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Premier Inn ‘arsonist’ remanded in custody

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A 26-YEAR-OLD Narberth woman has been remanded in custody, charged with causing the fire at the Premier Inn hotel in Haverfordwest on Sunday morning, as well as other offences.

Gina Tranter of Redstone Court, Narberth, gave no indication of plea when she confirmed her name and address at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday morning (Jan 21).

Prosecutor Vaughan Pritchard Jones explained the CPS case: “The defendant went to the Hunt Ball in Haverfordwest with her boyfriend on Saturday night, the boy had not paid her much attention and she felt rejected. They went back to the Premier Inn where they were staying. The boyfriend shut the door and wouldn’t let her into the room. Following that, she went down to reception. She was drunk. We believe that she may have taken cocaine as well.”

Remanded in custody: Tina Tranter is accused of arson

The prosecutor continued: “The hotel receptionist wanted her to leave the hotel so the police were called. The police attended and drove her home. She got home and took the keys to her mother’s car. She went into her garage and got a can of petrol. She then drove back to Haverfordwest and sent a text to her boyfriend saying ‘you’ll be sorry’.

Mr Pritchard Jones said: “On arriving back at the hotel, she went to one of the external fire doors and poured the petrol onto the facia of the door and she set it alight with a cigarette lighter. There were 133 guests in the premier inn. There was one person who was staying the hotel who was trained in firefighting. He got some equipment and put the fire out. The incident was recorded on CCTV. It is clear that it is the defendant who set the fire.”

He added: “She made a call to a friend of hers, Mr. Evans, at 6.32am. She called her friend saying: ‘I have poured petrol on the Premier Inn, I am in deep trouble. I have got to go on the run.'”

The court heard that the defendant is of clean character with no previous convictions or cautions.

Wearing a grey sweatshirt Tranter was remanded in custody to appear at Swansea Crown Court on January 27.

Tranter is facing four charges in total. Arson when reckless as to whether life could be endangered, taking a vehicle without consent, driving a vehicle with no insurance and failing to provide a breath test.

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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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