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Guilty of ‘prolonged’ assault

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courtA MAN from Newcastle appeared in Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Wednesday to face two charges. The first was assaulting Melissa Jones on September 21, and the second was using threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour toward Sophie Puglia on the same date. Scott Younger, aged 25, pleaded guilty to both offences.

Prosecuting, Mr Vaughan Pritchard-Jones said: “Younger had gone to the Trafalgar public house in Milford Haven and was later joined by his girlfriend and her daughter, but later there was a bad atmosphere between them, and Melissa Jones left with her daughter after being accused of wanting to be with the man her daughter was talking to.

“She realised that she was being followed by Younger and was being shouted at in the street while Jones was telling Younger to ‘grow up’. Younger grabbed her by the face and punched her. She carried on walking when he grabbed her again and head-butted her.

“She continued to walk home and when they got to Lidl supermarket Sophie Puglia intervened and stood between them. Younger put his head in her face and told her to ‘stay out of it’, which she did as she was scared of being assaulted.

“The defendant has pleaded guilty to the assault on Miss Jones, though not guilty to threatening Miss Puglia, and changed his plea to guilty later on.

“There would be no point in a restraining order as Jones is back in a relationship with Younger”.

Defence solicitor, Michael Kelleher said: “Younger recalls very little about this incident. He pleaded guilty immediately and feels ashamed about what has happened”.

“Any suggestion that he is in denial of this offence is wrong. He has accepted what he has done and is extremely sorry. Younger is now in a relationship with Jones and she is now his fiancée.”

The chairman of the Bench told Younger: “This is a very serious assault and was prolonged. We know the distance from The Trafalgar to Lidl”.

Magistrates fined Younger a total of £210 to pay in 28 days and granted a custodial order of supervision for 24 months. He must also undertake 150 hours of unpaid work and undertake IDAP (Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme).

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Public should ‘be alert’ as flood water causes disruption across Wales

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NATURAL RESOURCES WALES is warning people to be alert as flood water causes disruption across Wales.

Coastal areas in west Wales have taken a battering, with Newgale flooding again.

The situation is stabilising, and river levels have started to peak but there are still warnings and alerts in place, and Natural Resources Wales are continuing to monitor the situation.

There are currently 2 Severe Weather Warnings, 83 Flood Warnings and 63 flood alerts in place across Wales.

Donna Littlechild, Duty Tactical Manger said: “Storm Dennis has caused significant impacts across Wales particularly in the south and west, from strong winds and heavy, persistent rain. With further rain forecast for the next few hours, we are urging people to heed advice from ourselves and emergency services.

“Our teams have been out day and night over the last 48 hours to reduce the risk to people and their homes. We have installed temporary defences to protect communities as much as possible, as well as deploying pumps, closing flood gates and supporting emergency services.

“Our thoughts are with those people who have been affected as we know how devastating flooding can be. If you’ve been affected, please keep safe and listen to the advice of the emergency services. Advice and information available about what to do if you’ve been flooded in available on our website”

People are advised to take extra care and allow extra time for their journey as driving conditions may be hazardous. People should also avoid walking or driving through any flood waters as it can be extremely dangerous. People should also avoid fast flowing rivers and streams as they could get swept away and avoid coastal areas.

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes and are available to view at www.naturalresources.wales/flooding

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Farmer Sean Burns has been given a 20 weeks custodial sentence

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THE FARMER behind the ‘farm of horrors’, Bramble Hall Farm, in Pembroke has been sent to prison following a sentencing hearing this morning.

Sean Burns has been given a 20 weeks custodial sentence, to commence immediately, for illegal dog breeding, animal welfare charges and other summary matters.

He was given an indefinite ban from keeping animals (which by virtue of the legal definition includes having any involvement or influence over the care or welfare of animals),

No costs were awarded against him due to prison sentence being instigated.

The date for the sentencing in Crown Court for operating an illegal slaughterhouse, related hygiene offences, supply of unsafe food and animal by-product offence is currently awaited.

The hearing took place in front of District Judge Chris James at Swansea Magistrates’ Court

FULL REPORT IN TOMORROW’S HERALD

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Rear windscreen smashed, Haverfordwest

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating after a car window was smashed in Haverfordwest.

The red Volkswagen Golf was parked in Castle Lake car park, near to the steps to Castle Square, when the damage to the rear windscreen was caused. A rock was found in the car.

The incident took place sometime between 7.30am and 6pm on Saturday, February 8.

Anyone with information is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote ref: DPP/0029/12/02/2020/01/C

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