided that she had died. We all agreed she had passed away and it was pointless carrying on,” he added.

Cross examined by Chris Clee QC, the barrister leading Jones’ defence team, Mr Thomas said he was aware that CPR was a vigorous measure that could itself cause injury including fractures to the ribs and even to the breast bone.

But he had 20 years experience as a paramedic and was aware of the dangers.

The prosecution claim that Jones beat Miss Bradbury to death shortly after finding out she had slept with another man.

After his arrest Jones gave police prepared statements in which he said Miss Bradbury had caused the injuries herself by falling down.

The trial continues.

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Heatherton expansion approved

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• Committee overturns officers’ objections

• Economic benefits outweigh other impacts

Conditions must not delay development

THE COUNCIL’s Planning Committee voted to approve plans to extend holiday accommodation at Heatherton at its meeting on Tuesday (June 15).

Officers recommended refusal of the plans.

During their discussions, the Committee’s members noted the reasons for refusal detailed by the planning report. They concluded, however, with appropriate conditions in place, the economic benefits of the development outweighed the bases outlined for refusal.

Addressing the meeting, the applicant, Charlie Davies, told Committee members that the changing holiday market meant Heatherton and the area around it would miss out on opportunities to meet the demand for holidays in Pembrokeshire. He added that the planned expansion – to include a further twenty holiday lodges – would secure year-round jobs at Heatherton and have a positive impact on the local rural economy.

Mr Davies said the existing lodge development, approved by the authority seven years ago, improved the viability of Heatherton as an enterprise and would further strengthen the business’ finances.

Officers objected to the plans because they said the development would be outside settlement boundaries and run contrary to environmental policy. 

The report, presented by the Head of Planning David Popplewell, set out a series of concerns regarding the lodges’ visual impact, a lack of screening, and the lack of detail about landscaping plans and construction controls during development.

However, addressing the Committee as one of the local members whose Ward would be affected by the development, Cllr Phil Kidney said St Florence Community Council vigorously supported the application as being of direct benefit to businesses in the village. 

He pointed out that the economic benefits were not only Tenby centric but affected businesses elsewhere in the County.

Phil Kidney told the Committee his visit to a laundry in Pembroke Dock, by chance, revealed that laundry he delivered would be delayed because of laundry being done for the accommodation already on site. 

Cllr Kidney added that, bearing in mind the current furore over second homes, the provision of holiday accommodation on sites such as Heatherton could reduce the demands on local housing and open-up opportunities for local people to live locally.

He fully endorsed the proposal and said he could see no downside to permitting further expansion of a business that delivered jobs to local people, especially young people entering the jobs market for the first time.

Cllr Jonathan Preston agreed with Cllr. Kidney. 

He observed that the regulations regarding what constituted ‘a caravan’ were out of date and out of touch with reality. 

Although the proposed lodges were technically caravans; they were a world away from what most people would expect a caravan to look like and beyond the vision that informed the current rules regarding the term.

Cllr Mark Carter said the problems identified in the planning report could be addressed through the imposition of conditions on the development to offset them.

Mark Carter pointed out issues regarding the detail of landscaping works and lighting could be subject to conditions drafted by officers.

His opinion was warmly welcomed by both Cllrs David Pugh and Vice-Chair Tony Wilcox.

David Pugh said Heatherton was a successful business, employing local people and should be encouraged to continue to offer job opportunities for locals.

Tony Wilcox said Heatherton was one of the three main jewels in Pembrokeshire’s tourist crown. 

He noted the other two destinations – Folly Farm and Bluestone – both recently applied to extend their facilities, and he could see little or no difference between what Heatherton proposed and what officers were prepared to accept elsewhere.

Cllr Tim Evans developed Cllr Wilcox’s theme, observing that officers barely raised an eyebrow about a further eighty pieces of holiday accommodation at Bluestone, which he said had ‘whizzed through’. 

Subject to conditions being brought back to the Committee, he fully supported the application.

Cllr Jacob Williams, Chair of Planning, asked whether the proposed conditions would be back before the Committee for its next meeting in July. 

Having received an equivocal answer he moved that if the Committee approved the scheme, with the proposed planning conditions to offset officers’ objections must come before the Committee on July 27.

Cllr Pugh endorsed that approach by saying nobody wanted the proposal kicked into the long grass.

Councillors approved the plans unanimously by 14 votes to nil, and officers must prepare conditions to attach to the planning permission ahead of the Committee’s next meeting.

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Milford Haven: Christmas cosmetics thief caged

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A MIDLANDS shop lifter caught stealing £2200 worth of cosmetics and skin care products from Boots in Milford Haven just before Christmas, has been jailed.

Magistrates sitting at Haverfordwest Court on Tuesday (Jun 15) accepted a guilty plea from 53-year-old Ion-Gabriel Maimut of Perrott Street, Birmingham.

He was jailed for what the bench described as “offending so serious because the defendant has a flagrant disregard for people and their property.

“And because of the high degree of planning and the high value of the theft.

“And because the theft was aggravated by the defendant’s record of previous offending.”

Maiumut, bang-to-rights, pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to a single theft of goods from Boots to the value of £2204.91 on December 4, 2020.

The court confirmed that the defendant’s guilty plea was considered when imposing sentence.

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Blue Gem Wind begins digital aerial surveys for 300MW Valorous floating wind project

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BLUE GEM WIND, the joint venture between TotalEnergies, one of the world’s largest energy companies, and Simply Blue Energy, has begun offshore digital aerial surveys for a proposed 300MW floating wind project.

APEM Ltd have been chosen by Blue Gem Wind to deliver 24 consecutive monthly bird and marine mammal surveys of the early-commercial scale Valorous site. The high resolution data obtained will support baseline environmental characterisation of the site and environmental impact assessments for key ecological receptors.

The survey programme commenced in March 2021 and four of the 24 monthly surveys have been completed
to date.

Sean Evans, Environmental Specialist at Blue Gem Wind said, “It is important for us to begin long-lead in items
such as bird and marine mammal surveys as early as possible. These surveys will provide crucial species specific
data on the number, spatial distribution and activity of individuals across the Valorous site. This enables us to
undertake robust environmental impact assessments ahead of our planned consent application submission in
2023.”

Matt Rohner, Senior Consultant at APEM, “APEM Ltd are delighted to be able to support Blue Gem Wind’s
proposed Valorous offshore wind farm with our best-in-class survey design approach. Imagery captured using
state-of-the-art cameras is of ultra-high (1.6cm) resolution, providing industry leading image quality that is
essential for species level identification.”

The Celtic Sea is poised to play a key role in Net Zero, the Committee on Climate Change’s 100GW offshore
wind target, and crucially, the UK Government’s target of 1 GW of floating wind by 2030. The ORE Catapult also
estimated that the first GW of floating wind in the Celtic Sea could potentially deliver over 3,000 jobs and
£682m in supply chain opportunities for Wales and Cornwall by 2030.

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