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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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Coronavirus patient being treated at Withybush intensive care unit, say staff

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STAFF working at Withybush General Hospital in Haverfordwest have confirmed that there is a patient in intensive care suffering from Covid-19.

A Health Board spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “COVID-19 is circulating in our communities and our hospitals are not exempt from this.

“An enormous amount of planning and preparations have taken place in our hospitals and they are set-up to care for both patients who have COVID-19 and those who don’t. Patients will be signposted appropriately through our hospitals.”

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Covid-19 grants for small businesses now being distributed

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’S Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, Paul Miller, has announced that payments to businesses started today (April 1).
Said Councillor Miller: “The team have been working flat out to get this scheme up and running as we know just how important this support is to business right now.
“Government promised the money would be with us by the 1st April and, now that the first tranche of cash has arrived, we have started distributing that support to our businesses.
“We undertook a short test run yesterday to make sure the system was running correctly and from today we are running daily payment runs so that as many can be processed in the shortest possible time.”

The following grants are available to small businesses to support the costs associated with the impact of Covid-19 on their businesses as follows;
• small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief;
• grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
Councillor Miller added “I know our local businesses are doing all they can to sustain jobs and livelihoods. Our job is to get assistance to them as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

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The Country Food Trust’s helping hand

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Yesterday The Country Food Trust’s amazing Trustee and chef Tim Maddams drove from Dorset to West Wales and, with the help of Founding Trustee Andrew Stone, loaded his van with all the ready meals that we have left and went out on his first delivery run.

He delivered over 1,000 meals to Patch Charity in Milford Haven, run by the amazing Tracey Olin before returning home to Dorset.

Tracey Olin said “We are overwhelmed with the amazing donation from The Country Food Trust. We always struggle most with having meat meals. This will help so many people. Meeting Tim Maddams was also lovely”.

A spokes person for The Country Food Trust said “Big thanks to Simon Hart MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire and Secretary of State for Wales for alerting us to the need at this amazing charity.”

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