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Welsh government asks Wales to make a stand



welshgovIN THE WEEK when the Gender-Based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill goes before the National Assembly, the Welsh Government has launched an awareness campaign asking people to make a stand against all forms of such violence and abuse.

The Welsh Government is asking the people of Wales to openly declare their intolerance of these types of abuse by posting photographs of themselves linking arms on Facebook and Twitter and using the hashtag #makingastandwales. The photos will mirror an advertising campaign which began on Monday, June 30, on poster sites and LCD panels around Welsh railway stations, showing groups of figures linking arms. The year-long campaign will pose the question ‘What will you do?’ and will raise awareness of the support services available to those experiencing domestic abuse, violence against women and sexual violence. More information will also be made available to the public on what to do if they suspect someone may be a victim or perpetrator. In Jenny’s case she was 19-years-old when she was referred to Community Services by her social worker. Eighteen months prior to the referral Jenny fell pregnant, at which point the abuse from her then partner became physical and financial. At first, Jenny failed to engage with the support, missing appointments and making excuses. She also hid the truth from her social worker. After four months of failed attempts to engage, there was a final incident which made Jenny realise she needed help to keep herself and her son safe. Jenny said: “One day I was driving home with my son in the babyseat when I became aware of my ex-partner in his car directly behind us. He had obviously followed us and was driving like a maniac. He was furious about something and bumped the back of my car several times. He had never been violent towards our baby before. Knowing that he wanted to harm me even though he could harm our son in the process made me realise that I needed help. I was still terrified, but at that point I knew I had to do something to protect my son – no matter what. After ten months of support all of the goals Community Services had set with Jenny had been achieved. A risk assessment was completed and the risk was considerably reduced. There was still a chance the perpetrator could come to the house but a safety plan was in place and Jenny has since chosen to end support, safe in the knowledge that she can ring the emergency number she has been given at any time. All those in need of help or further information will be signposted to the Live Fear Free website – uk and the All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline – 0808 8010800. The Minister for Local Government and Government Business, Lesley Griffiths AM, said: “Colleagues, f r i e n d s , neighbours and even family members may be afraid of acting on their s u s p i c i o n s of abuse for fear they are mistaken, interfering or even making the victim’s situation worse. With this campaign, we aim to empower people with information to act in the right way if they suspect abuse may be taking place. “We want people to openly declare they are united against these types of abuse. So we are appealing to groups of friends, neighbours, office, shop or factory workers, and social groups from book clubs to sports teams to publicly make a stand and begin to help us break this taboo.” The Welsh Government’s funding in this area totals £4m which supports third sector organisations delivering direct services to victims and education on healthy relationships in schools. The funding also supports domestic abuse co-ordinators and independent domestic violence advisers across Wales, as well as the 24 hour All- Wales domestic abuse helpline to provide help, advice and emergency support. If you are experiencing domestic abuse or suspect that someone you know is, call the All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 or visit www. l i v e f e a r f r e e .

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Appeal after woman sexually assaulted on cycle path near Haverfordwest



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, by emailing, 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



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:

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Re-opening of indoor hospitality and attractions at Milford Waterfront



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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