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Three-year-old’s death ‘terrible tragedy’

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A CORONER’S inquest heard how a three-year-old boy from Carmarthenshire died after he fell from his father’s Land Rover in October last year.
The inquest, held at Milford Haven Town Hall on Friday (Apr 5), heard the fatality happened on Sunday, October 21, 2018, when Evan Williams opened the rear of the Land Rover and fell to the ground.

Evan suffered ‘catastrophic’ head injuries when he was struck by the reversing vehicle.

Evan’s father, Dewi Williams, had been reversing around a bend on a steep hill at Ceunant Farm in Llanybydder, with Evan and his sister in the vehicle. Neither child was strapped into the Land Rover.

Sian Elin Williams, Evan’s mother, was standing to the left of the Land Rover, which the inquest heard was the correct way to assist someone whilst they are in the process of completing a difficult manoeuvre.

The Land Rover was towing a three and a half tonne trailer carrying around 40 sheep at the time of the incident.

Police Sergeant Shane Davies of Dyfed-Powys Police described what he encountered when he arrived at the scene: “It was obvious to me that the incident involved only one vehicle – a Land Rover Defender, towing a trailer.
“It had been reversing backwards down a slope and there were obstructions on both sides.
“Due to the nature of the manoeuvre, the driver’s view would have been restricted.
“During this manoeuvre, Evan was crushed underneath the offside rear which resulted in catastrophic injuries to his head and skull.”
Sergeant Davies added that the vehicle had been forensically examined since the and there were no faults which could have contributed to the accident.
Confirming that the door would have to have been opened from the inside, Sergeant Davies added: “I don’t believe the door was faulty.
“In my opinion, it had been securely fastened. For some unknown reason, the door of the Land Rover had opened and the child fell from it or otherwise left the vehicle.
“At which time the vehicle has continued to reverse backwards and over [Evan’s] skull.”
Addressing the grief-stricken family, who were crying during the hearing, the Coroner for Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, Mark Layton said: “Thank you to Evan’s parents for attending this inquest today.
“This was a terrible tragedy and Evan’s family have my heartfelt sympathy.”
Mr Layton recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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Road closed in both directions following collision between car and tractor

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THERE was a collision between a car and a tractor with a trailer at just past 12am today (Friday, June 21).

The road was closed in both directions from St Clears to Carmarthen while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Two men – the driver and passenger of the car – have been taken to hospital. One is in a critical but stable condition.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, who hasn’t already spoken to the police, is asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit at Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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Parc Howard shortlisted for national award

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PARC HOWARD has been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award.

Charity Kids in Museums awards the prize annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in the UK that goes the extra mile to provide a great experience for families.

Throughout April and May, families across the country voted for their favourite heritage attraction on the Kids in Museums website. It is the only museum award to be judged by families.

A panel of museum experts whittled down over 800 nominations to a shortlist of 15.

The museum will now be visited by undercover family judges who will assess the museums against the Kids in Museums Manifesto. Their experiences will decide a winner for each award category and an overall winner, our Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2019.

The council’s executive board member for cultural services, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “It really is exciting times for Parc Howard Museum. To have been nominated for such a prestigious award is just superb and is testament to the family friendly environment we have been working to create within the museum.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in October.

Emmajane Avery, Chair of Kids in Museums, said: “It’s great to see Parc Howard Museum on the shortlist for this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award. To make it to the shortlist in our most competitive year yet is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work staff have put in to create an enjoyable experience for families. We were inspired by how this ambitious museum works with community organisations to bring the museum to families on a low income. We wish the museum the best of luck in the next round of judging.”

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Trimsaran: Man charged with offences relating to explosives and poisons

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57-year-old man who was arrested at an address in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire on Tuesday 11 June has been charged with offences relating to explosives and poisons.

Russell Wadge of Baglan Farm, Trimsaran will appear before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Wednesday (Jun 19) charged with one offence contrary to section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act of 1883 and four offences contrary section 3 of the Poisons Act 1972.

A police spokesperson told The Herald: “Officers from the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) supported by Dyfed Powys Police, West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit and partner agencies executed a search warrant at an address near Trimsaran where a specialist search took place after chemicals were found at the premises.

“There was no risk to neighbouring properties or to the general public. While a search of the property has concluded, a police cordon remains in place.”

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