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Community order for assault

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A NARBERTH man was given a 12 month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work after he pleaded guilty to a charge of ABH.mag

Andrew Feetham, aged 39, of Cox Hill appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates on Wednesday (Jan 28).

However, the Magistrates felt that awarding compensation for the victim’s injuries was not necessary in the case.

Feetham was ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £400 in court costs as the matter had previously been listed for a trial.

He had previously pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing November 18 2014.

Prosecuting the case, Vaughan Pritchard Jones said: “The photo album shows all of the injuries which include soft tissue injuries, a 3cm laceration above the left eye and he also lost one of his back teeth. The victim was in hospital for six hours. The complainant had been in a relationship with the defendant’s girlfriend. There has been a breakdown in relationships and the complainant is subject of a restraining order against his former partner. On the night of July 21 2014, the defendant had been out drinking in Narberth and as he passed the complainant’s home he saw him outside and words were exchanged. They began pushing and shoving each other and the scuffle then went inside their house through the kitchen door and into the lounge. The victim fell on to the sofa and the defendant was above him and it is at this point that the assault has occurred. He accepts that he lost his temper and threw a number of punches to the victims head and that he caused the injuries. The victim’s father was asleep upstairs but he was woken up by the commotion from downstairs and he went down and could see the defendant throwing 5-6 punches at his son. He pulled him off and pushed him out through the kitchen door. This was a sustained assault which only stopped when the father pulled him off. He says he was acting in self defense but what started as self defense went far beyond that.”

Defending, Alex Scott said: “This was an unfortunate incident but he has not been in trouble for the last 20 years. He prides himself on being a hardworking man and a good role model but this was a blot on his copybook. He is ashamed and devastating at facing these proceedings. On that night the defendant came towards him and matters spiralled out of control. He has crossed the line into excessive defense. He lost his temper and struck out. There is an extensive background and a lengthy build up to this case but this was out of character as far as he is concerned.”

The Magistrates said they had considered the background issues and they agreed that the incident was out of character.

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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