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RNLI urges coastal visitors to stay safe

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RNLI urges coastal visitors to stay safe As school summer holidays come to an end, patrols on some RNLI lifeguarded beaches will finish tomorrow (Sunday 6 September), but the charity is still providing a lifeguard service on 18 beaches across Wales.

Now members of the public are being urged by the charity to take extra care and be responsible when visiting the beach by knowing their limits and not taking risks.

If intending to use the water people are encouraged to head to one of the 18 lifeguarded beaches in Wales but to maintain social distancing and if that’s not possible, consider spending your day elsewhere. Despite the Coronavirus situation and the challenges posed by lockdown restrictions earlier in the year, the RNLI has worked with local authorities and other partners to provide lifeguards on 177 beaches across the UK this summer.

RNLI lifeguards have adapted to new protocols this season because of the pandemic to protect themselves and the public from the virus.

This has included wearing PPE, enhanced cleaning of equipment and maintaining a two metre distance from others while carrying out their role. 11 beaches in Wales will lower their flags and pack their equipment away for the final time at 6pm on Sunday in what has been a very busy season for RNLI lifeguards, as more people holidayed at home this summer and visited Welsh beaches.

In Wales, beach visitor numbers soared to the highest seen in over a decade in some parts of the country.

Back in June, RNLI lifeguards on Newgale Central beach in Pembrokeshire saved the life of a female who was caught in a rip current. Spotting the lady in distress, lifeguards reached her just before shewent underwater.

In July, on the hottest day of the year, RNLI lifeguards in Swansea rescued 16 people who were caught in rip currents. On the same day at Three Cliffs, Gower, RNLI lifeguards went to the aid of a young boy and his mother who were caught in a flash rip current. Chris Cousens, RNLI Water Safety Lead for Wales, said: ‘It has been an extremely busy summer for RNLI lifeguards with huge numbers of people visiting beaches in the UK.

Our lifeguards have worked really hard and done a fantastic job of keeping people safe at the beach while working in a pandemic. They deserve great credit for the commitment and dedication they have shown. ‘The majority of our lifeguards’ work is preventative so as well as the rescues and incidents they were involved in, they will have stopped many more potentially dangerous incidents before they occurred.’ Chris, continued: ‘We know many people are still on furlough and not holidaying abroad, so it’s likely more people than usual will be visiting the UK coast this September.

If you’re visiting the beach, take note of the safety signage at the entrance, go with a friend or tell someone on the shore where you’re going, and always be aware of the conditions and your own capabilities in the water.‘People walking on the coast should check the weather forecast and tide times before setting out and carry a means of communication.’If you’re planning a visit to a beach or the coast, visit a lifeguarded beach if you can, but wherever you are, please follow this safety advice:

Have a plan – check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage
Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water
Don’t allow your family to swim alone§  Don’t use inflatables
If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE.

Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float§  In an emergency dial 999, and ask for the Coastguard

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Marloes pensioner in child abuse images case

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A PENSIONER has been bailed to attend Swansea Crown Court by magistrates sitting in Haverfordwest Law Courts this week.

Derek Lister, 72, of Marloes is accused of making indecent photographs of children.

He appeared before the bench, on Tuesday (Apr 13).

Lister was represented by Redkite Solicitors.

The court heard that between June 2009 and November 2019 in Marloes, Pembrokeshire, Lister allegedly created 3 indecent category A images of a child, 14 indecent category B images of a child and 152 indecent category C images of a child.

He will now appear at Swansea Crown Court on May 11 at 10am for the next hearing after the local court declined jurisdiction.

Lister has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

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Primary school teacher described as ‘touchy-feely’ on day two of trial

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A HAVERFORDWEST primary school teacher, accused of sexually assaulting his pupils was “very touchy-feely”, Swansea Crown Court heard on the second day of his trial.

James Oulton, 34, of Haverfordwest would put his hands around students’ waists and touch their bottoms, an ex-female pupil said in a video interview played to Swansea Crown Court.

The defendant denies 30 charges of sexual assault at a primary school in Haverfordwest. The alleged offences took place between 2012 and 2018.

On the opening day of the trial, court heard that Oulton said the case was a “witch-hunt” and that he always behaved appropriately with children.

On Tuesday, the jury watched the video interview with one of Oulton’s former pupils, who said he was a “friendly person, very chatty and sociable and quite outgoing and wanted to know everything that was going on.”

She added: “Mr Oulton often wanted to know a lot of details on what we had done over the weekend, where we had been, and also who they had been with.”

“At the time I just thought he was trying to be really friendly but now when I look back at it now, it does seem odd.”

The witness also described the defendant as a “very touchy-feely teacher”.

She added: “If he was marking your work or if you approached him to ask him a question, he would put his hands around your waist or around your bum”.

“If he was standing by his desk, he would, like, motion to his knee, so he wouldn’t ask you directly to sit on his lap but he would tap his knee.”

Swansea Crown Court heard that the witness eventually came forward and told her parents parents after she heard them speaking about Mr Oulton being suspended from his job.

“Did you feel under pressure to say something had happened to you?” asked Mr Clee.

The witness answered “No”

Oulton, of Richmond Crescent, Haverfordwest, previously told the court he had behaved appropriately.

He also believed letters were sent by Pembrokeshire County Council to parents which encouraged “deliberately false evidence” and collusion between pupils.

The trial continues.

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‘We don’t want it’: councillors object to HGV tanker park plans

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PEMBROKE DOCK town councillors have objected strongly to plans to build a HGV tanker park in the town.

The tanker park would be located on the south-western side of Criterion Way, behind the ASDA petrol station.

However, at a meeting of the town council’s Planning Committee on Tuesday, April 13, councillors were in agreement that it would create more problems for the town.

Councillor Jonathan George said: “I’ve noted the public input on this and they don’t seem very happy about where it’s going to be put.

“It is close to a small park area and I don’t think it’s suitable to put this here. I won’t be supporting this.”

Cllr George Manning added: “There are many aspects of this which are totally inappropriate for Pembroke Dock. There are many other sites available but they haven’t looked at any of them.

“This does not do anything for the Future Generations act and it will bring more disruption to the town.

“This does not bring about any improvements to the existing transport infrastructure. There are lots of things about this, we don’t want it. I don’t think they have looked into it in enough detail.”

Cllr Gordon Goff said that the impact it would have on the public and wildlife would be ‘astronomical’.

He went on to say he was not happy with one of the statements in the application and said they ‘don’t want to be blackmailed’.

One of the documents submitted with the application states that if the development was not approved it would mean that the applicants, Certas, ‘will either have to find a different site’ or ‘will have to cease operating in the area’.

Cllr Terry Judkins said that the Port Authority wanted to ‘use Pembroke Dock as a dumping ground’ and added that he could not support it.

Cllr Maureen Colgan added that she was ‘totally against’ the application and said that the area should be kept for leisure and be developed as an area where people can sit and enjoy themselves.

The application is due to be decided by Pembrokeshire County Council at a later date.

Cllr Paul Dowson has already called in the application for it to be debated by the County Council’s Planning Committee.

In his request he states that it is too near habitation, it is within the Pembroke Dock conservation area and that children have been using the area near the bandstand as play area for over 20 years.

The area had also previously been the subject of an application for a marina and other leisure facilities but that investment was written off in 2017.

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