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‘Worst pub’ can stay open, but landlady must go



worst pubA MILFORD HAVEN pub, described as one of the worst in the Dyfed-Powys force area, has had new licensing conditions imposed following a review at Pembrokeshire County Council.

Last week the committee heard evidence from the Licensing Officer Nigel Hayes who said: “The Alma Hotel has a history of long and persistent abuse of the licensing laws.”

In a report read to the stunned committee Sgt James said: “Lives could be lost if the situation remains unchanged”.

In a report published by the council this week it says: “The problems at the pub are as a result of poor management. Designated Premises Supervisor (Debbie Haughey) will be removed; and modifications of the conditions of the licence have been issued.

The premises will now be opening from 11am and will close at 11.30pm; everyone under 25 will be asked for ID under the challenge 25 policy; the DPS is to participate in any Pubwatch or similar appropriate schemes; a notice advising that anti-social, drunken and quarrelsome behaviour will result in persons being banned from the premises for no less than six months will be displayed; and a bound incidents and issues book to be retained at the premises and available to officers upon request.

The Licensing Committee said in their report: “In making this decision, we are satisfied that the licensing objectives are appropriately promoted, and that the interests of the wider community are addressed; and that its decision is an appropriate and proportionate response”.

Alma landlady Debbie Haughey, who is now out of a job, told The Herald: “I am very disappointed at the committee’s decision as I feel that the police had no real concrete evidence for removing me as the landlady.”

Debbie Haughey continued: “What I find very disturbing is that someone can lose their business and their home based on hearsay and suspicion.

Perhaps this process needs to be looked into so this cannot happen to someone else in the future.”

Ms. Haughey continued: “I would like to thank the licensing authority for taking on board my policies and practices; however I am disappointed to see that on serious issues people will not be banned for life as this policy is currently in place. On my departure I would really like to see the Pubwatch or “BOB” scheme reintroduced in Milford Haven. This was something I was keen to have resurrected so perhaps the police can be more proactive in reinstating this scheme as I feel this would go some way to reducing the level of anti-social behaviour. Furthermore they may wish to consider making the town centre a dispersal zone as I recommended last summer.

Ms. Haughey concluded: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff, customers and friends of the Alma for all their support and believing in me as they cannot quite believe the decision that has been made based upon the fact that there was no real evidence. Secondly I would like to thank SA Brains for their support as they have been a fantastic company to work for. Also I would like to thank my children for their support as despite the fact they have been fearful about being made homeless they have been very brave in dealing with the current situation.”

“Finally I would like to take this opportunity to wish the new tenants of the Alma all the best and wish them every success for the future”.

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Ethiopian sailor absconds from ship docked at Valero



A SEARCH is underway for an Ethiopian sailor who has failed to return to his vessel after taking shore leave from a ship berthed in Pembrokeshire.

The male, who is understood to be a cadet in his twenties, was a crew member on the Perseus-N; a chemical products ship.

He failed to return to the ship on Tuesday night after 9pm (Aug 20).

The Liberian tanker has already left Milford Haven without the missing member of crew.

The Herald understands that the missing man was with a group of other sailors from the ship in the Milford Haven are using the marina’s leisure facilities.

The group then headed to Tesco in Milford Haven, where all went in to the store except the missing sailor who slipped away, according to CCTV which was checked by police.

Border Force have been contacted for a comment in relation to the incident.

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Former Chequers nightclub to reopen



AN APPLICATION for a new premises licence for the former Chequers night club succeeded at a meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council’s Licensing sub-committee on Thursday (Aug 22).

The former nightclub closed its doors for the last time in 2003, when it ran as a private members’ club, having had an application for a full on-licence rejected.

After failing in an attempt to close the club on that occasion, Pembrokeshire County Council became the only local authority in Wales to classify mobile homes as permanent residences in an effort to shut down the club once and for all.

The new applicant, Mrs Carmen Clemas applied for a new premises licence in respect of the club, which will be renamed the Queen of Clubs.

The Committee heard objections to the licence from local residents and heard representations from both the Police and Fire Service which pointed out that the building would need significant remedial works to it before it could re-open.

While Penally Community Council objected on the basis of events and problems at the premises almost twenty years ago, neither the Police nor Fire Service had an objection to the Club’s re-opening in principle.

Both emergency services emphasised that, even though they had no objections, they had concerns that had to be addressed.

The Committee granted the application, refusing permission for licensable activities at the Club on Sundays, apart from Sundays before Bank Holidays, and imposing strict noise control measures.

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St Davids RNLI to feature in new series of a popular TV documentary



THE volunteer lifeboat crew of St Davids RNLI will be taking to the small screen next week as they will feature twice in the first episode of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea.

Now in its fourth season the documentary series, which showcases the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), will be aired on BBC Two on Tuesdays at 8 pm, as well as being available on the BBC iPlayer following the broadcast. The new 10-part series features real rescues carried out by the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland – including St Davids RNLI.

Each programme gives a unique insight into the lives and work of the charity’s lifesavers who are needed more than ever before, rescuing thousands of people and saving hundreds of lives around our coastline and on inland waterways every year. The new series features more dramatic real-life rescue footage, accompanied by emotive testimonials from the volunteer crews, lifeguards and the people they rescue and their families.

This forthcoming episode, on 27 August, sees St Davids RNLI launch to a crashed plane in one shout, and tow a yacht stranded in a shipping lane in another. These shouts are shown alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations and beaches around our coasts.

Judd Kohler, Station Mechanic at St Davids Lifeboat Station, said: “The first episode of Saving Lives at Sea shows two very different shouts that St Davids RNLI responded to. The programme is a great chance for RNLI supporters to catch a glimpse of the work that their kind donations go towards. We want to say a huge thank you to supporters of the RNLI, who help us to save lives at sea.”

Filming took place over the past year, with lifeboat crews and lifeguards carrying special cameras and welcoming film-makers into their day-to-day life. Rescues from the RNLI’s archives are also revisited, and we get a glimpse into the everyday lives of the thousands of men and women who give up their time to save lives.

Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued 9,412 people, saving 211 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards aided 32,207 people and saved 118 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.

Saving Lives at Sea begins on Tuesday 27 August at 8 pm on BBC Two, and will continue throughout August, September and October.

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