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Drunk man fined

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A NIGHT out in Haverfordwest led to a man being fined for disorderly behaviour on Tuesday (Feb 10).Haverfordwest mag

Mark David Rees, aged 45, of Dew Street, pleaded guilty to the charge, which followed a late night disturbance at a local Indian restaurant.

Prosecutor, Vaughan Pritchard- Jones said: “At around 1.30am, the complainant heard a banging noise and went to investigate. He found the defendant trying to open the door with a hammer, and making gestures through the glass. The police arrived quickly on the scene and the defendant ran off.

“Police gave chase and arrested him. When interviewed, the defendant stated that he had no recollection of the incident due to the amount he had had to drink.”

Mr. Pritchard-Jones added that the defendant had two criminal convictions, the most recent in 1994, and two more recent cautions for drug-related offences.

Defence Solicitor Mike Kelleher said that his client was ‘extremely embarrassed’ to appear in court. He has lived next to the restaurant for two-and-a-half years, and has no idea what he was doing.’ He said that it was not clear whether Rees used a hammer on the door, but pointed out that no damage was inflicted. He added that Rees, and unemployed contractor, was due to start work on a shutdown in April.

Magistrates took Rees’ early guilty plea into account, and fined him £75. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.

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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 is 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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Warrant without bail issued for Milford Haven man who failed to attend court

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A WARRANT without bail has been issued for a Milford Haven man who failed to appear in court yesterday.

Gareth James Mann, 45, of Bunkers Hill was stopped in his VW Golf on October 31, 2020 in Milford Haven.

Mann is accused of driving without a licence, insurance, under the influence of cocaine and whilst in possession of an ounce of cannabis.

Police are now instructed to find Mann, arrest him and bring him before the courts.

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Pembroke Dock: Trial date set in historical rape case

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A 69-YEAR-OLD man, charged with nine counts of raping a girl under the age of 16 in Pembroke Dock, will stand trial at Swansea Crown Court in September.

The alleged historical offences took place in the 1980s, the court heard.

Barry Arthur Lake, lately of Abinger Road, Carswood, St Helens, is accused of three counts of raping a child in each of these years: 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989.

He appeared at a plea and directions hearing on April 14, to confirm his name and address, and where he entered not guilty pleas.

Lake was bailed on the condition that he did not contact, directly or indirectly, certain named people, and that he did not enter an address in Pembroke Dock.

Further he must not contact anyone under 18 without supervision.

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