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Vodka thief says drink was spiked

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Vodka_1A MAN from Milford Haven was fined £90 for stealing a bottle of vodka, though claims he had no recollection of entering the Tesco store. Daniel McKenzie, aged 23 of St Davids Place pleaded guilty to the charge at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Jan 6). McKenzie claimed that his drink had been spiked and therefore he did not remember going in to the Tesco store in London Road in Pembroke Dock. However he did accept that he was in the store and that he was the person who stole the Vodka.

Prosecuting, Ellie Morgan said: “At 10pm on October 31, police received a call from the Tesco store on London Road, Pembroke Dock from the security guard, who had noticed a male enter the store with his face covered. “He saw him take a crate of Stella lager and a bottle of Vodka. He was about to leave the store when he was challenged by the guard. He left the crate of Stella but walked out with the bottle. “Police later found the man who still had the bottle with him with the security tag still on it.

“He told the police that he had taken the bottle of Vodka but added that he had been to a party that night and he thought his drink had been spiked.” Defending, Matt Greenish told the court: “He has no recollection of going in to the Tesco store but he has accepted that he was seen in the store. “That night was Halloween and he had drunk alcohol. He says that his drink may have been spiked. McKenzie had to be treated at Withybush Hospital as police were concerned regarding his state of health.

“He has been on a community order and he has been doing reasonably well with probation. He has had a long history before the court but that has settled down and he doesn’t take drugs or drink as much as he used to”. Probation officer Julie Norman added: “He has been under supervision since May 2014, but it is disappointing to that he is in court today”. The Magistrates gave McKenzie credit for his guilty plea and for the fact that the Probation officer had said good things about him.

He was fined £90 for the theft and also told to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and £85 in court costs. McKenzie will also have to pay £13.99 compensation for the bottle of Vodka despite the fact that it was recovered with the tag still on it.

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Five shouts in five days for Lifeboat crews at Angle

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ITS BEEN a really busy week for the crews at Angle with their first tasking to the 39 meter 300 tonne tall ship on Monday evening with engine failure and taking on water.

Crews then paged again in the early hours of Wednesday morning to a 11 meter sailing catamaran becalmed and low on fuel.

The training day Thursday was interrupted just after 12:30 PM with a tasking to a tender with three people on board that had upturned just off St Brides Haven.

Little & Broad Haven Lifeboat was also tasked along with Dale Coastguard.

Little and Broad Haven Lifeboat reached the three casualties and took them to shore where they were passed into the care of Dale Coastguard. Angle Lifeboat was stood down as it was passing through Jack’s Sound.

As the Lifeboat was returning from the shout another tasking request came through. A tanker had spotted an unmanned RIB approximately 10 miles SW of St Ann’s Head. Once on scene, after some investigation the RIB was believed to have come from a mooring and no people were missing. The Lifeboat towed the RIB back to Angle.

The Lifeboat was rehoused shortly after 4:00 PM

The 5th shout for Angle Lifeboat this week.

This was a large multi agency search.

The crew were paged at 09:35 AM to assist Tenby Lifeboats RNLI ALB and inshore Lifeboats to search for a missing person in the water following a report from a fisherman on rocks near Manorbier that he had lost sight of a person that had been rowing a dinghy toward shore and the occupant may be in the water. HM Coastguard Tenby had also been tasked to the search

The dinghy was handed over to Tenby inshore lifeboat crew after being picked up by a Range Safety boat who then brought it into the awaiting police at Manorbier Beach.

Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan and St Govans Coastguard Rescue Team had now also joined in the search for the missing person.

After several hours searching a man approached police at Manorbier, stating he’d been on the vessel off Manorbier, had got into difficulty and ended up in the water.

With the casualty now safely ashore, all units were stood down at 12:27PM.

Angle Lifeboat then headed to Tenby Harbour to pick up some sustenance, a fizzy drink and a chocolate brownie, before heading back to Angle and rehousing at 2:31PM. The lifeboat was refuelled and given a well earned wash ready for the next tasking.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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