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Drugs ‘dealers’ found guilty



swansea crown courtTWO Herbrandston men found in possession of cannabis valued at around £900 appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Deiniol Douglas Owens, aged 21, of Havens Park, pleaded guilty that in Haverfordwest on January 17 jointly with Jamie Wilson, of Little Castle Grove, had 84 grammes of cannabis, a controlled class B drug, with the intent to supply. He was further charged that on the same day at Milford Haven he had in his possession a further 3.12 grammes of cannabis.

Wilson was also jointly charged with Owens of possessing 84 grammes of cannabis at Haverfordwest on January 17 and that between January 10 and 17 supplied a quantity of cannabis to persons unknown at Milford Haven.

Prosecuting, Peter Lloyd said that on January 17 the defendants were travelling on the A40 at St Clears heading towards Pembrokeshire. The vehicle was stopped by police and during a search of the car it was discovered that underneath the hollow of the spare wheel were three packages, which it was found contained cannabis. It was said in a statement that Owens had texted people to see if they wanted weed. Wilson had also said he had intended to supply his friends.

Mark Layton, defending, said that the two men had driven to Cardiff that day to buy the cannabis and that Owens had not participated in any passing of monies and that while Wilson was driving he was texting. Continuing he said that Owens had acted out of character and that his role was of naivety, who went along with a friend a foolish act on his part, he said.

He also told the court that Wilson’s role was greater. “I explained that he is on a slippery slope and I think the message has got through, he does not strike me as your usual drugs dealer,” he said.

After an adjournment, probation worker Julie Norman said that Owens used cannabis last year and last summer he joined a local football team, realising how unfit he had become, and he reduced the cannabis considerably. She said his parents are disappointed that he is in court. She continued saying that Wilson, a refuse worker with a local authority, works hard and his parents also are not happy that he is in court.

Magistrates fined unemployed Owens a total of £145 and placed him on a community order for 12 months and he was ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work. He was told to pay his fine £10 every two weeks.

Wilson was also given a 12 month community order with supervision and ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work. He too was fined £145 and given 56 days to pay. Magistrates also ordered the destruction of the drugs.

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Welsh Deputy Minister visits New Farm Shop



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



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



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

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

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