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Drunken riot shocks Tenby

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Crime scene?: Party’goer criticises local police

STUNNED partygoers witnessed a near riot in Tenby’s town centre last Saturday night (Nov 8). The incident took place in our county’s most popular resort at around 8.30pm, and involved a large group of men who attempted to gatecrash a silver wedding anniversary celebration. Jimmy and Tracie Cowan had earlier renewed their wedding vows in St.Mary’s Church and had continued their celebrations at a reception at the Ex- Servicemen’s Club in town, when the rowdy group assembled in South Parade.

Mr Cowan spoke about what happened next: “There were 4 or 5 of them with their trousers down, and waving their private parts.” He went on to say his wife was then assaulted and that the ‘gang’ attempted to gain un welcomed access into the Ex- Servicemen’s Club. “For 20 minutes, until police arrived, we had to hold back the men from forcing their way up to the stairs. They were flinging women around and left 5 or 6 girls black and blue. these men were so violent it was unbelievable. They were like a pack of animals trying to get up the stairs. Somebody could have been killed.” He also went on to criticise local police and how they handled the incident: “I am totally disappointed in the police.

They won’t tell us where the men were from and they didn’t even come up to the club to take statements. Their only concern was getting them on the bus out of Tenby.” Dyfed Powys Police issued a statement regarding the incident, stating: “At approx. 8.25pm on Saturday November 8 a large scale disorder took place in the vicinity of the Five Arches in Tenby. A group of around 40-50 intoxicated men clashed with guests at a private party in a nearby club. Officers were quickly at the scene, and the large group of men were removed by putting them on the bus to be taken home. Details of all those involved were taken, but at this time no complaints of assault have been received, and enquiries will continue to establish whether any offences took place.”

Temporary Chief Inspector Ross Evans went on to say: “Incidents of disorder will not be tolerated in Tenby, and on this occasion officers were at the scene within a couple of minutes of getting reports. The large numbers of those involved in this incident were dealt with swiftly, and the priority was to ensure matters did not escalate, which is why a large group of visiting men were placed on a bus and removed. But details of all those involved were taken, and although no complaints of assault etc were received at the time, enquires will continue to establish whether any offences took place. Violent crime reduction is one of the main priorities for us, in order to keep locals and visitors safe, and incidents such as this are dealt with robustly.”

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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