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Mum renews appeal over Michaela’s final hours

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michaelaTHE MOTHER of a young woman who tragically died in Tenby a few days before Christmas is again appealing for anyone who had contact with her in the period leading up to her death to get in touch with police.

25-year-old Michaela Haines was in Tenby on December 22 and the morning of December 23.

Her mother, Christine Williams, has contacted The Herald to appeal for anyone who was with her or saw her during this period to contact the police.

A JustGiving page has been set up to help fund the funeral.

More than £4,000 has now been raised as friends and family come to terms with their shocking loss.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Dyfed-Powys Police were called to an address in Tenby in the early hours of December 23 to reports of a death of a woman at the location.

“Officers and paramedics attended and the body of a 25-year-old woman was found at the address.

“There aren’t believed to be suspicious circumstances. HM coroner has been informed.”

Michaela was recognised for her work with The Prince’s Trust and Duke of Edinburgh awards, and also volunteered at the Pembroke Dock youth club.

She was an active young woman who loved horse riding, dancing, surfing and motocross.

In Tenby, flowers, candles and cards have been left as a tribute to her short but memorable life.

Hayley Brown posted on Facebook, commenting on the tributes: “So many people have come and brought you flowers. You have your own little flower garden; it’s so beautiful with candles and fairy lights and flowers… A beautiful tribute to such a beautiful girl; so many people love you.”

Jessica Austin said: “I’m in shock. I can’t believe what I’m reading! The tears haven’t stopped! Never in my life have I known such a caring, loving and beautiful girl as you!”

Sally James concurred: “Still doesn’t feel real! Micheala always had such a positive attitude no matter how she was feeling, and was always ready to help others! College will never be the same; we will all miss you so much!”

Michaela’s funeral will be held on Tuesday (Jan 10) at 1.30pm at St Mary’s Church in Pembroke.

A service will be held at 3.15pm at the Parc Gwyn Crematorium in Narberth.

There will also be a reception at the Monkton Swifts Social Club, Pembroke, commencing at approximately 3pm, following the service.

Michaela’s family have asked that attendees remember that the funeral is a happy celebration of her life and say that all are welcome.

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Appeal after woman sexually assaulted on cycle path near Haverfordwest

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POLICE officers in Haverfordwest are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted at approximately 4.30pm on Sunday (May 16).

The woman was walking along the cycle path between Haverfordwest and Tiers Cross when she was approached by a man who threatened and assaulted her, before walking away towards Haverfordwest town.

The male is described as a white male, between 5ft 4 and 5ft 11 tall , normal build with a welsh accent. He has short dark hair, a beard and a moustache, brown eyes, and wearing light blue jeans, navy/dark blue jersey with grey sleeves. Anyone who saw a man matching this description in the area between 3.30pm and 5pm in the afternoon.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

The cycle path is currently closed while the investigation continues.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Butler, who is leading the investigation, said “Incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the Dyfed-Powys area. The public may see an increased presence of police officers in the coming days as police investigate the incident. Anyone with concerns or information that could help our enquiries can speak to those officers or contact police. While a man was quickly arrested we would still like to speak to anyone who saw a man matching the above description in the area yesterday afternoon.”

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to contact police. This can be done online at bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet endorses STEP Fusion application

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet have today endorsed proposals from Cllr Paul Miller (Cabinet Member for Economic Development) to further progress the nomination of a Pembrokeshire site to host a Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) fusion power station in the county.

Working with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the proposed site is adjacent to the existing energy facilities on the South Shore of the Haven waterway.

If approved, the facility will initially host research with the ultimate aim of developing this technology which could offer a virtually limitless source of clean electricity by copying the processes that power the sun.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “I am pleased my Cabinet colleagues endorsed this important programme of work. The Haven Waterway has provided livelihoods, underpinned by fossil fuels, for thousands of Pembrokeshire families, mine included, for more than 50 years. It’s my job to help ensure the waterway continues to provide high skilled, engineering, science and technology jobs for the next generation of this county – and so linked to our focus on climate change (and in addition to our existing multi-million pound commitments to supporting wind, wave and tidal clean power generation) my team have been exploring whether we can also support the development of clean, green fusion technology.

“It’s very early days in the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s site selection process but we’ll provide regular updates as things progress.”

•       STEP is an ambitious programme to design and build a prototype fusion power plant;
•       It is a UKAEA programme, currently with £222m funding from the UK Government to produce a concept design by 2024: https://step.ukaea.uk/

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Re-opening of indoor hospitality and attractions at Milford Waterfront

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RESTAURANTS and indoor visitor attractions in Milford Waterfront are welcoming the return of indoor services from today.

The re-opening of indoor dining allows all restaurants at Milford Waterfront to seat customers indoors. As well as all restaurants on the Waterfront now being able to offer this service, the brand-new Foam Domes overlooking the Milford Haven Waterway are able to open, with bookings being taken from the 19th May.

Indoor visitor attractions are also allowed to re-open. This includes the Waterfront Gallery, which is open today and Phoenix Bowl & Pirate Pete’s Adventure Play which is making preparations to open from Wednesday 19th May. Also, Milford Museum, which has had a new rendered exterior finish, is preparing to open for the end of May.

Lucy Wonnacott, Marketing Manager for Milford Waterfront commented: “We are delighted to see the re-opening of indoor hospitality and visitor attractions here at Milford Waterfront. Each business has their own safety and social distancing measures in place and we kindly ask that you respect and adhere to these for your own safety, and that of others. We hope you enjoy your visit to Milford Waterfront and stay safe!”

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