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Tributes paid to man killed by Brecon lightning strike

Colleagues of a man who died after lightning struck four people in the Brecon Beacons on Sunday have paid tribute to him.

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The 51-year-old, named earlier today as Jeremy Prescott from Telford, died along with one other man who has not yet been identified.

Two others were taken to hospital.

We were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Jeremy Prescott on the Brecon Beacons last weekend in such tragic circumstances. Our thoughts are with Jeremy’s family at this very sad time.

– A spokesperson for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards

It is with great sadness that the Council can confirm the tragic death of our colleague Jez Prescott on Sunday.

Our thoughts are with Jez’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad and difficult time.

Jez was a part-time youth and community worker in our Youth Innovation Team and had worked with the Council since 2001 when he joined as a youth volunteer worker.

He was a very dedicated individual who gave his time to help young people in the borough achieve their full potential and was a trained Duke of Edinburgh’s Award support worker.

It was in this role that Jez was a team leader for a D of E expedition on the Brecon Beacons when he was fatally struck by lightning in a sudden storm at a check point on the group’s route.

The Council is considering appropriate ways it can pay tribute to Jez, his work and the part he has played in supporting young people in our borough.

– Telford Council


Call for Welsh towns to have 20% tree canopy cover

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The Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) is launching a petition calling for all cities, towns and villages in Wales to have a minimum 20% tree canopy cover.

It also backs the planting of native trees which, it says, can provide a habitat and nectar source for pollinators and fruit trees which will provide a sustainable source of food.

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It says the tree canopy cover in Wales varies dramatically, from just 4.5% in Fochriw in Caerphilly to 34% in Trimsaran in Carmarthenshire.

It also cites a study in Wrexham, last year, which, it says, showed trees save the local economy £1.3m every year by:

  • Intercepting 27 million litres of rainfall from entering the drainage system, the equivalent of saving £460,000 in sewerage charges.
  • Absorbing 1,329 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  • Improving health by removing 60 tonnes of air pollution, saving the health services £700,000.

People often refer to the more attractive areas of towns as being ‘leafy’. Areas like this can provide a more attractive and healthy environment for people to live and work in, for all kinds of reasons.

We want everyone to benefit from trees, so we’re working to persuade local authorities around Wales to plant more trees where people live.

– Angharad Evans, Campaigns Officer


Man charged with murder after death of 31-year-old man

Craig Thomas Savage's family described him as a 'good boy with a good heart.'

A 25-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder following the death of 31-year-old Craig Thomas Savage, in the early hours of Sunday morning in Llandrindod Wells.

His family have paid tribute to him and have described him as a 'good boy with a good heart.'

We are totally grief stricken by our loss. Craig was a good boy with a good heart and will be missed by us all. We are supporting each other as we struggle to comprehend what has happened to Craig. We hope everyone can understand that although we are very grateful for the support that has been shown, we ask for privacy at this time for us to grieve together as a family.

– Craig Savage Thomas' family

The 25-year-old man is due to appear before Welshpool Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

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