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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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Permit applications open for Tenby pedestrianisation scheme

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is now accepting applications for vehicle access during this year’s Pedestrianisation of Tenby.

The scheme, which is due to start on Monday, July 5 and conclude on Friday, September 10, will again see the walled town divided into three ‘zones’, each having varying degrees of vehicle access.

Whilst all necessary plans are being put in place for it to start and finish on the above dates, the scheme will remain under constant review in light of Government guidance relating to Covid-19, and the Council will provide any updates as necessary.

Possession of an ‘access permit’ does not provide any exemption from Government restrictions, and any regulations relating to travel and the occupation of holiday accommodation or second homes must be observed at all times.

Following the success of last year, the permit application process will continue online, with paper application forms and guidance notes no longer being delivered to residents and businesses.

The application form and guidance notes are available from pembrokeshire.gov.uk/tenby-pedestrianisation

Residents and business within Tenby are encouraged to complete the application process as soon as possible, to ensure that there is sufficient time for the application to be processed.

Permits will be issued approximately 7-10 days prior to the start of the scheme.

For enquiries, e-mail tenby.pedestrian@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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Join the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel as an independent member

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THE Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel is looking for two members to join them in their work to support and challenge the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Panel is made of up of members nominated by Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys county councils along with at least two independent members.

Opportunities have now arisen for two independent members to join the Panel and carry out key statutory roles that will support the Commissioner exercise his role effectively.

Members will be expected to attend and take part in regular meetings and take part in decision making, creating reports and making recommendations to the Commissioner.

They will review the Commissioner’s annual draft Police and Crime Plan and annual draft budget, review and scrutinise his decisions and actions, and if necessary review the proposed appointment or removal of the Chief Constable and other senior police force appointments.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they can take a balanced and objective approach in supporting the Panel and the Commissioner, make strategic and well-informed decisions, and interpret and question financial, statistical and performance related information.

They will also need to be able to act as a ‘critical friend’, challenging views or proposals for change constructively.

Applications close on May 31, and appointments to the Panel will be made until October 31, 2024. 

For further information, visit www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.wales

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Successful Fire Service and Health Board partnership to enhance COVID-19 vaccine roll out comes to end

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TUESDAY 11 May 2021 marked the end of a hugely successful partnership between Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Hywel Dda University Health Board, initiated to enhance the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to the communities of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Since February, Community Safety Staff from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have transported 125 passengers over 9450 miles to ensure they were able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Recognising the configuration of our Service, the areas we cover and indeed the people we employee, this seemed an ideal opportunity for us to widen our response to the pandemic and support our partners in safeguarding our communities.

“Whilst we already collaborate with the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, this opportunity enabled us to expand our assistance further within the health arena. This partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board was the first of its kind for Fire and Rescue Services in Wales and paved the way for a number of similar partnerships for us and the other Fire and Rescue Services in Wales.

“I am extremely proud of our staff who have participated in this collaboration and have made a huge difference to the lives of so many people. Their contribution has without doubt had a positive impact on our response to this global pandemic”.

Mydrian Harries, Corporate Head of Prevention and Protection for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, coordinated the Service’s response to this call for assistance.

“Our communities are at the heart of our core business. Knowing we were in a position to make an impact, we put in place a robust solution in record time, to not only ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, but to also safeguard those who were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, but may have had barriers preventing them from attending their appointments.

“Using this partnership as template within which we could expand, we have since been able to offer our assistance to other Health Boards across the Service area. Indeed, a group of 10 vaccine heroes from our Service have joined Powys Teaching Health Board’s vaccination team, playing their part in distributing vaccines at mass vaccination sites in Newtown and Builth Wells. This is another fantastic example of how working together has been vital in our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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