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‘Christmas spree’ shoplifter jailed…

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Shoplifters: Shae Cadwallader and Alicia Stokes.

Shoplifters: Shae Cadwallader and Alicia Stokes.

A 20-YEAR-OLD shoplifter from Haverfordwest was jailed by Magistrates on Tuesday (Jan 6). Alicia Stokes, of Fleming Crescent admitted four counts of shop lifting in a pre-Christmas spree, in which she stole items of clothing and household items from her local branches of Pound Stretcher, Peacocks, Morrisons and The Factory Shop.

However, these thefts put her in breach of a Crown Court community order, and the bench felt that prison was the only option. The chair of the bench said: “The record you have is absolutely appalling. We feel that we really need to protect the public. “We will send you to prison for sixteen weeks.” However, Stokes started to argue from behind the glass, which separated her from the court room. She said: “I don’t think you should send me to prison.

I’ve been really compliant with my probation officer and my solicitor told me that I wouldn’t be going to prison today.” Friends and supporters, including her boyfriend, Shae Cadwallader shouted from the gallery as she was taken down: “I love you babe.” Stokes’ defence solicitor, Mark Layton felt that there was one last chance to get his client out of the cells. He immediately, and hastily, drew up an appeal against the sentence, and ten minutes later she was brought back upstairs while this application was heard. Mr Layton said: “I can only make this application if I feel the sentence imposed has been mantifestively excessive.

“She has largely complied with the court order – I don’t know what a Crown Court judge would do. “The judge may say that Stokes has broken the order, but I would like her to be released on bail. She could report daily to Haverfordwest Police Station and could be ordered not to enter the shopping areas of Haverfordwest.” In response to the application for bail, prosecutor Vaughan Pritchard-Jones said: “I simply refer you to the record, she’s committed offence after offence. Also these offences were committed when subject to a Crown Court community order.

“The defendant has a history of committing offences on bail, therefore I would say bail is not appropriate.” Without hesitation, the chairman of the bench ruled out the application for bail, saying: “We are satisfied – the sentence is correct for the level of crime and therefore we are not granting bail.’

…but boyfriend spared prison

A SUSPENDED prison sentence was imposed on the boyfriend of Alicia Stokes, who went on a shopping spree to fund his legal high addiction at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (Jan 6). Shae Cadwallader, of Fleming Crescent, Haverfordwest, stole items with the intention to sell some on in order to buy a legal high known as Pyschlone Herbal Incense. Cadwallader was charged with four shoplifting offences and whilst he was in court, told the probation service that he was also in court at a later date for stealing this legal high and that was brought forward. He pleaded guilty to stealing a £38 bottle of aftershave from Wilkos on November 8, 2014, and admitted to stealing £477.50 worth of items from Debenhams, £69.49 worth of items from Boots and £24 worth of items from TK Maxx on December 17, 2014.

Cadwallader also pleaded guilty to stealing a legal high to the value of £30 from the All Sorts store in Haverfordwest on September 17, 2014. As part of the suspended sentence he was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and a thinking skills programme. The Magistrates also ordered compensation of £38 to be paid to Wilkos and £30 to All Sorts.He was also told to pay an £80 victim surcharge and £85 court costs. Prosecuting, Ellie Morgan said: “On November 8, a security guard was monitoring CCTV and this person noticed a couple acting suspiciously. “The male has selected the item from the shelf and put it in his pocket. No attempt was made to pay for the item.

The police were called and later when they spoke to him, he told them he had already sold the bottle on for £20. “On December 17 at 6.45pm police were dealing with an incident of shoplifting for another person when Cadwallader passed by holding a large carrier bag. “There were a large number of perfume bottles in it and he said he been given them by his mother to wrap up as Christmas presents. “That story turned out not to be true and he was arrested for theft. Officers also attended at the Debenhams, TK Maxx and Boots stores to inform them of the missing items. “At the third interview he finally accepted taking the items from the stores but doesn’t remember going into TK Maxx.

“He is sorry for what he has done”. The Magistrates asked for a report to be prepared but after he was let out Cadwallader returned home to pack a bag as he was worried he might be sent to prison. Probation Officer Julie Norman added: “I have raised with him the concerns about failing to attend on previous orders but he tells me that was when he was younger and he didn’t take responsibility for himself. “He has developed an issue with legal highs and because he can’t fund them has resorted to shoplifting to sell items in order to get money for the legal highs. He is concerned about it and he would benefit from assistance.

“He tells me he is willing to comply with a community order”. Ms Morgan produced the evidence for the theft of the legal high. She said: “On September 17, he went into the All Sorts shop in Quay Street to ask for the legal high. The assistant put it down on the counter and whilst his back was turned, Cadwallader picked it up and ran out of the store. The police were contacted and after his arrest he admitted the offence in his interview.” The Magistrates felt that this was a ‘planned spree to fund a habit’ and therefore issued a 12 week custodial sentence which will be suspended for 12 months. As part of the sentence he was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and a thinking skills programme. The Magistrates also ordered compensation of £38 to be paid to Wilkos and £30 to All Sorts, and was also told to pay an £80 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

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Pembrokeshire Leisure welcomes back school swimming

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PEMBROKESHIRE Leisure is welcoming back school swimming lessons around the county for the first time since March 2020.

Swimmers from over 20 schools will be attending in their class bubbles to enjoy learning vital water competency skills in Pembrokeshire Leisure’s six swimming pools.

In a county which is surrounded by beautiful beaches and coastline, being safe in and around water is a potentially life-saving skill.

The programme of school swimming lessons helps to achieve the Welsh national priority that every child is a swimmer by the time they leave primary school.

The National Curriculum requirement which has been designed in line with this is that every key stage 2 child should be able to:

  • Swim 25 metres with clothes on (shorts and t-shirt), then tread water for 30 seconds and demonstrate an action for getting help and move into the Heat Escape Lessening Position (H.E.L.P)
  • Demonstrate a shout and signal action to attract attention.

The first school to return was Ysgol Glannau Gwaun at Fishguard Leisure Centre and there are now 20 primary schools which will be attending swimming lessons around Pembrokeshire.

On Monday 14 th June, Coastlands County Primary School attended and their Head Teacher Sonja Groves said: “We are delighted to finally get back to swimming after such a long time away. The children were so happy to be back in the water learning and enjoying. Swimming is a vital life skill which helps to keep the children of Pembrokeshire safe in and around all types of water.”

Leisure Services Manager Gary Nicholas said: “It is fantastic to be able to safely welcome back school swimming to our facilities. Primary school aged children have missed over a years’ worth of swimming lessons and Pembrokeshire Leisure are committed to supporting the aim of every child a swimmer by age 11.

“We will continue to do this by delivering quality school swimming lessons following the Swim Wales Nofio Ysgol programme, using the Free Swimming Initiative to provide targeted sessions for the most deprived swimmers and by continuing to provide swimming lessons at all sites in our Learn to Swim programme.”

For more information about how you can book your child swimming lessons and support their journey to becoming a competent swimmer, contact your local leisure centre.

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Landmarc flies the flag at local training camp to celebrate Armed Forces Week

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TO CELEBRATE Armed Forces Week 2021 and the contribution made by local military personnel, Landmarc Support Services (Landmarc) has raised the Armed Forces Day flag at Castlemartin Training Area in Pembrokeshire.

Following an unprecedented year for the UK’s troops as they responded to the challenges raised by the pandemic, Landmarc, which manages the UK Defence Training Estate in partnership with Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), wanted to extend an extra special thank you, by flying the official Armed Forces Day flag at military training estates across the UK, including local camp, Castlemartin.

Landmarc employees were joined by Armed Forces personnel and staff from DIO to witness the raising of the flag, where it will fly proudly until Armed Forces Week comes to a close on the 28th of June.

This Armed Forces Week, Landmarc has pledged its support and sponsorship of Team Emotive in its mission to complete one of the world’s most difficult ocean rowing challenges – the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – all in the name of raising money for mental health charity, Veterans at Ease.

Made up of four Armed Forces veterans, including one Landmarc employee, Team Emotive is preparing to travel 3,000 miles from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua. Rowing two hours on, two hours off for forty days, this challenge will push the team to its limits both physically and mentally. 23 rd June 2021

In addition, Landmarc has also announced its official partnership with the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA, working together to support veterans as they transition into civilian life.

Mark Neill, Managing Director at Landmarc, comments: “Each year, every one of us at Landmarc gives thanks to our troops during this special week. As part of the 25 per cent of veterans and reservists that make up Landmarc’s workforce, I know first- hand how important this event is for morale within the Forces community.

“It’s always fantastic to see so many people and organisations come together each year for Armed Forces Week, but the events of the last fifteen months have heightened our gratitude. The efforts from our servicemen and women have been immense and impossible to ignore in the nation’s fight against COVID-19; with our own staff working alongside the military to support the demands of the training estate as it hosts troops from across the country.”

For more information on Landmarc Support Services, please visit www.landmarcsolutions.com.

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Endurance runner tackles Pembrokeshire Coast

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ENDURANCE runner Sean Conway has successfully completed his epic series of marathons in the UK’s National Parks.

On Thursday, June 17, Sean tackled the Pembrokeshire coast, running from Newport to Dinas Head and back, fuelled by sports nutrition brand ‘Grenade’.

Sean, who is from North Wales, has ran the length of Britain before but says this was the longest stretch of days where he has had to constantly do a marathon every day.

Speaking of his run in Newport, Sean said: “It was so hilly. Honestly, the weather was amazing. It wasn’t too hot and there were some nice views along the way. At Dinas Head, it was amazing looking down at the lagoons and there are some amazing rock formations.”

He took six hours to complete his marathon but there was little time for recovery as he moved on to his final run in Snowdonia the day after.

“This was my second-last marathon so my body was feeling pretty battered and I’ve had to do it fully self-supported so I was doing one run out then back to the car and then out again”, Sean added.

“With covid we’ve all been staying at home more so I wanted to show off how amazing the National Parks are.

“There will be more of us visiting as restrictions are eased but we don’t want to ruin it by being silly.”

Sean was provided with his nutrition for the runs by Grenade and he said he ‘would not have been able to survive without them’.

In the morning he would have an energy drink which contained vitamins and electrolites and he would also mix this in with his water for some of his runs.

Sean would also have protein bars to give him an extra boost as he tried to keep on top of his protein intake.

“Pembrokeshire was so scenic. When I announced the runs this was the run that stood out online and I was really looking forward to doing it. We’ll definitely be coming back soon” Sean concluded.

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