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Drunk man asked couple for a ‘threesome’

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courtA MAN from Crosshands admitted a drunken, common assault at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Nicholas Luke Flint, age 22, of Norton Road, Pen-y-groes, pleaded guilty to beating David Tripp on a drunken night out, at a Pembrokeshire holiday park. Mr Vaughn Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, told the court: “At around 11.30pm on a September 28, Mr David Tripp, a 48-year-old civil servant was staying at Kiln Park with his girlfriend. They walked into the leisure complex of Kiln Park. There was a group of men standing in the foyer, of which the defendant was one.

“One of the men shouted ‘Hey mate!’. The defendant said to him and to his girlfriend: ‘Do you want a threesome?’. Mr Tripp was surprised and said ‘What?’. The defendant confirmed what he said again: ‘A threesome.’ Mr Tripp continued to walk into the centre, telling the defendant, perhaps unwisely, to ‘**** ***’.

“The man ran after him and punched him once, connecting with the left hand side of his temple, causing glasses to be pushed into his face, and had a small cut on the bridge of his nose as a result of being punched. He didn’t retaliate, just stepped back and walked away.”

“The police attended, and Mr Flint was arrested and interviewed. He stated he didn’t remember much as he had been watching Swansea play football and had consumed a lot of alcohol. He had little recollection of events after the match. He does accept that he remembers punching the man. He says he punched him as he had been annoying him all night.”

“Aggravating features in this case seem to be an unprovoked attack under the heavy influence of alcohol. The offence was committed while subject to a community order.”

Defending solicitor, Mike Kelleher said: “You have the previous convictions and there are none for violence. My job is made difficult as the defendant cannot remember what has happened. The defendant appears to have punched the victim and he accepts that he did it, he also accepted it in interview.

“The injuries are not serious, a small cut and a black eye. In the circumstances I ask you to find that this is in the lower end of the scale. You may care to deal with this by way of a financial penalty, or if you feel the actions of the victims have not helped then you may consider a conditional discharge.”

The chairman of the bench told the defendant: “This didn’t seem to be a particularly pleasing event for the victim, Mr Tripp. Therefore we are going to award him compensation of £50 for the cut. We will give you a conditional discharge for a period of 12 months.

“You will not be further punished for this offence but if you commit further offences in the next 12 months you will then be re-sentenced for this offence. We will award costs of £150, which will be added to your current outstanding fines of £625. We will deduct the new fine from your benefits at a rate of £5 per week.”

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Welsh Deputy Minister visits New Farm Shop

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Pictured : Julie Morgan AM

A new farm and produce shop on the Scolton Manor estate outside Haverfordwest has been visited by a Welsh Government Minister.

Julie Morgan AM – Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care – called at the shop to see the Welsh Government’s Intermediate Care Fund (ICF) in action.

The shop provides work experience, training and supported employment opportunities in retail and customer service for people with learning disabilities, disabilities and autism.

It is an addition to Pembrokeshire County Council’s existing supported employment offer through Norman Industries, the Authority’s sheltered employment factory in Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest.

The shop is the result of partnership working involving Workways+ and Experience for Industry – both funded by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government – Norman Industries and the management and staff at the Council-run Scolton Manor attraction.

The shop, which opened just a few weeks ago, will be supplying the public with fresh produce from the walled gardens at Scolton Manor, local meats, produce, tea and coffee.

It also provides a retail outlet for some of the arts, crafts and products made at Norman Industries.

Over the coming months the shop will also be supplying chutneys made by participants and employees at the supported employment café in Milford leisure centre ‘Caffi Man Cwrdd’.

The Deputy Minister was welcomed by County Councillor Tessa Hodgson, the Authority’s Cabinet Member for Social Services.

The farm shop has been partially resourced and staffed through some of the £400,000 ICF money allocated to expand supported employment opportunities regionally.

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Haverfordwest: Police promise extra patrols for GCSE results night

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THERE will be an increased police presence in Haverfordwest tonight, in response to an anticipated influx of young people who will be celebrating their GCSE results.

Parents are being asked to go over their child’s plan for the evening, before they head out. Sergeant Haydon Mathias is overseeing the operation.

He said: “It’s a big day for teenagers, and we understand they want to celebrate after all of their hard work.

“We’ll be there to make sure they do that safely, and without disrupting others.

“This is usually a busy night for us, and historically we have seen crime and anti-social behaviour rise. You’ll notice my team out and about from early this evening to stop that happening. They’ll be seizing alcohol from anyone they suspect is under the age of 18, and dealing with any other issues that arise.

“We’re asking parents to take the reins and discuss plans before your child goes out. Make sure you know where they’re celebrating, who they’re with, and how they’re getting home. It’s useful to make sure your child’s phone is fully charged, in case of an emergency.

“I encourage anyone with concerns to come and speak to an officer or Police Community Support Officer around the town, or contact Dyfed-Powys Police.”

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Llangwm Church Donation Box Stolen

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St Jerome’s Church: Second theft in a year!

 

A DONATION box has been stolen from a village church, the second theft from the historic building in a year.

The donation box at St Jerome’s Church, Llangwm, is believed to have been taken in the last few weeks.

The box is usually kept next to the Talking Tapestry of Langum, a project which tells the story of the village’s origin with the invasion of the Flemish in the 12th century and its later history.

Pamela Hunt of Heritage Llangwm said: “This theft is the second from St. Jerome’s in a year.

“If anyone has seen or knows anything, then please let the police know.

“If they feel unable to do that, but would like to contact us at St Jerome’s Church, then email info@heritagellangwm.org.uk

“We will treat your contact in the strictest confidence.”

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