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More children hooked on sport



HookedOnSportTHE number of young people in Pembrokeshire taking part in sport has dramatically increased since 2011, according to a report.
A survey of young people and sport in the UK has revealed a 50 per cent increase in the number of children in the county regularly taking part in sporting activities.
The Sport Wales School Sport Survey – which canvassed the opinions of 110,000 Welsh schoolchildren including nearly 5,000 Pembrokeshire pupils – is thought to be the largest survey of its kind in the world.
The local statistics show that 41 per cent of Pembrokeshire’s young people take part in sport on three or more occasions a week, compared with just 26 per cent in 2011.
The national average is 40 per cent compared with 27 per cent two years ago.
Taking part in sporting activity three or more times a week is seen as a key indicator of whether a child is ‘hooked on sport’, and a key goal of both Sport Pembrokeshire – the Sports Development arm of Pembrokeshire County Council – and the Welsh sport sector as a whole.
The survey offers a unique insight into young people’s participation, perceptions and attitudes towards school, extracurricular and club sport.
The three areas show above average scores when pupils were asked if they enjoyed PE lessons ‘a lot’. Pembrokeshire with 63 per cent compared well with the national average of 60 per cent.
Statistics also showed that 51 per cent of Pembrokeshire’s pupils visited a local leisure centre compared with 42 per cent nationally.
Ben Field, the Manager of Sport Pembrokeshire, said: “We are delighted to see such a significant increase in participation rates locally.
“It is a credit to the many organisations, agencies and individuals that make up the whole range of sport and activities that young people take part in.
“This data provides a robust base from which to move forward and an opportunity to learn about what we do well and what not so well”.
“The engagement of schools in the area in this year’s schools sport survey has been exceptional. I must also thank our colleagues within the local authority’s education directorate for their support in getting a full set of survey results.”

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Multi agency response to 999 calls of person in water in Fishguard Bay



THERE was a dramatic rescue of a casualty who had fallen into the water in Fishguard Bay on Thursday (May 26).

The lunchtime incident was dealt with by a multitude of emergency services. The local coastguard team in Fishguard was called out and assisted the RNLI, and two helicopter crews – one from the Wales Air Ambulance and the other Rescue 187.

Casualty is rescued from water in Fishguard Bay by emergency services (Pics HM Coastguard)

The HM Coastguard said: “Our team in Fishguard were paged along with HM Coastguard Moylegrove and RNLI Fishguard and Goodwick Lifeboat to a casualty in the water in Fishguard Bay.

“The casualty was recovered by the lifeboat and transported back to the boathouse to be met by coastguard team who had set up landing sites, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 and The Wales Air Ambulance, which transported the casualty to hospital.

Rescue 187 about to land (Pic HM Coastguard)
Wales Air Ambulance arriving in Goodwick (Pic HM Coastguard)
Fishguard Lifeboat was involved in the rescue (Pic HM Coastguard)

Pictures from HM Coastguard social media.

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Pembroksehire County Council Leader Cllr David Simpsonconfirms new Cabinet



PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL Leader Councillor David Simpson has now completed the selection of his new Cabinet.
Cllr Simpson was re-elected as Leader at the Annual General Meeting yesterday and appointed Councillor Paul Miller as the Deputy leader.
Today, Cllr Simpson has confirmed the remaining Cabinet appointments.

The Cabinet in full is:

Cllr David Simpson: Leader

Cllr Paul Miller: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Place, the Region and Climate Change

Cllr Guy Woodham: Cabinet Member for Education and Welsh Language

Cllr Jon Harvey: Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery

Cllr Michelle Bateman: Cabinet Member for Housing Operations and Regulatory Services

Cllr Neil Prior: Cabinet Member for Corporate Improvements and Communities

Cllr Tessa Hodgson: Cabinet Member for Social Care and Safeguarding

Cllr Alec Cormack: Cabinet Member for Corporate Finance

Cllr Rhys Sinnett: Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services and Leisure

Cllr Simpson said: “It is a pleasure to welcome returning Cabinet Members who know their portfolios so well. I am delighted that their knowledge and good working relationships within the Council and with external partners is continuing.
“I am looking forward to hearing the fresh input and new ideas that Councillors Cormack and Sinnett bring to the Cabinet.
“The Cabinet is keen to work with all Councillors to help improve people’s lives in Pembrokeshire.
“Our aim is to continue taking Pembrokeshire and Pembrokeshire County Council forward.”

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Family highlights suffering caused by air guns after spate of shootings in West Wales



PEOPLE who indiscriminately target animals with air guns are being urged to think about the devastating consequences of their actions following the shooting of three cats – two of whom did not survive – in Pembrokeshire.

Jemima, a two-year-old tabby cat, may never fully regain her mobility after she was targeted near her home in the Plas y Fron area of Fishguard on 6 May. The pellet, which entered just below her neck, came to rest between her shoulder blades and just milimetres from her spine – and has been deemed too risky to remove.

Another female cat was also shot the previous evening (5 May) in a neighbouring street, Dan y Bryn, and taken to a vet, where an x-ray revealed she had been shot twice with an air gun. She sustained a broken leg – which had to be amputated – and a shattered shoulder. Despite making good progress initially, she took a turn for the worst and sadly had to be put to sleep a few days later.

A third incident occurred seven miles away in Newport at the beginning of the month, with a vet confirming that a cat’s fatal injuries had been caused by an air gun.

The RSPCA, which last year received 454 calls about animals being shot, injured or killed with air guns, is appealing for information about the incidents.

Jemima’s owners, who initially thought she had fallen or been run over, say they are cautiously optimistic that she is now out of immediate danger, although her long-term prognosis remains guarded.

They said: “When we found Jemima, she was unable to walk, and had no use in her hind legs. We are incredibly lucky that the projectile did not strike any vital organs or any blood vessels, however it seems that the swelling caused by the impact of the fragments might be affecting the nerves to her legs.

“She is making a slow recovery at home and with treatment has started to gain the use of her legs, albeit slowly. She’s now able to move around more independently, walking with a pronounced limp, and we see improvements in her mobility every day.

“She has always been a very active cat who enjoyed being outside but her life has now changed completely. She can’t go out and doesn’t understand why she can no longer jump up or run around like she used to.

“People aren’t aware of the damage airguns can do to animals and perhaps if they did, they would think twice. They need to realise there are lasting consequences to their throwaway actions, not just on pets, but for the people who care for them. Jemima survived by a matter of milimetres but we don’t know whether she will ever fully walk again and whether her current condition is the best we can hope for.

“We’re shocked and horrified that somebody living near our house has willfully inflicted this cruelty on our family pet, and we are very concerned about reports of other occurrences like this in our area. We hope that our community will remain vigilant, and that any further incidents are reported to both the police and the RSPCA.”

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben is urging people to come forward with information about the attacks and to report suspicious behaviour to the animal welfare charity.

He said: “Jemima was extremely lucky to survive this callous shooting and I sincerely hope she continues to make positive progress in the weeks and months ahead.”

“Sadly we tend to see a rise in these mindless attacks when the weather warms up and people are spending more time outside. We also saw a significant number of cases during the national lockdown months.

“The RSPCA continues to call for stricter regulations around owning an airgun in both England and Wales. Better education, basic safety training for owners and a thorough explanation of the law – including our legal obligations towards animals – could help protect countless animals from these horrible attacks in the future.”

Anyone with information about the shootings in Pembrokeshire should call the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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