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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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Pembroke: Leave teenage girls alone, sex offender told

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A SEX OFFENDER from Ashdale Lane, Pembroke has been jailed for repeatedly ignoring court orders which were put in place to protect young girls.
Gareth Thomas James Flynn, aged 41, frightened a 14-year-old girl who refused to get off a bus in case he managed to find out where she lived.
41-year-old Gareth Thomas James Flynn scared a 14-year-old girl because she refused to get of a bus, frightened he would learn her address.
He admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was jailed today for a year.
Sitting at Swansea Crown Court, Judge Geraint Walters berated the defendant.  His Honour said that Flynn had shown a complete disregard for the original SHPO.
The judge said: “Leave teenage girls alone. They are scared of you”
He told Flynn he would be on licence for 12 months after his release from prison, and he reminded him that the SHPO remained in place.

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Narberth: ‘My mum’s camper was stolen and found burned out down the road’

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A CAMPER VAN stolen on Thursday night in Narberth was found burned a short distance from where it was parked, the owner’s son has said.

Zachary Bunce posted an appeal on Facebook on Friday morning saying: “Can every single one of my friends please share this my mother’s Ford transit campervan was stolen last night in the Narberth area can people please be on the lookout for this van as my mother is completely heartbroken.”

But three hours later he updated the post to say: “Thank you everyone who shared, sadly my mums van was driven 1.3 miles down the road and driven into a ditch and burnt it out.

Mr Bunce has said on that the incident has been captured on CCTV, and took place at 2.10am in the morning (Jan 24).
Anyone with any information should contact the police on 101.

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Hook: Police and school confirm death of boy, 13

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POLICE are investigating the sudden death of a 13-year-old boy from Hook on Wednesday (Jan 22)

A police spokesman told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy, from the Hook area of Pembrokeshire.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. Next of kin have been advised and are being supported.”

A letter was sent out to parents and carers by Haverfordwest High VC School headteacher Jane Harries following the death. The letter reads: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you about the sudden death of a year nine pupil at our school.

“The children in Year nine were told this morning by myself and other pupils were told by their teachers during their lesson this afternoon. The full detail surrounding the death are not known at this stage – but children have been reassured that this is something that does not happen very often. Your child may or may not want to talk bout it, but it is likely that he/she will need your special care, attention and reassurance at this difficult time.

“We are deeply affected by the death, but we are trying, for the children’s sake, to keep the school as normal as possible over the coming days, whilst allowing the children opportunities to talk about the pupil if they wish to. Trained support staff and counsellors are helping to support us through this difficult time. If you feel that your child needs extra support, please let us know.

“Our thoughts are with the pupil’s family at this difficult time, and the whole school community sends them our sincerest sympathy and support. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s achievement leader, or Miss Thomas, pastoral support manager. Paul Lucas, chairman of the governing body at Haverfordwest High VC School, said: “The governors are shocked at the tragic loss of this young student. The family are in our thoughts at this very sad time.”

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