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Taxi-ride thief locked up

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taxi rideA HAVERFORDWEST man was sent to prison for 14 weeks by the town’s magistrates on Wednesday.

Liam John Matthews, aged 28, of Holloway, pleaded guilty to theft, not paying a taxi fare and criminal damage.

Prosecuting, Nicholas Newton said: “All occurred in the late hours of November 23, running into the early hours of November 24. Matthews got a taxi from Prendergast to Murco petrol station near Withybush Hospital. He told the driver to wait for him while he went inside the garage. While he was in there, he stole sandwiches, milk and alcohol. He was seen by the shop assistant who shouted to him as he left without paying. He then ran from the taxi driver. The police were contacted and Matthews was found in the general area. He was also subject to an electronic tag, which he broke.

“Matthews claims he cannot remember the events due to being intoxicated. He was on a suspended prison sentence at the time of the offence, and was in breach of the order and the curfew”. Defence solicitor, Jonathan Webb said:

“Matthews breached his suspended sentence within one month. If you must activate the sentence, you must activate it today unless you feel it is unjust to do so. You then must decide is it going to be for part of the sentence or all? It is not at the top end of his offences.

“He has children, though he is not allowed contact with them, and as a result is hiding at the bottom of a bottle. When he is not intoxicated, he is the nicest person you would wish to meet. Things got on top of him and he committed petty crimes. They are not serious offences.

“This would be his first taste of a custodial environment. Please bear that in mind. I believe it will do him some good to serve this sentence – it may well be the help he needs to turn a corner”.

The magistrates told the court: “We have listened to his record and we believe Matthews has stretched the legal system to the limit. We will therefore give him four weeks imprisonment for the theft, four weeks imprisonment for making off without paying the taxi fare, and a further four weeks for the criminal damage, all to run concurrently. We are evoking the suspended sentence of 16 weeks, though are giving him credit of two weeks for the early guilty plea”.

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Pembroke Dock: Armed police ‘make arrests’

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ARMED POLICE were seen entering a flat at Arthur Street in Pembroke Dock at around 6pm on Sunday evening (Jul 5). Witnesses at the scene say they saw two people arrested in an operation involving around six police vehicles.

There are also reports that there was armed police activity at The Terrace, also in Pembroke Dock.

We have contacted the police for an official statement.

Police had left the scene by 7pm.

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Show your appreciation and thoughts for the NHS and key workers

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PEOPLE around the UK are being urged to celebrate and commemorate health, care and other essential workers this weekend to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS, says UNISON today (Thursday).

It will culminate in what is hoped to be the biggest ever clap for carers on Sunday (5 July) as the country shows its appreciation for the health service and those who have been keeping people safe throughout the pandemic.

UNISON has become a partner in the /Together coalition, which has the goal of healing divisions in society and reuniting communities over the course of the next decade. It is backed by NHS bodies, businesses, civil society organisations and celebrities.

On Saturday evening (4 July), the group is calling on everyone to commemorate coronavirus victims, whether key workers or members of the public, by putting a light or LED candle in their window to show support.

Then at 5pm on Sunday, the anniversary of the NHS’ creation, people across the UK are encouraged to join the biggest ever ‘clap for carers’ to thank all key workers, as well as safely raise a cup of tea – or a drink of their choice – with their neighbours. UNISON also hopes that everyone will act responsibly.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “As a society we’re living through troubled times, and sadly we’re not out of the woods yet. Communities and families have been devastated by the virus, which has taken too many lives, kept loved ones apart and made people fear for the future.

“But we can come together, as demonstrated by the weekly claps from our doorsteps and balconies showing our appreciation for those who’ve been keeping us safe.

“This is an opportunity to give thanks and thoughts for all those who’ve lost their lives, as well as recognising the wonders of the health service, social care sector and other essential public services.

“As the lockdown eases, we must all remain careful; behaving sensibly is vital, if the NHS is to be protected and the virus is to be kept at bay.

“This weekend is all about celebrating and showing appreciation for our wonderful NHS.”

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Broad Haven: Car overturns in wet weather on B4341

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A CAR overturned in the wet weather on the B4341 Haverfordwest to Broad Haven road on Friday evening (Jul 3).

First on the scene, local Stephen Hughes told The Herald: “I was driving along and noticed a car had overturned on the Broad Haven Road past the left turning for Tiers Cross. I stopped and checked to see if everyone as okay.

“No one was injured, and I stayed until the police arrived.”

Police directed traffic and assisted with the recovery of the vehicle.

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