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Woman admits dog was out of control

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courtA WOMAN from Goodwick appeared in Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday to face a charge of allowing her dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place and cause injury.

Teresa Carlisle, aged 62, of Tresissilt, pleaded not guilty to her Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross biting Christopher Thomas on his leg while walking along a public footpath with his partner.

Prosecuting, Peter Lloyd told Magistrates:

“The public footpath runs past the defendant’s house and goes down to the beach. Thomas had said that and his partner had gone for a walk along the footpath. A dog began to run towards them. Thomas’ partner grabbed his arm while the dog was barking a bearing its teeth at them. Carlisle called her dog to come back by the name of ‘Della’, and ran toward her instead.

“Within seconds of it running back to her, it returned to Thomas. It was snarling, running around and Thomas was frightened. The dog bit his left knee and shouted out ‘It’s bitten me’. Carlisle shouted back ‘My dog doesn’t bite’.

“Thomas had a hole in his trousers and had a bruise to his leg. Photographs of this were taken by Angela Evans, Thomas’ partner. Carlisle does not accept that a bite had taken place and says the dog jumps up on occasions and says the dog’s claw could have done it”.

Mr Lloyd added: “We do not need to prove a bit. It is still an offence as the dog caused an injury”.

Christopher Thomas was then called to give evidence. He was handed a map of the footpath and surrounding buildings, which he had to mark where he was when the dog allegedly bit him.

Thomas told the court: “I had a wet stain and small holes from the dog’s teeth”.

Briony Angela Evans, the second witness, was then called in to give evidence after Thomas. Evans was also given a map and marked it almost identically to Thomas. The evidence Evans gave was almost identical to that given by Thomas.

PC Holloway also gave a statement in court, which reflected the evidence given by Evans and Thomas.

Defence solicitor, Christopher Austins asked Carlisle to give her side of the story. Carlisle told the court:

“I was standing outside the back door mixing up two horse feeds. I had my head down and I heard barking. Della always barks when somebody is coming. I looked up and I couldn’t see her. I took two strides to see if there was anybody there. The yard was empty except for this couple and I was immediately anxious and thought ‘It’s them’”.

“Della was running around, she wasn’t particularly aggressive. I called her back and she ran again. It’s what any other dog would do. They also state she was barking, snarling and bearing her teeth. Dogs can’t do that all at the same time. She was barking and running around.

“The distance between us was about 75 feet. I didn’t see her do anything. I wanted to get her back because I know they don’t like her. She must have jumped up. She used to do it a lot but not so much now” and added “I’m certain she didn’t bite him”.

Austins asked how she was certain, Carlisle said: “At the time I was certain because I didn’t see anything”.

Lloyd asked Carlisle: “In physical terms, when Della is out of sight, do you have any control?”

After avoiding the question, Carlisle admitted she did not.

Lloyd added: “In terms of seeing what happened, were you able to see as far as 75 feet?”

Carlisle said “Yes, 75 feet isn’t that far”. Carlisle continued to talk about how friendly her dog is, though Lloyd reminded her that she is only stating her experience with the dog.

Lloyd asked Carlisle: “Do you accept that your dog injured Mr Thomas?”, to which she replied

“Depends on what you call an injury. He could have had a bruise already”.

Upon Lloyd asking Carlisle: “You know full well Mr Thomas was bitten”, Carlisle raised her voice in saying “No”.

Lloyd also told the court: “Saying her dog doesn’t bite, doesn’t mean it didn’t bite”. Magistrates fined Carlisle £650 prosecution cost, £200 fine, £20 victim surcharge and had to pay Thomas £50 compensation. The dog must also be kept under control, be on a lead and wear a muzzle in a public place for the next 12 months.

Carlisle made a fuss about her dog being kept on a lead and muzzle stating: “It will make her an angry dog. I’ve had dogs all my life, you don’t understand”.

Magistrates added: “I think Miss Carlisle should consider how close we came today to passing a destruction order on Della”.

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Boris Johnston being treated in intensive care after ‘condition worsens’

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BORIS JOHNSON is being treated in intensive care after his condition worsened yesterday, with Downing Street warning that the Prime Minister may need to be put on a ventilator as he fights off coronavirus infection.

He was transferred to an intensive care unit at around 7pm yesterday on the advice of doctors after being taken to St Thomas’ Hospital for treatment just under 24 hours earlier.

Mr Johnson was conscious on admission to intensive care, Downing Street said, and asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to stand in for him.
“Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus,” a spokesman said in a statement issued at 8.10pm.
“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.
“The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.
“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”

The news sparked a flood of well-wishes on social media, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeting: “My thoughts are with the PM and his family – sending him every good wish.”

The news followed mounting questions over whether Mr Johnson was well enough to continue leading the government, with Number 10 insisting he remained in overall charge of efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

The Prime Minister posted on twitter at 1.20pm that he was in “good spirits and keeping in touch with my team”. But in a sign of the seriousness of his condition, Mr Raab – who chaired the daily coronavirus ‘war cabinet’ yesterday morning – admitted he had not spoken to Mr Johnson since Saturday.

It comes as the latest official figures showed 5,373 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, as of 5pm on Sunday – an increase of 439 on the previous day.

Foreign Office Minister James Duddrige appeared to call on the Prime Minister to stand back from his duties to recover, posting on twitter: “Take care boss. Get well.
Come back fighting. But for now rest, look after yourself and let the others do the heavy lifting.”

And Mental Health Minister Nadine Dorries, who herself recovered from coronavirus, said many of its sufferers would be “felled” by symptoms of fatigue and fever.

At yesterday’s daily press briefing on coronavirus, Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty declined to say, under repeated questioning from journalists, whether it was appropriate for the Prime Minister to lead the government from a hospital bed.

Prof Whitty insisted he was “absolutely not going to discuss any individual patient,” and said he was not Mr Johnson’s physician.
But he later added that some patients of his were able to “handle massively complicated things from their hospital beds”.

The Prime Minister first experienced symptoms and was confirmed as having coronavirus last Thursday, with his cough and high temperature continuing for 11 days.
Having previously been described as “mild”, Downing Street said yesterday that his cough and fever were “persistent”.

Mr Raab said the Prime Minister had “a comfortable night” at St Thomas’, across the River Thames from parliament, where he was taken at around 8pm on Sunday.

The decision was made on the advice of Mr Johnson’s private doctors and was a precautionary measure to undergo tests, and not an emergency admission.

But his official spokesman did not deny reports that the Prime Minister had been given oxygen, and would not comment on whether he was being treated for pneumonia.

Coronavirus patients not being allowed visitors in hospital, but Downing Street said a ministerial red box with official papers had been delivered to the Prime Minister’s hospital bed – despite Downing Street saying Mr Johnson would “follow the advice the same as anybody else”.

A report in Russian media that the Prime Minister had already been put on a ventilator was dismissed as “fake news”.

Downing Street insisted it had been “transparent throughout” about Mr Johnson’s health, and would communicate any change in the Prime Minister’s condition to the public.

In his twitter post yesterday afternoon, Mr Johnson wrote: “I’d like to say thank you to all the brilliant NHS staff taking care of me and others in this difficult time. You are the best of Britain.
“Stay safe everyone, and please remember to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.”

At the daily coronavirus press conference in Downing Street, Mr Raab said ministers and officials were continuing to work “full throttle” to ensure the Prime Minister’s instructions were implemented.
“He’s in charge, but he’ll continue to take doctors’ advice on what to do next,” he said.

Mr Johnson had been expected to leave isolation on Friday, with the pound trading lower on currency markets over fears about the impact that his extended absence from Number 10 could have on the response to the coronavirus outbreak.

His fiancée Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, revealed on Saturday that she was recovering after also contracting the virus.

Earlier, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said it would be “hellish” for Mr Johnson to be in hospital at the peak of the crisis.
Asked by the BBC’s Today programme whether the Prime Minister should give up control of the government to focus on his recovery, Mr Blair said: “I’m not going to second guess them on that.

He knows the state of his own condition and he will be judging it carefully himself, I’m sure.”

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the Cabinet “hope and expect [the Prime Minister can get back to Number 10 very soon”.

Mr Jenrick told Today: “He has worked phenomenally hard, as have many people across the country. This has been a uniquely intense period and I know for him personally it will be very frustrating that he has had to go to hospital to have these tests.

“He will want to be back in No 10 leading from the front, which is his way. But he remains in charge of the government; he will be updated regularly in hospital, as he has been as he’s self-isolating.”

Meanwhile, the Labour MP for Rochdale Tony Lloyd, who served as shadow Scottish Secretary during the final months of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, has been admitted to
Manchester Royal Infirmary for treatment of coronavirus.In a statement issued by the Labour Party, Mr Lloyd’s family said he was “stable and responding to the treatment and dedicated care that he is receiving from the brilliant doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff.”

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Cemeteries re-open to public

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Following the issuing of revised guidance by Welsh Government
yesterday evening (Friday, 3 rd April), all 11 of Pembrokeshire County
Council-owned cemeteries will be re-opened to members of the public
from 8 am tomorrow, Sunday, 5 th April.

The grounds of Parc Gwyn Crematorium in Narberth will now also be
accessible at their normal hours (10 am to 5 pm) although the Chapel
of Remembrance will remain closed until further notice.  

Welsh Government is in the process of making amendments to the
Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions Wales) Regulations 2020
which clarify the arrangements for funerals and crematoriums.
This includes the revision that cemeteries can remain open but social
distancing must be taken into account.

The list of persons who may attend a funeral – namely members of
the deceased’s household, close family, and a friend (only if no
household or family members were attending) plus carers of persons
attending – is also being changed.

The revised legislation states: ‘This will now include the person
arranging the funeral and anyone invited by that person (or any carer
of any of those persons) who may attend a funeral (and will be
considered to have a reasonable excuse for leaving their homes).’
The numbers of mourners attending funerals at Parc Gwyn
Crematorium or burials in any Pembrokeshire County Council-owned
cemeteries remains unchanged at 12.

The Council’s 11 cemeteries are:
 Rosemarket
 Llangwm
 Freystrop
 St Ishmaels
 City Road, Haverfordwest
 Nolton Haven
 Llanfair Nanty Gof (Trecwn)
 Llanwnda
 Llanion, Pembroke Dock
 Monkton
 St Michael’s, Pembroke.

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Childcare for children aged 0-4 of critical workers

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Following the announcement today (Monday 6th April) made by the
Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, funding is being
provided to each Local Authority in Wales to support the cost of
Childcare for children 0-4 years of Critical Workers and also
vulnerable children who also need to access registered childcare. 

From today, Critical Workers with children aged 0-4 years will be able
to access childcare at a registered setting at no cost.

To make this funding possible, The Welsh Government has had to
suspend the Childcare Offer for Wales with immediate effect.

Applications are now closed and all children who were due start on
the Childcare Offer this April will be cancelled until further notice.

However, The Welsh Government will continue to pay booked hours
for children who are currently participating in the Childcare Offer until
mid-June 2020, with a review to be undertaken at the end of that
period.   

Pembrokeshire County Council will manage all bookings for the
Critical Workers childcare Offer.

To access this, you must register your child with Pembrokeshire
County Council.

For more information and to register please visit: 
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-guidance/childcare-provision-for-children-of-critical-workers-and-vulnerable-children

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