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Ancient forest uncovered by fierce storms

The remains of an ancient forest has been uncovered by a week of severe new year storms.

Hidden under a dense pebble bank sea defence, the ancient forest became visible on the beach at Newgale, west Wales, only after the severe weather had died down.

The storm revealed the hidden forest.
The storm revealed the hidden forest. Credit: Pembrokeshire Coastal Park Authority/PA Wire

Archaeologists from the National Park Authority (NPA) are now battling against time to ensure that vulnerable parts of the submerged forest are protected.

Gallery: Before and after - How storms have transformed the UK landscape

Phil Bennett, NPA culture and heritage manager, said: "The storms and high seas have pushed the pebble bank back and scoured the sand, exposing the remains of this woodland. We have been able to identify some recognisable timbers from the Mesolithic period.

"Ten thousand years ago this woodland area would have been visited by hunter gatherer bands from time to time, looking for game and collecting edible plants, nuts and berries as these resources became available during the year."

Council workers are now covering the most vulnerable parts of the forest with pebbles, as extended exposure to the sun will dry it out and it will be lost.

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20-stone footballer gets 1m hits on the internet

A 20-stone footballer from Milford Haven has become a worldwide internet sensation after he was secretly filmed practising his incredible soccer skills.

Visitors to Pembrokeshire were astonished when they saw Andrew Cassidy, 50, having a kick around in a car park. They could not believe his Maradona-style skills and filmed it from their parked car.

The video was posted onto the internet where it went viral and has had more than one million hits on YouTube.

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MoD 'will make changes to avoid repeat of accident'

Our thoughts are with Ranger Michael Maguire’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

We will look very closely at the Coroner’s comments to ensure that we make all the necessary changes to prevent an accident of this nature happening again.

There are still ongoing investigations into Ranger Michael Maguire’s death so it is not appropriate for us to comment further.

– Ministry of Defence spokesperson
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Soldier was having lunch in 'safe area' when hit by bullet

Ranger Michael Maguire was 21 when he died at the Castlemartin range in May 2012. Credit: Wales News Service

Ranger Michael Maguire was on his lunch break in a "safe area" at the range and had taken off his helmet when he was hit in the head by a bullet, an inquest into his death heard.

He had joined the Royal Irish Regiment in 2010, and survived a tour in Afghanistan.

The inquest in Cardiff heard shooting targets had been set up wrongly and were in "dangerous positions."

It was told the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.

The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing.

Investigations by the military and the Health and Safety Executive are underway.

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Tests 'reveal horsemeat' in Pembrokeshire minced beef

Pembrokeshire County Council has withdrawn mince from its menus after being told a batch of frozen minced beef has potentially tested positive for horsemeat.

The mince was supplied by Welsh Bros Foods of Newport, Gwent, and was used by the council for schools, day centres and residential homes.

The council says it has also been made aware that frozen beef products supplied to Sodexo – a company providing catering services to the authority's privately-financed initiative school in Pembroke Dock – has tested positive for horsemeat.

Sodexo has withdrawn all frozen beef products from its UK catering operations.

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Abandoned Phoebe sniffs out a brighter future

The future is now looking bright for clever Phoebe Credit: BWY Canine

An 18-month-old spaniel abandoned in West Wales has found a new home - and a new job!

Phoebe ended up in an animal rescue shelter in Pembrokeshire after being kicked out by her owners, but is now being trained to detect counterfeit tobacco.

She will eventually work alongside UK-wide agencies fighting to tackle the problem.

Stuart Phillips from BWY Canine said: "Phoebe is a lovely dog and her life has changed completely. She has gone from being a dumped and unwanted dog to a dog with a job!

"With Christmas approaching, lots of people consider getting dogs to give as gifts - and in a lot of cases they end up being dumped. A dog is for life, not just for Christmas."

Commander pays tribute to 'one of the best'

The commanding officer of Ranger Michael Maguire, who was killed this week in Pembrokeshire during a live-firing exercise has paid tribute to him.

Major Richard Bell, Ranger Maguire's company commander, said:

One of our very best, his loss has devastated everyone who knew him.

Michael was always going to stand out from the crowd. Not only because he stood a towering 6ft 7in tall, but because of his vastly cheerful outlook on life, natural charisma and irrepressible good humour.

All of this ensured that he was extremely popular throughout the company and his loss is keenly felt.

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