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UK Powerboat Championships put on hold



THERE will be no Powerboat Racing on Milford Haven Waterfront in 2018, after organisers, P1, confirmed they were switching their emphasis to from Powerboats to Jet Skis.

The P1 SuperStock UK Championship was held in July earlier this year and it had been hoped that the event could be held in Milford on an annual basis.

However, P1 have announced it is focusing its efforts on developing the USA championship and its two jet ski series – AquaX and Jetcross.

A spokesperson for P1 told the Herald that although there will be no Powerboat Racing in 2018, there could still be racing on the Waterfront should everything be agreed.

He added that discussions were ongoing with the Port of Milford Haven and added that they wanted to return to the town.

It is also hoped that the new event would be more of a festival on the water which would also include water ski racing, which was trialled in Scotland earlier this year.

The suspension of the Powerboat Championship is just for 2018 and it is hoped that event can return the following year.

UK Managing Director, Robert Wicks, said: “P1 SuperStock has enjoyed seven great years in the UK but our focus needs to switch to new markets as the business evolves. The ongoing uncertainty in offshore powerboat racing in the UK has also contributed to this decision.

“On the flip side, the Mumbai event earlier this year introduced the sport to a huge new audience on the sub-continent and the nine hours of live television broadcasting and extensive media coverage played a considerable role in taking powerboat racing to the next level. International development is very much part of our SuperStock planning for the future.”

Sam and Daisy Coleman told the Herald: “Our immediate reaction is that we’re supremely disappointed and saddened to hear the news. The event on Milford’s Waterfront was close to our hearts for obvious reasons, and we were looking forward to building on last years’ success while keeping fingers crossed that the weather was to be a little kinder this year!

“The UK’s powerboating governance is going through a transitional period, and the power struggle has sadly affected our sport, its venues and its competitors but hopefully from this will come a solution where we can come back a stronger and more focused sport as a whole.

“At the moment we’re evaluating our options for this season with some interesting opportunities arising already.

“We have had aspirations to race in the USA previously and if we can find the support to make that happen that’s an option, rest assured there will be plenty of work through this off season to make sure Coleman Racing are competing at the best level possible to continue offering value to our loyal supporters who have supported us since the start of our journey back in 2015.”


Two-year-old’s mother says she will ‘live with guilt’ following tragic death



Kiara, 3: Sadly died in the incident

THE MOTHER of Kiara Moore, a two-year-old girl who sadly died following an incident in the River Teifi in Cardigan yesterday afternoon (Mar 19), has said that she is ‘so sorry’ for her ‘stupidity’ which lead to her death.

Kim Rowlands said: “Sadly yesterday my beautiful baby girl passed away!

“Due to my own stupidity, I will have to live with the guilt for the rest of my life!

“Mummy loves you baby girl and I’m so sorry.”

Kiara was found in the river in her parent’s car.

Police originally put made a public appeal asking for information about the car believing it to have been stolen with her in it, however it has now been revealed that it was a tragic set of circumstances which lead to her death.

Posting on Facebook, Jet Moore, Kiara’s father, said: “Just to let every one who keeps asking how know, it was the lemons stacked up too far!

“They got in the car to go home. Sat on bank card which snapped and needed money to get home etc.

“Went back to the office to get money from the desk and came back to no car. Looked in the river, no signs. So we thought she and the car had been taken.

“The police found the car a while later and went way beyond the call of duty jumping in and pulling her out.

“They tried to revive her for hours but unfortunately could not.

“Everyone had done their best.

“Thank you all so much for the support it means the world!”

He added: “Thank you all so much for the support it means the world!

“She was an incredible happy young girl who lived I hope a great adventurous fun life. And may have done more than most people.

“Been skiing twice and skied her self! Paddled the great glen Scotland. Paddled the Wye.

“Played on every beach we could. Had a loving family and made us all happy.

“She always wanted to be called RAR RAR which was our nickname for her.

“Love her so much”

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told The Herald they are not looking for anyone in connection with the incident: “Sadly, we confirm that Kiara Moore,  was pronounced dead at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff last night, having being recovered from a car in the River Teifi yesterday afternoon (Mar 19).

“Police have made extensive enquiries into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident and can now confirm that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.

“The vehicle was recovered from the river early this morning.

“H.M Coroner has been advised.

“Kiara’s family are being supported by specially trained officers.”

Nicola Hughes added on the father’s Facebook page: “This brings tears to my eyes I can’t imagine the pain you must be feeling, I pray that god will watch over you and give you strength during this awful time, rest in peace in heaven beautiful girl.”

Kiara was airlifted to Cardiff by the Wales Air Ambulance, after police said she was ‘removed from the vehicle’ and ‘recieved medical attention’.

30 emergency service staff remained at the scene as they searched a 200-metre stretch of the River Teifi.

Milford Haven Coastguard said it was a ‘large multi-agency operation’ headed up by Dyfed-Powys Police.

A specialist dive team from South Wales Police were on the scene.


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Pembroke Dock police urge caution following vehicle thefts



PEMBROKE DOCK police officers are investigating a number of reports of stolen vehicles and thefts of property from inside unlocked vehicles, in the Pembroke and Pembroke Dock areas, over the past two weeks.

Detective Constable Phil Jones, Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “Unfortunately there are criminals around who take advantage of trusting people, and recently we have seen a spate of stolen vehicles, and thefts of property from inside vehicles. The link between these reports is the vehicles were all unlocked at the time.

“My advice is to double check you have locked your doors, even if you are leaving the car a short while, and never leave valuables on show – take them with you or lock them out of sight in the boot.”

Anyone with information which could help police with their investigations is asked to call Pembroke Dock Police Station on 101, or anonymously report it to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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Haverfordwest: CCTV appeal following criminal damage



DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating criminal damage at Haverfordwest Labour Social Club, Dew Street.

Sometime between 11am and 1pm on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, someone superglued the padlock of the gate and fitted an extra chain and padlock.

Police would like to speak to the men in the images, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who recognises the men, or believes they are pictured in the images, is encouraged to contact PC 424 Dan Morris at Haverfordwest Police Station by calling 101.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DPP/0058/17/01/2018/01/C.

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