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P..p..p..penguin school has begun!

A summer school for five penguin chicks has opened for the Class of 2015.

Cogsworth and Thumper are in a flap about starting school Credit: Folly Farm

Summer holiday countdown might be on for children in Wales, but for another set of youngsters, ‘school’ is about to start.

The first two penguin chicks at Folly Farm have fledged from the nest and been taken into a special penguin nursery enclosure where they will learn key penguin survival skills.

All five penguin chicks at the zoo have been named after Disney characters - Cogsworth, Bagheera, Abu, Scuttle and Thumper.

Eventually the penguin chicks will re-join their families in the main enclosure Credit: Folly Farm

After a few months at 'Penguin school' they will graduate back into the penguin community in a few months' time.

In the wild, half of all penguin chicks won’t survive by themselves. As they are an endangered species, Folly Farm is one of many zoos that takes the young penguins into a nursery enclosure until their waterproof feathers are fully grown, and they have learned to eat independently.

Abu the penguin will learn the 'bare necessities' at school Credit: Folly Farm

Folly Farm currently has 35 penguins, including the five new chicks. The eldest penguin, at 22 years of age, is Holly, closely followed by her partner of some 20 years, Harry. Penguin life expectancy is around 22 in the wild and 30 in captivity.


Police investigate Pembrokeshire assault

The incident happened around midday on Sunday Credit: ITV News

Dyfed Powys Police is investigating after an assault in Solva on Sunday afternoon.

A man was taken to hospital with injuries, which aren't believed to be life-threatening.

Another man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.

Officers say they are not looking for anybody else in connection with the assault, but ask anyone who was in the area, particularly inside The Royal George pub between 11am and 12.45pm to contact them.

Smoke-free beach proposals get council's support

Plans for a trial smoke-free beach in Pembrokeshire have been backed by the local council.

Australia's Bondi Beach already has a ban on smoking Credit: PA

The ban would be voluntary, on a designated local beach, for a trial period.

It mirrors similar initiatives in Italy, Australia and the US, and council members say it would be 'a tremendous health and economic driver' for the county - although it would not be enforced.

A council committee also backed proposals to introduce a ban on cigarettes and e-cigarettes on playgrounds, extending to playing fields, sports grounds and nearby car parks.

We need to safeguard our children and young people from the harm of smoking and the rapidly developing interest by the under 18s in e-cigarettes.

Seeing adults smoking in areas where sports are taking place and children are playing helps to normalise smoking making it seem harmless.

Tobacco kills more than 5,000 people in Wales every year, not to mention the costs to health and other services from treatment of smoking related illnesses

– Cllr Huw George, Cabinet Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services

Both proposals will be discussed further before a final decision is made.

Read more: Could smoking on Tenby beach be banned? Council looks at outlawing lighting-up at seaside


Man dies in Pembrokeshire motorcycle crash

A motorcyclist has died in a crash in Pembrokeshire.

Emergency services were called to the A4139 in Penally at 1am this morning.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, his next of kin have been informed.

The crash happened on the A4139 in Penally Credit: ITV Wales

Police are investigating a single vehicle road traffic collision.

The road remains closed while officers deal with the incident.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

– Dyfed-Powys Police

Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to call them on 101.

Bottled water company to double workforce

The family business started in 1991 Credit: Princes Gate

Princes Gate Spring Water has announced plans to invest £5.5 million in a major expansion project, which aims to double staff numbers and more than triple production volumes.

As part of the project, the Narberth-based business is investing in a new bottling line, which is capable of producing 37,000 bottles an hour - increasing their annual production to a potential 370 million.

The expansion is being supported by £250,000 business finance from the Welsh Government.

Over the next three years the company is expected to create 25 new jobs, bringing the total number of people working on site to over 50.

This investment will create a range of news jobs in rural Wales and help Princes Gate Spring Water - one of our iconic Welsh brands - reach new markets both in the UK and overseas and increase turnover.

– Edwina Hart, Economy Minister

75 year old woman dies after being hit by bus

The woman's family have been informed Credit: ITV News

A 75 year old woman has died after being hit by a bus in Pembroke.

The incident happened just after 10am on Saturday morning on Mill Pond Bridge, and involved a single decker bus.

The woman's family have been told.

A 54 year old man has been arrested in connection with the incident, and a police investigation is currently underway.

The road remains closed while specialist officers examine the scene.

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