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Goodwick grandmother airlifed following attack by American bulldog



A PEMBROKESHIRE grandmother following an hour-long savage attack from a dog described as an an American bulldog

Two national newspapers are reporting that the woman has reportedly lost an arm and may have both her legs amputated.

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were called to a property at Stop and Call in Goodwick at around 4.30pm on Tuesday, August 10, it has been confirmed.

The dog involved in the incident was an American bulldog (Image File)

The 72-year-old was babysitting at the home in Goodwick, west Wales when the family pet turned on her.

She reportedly has been put in an induced coma while doctors try and save her legs, with a friend having said it is “50-50” if it will be possible.

A friend told a national newspaper: “It was carnage. There was blood everywhere.

“The poor woman is in a shocking state. She was air-lifted to hospital, but they couldn’t save her arm and they had to put her into a coma.

“Now they’re talking about amputating both her legs as well. The doctors say it’s 50-50. It is utterly heart-breaking.”

The woman was looking after her eight-year-old granddaughter while her daughter and son-in-law were out.

It was after the girl had headed out to a local play area that the dog called Rex attacked her.

The dog, reportedly about 12 stone and one of five that the couple had, went after the pensioner who ran into the backyard where she was cornered and attacked.

The mauling went on for around an hour until the son in law returned from work and emergency services were called.

It is alleged that the dog had attacked others in the family twice recently and neighbours were fearful of it.

A nearby resident reportedly said that the dog appeared like the banned American pit bull breed, but police later confirmed that the dog was in fact an American bulldog.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police told The Herald: “The dog involved in the incident in the Stop and Call area of Goodwick on August 10 was an American bulldog and not a pitbull.

“Therefore, it did not fall under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

“No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

“We would ask people not to speculate on an ongoing investigation.

“Anyone with information that could help officers with their enquiries is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at, by emailing [email protected], or by calling 101.

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



The Three Welsh athletes that featured at Wimbledon



IN A HISTORIC moment for Welsh tennis, three Welsh athletes competed in various events over the two-week duration of Wimbledon 2024. Mimi Xu (16) and Viktor Frydrych (18) showcased their talents in Junior Wimbledon, while Niall Pickerd-Barua (13) made his debut in the 14-and-under invitational event.

Mimi Xu from Swansea reached the finals of the girls’ doubles alongside fellow Brit Mika Stojsavljevic (15). The pair impressively knocked out the number 1 seeds in the quarter-finals and won all but one match in straight sets. This was the first time Xu and Stojsavljevic teamed up for a Grand Slam event.

The duo narrowly missed the title, losing in the final to the Australian Open Girls’ Doubles Champions Tyra Caterina Grant and Iva Jovic, with scores of 5-7, 6-4, [8-10]. An emotional Xu thanked the Wimbledon crowds and her team for their support throughout the event.

Xu also competed in the girls’ singles event, advancing to the second round before being defeated by Hungary’s Rositsa Dencheva.

Viktor Frydrych from Bangor played his final Junior Wimbledon, reaching the quarter-finals in the boys’ doubles with his Norwegian teammate Nicolai Budkov Kjaer (17).

In the singles event, Frydrych started strong, winning the first set 6-1 in the first round. However, multiple rain delays disrupted the match, and his opponent came back to win the next two sets 2-6, 2-6.

Frydrych now looks forward to concluding his junior career and transitioning to a full-time professional career.

Mika Stojsavljevic of Great Britain and Mingge Xu of Great Britain pose with the Girl’s Doubles Runner-Up Trophies. (Photo: Daniel Kopatsch)

Niall Pickerd-Barua, the current U14 British champion, made his Wimbledon debut in the 14-and-under event. Pickerd-Barua played four matches, competing against players from Brazil, Japan, and America in a round-robin format. In the playoff stage, Pickerd-Barua was eliminated in a close match by Johann Nagel-Heyer (13), with scores of 6-2, 5-7, [8-10].

Following Wimbledon, the Junior World Rankings place Xu in 9th position, just two places behind British Junior number 1, Hannah Klugman (15). Frydrych now sits at 40th in the boys’ rankings, Still being comfortably in the top 50.

Both Xu and Frydrych are set to compete in the Junior US Open next month.

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St Davids Lifeboat launches to assist 40-foot schooner



ST DAVIDS RNLI were requested to launch all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley at 5.44pm on Thursday (Jul 11) after a 40 foot schooner issued a PAN-PAN message.

The schooner had broken its bow sprit and was unable to recover it from the water. Still attached to the vessel and now rolling up and down the boat’s side, the skipper was worried that it could damage the hull and cause a leak. On passage to the Isle of Man from Falmouth, the schooner was some 4-6miles west of the Smalls lighthouse when the call for urgent assistance was made.

In order to minimise possible damage to the hull, the skipper elected to steam down-sea until St Davids lifeboat arrived on scene. Once on scene, the charity’s lifeboat began an escort towards Milford Haven waterway.

Angle RNLI all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene later and the escort was handed over to them just south of the Hats and Barrels islands. St Davids crew returned to station and rehoused at around 10:45pm.

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Pembrokeshire woman aims to inspire by entering national pageant finals



A WOMAN from Pembrokeshire is set to inspire others to seize the day by competing in the finals of a national pageant contest. Sian Phillips, 41, has been crowned Mrs Galaxy Pembrokeshire and has advanced to the finals of Mrs Galaxy UK.

Driven to enter the competition after the unexpected death of her brother earlier this year, Sian shared her motivations: “Having lost my brother unexpectedly in February, it made me realise that life is too short and to seize every opportunity that came my way.”

Residing in Pembroke Dock and employed at Castlemartin, Sian was introduced to the world of beauty pageants last year while filming with S4C. During this experience, she met Miss Voluptuous 2024, sparking her interest in pageantry. She then discovered the UK Galaxy Pageants, which have been a staple since 2008, offering five competitions annually with categories ranging from Junior Miss Galaxy to Mrs Galaxy UK.

“With these pageants, for most girls and women taking part, it is their first ever event like this and it is a great introduction to this world and beyond,” Sian explained.

Sian’s journey to the finals began with the submission of her pictures and information online. A few days later, she received an email confirming her progression to the grand finals in Lancashire in March 2025.

The event will feature an interview and rehearsals during the day, followed by four rounds in the evening: opening number, swimwear, fashion wear, and the one Sian is most looking forward to – evening wear. Five winners will be crowned on the night, who will then represent the UK at the international finals in America in the summer of 2025.

Expressing her excitement, Sian said, “I am really excited to take part and do something I’ve never done before. I’m not really a girlie girl that gets her hair and nails done. Sometimes it’s scary to do things outside of your comfort zone but it’s good to challenge yourself and realise how amazing you actually are.”

In preparation for the finals, Sian, who has previously organised a charity fashion show and a boudoir photo shoot and exhibition, will be attending local events and fundraising for charities both locally, in the UK, and internationally. Updates on her activities will be posted on Facebook and Instagram.

Sian is also seeking support from local hair, beauty, and nail salons, offering publicity locally and at the event for those who can assist her.

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