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Drunk man took to silence when police arrived

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haverfordwest-magistratesA HOLIDAY maker who trespassed on a railway line was fined £1690 by Haverfordwest Magistrates on Tuesday. Jonathan Dyment, aged 33, of Cymmer, Port Talbot, pleaded guilty to trespassing and using threatening words and behaviour. Dyment was also placed on a community order for 24 months with one requirement of a thinking skills program. Prosecuting, Ellie Morgan said: “The facts of the case are agreed. On September 8, the defendant and his partner were on holiday on Tenby. At 7.15pm the defendant was issued with a notice from the police to leave Tenby because of his drunken behaviour.

At 9pm CCTV located Dyment and his girlfriend awaiting the train. Dyment is captured moving around the platform. At 9.17 he is captured lowering himself off the platform but he was pulled back to the platform after several minutes. He sat on the edge of the platform but the girlfriend again pulled him back. At 9.30 he lowered himself down on to the tracks and he has stood between the two sets of rails. He was there for a minute before he got back on to the platform.

“The train came in five minutes later. They are both seen to board the train and the driver spoke to the train guard about the two of them and told him to keep an eye on them. The guard has gone to speak to the couple and at this point Dyment said to his partner: ‘Give him the f***ing tickets you fat slag’. The guard spoke to Dyment but he then said: ‘f*** off, it’s my missus, I’ll f***ing do you’ but he has then immediately apologised. The guard asked his partner if she wanted to sit with him for safety but Dyment said: ‘Don’t you f***ing dare’.

“The guard has then gone back to the cab to use the phone and he can see Dyment trying to grab at his partner across the table. He has then poured beer on the carriage floor and his partner moved seats away from him but he followed her down. The guard has come back but Dyment shouted at him: ‘I’ve told you, f***ing go now, it’s your last chance’. His partner was upset and asked if there was another train she could catch. “The driver has then moved out and Dyment shouted: ‘I f***ing told you, that’s it. You’re both here, you can both have it’.

His fists were clenched and he was walking up and down the train. He then said: ‘when he comes in here, he’s having it in the f***ing neck’. The guard has again telephoned the police and at this point Dyment has picked up a beer can and ripped it in half. He was flailing his arms around and his partner told him to calm down. He has then started cutting himself with the cans. Police then arrived at the station in Narberth and when he saw them he sat down and went quiet.

He said to them: ‘I haven’t done anything domestic, I’ll admit to public order offences, I was all rawrhh’. The train was delayed for 76 minutes and as a result three further trains were delayed and costs for compensation of £1335 have been made for Arriva Trains Wales.” Defending, Mark Layton said: “I wasn’t aware an application was made for compensation for the delay of the train and I would certainly wish to see it to challenge it.

There are many other reasons why the train could have been delayed, for example signal error or weather. The guards on the train that were subjected to that, I would add, are fully entitled to compensation.” Ellie Morgan told Mr Layton that the compensation claim was worked out using a work related formula but Mr Layton said that this was ‘very speculative and difficult to work out’.

The chairman of the bench said: “Your behaviour on that evening was unacceptable. You caused fear to your partner and the guard and the driver.” Dyment was ordered to pay the full compensation amount of £1335 and also £100 in compensation to the train guard and driver. He was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs, a £10 fine to go with his community order and a £60 victim surcharge.

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Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50

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EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea

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A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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