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Meet Ramsey Island's new residents

Wildlife lovers have gone to unusual measures to attract puffins to the remote Ramsey island off the Pembrokeshire coast.

They have installed a flock of fibreglass puffins, which they hope will encourage the rare sea birds to the island.

The island used to be home to thousands of puffins Credit: Wales News Service

Volunteers have also wired up loudspeakers which will play the birds' mating calls in the hope that it will lure the birds.

Ramsay Island was once home to thousands of puffins in the 1800s but they left when rats managed to find their way onto the island from a ship wreck.

The RSPB hope that these new measures will encourage new birds to stay and nest on the island.

Police name man who died in road accident

Police have named a man who died in a road traffic accident last Friday.

Lance Corporal Jamie Stewart Felming, 21, was from Crediton in Devon.

His family have paid tribute to him as a popular man who "enjoyed life to the full".

Jamie loved his job in the Royal Signals based in Brawdy, Pembrokeshire. He had been in the army for four and a half years and had served in Afghanistan.

He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

– Family statement


Task force created to try to save 400 jobs at oil refinery

A task force is being created to try to safeguard the future of the 400 workers at the Murco oil refinery in Milford Haven.

The announcement was made by the Welsh Government, and will be lead by Lord Nick Bourne.

A potential deal for the sale of the Murco refinery fell through.

It will try to find a buyer for the plant, which owned last week week it was consulting staff over potential closure.

Read More: 400 jobs at risk at Murco oil refinery in Milford Haven

Residents still not allowed back home after explosion

A number of residents evacuated after a minor explosion in a village in Pembrokeshire yesterday have not yet been allowed back to their homes.

A man, who sustained a non-life threatening injury remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Dyfed-Powys Police says searches and enquiries are expected to continue for the majority today, after the incident in Wiston yesterday morning.

Explosive experts were on the scene, but have now left.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

First Minister joins talks to save oil refinery jobs

The First Minister Carwyn Jones has visited the Murco plant in Milford Haven today to discuss the company's furture.

Around 400 jobs are at risk at the oil refinery after a potential deal to buy it collapsed.

The First Minister says he will be working with Murco, and the owners of Newport Bakery Avana, to try and save as many jobs as possible.


Fears for Milford Haven economy amid Murco doubt

by Carole Green

Unions and politicians have continued to meet today at the Murco oil refinery in Milford Haven in an attempt to secure its future and save 400 jobs.

All eyes are on West Wales, with First Minister Carwyn Jones visiting Murco on Monday and the Welsh Secretary due to host a jobs summit in the region.

Following Murco's announcement yesterday that it was going into a period of consultation, the community around the plant says it fears for the economic future of the whole area.

MP: 'Still all to play for’ in Murco oil refinery situation

Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb is visiting the Murco oil refinery in Milford Haven to meet with staff and management over the plant's future.

Yesterday I had discussions with various UK and overseas companies who are very interested in the sale of the Murco site.

There is widespread acknowledgment that the Milford Haven oil refinery is a very good facility and that there is a future for the plant if global trading conditions improve.

Investor interest has not gone away and I believe it is still all to play for in this deal.

I want Murphy to explore every possible avenue in order to keep that refinery operational.

– Stephen Crabb MP

Around 400 jobs are at risk after Murco announced yesterday it would be entering into a period of consultation with employees.

Jobs at risk after Murco oil refinery deal collapses

Around four hundred jobs are at risk at the Murco oil refinery in Milford Haven after a potential deal to buy it collapsed.

The firm's parent company Murphy Oil Corporation is understood to have been in talks with with a number of companies for more than three years in a bid to find a buyer. But today Murco announced it will be entering into a period of consultation with workers.

Our West Wales correspondent Kevin Ashford has been following this story.

Unite: UK govt should step in to save oil refinery

The union Unite has called on the UK government to step in and save the Murco oil refinery in Milford Haven, which is at risk of closure after a potential sale fell through.

The UK government cannot repeat the mistake of Coryton and allow another of the UK’s oil refineries to close. It needs to do everything possible to maintain refining capacity at Milford Haven to meet the nation’s energy needs and save hundreds of jobs at the site.

The workforce has been under real pressure and worked hard in a climate of uncertainty over the past four years, while the American owner looked for a new buyer.

They have done nothing to deserve this treatment. It‘s now time for all parties that have a stake in the future of Milford Haven to fight tooth and nail to save the refinery.

– Andy Richards, Unite Welsh Secretary

The UK and Welsh governments have both spoken of their determination to work together with Murco to safeguard the future of the plant.

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