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‘Worst jaw break I ever seen’ ways judge

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crowncourtA NARBERTH football club player suffered the most badly broken jaw a judge had ever seen after he was attacked outside a local pub.

Christopher Weatherall, aged 30, was jailed for 20 months today after he admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm to Callum O’Connell.
Swansea Crown Court heard how Mr O’Connell, aged 21, had been socialising with fellow players in the Farmer’s Arms, Narberth, after a match on August 8 last year.
Craig Jones, prosecuting, said Weatherall, of Washington Terrace, Monkton, Pembroke, was there on a stag night before his brother’s wedding.
A scuffle broke out involving Weatherall and one of Mr O’Connell’s friends and he stepped in to separate them.
The group moved outside and what happened next was caught by a CCTV camera and the footage played in court.
Weatherall suddenly punched Mr O’Connell in the face, breaking his jaw in two places, and then kicked him as he tried to get off the floor.
Weatherall then held up his arms in triumph as a mass melee broke out.
“General disorder followed,” said Mr Jones.
Mr O’Connell was taken to Swansea’s Morriston Hospital where he was operated on under general anaesthetic.
The judge, Mr Recorder P.A.Hopkins, said he had studied photographs of his injuries and considered the broken jaw to be the worst he had ever seen, although it appeared he had made a good recovery.
Weatherall gave himself up to police the following day after being told they wanted to speak to him.
His barrister, David Williams, said his reaction to being told about the damage he had caused was to say he was “absolutely gutted. I can’t believe it happened.”
Mr Williams said others had either been charged or would be charged for their roles in the violence that was filmed outside the pub.
Mr Recorder Hopkins said he noted that Weatherall’s criminal record included three offences of battery.
He told the seasonal deck hand, “There’s a violent streak in you.
“This attack had a devastating impact on Mr O’Connell. It was followed by a disgusting and repugnant show of triumphalism,” he added.
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Postmaster and politicians welcome Goodwick cash machine U-turn

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GOODWICK post office will now be keeping its ATM, after a U-turn by Post Office Ltd.

The machine was due to be removed within months with the post master, Jon Moverley saying that it would be a disaster for the village.

If the ATM had been removed, there would have been just two 24-hour ATMs serving the whole of Fishguard and Goodwick in the short term and three when the Co-op renovations are completed.

Both politicians and local residents then got behind the campaign to keep the ATM

Pembrokeshire politicians Paul Davies and Stephen Crabb have welcomed the news that Goodwick post office is now set to keep its ATM facility. Following representations made by both politicians to the Post Office, it’s now been confirmed that Goodwick Post Office will be included in the rollout of ATM machines across the post office network.

Mr Davies said “This is really welcome news. I’m pleased that the Post Office has listened to the representations made by the local community and decided to retain the ATM at Goodwick post office. The facility is so important for local people and businesses and it’s great that that’s been recognised and the Post Office has committed to keeping it.”

Following the Post Office’s decision to invest in Goodwick’s ATM rather than remove it, Stephen Crabb MP, who campaigned for the ATM to stay, commented: “It’s great news that the Post Office has overturned its own decision and will be keeping an ATM machine in Goodwick.

“Access to cash continues to be incredibly important for a number of people and businesses and I’m pleased to have played my part in working with John from the Post Office in Goodwick, Paul Davies MS and the wider community to highlight the ATMs importance to the area. It shows what can be achieved when we work together.”

The postmaster described the news as ‘brilliant’. Mr Moverley thanked supporters.

He said “Many thanks to all of you who have used the machine and complained to POL about the removal. We were also supported by our MP, MS and mayor, the National Federation of Sub-postmasters and our Chamber of Trade.

“Everyone did their bit, and it says an enormous amount about the strength of the community and what we can do when we work together.”

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Judith Rhead murder: Police appeal to public for information

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE can confirm it is appealing for information after the death of a 68-year-old woman from Pembroke Dock.

Judith Rhead’s body was discovered in a property in Market Street on Saturday, February 20.

Dale Morgan, aged 43, has been charged with her murder and was remanded into custody on Thursday (Feb 25).

Morgan is due to appear at Swansea Crown Court tomorrow, police have confirmed.

A spokesman said: “The force has set up an online portal where the public can share any information they feel might help investigators with their enquiries.

“Specifically, police would like to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to Judith between November 2020 and February 2021.”

Detectives said that they would also like to speak to anyone who has information about Dale Morgan’s movements on February 19 or 20, or who believes they have other information that could assist the investigation.

To share information to the police via the portal, please click here.

Alternatively, you can also contact the force by calling the non-emergency number, 101.

 

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PM backs Crabb’s calls for CPR lessons in schools

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PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has backed Preseli MP Stephen Crabb’s calls for CPR to be taught in schools in Wales.

Following a letter signed by Stephen Crabb which aimed to introduce CPR and lifesaving skills to the Welsh curriculum, Prime Minister Boris Johnson added his support to the campaign during today’s Prime Minister’s Questions (Feb 24).

Responding to a question in the Chamber from a colleague, the Prime Minister said: “I agree very much about the importance of learning CPR. That is why we introduced it into the curriculum for all state funded schools in England.”

However, as education is a devolved matter, the decision as to whether to introduce CPR into the Welsh curriculum lies with the Welsh Government in Cardiff and the Prime Minister added: “I share his urgency that the policy should be adopted in Wales as well.”

Commenting after the Prime Minister pledged his support towards the campaign in Wales, Stephen Crabb said: “Basic CPR lifesaving skills could play an important role in helping unexpected cardiac deaths across Wales.

“For the Welsh Government to continually say no to the idea feels wrong and could put lives at risk.

“I’m pleased the Prime Minister supports this campaign and I will continue to work with colleagues in the Senedd to ensure these skills are taught to the children of Wales.”

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