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Jail for assaulting mother

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Haverfordwest magA SON who assaulted his mother was given an 18- week custodial sentence at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Jan 14). Alex Brown, aged 21, of Sycamore Close in Milford Haven, also had his outstanding fines totalling £249 cleared and an extra 14-day jail term was imposed instead. Brown had previously pleaded not guilty in December and he was remanded in custody. A trial was set for February 4 but on Wednesday he changed his plea to guilty.

His solicitor, Gareth Lewis, told the court that his time in custody had “had a very sobering effect on him”. He also told the Magistrates: “He was given an immediate term of custody on the last occasion and he has been there since December 14. “This is his first time in custody and he has recognised the grief he has caused to his mother and he shows remorse for the whole incident.

“It has dawned on him, the dangers of legal highs, and he has recognised the effect it has had on his relationship with his mother and siblings. He has also written a letter to his brother to explain the danger of legal highs warning him of the dangers. “He has also recognised the support his mum has been giving him and he is looking to re-build bridges.

“He wants to serve a sentence and put the whole thing behind him a rebuild those bridges.” Prosecuting the case, Nick Newton said: “Alex had been smoking legal highs throughout the day and he had asked his mother for some money so he could buy more of these drugs. “She refused and Alex started shouting and he refused to let her get past him, she did try and he put his hand around her neck, she pushed him away. “She did not ring the police at this time because she thought that would be the end of the matter as Alex had stormed off into his bedroom.

“Later that night she heard Alex and his brother having an argument and she got out of bed to go and speak with Alex. “He was aggressive and threatening to smash up the house. He then kicked out at his mother connecting with her right thigh. He also hit her on the side of the face. “He then picked up a picture frame and threw it in her direction but this did not make contact with her.

“Alex then pulled a kitchen knife out of the draw and threw that towards her but that also missed. “She then called the police and officers attended at their address at around 12.30am. They formed the opinion that he was under the influence of drugs and he confirmed that he had been smoking legal highs.

“His mother has also written a victim personal statement in which she says: ‘I have had enough of Alex, I can’t cope with him any more. I have to think about my other sons and I don’t want them getting into fights either. It is not acceptable that he is hitting me in what was an unprovoked attack. I love my son but I had no choice but to call the police’.

On sentencing Brown, the Magistrates acknowledged his guilty plea but felt that a custodial sentence was appropriate. The Chairman of the bench also told him that he will have a lot of work to do if he wants to rebuild those bridges with his family once he is out. Brown was also told to pay an £80 victim surcharge for the offence.

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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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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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