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Camper van owner ‘gutted’ after mystery blaze

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A MILFORD HAVEN man is appealing for anyone with information to come forward after his pride and joy, a Merecdes Sprinter camper van caught fire in Neyland yesterday evening (Nov 11).
The blaze started at around 9.30pm
Adrian Moore said he was ‘gutted’ that his van had been destroyed saying that
The van was parked at Honeyborough Garage.
Mr Moore’s post on Facebook has been shared over 100 times. He said: “My Mercedes camper went ablaze out side the garage. Could anyone in and around the area that seen anything suspicious let me know. Thanks.”
Mr Moore said on social media that he did not yet know if the fire was deliberate or accidental, for example, an electrical fault.

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Pembrokeshire woman appeals for information after mother’s asbestos death

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A PEMBROKESHIRE woman whose mother died of mesothelioma is urging anyone with information about asbestos at her father’s workplace to get in touch.

Kathleen Collin’s mother, Joyce Hood, passed away after being diagnosed with mesothelioma – a cancer associated with asbestos exposure.

Mrs Hood was a homemaker and her family believe she was exposed to asbestos when handling the overalls of her late husband, Stanley Hood, which they think were contaminated with asbestos dust and fibre through his work at a Pembroke Power Station. It is believed Mr Hood worked as a contractor on the turbines in the power station and was involved in pipe fitting and the applying or removal of asbestos-based lagging.

Following her mother’s death, Kathleen contacted J M Parsons & Co, a Llanelli-based litigation firm specialising in asbestos-related disease claims, to assist her with an asbestos disease compensation claim.

“I am hoping to speak with anyone who can shine a light on my dad’s employment and how he could have been exposed to asbestos,” she said. “As a ‘jack of all trades’, he would have been known to a large number of workers and other members of staff, which we hope will increase our chances of finding someone who can help.

“Any information provided could be the missing piece of the puzzle we desperately need, so please get in touch if you think you can help.”

Asbestos is the single biggest cause of work-related deaths in the UK, causing thousands of deaths and serious illnesses. The number of asbestos deaths is expected to rise until 2020.

Amanda Jones, practice manager at J M Parsons & Co and the solicitor supporting Kathleen, said: “Stanley worked at the power station for a large part of his career and would have come into contact with asbestos in a variety of ways.

“Anyone who remembers Stanley Hood from their time at Pembroke Power Station, or indeed anyone who worked there in the late 60s or early 70s, should not hesitate to make contact with us.”

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Man ‘lucky to be alive’ after lorry crash

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THE CHAIR of the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats says that he is lucky to be alive after a freak car accident in Burton last week.

Andrew Lye was driving towards the Cleddau Bridge when his car was hit by lorry’s stabiliser which had come loose and was protruding into the road.

The collision, which happened at 2.45pm on Friday (Dec 7), left Mr Lye’s car written off, and he was badly shaken.

Mr Lye was thankfully not injured.

The police are investigating the crash between his Kia Picanto and a DAF LF lorry.

Mr Lye, who is the former Council Leader in the West Wiltshire District Council, told The Herald: “I consider myself to be lucky to get out of the car in one piece.

“I didn’t see the stabiliser bar as the lorry came towards me and the first I knew of the collision was the sound of my car being torn apart and glass and plastic flying over me.

“I am glad that I wear glasses as this protected my eyes.”

The police have been contacted for a comment.

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Pembroke: School to be closed tomorrow due to ‘major leak’

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Closed: Due to a 'major leak' (pic. Martin Cavaney)

A ‘MAJOR LEAK’ has closed Ysgol Harri Tudor / Henry Tudor School in Pembroke this morning (Dec 13).

The electrical system has been affected by the leak and the classrooms are not usable.

The council have said that the school will remain closed on Friday (Dec 14) as well.

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson said: “Ysgol Harri Tudor / Henry Tudor School in Pembroke is closing this morning (Thursday, 13th December) at 10.30 am because of a major leak in one of the buildings. This affected the electrical system and rendered classrooms unusable.

“All staff and pupils are safe and transport arrangements are in place.

“Please monitor Pembrokeshire County Council’s social media pages for information as to whether the school will be open tomorrow (Friday, 14th December). A decision will be taken later today.”

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