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Fenton Vets raises concerns as Guinea Pigs abandoned in Burton and Johnston

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FENTON VETS in Haverfordwest has sounded the alarm after discovering a total of 14 abandoned guinea pigs, sparking concerns for their well-being in the current warm weather conditions. The local authorities have now been involved in the investigation.

The veterinary clinic expressed extreme worry about the potential risks these innocent animals face as they are left exposed to the scorching temperatures.

Urging the public to assist in this matter, the firm implored individuals to contact the police or Greenacres if they come across any more guinea pigs.

Furthermore, if anyone suspects that the guinea pigs might be unwell, they are encouraged to reach out to the veterinary clinic directly.

In an update provided on social media at 3pm on Saturday (May 27), it was revealed that the police have now become actively involved in the case.

The distressing situation unfolded with the discovery of two female guinea pigs, found confined in a box in a lay-by in Johnston.

As the investigation progressed, Fenton Vets announced at 12:30 pm that four additional guinea pigs were in their care, while another two were discovered boxed up in Burton.

It has also come to light that there are three more guinea pigs in Johnston, currently being looked after by a local family.

To ensure the safety and well-being of these abandoned animals, Fenton Vets has notified the RSPCA, local veterinary services, and Greenacres, seeking their assistance. The plea from the veterinary clinic is for individuals to remain vigilant and report any suspicious boxes they may come across, emphasizing the importance of not ignoring such signs of potential animal cruelty.

The Facebook post generated a significant response, with users expressing their empathy and concern. One user, Kat Cullen, commented, “Poor babies. I’ll give them a home. This breaks my heart!” Meanwhile, Mandy Feneck voiced her anger at the heartlessness of those responsible for the abandonment, stating, “How cruel some people can be… There is no need for this to happen… They could have been brought to an animal rescue… This makes me so mad… The people who did this are so bloody heartless.”

Mandy also expressed gratitude to Fenton Vets for their compassionate care.

It is important to note that the guinea pigs found in this case are not currently available for adoption. Nevertheless, the veterinary clinic expressed appreciation for the overwhelming support and concern from the community.

As investigations continue, Fenton Vets and concerned individuals hope that justice will be served, and that the guinea pigs will be provided with the care and attention they deserve, free from harm and neglect.

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Suspended sentence for distribution and possession of child abuse images

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IN a controversial decision at Swansea Crown Court, 20-year-old Euwyn Draper of Goat Street, Haverfordwest, has been spared prison time despite admitting to possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

The court heard that Draper pleaded guilty to charges involving 74 Category A images — the most severe — along with 102 Category B and 385 Category C images. These were amassed and shared over a period last year, with specific distributions occurring on November 4, 2022.

Prosecutor Sian Cutter detailed that the investigation began with a raid at Draper’s residence on December 21, 2022. Although Draper was not present, and initial searches of his devices at his home returned no results, subsequent actions led to his arrest at his workplace. Upon confronting law enforcement, Draper immediately acknowledged his awareness of the reasons for their presence, lamenting, “I know why you’re here. I don’t do it anymore. I’m sorry.”

Further examination of his phone revealed not only the indecent images but also concerning internet searches and conversations indicating a focus on children. Notably, Draper had sent one image of each category to a contact named “Ralph” via WhatsApp.

Despite these admissions, Draper, who has no prior convictions, denied a sexual interest in children during his interview.

Representing Draper, defence lawyer Dan Griffiths stressed the defendant’s recognition of the gravity of his offences and highlighted his client’s age and immaturity at the time of the offences. The court also considered the prolonged period since the arrest to the trial, a span of 16 months.

Judge Geraint Walters addressed the court, underscoring the public’s disdain for such crimes and the harsh reality behind the images. “These are real children, they are not actors,” Judge Walters emphasized, condemning the market that drives such exploitative material.

Ultimately, Draper received a suspended sentence of 12 months for distribution and six months, concurrent, for making the images. Over the next two years, he must complete the Horizon programme and 30 days of rehabilitation activities. Additionally, Draper will be registered as a sex offender and is subject to a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.

Judge Walters concluded with a stern admonition for Draper to commit to rehabilitation and to move past this “dark phase” in his life, marking a pivotal moment for the young defendant and the community’s ongoing battle against such digital crimes.

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The Harbourmaster: Special rail excursion draws crowds to Milford Haven

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MILFORD HAVEN witnessed an extraordinary event yesterday as a special charter train, operated by UK Railtours, made a unique visit to the town, drawing in 500 railway enthusiasts. Departing from London Paddington, the 13-carriage train, which included both first class and standard accommodations, travelled off the usual passenger routes to provide a scenic journey along the south Wales coast.

Starting the day with pick-ups from various locations including Slough, Reading, Swindon, and Bristol Parkway, the train ventured through the Severn Tunnel into Wales, showcasing a series of rarely used freight tracks. Notably, the locomotive switched at Newport to a pair of GBRf Class 66 freight engines, enhancing the experience for those on board by traversing tracks seldom seen by passenger services.

The journey took passengers through Cardiff, Bridgend, and Port Talbot Parkway, deviating at Court Sart Junction to follow the diversionary Swansea District line. The train paused at various locations including Llanelli and Haverfordwest, where passengers enjoyed a 90-minute break while the train was serviced.

A major highlight of the trip was the exploration of the seldom-visited Robeston branch, a treat for the rail enthusiasts who filled the train to capacity, necessitating a waiting list for hopeful travellers. The venture concluded at Milford Haven, where passengers disembarked for a photo session before the train commenced its return journey to London, including a final scenic pass via the Swansea Avoiding line and the Bishton flyover.

Local Councillor Nicola Harteveld of Milford Haven Town Council expressed delight at the influx of visitors, noting, “What an incredible sight at Milford Waterfront today with passengers enjoying our local scenery. It’s a testament to the unique charm and appeal of special rail tours.”

First class passengers were treated to The Great British Breakfast and a four-course dinner, while a buffet car served those in standard class, ensuring all passengers enjoyed their journey with comfort and style.

This tour, fully booked in all classes, underscores the continuing enthusiasm for unique rail experiences in the UK, combining a love for heritage rail with the exploration of less-travelled tracks. As the train made its way back to London Paddington, the participants reflected on a day filled with adventure and picturesque landscapes, leaving them with memories of a rare rail journey along the historic and scenic routes of Wales.

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Police appeal after girl, 15, assaulted at Lydstep Point to Point

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DYFED-POWYS-POLICE says it is investigating an assault which occurred at Lydstep Point to Point event near to the announcers stand, between 4.30-4.45pm on Monday, April 1, 2024.

The victim, a 15-year-old girl, was allegedly assaulted by two other females, one believed to be in her late teens and the other in her late thirties. The young victim sustained facial injuries.

Police are now appealing for anyone who attended the event that may have information that could help them with their investigation to contact PC 772 Boyt either through a direct message on social media, online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing [email protected] or by calling 101.

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

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