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magisA WOMAN from Haverfordwest appeared at the Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (Nov 25) to face a charge of assaulting and obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty. Sian Anita Marchant, aged 47 of Princess Royal Way pleaded guilty to the charges. Ellie Morgan of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “On October 30, police received a 999 call from Marchant. She was heard shouting ‘Get off me, leave me alone’.

Officers arrived at her boyfriend’s house at Slade Park in Haverfordwest and explained they had responded to a 999 call. Both the boyfriend and Marchant smelt strongly of alcohol and there was an empty bottle on the floor. Officers arrested the boyfriend for a separate matter, and during the arrest Marchant leapt out of her chair. Officers removed her boyfriend from the property and put him in the car.

When the officer walked around to the driver side, Marchant had gone to the passenger side, got into the car and was reaching into the back. She was pulled out of the vehicle and told to go back inside. She moved to hit the officer with her head and the officer told her to back off. She took her by the arm and moved her away from the car. She was shouting and had to be held to the floor.”

Ms Morgan continued: “The defendant was arrested and spoken to and she said she was trying to get Her boyfriend out of the car. She said ‘So I’m getting locked up because of that little f***er’? She said she called the coppers on him, and said she was punched by one of the police officers when trying to get him out of the police car. She said she hadn’t seen him for a couple of days and wanted to give him a kiss and a cuddle.” Defence solicitor James Subbiani told the court: “Marchant pleads guilty at the earliest opportunity. She has developed a catastrophic drink problem, and as a consequence it brings her before the court. It has brought her before the court before, normally for being drunk and incapable.

It also meant that the stability in her life has been drastically damaged and has associated with those who she would not have done in the past. Police consider her boyfriend is not someone she should be around. Her in drink, was trying to interfere and vomiting. She must have been in a dreadful mess. This is just a woman who has lost control of her life.” Mr Subbiani continued: “Until some kind of control is exercised over the amount she drinks, I’m afraid this court is going to see quite a lot of her. All her offending is a direct result of her catastrophic alcohol addiction that is affecting her health.” Probation officer, Julie Norman told the court of how probation are concerned she beginning to have an established record of offending.

Ms Norman said: “This would be the sixth order since 2011 with alcohol an requirement. Magistrates told the court: “We’ve heard a lot this morning. The only person who can do anything about this is you. I’m not happy with the way you have undertaken the current order. We’ve taken advice and talked a lot. We have come up with what we hope is a way forward. We are not going to send you to prison today, but will make a 12 month order of 12 weeks suspended custody, supervision and 20 sessions of the alcohol requirement.” Marchant was told that if she does not comply and is brought back to court for further offences that are related, the bench on that day may send her to prison. The chair of the bench said: “The choice is now yours.” Marchant had to pay £100 costs and a £80 victim surcharge. Her fines were consolidate fines.

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Judith Rhead murder investigation – Detectives given more time to question suspect

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POLICE have been given more time to question a 43-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

The man has been in police custody since Saturday night, after being arrested over the death 68-year-old Judith Rhead.

She was found in a residential property in Market Street.

The police now have until Thursday afternoon (Feb 25) to question the suspect.

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All people eligible for vaccination will get theirs by end of July

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PEOPLE eligible for the coronavirus vaccine will get theirs by the end of July, the Health Minister has said.

Wales achieved its target of getting everyone in the first four priority groups vaccinated by the middle of February and is now working on offering the vaccine to those in groups 5 to 9.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out that people with severe or profound learning disabilities or with a mental illness will be among priority group 6.

Mr Gething said that they were would make sure that no one is left behind.

The latest figures from Public Health Wales show that 878,506 people had received their first dose of the vaccine.

59,279 people have received both doses of the vaccine.

Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services, said: “We have achieved our first milestone of offering everyone in the first four priority groups vaccination by mid-February.

“We are now making progress in achieving our next milestone, which is to offer the vaccine to all individuals in priority groups 5 to 9.

“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out that people with a severe/profound learning disability and individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment, should be invited for vaccination as part of priority group 6.

“There are challenges with identifying individuals within these groups, particularly given the JCVI language is not generally in use in Wales, and we are working hard to make sure that no one is left behind. Today we have published guidance on identifying eligible individuals in these groups and on how to support them to take up their vaccine offers.

“The JCVI has also said that some of our invaluable unpaid carers should be included in priority group 6.

“Today we have also published guidance on identifying those unpaid carers eligible for vaccine prioritisation and the process around this. I am grateful to the national carers’ organisations for their support with this work.”

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Council want your help to keep Pembrokeshire active

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is asking residents to give their views on local walking and cycling routes.

The Council aims to make journeys on foot and by bicycle easier, safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

In order to design a network that works for all, the Council would like to get the views of as many people as possible, particularly those who don’t currently walk or cycle. This will help ensure the routes built for walking and cycling work for the whole community.

The consultation focuses on the main towns and villages in Pembrokeshire which have been selected by Welsh Government as the designated localities in the County. These are:

  • Fishguard & Goodwick
  • Haverfordwest
  • Johnston
  • Milford Haven
  • Neyland
  • Pembroke Dock
  • Pembroke
  • Tenby
  • Saundersfoot
  • Narberth

Pembrokeshire Council is currently undertaking an Active Travel Network Map consultation (ATNM) which will run in 3 stages

Consultation 1: Residents can take part in the consultation exercise online, hosted by Commonplace at https://Pembrokeshire.commonplace.is/

The interactive map allows participants to flag issues, problems and successes on a plan of the active travel settlement and add comments. Such points could be for example, a pavement that is too narrow or a newly built cycle route that is regarded as a success.

The first stage of the consultation will close on 31 st March 2021.

Consultation 2: Following this, the second step of the consultation will see the Council share the initial findings and ask people what they think of the plans
proposed as a result of the feedback received.

Consultation 3: The third stage of the consultation will give members of the public a final say on the Active Travel Network Maps before they are sent to Welsh Government for approval. These maps will have been produced taking into account public feedback and ideas from consultations 1 and 2.

By upgrading facilities and creating new walking and cycling routes, the Council plans to make Active Travel the popular choice for local journeys, to increase the attractiveness of local communities as places to live and work, improve health and well-being, and help tackle air pollution.

Cllr Phil Baker, Pembrokeshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “This consultation exercise will produce an Active Travel Network Map which will be a plan of routes the Council will use to inform where improvements to walking and cycling should be made in Pembrokeshire.

“It will help to make journeys on foot or by bicycle easier and safer for everyone, particularly those who don’t currently walk or cycle often and people who use mobility aids and will build on the increased level of walking and cycling that we have seen over the last 12 months during the pandemic.”

See more information on Active Travel at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/fitness-and-well-being/active-travel

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