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Mathry turbine nears approval

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mathrywindmillGARY and Annie Loch, of Ty Parke Farm Camping, advertise their secluded and peaceful site with the words: “Hidden away in the little hamlet of Llanreithan, near to St Davids, and close to the rugged north-west coast is our quiet, secluded camping and yurt farm. The campsite is at the end of our long private lane, completely away from any roads. The sky is big, the sunsets are amazing and the night times very dark – this is a wonderful place for star-gazing!” If planning officers have their way, however, the peace and seclusion offered by the site stands to be shattered by the erection of a 120 feet high wind turbine just 400 yards away from Ty Parke Farm and the camping ground Gary and Annie told the Herald: “For the past eight years we have been building up a successful boutique camping and yurt holiday business that attracts over 800 paying guests each summer. The proposed turbine will dominate our landscape. We feel certain that our business, which provides over 90% of our income, will suffer irreparable damage. “The Pen-y-banc ridge could have four turbines of three different sizes strung along its length and breaking the sky line of one of the most prominent ridge lines in this part of north Pembrokeshire. “There is no cumulative assessment of the landscape and visual impact on the views out from the Mathry Conservation Area assessing the effects of the existing turbines. We believe that such an assessment will show that if these are all erected then this area will take on the characteristics of an area dominated by the presence in the landscape of turbines. “We are by no means against renewable energy, indeed we have a small wind turbine of our own that caters for the needs of the campsite and farm. Furthermore, applicant already has a similar small turbine on the ridge that can be seen for miles around (we did not object to this because we saw it as supporting his farming business). “The new turbine is very, very much larger. It is not supporting his farm (most of his land is rented out now) and its development will industrialise the landscape.” The application for the wind turbine has been made by a company controlled by former Tory MP Tony Marlow and his partner Jill Chambers. The pair hit the news in 2001 when they announced an intention to plant GM crops at their Mathry farm. The bid was abandoned after local protests, which the former MP, claimed was “a deceitful and distorted campaign of misinformation.” Mathry Community Council’s objections have also been ignored by officers. The Community Council states that the turbine will “cause significant adverse impact, either cumulatively or individually” in breach of the County Council’s own development plan. Annie and Gary are urging their local representative, IPPG member David Rees, to back them against the development and asking those concerned about the damage to the landscape such a development represents to write to the Planning Officer conducting the case, Claire Jenkins, at County Hall, Haverfordwest.

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Calls for help over VHF radio may have been a hoax, say RNLI

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THE ANGLE All-Weather Lifeboat was requested to launch on service at 10:23am this morning, Monday (July 22).

Following a call to the Coastguard from Milford Haven VTS, the crew were tasked after the VTS operators overheard a female voice calling for help on VHF channel 12.

After narrowing down the transmission to having been received on the Pembroke aerial site, the crew were requested to conduct a search.

Launching at 10:30am, the lifeboat made best speed to the moorings at Hazelbeach, and a hasty search was requested by the Coastguard of any moored vessels. The crew began making their way amongst the moorings, heading up to the moorings off Neyland. With nothing untoward sighted, the crew proceeded to search the moorings off Hobbs Point, Barnlake Point, Burton, Llanion and Rudders Boat Yard.

With nothing found, the Coastguard requested that the crew continue their search up river to Picton Point. The lifeboat continued searching up the western shore encompassing Llangwm before altering course just past Landshipping and searching the eastern shore back down the river, calling in to Lawrenny on the way to check any vessels moored there.

The RNLI said that the search continued back down as far as the Cleddau Bridge.

On Facebook the organisation posted :”Following a thorough visual, communications and radar search the crew were subsequently stood down when no further information or calls had been received.

“The tasking was therefore deemed to be a hoax call.

“The lifeboat was back alongside and readied for further service by 1pm.”

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Police investigating after man injured during altercation in cemetery

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POLICE have confirmed that they are investigating a report of an altercation which occurred in the cemetery off Gelliswick Road, Hakin, Milford Haven sometime between 4.30 and 5.00pm, Wednesday 17th July, 2024.

Following the incident, a 32-year-old man went to hospital for treatment and was later released.

A 19-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail pending further police enquiries police have confirmed.

The incident caught the attention of locals, who said there was a large police response to the incident included armed officers.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, 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.

Quote reference: 394 of the 17th

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org

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West Wales man jailed for rape after victim’s cries heard

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A WEST WALES man has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison for raping a woman in an attack that ended only when her cries for help were heard by others. Charlie Evans, a 22-year-old former Exeter University student, ignored his victim’s repeated pleas for him to stop during the 45-minute ordeal.

The incident took place after Evans and his victim had attended a party, where both had been drinking. The court heard that after kissing, the pair left together, with the woman under the impression that Evans lived in a flat with her friend.

Upon returning to the flat, the woman used the toilet before Evans raped her, despite her repeatedly saying no. The prosecutor described the victim as crying hysterically and added: “She did not want these things to happen.”

During the attack, one student testified they could hear the victim not consenting and begging Evans to stop. Another person said they were so concerned they inquired about what was happening.

Police were alerted after the incident was reported to campus staff, who then contacted the emergency services. Evans was told to leave his flat and was subsequently removed from the university. He denied the offence during his police interview.

Evans, of Victoria Avenue, Mumbles, Swansea, was convicted earlier this year at Exeter Crown Court of rape and sexual assault. He was sentenced on July 12. In a victim statement, the woman said her life had been forever changed by Evans’s actions. She expressed feelings of fear, confusion, and shame during the incident and continues to suffer from nightmares. She now feels distrustful of men and has sought support to cope with her trauma, the court heard.

Christopher Quinlan KC, defending, presented multiple good character references for Evans, describing him as a “kind and respectful” young man who was “always positive, compassionate and thoughtful.” He argued that his client’s life was “in ruins” as a result of his actions.

However, Judge Stephen Climie told Evans he had “completely misrepresented” his victim’s position, adding: “She was so far away from wishing to engage in your sexual activity that the only explanation for your attitude and approach was alcohol that blinded you to what was clearly and obviously the word ‘No’.” He continued: “So far as your life is concerned you will be crushed as a result of the sentence I’m required to impose.”

Following the sentencing, DC Michele Hicks from Devon and Cornwall Police’s major crime investigation team praised the victim for her courage and resilience throughout the investigation. She said: “I hope this case reassures the community how seriously the police take reports of sexual violence against women and girls and gives people the courage to come forward in future.”

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