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Tenby: Company director jailed for drunken assault on paramedic

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statue_2689572bDRUNKEN company director from London who assaulted and abused the female paramedic who tried to help him when he passed out after a stag night has been jailed for 15 months.

Samantha Dalton, 36, was trying to assist 33-year-old James Richardson when she found him face down and unresponsive after a stag do in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

The paramedic and her colleagues had physically carried him to the ambulance and taken him to Withybush General Hospital before he lashed out.

Richardson then grabbed shocked Mrs Dalton by the arm and told her: ‘I want to ram my c*** up your punani,’ the Old Bailey heard.

Company director James Richardson, at the Old Bailey.

Company director James Richardson, at the Old Bailey.

Mrs Dalton, who has worked for the Welsh Ambulance Service for 13 years, said it was the most ‘horrible and disgusting’ experience in her time as a paramedic.

Richardson, who ran a family firm providing building maintenance for estate agents, was spared jail in 2013 for glassing a senior sales negotiator in a Chelsea nightclub.

He launched the unprovoked attack on 37-year-old Edward Peers during an after-work drink on King’s Road leaving his victim with 22 stitches.

But Judge Rebecca Poulet, QC, activated 15 months of a 20-month suspended sentence after Richardson pleaded guilty to a public order offence and common assault.

‘She had carried you to the ambulance and in return she and the others were kicked at and embarrassed by you,’ she told bespectacled Richardson.

‘Mrs Dalton was shocked, dismayed and disgusted. It was the worst conduct she had ever experienced working as a paramedic for 13 years.’

Prosecutor Catherine Picardo said Richardson had been drinking at a stag party on the night of 14 June 2014.

Mrs Dalton was in the middle of a 12-hour night shift when she was called out to his friend’s address in the early hours of the morning.

‘The defendant was heavily intoxicated and had fallen flat on his face and appeared to be bleeding from the nose,’ the prosecutor said.

‘Mrs Dalton and her colleagues placed him in the ambulance with some difficulty, he was incoherent and was combative.’

Ricardson was taken to hospital and put on a trolley where he urinated despite being offered a receptacle to use.

‘He was struggling to get up off the trolley and the medical team were trying to take blood, but that was proving to be very difficult,’ Ms Picardo continued.

‘He was extremely aggressive and said “get away from me you f***ers”.’

Richardson then grabbed Mrs Dalton by the wrist causing her pain and reddening and launched a torrent of abuse described by his victim as ‘disgusting’.

He said ‘I want to f*** you’, ‘I want to explore you’, ‘I want to get my c*** up you’ and ‘I want to ram my c*** in your punani’.

Richardson also kicked out at her in an attempt to get her away from the trolley.

‘When officers arrived the defendant was still aggressive and swore at the police as well,’ the prosecutor added.

He later made full and frank admissions to police and apologised for his ‘disgusting’ behaviour.

Richardson, of Capital House, Michael Road, Fulham, southwest London, admitted a public order offence and common assault.

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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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