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Pembrokeshire shaken awake by thunderous nighttime flyover

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Pembrokeshire was jolted awake by an unexpected visitor from across the Atlantic. A colossal B1 Lancer Supersonic Bomber, operated by the United States Air Force, roared over the county, leaving residents startled and in awe of the sheer power and might that echoed through the night sky.

The incident, which occurred shortly after midnight, saw the B1 Lancer accompanied by a KC 135 aerial refuelling tanker as it flew over virtually every inch of Pembrokeshire, unleashing a deafening roar that reverberated across towns and villages. Initially mistaken for thunder, the continuous rumbling noise prompted residents to peer skywards, realising that a mammoth aircraft was the cause of their disturbance.

Residents took to social media to share their astonishment and fear. One Pembrokeshire resident, still shaken by the experience, exclaimed, “My God, it was loud. It frightened the hell out of me.” Another recounted, “It freaked me out. I was getting out of the car at the time it started, and it was not a nice sound to hear.” Even the tranquil countryside was not spared; children were woken from their slumber, dogs barked anxiously, and farmers hurried to check on their livestock amid the commotion.

The thunderous spectacle was witnessed across various Pembrokeshire locations, including Marloes, Neyland, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Solva, Pembroke Dock, Broad Haven, Fishguard, and Crymych. Despite the initial shock, residents were left in awe of the B1 Lancer, described by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as ‘fast and lethal’.

Nicknamed “The Bone”, the B-1B Lancer has been a cornerstone of the United States Air Force since 1985. With a wingspan stretching to 137 feet when extended forward and a length of 146 feet, the B1 Lancer is a long-range, multi-mission, supersonic conventional strategic bomber. Its presence in the UK skies is part of a larger operation, with more of these formidable aircraft expected to arrive at the RAF Fairford base in May 2024.

A spokesperson from the RAF highlighted the B-1’s capabilities, stating, “It can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary anywhere in the world, at any time.” Developed by Rockwell International, now Boeing Defence and Space Group, the B-1 Lancer has transitioned from its original nuclear capabilities to an exclusively conventional combat role. Equipped to carry the largest conventional payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory, the B-1 Lancer has been continuously deployed in combat operations over Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.

While the B1 Lancer’s late-night flyover stirred a mix of fear and fascination among Pembrokeshire residents, it serves as a stark reminder of the global military presence in our skies. As the night’s echoes fade away, the memory of this awe-inspiring event lingers, leaving the county’s residents with a newfound appreciation for the power and technology that shapes the world around them.

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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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