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Brutal and callous murderer jailed for 22 years

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callous murdererSTEVEN WILLIAMS, the man who murdered Joanna Hall, has been sentenced to 22 years in jail.

The jury reached a majority verdict of 10-2 on Thursday after deliberating for nearly nine hours. On hearing the verdict there was no reaction from 31-year-old Williams.

The Tenby man was found guilty last week of stabbing Joanna 40 times and it was also revealed that he waited five hours before calling the police. He attacked her in her flat but claimed that a knifeman had broken in and stabbed her while he had gone out to buy alcohol. Joanna died just three weeks after the brutal attack but did name Steven as her attacker whilst lying in hospital.

Sentencing, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies said Williams’ actions were: “brutal, callous and reprehensible, but does not warrant the description sadistic”.

She added: “This was a sustained and brutal assault using a knife or knives upon a defenceless victim.

“You stabbed Joanna over 20 times, on occasions penetrating organs within her body.

“Joanna lost 30 to 40% of the circulating blood in her body. You refused her the medical treatment she needed, and for which she asked.

“You sat with her and watched her bleed.”

Williams claimed that a knifeman had broken in and attacked Joanna, but jurors were told that neighbours had heard an argument in Ms Hall’s flat in the early hours of the morning.

After sentencing, Det Insp Carl Roach said: “This crime has repulsed Joanna’s family, the community of Tenby and the investigation team.

“Today’s sentence is welcomed, as without doubt the public are safer with Steven Williams being firmly behind bars.

“Joanna’s family have showed the utmost dignity and patience during this difficult time – it is to them and the investigation teams in Dyfed-Powys that I pay tribute.”

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Education Chief to leave Council

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IAN WESTLEY, Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire County Council, announced to staff and Members on Wednesday (Dec 11) that Kate Evan-Hughes, the Director for Children and Schools, will be leaving the Authority at the end of January, 2020.

She is taking up an appointment as Strategic Director with a local authority in England.

Interim arrangements have been discussed with the Leader of the Council, David Simpson, and the Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Guy Woodham.

Following Kate’s departure Steven Richards-Downes will act up as Chief Education Officer and James White will undertake the duties of deputy.

Discussions about permanent arrangements will begin in the New Year.

Mr Westley said he wished Kate all the very best as she embarks on the next phase of her career.

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‘Just do it’, advises 91-year-old leisure centre member

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ARE you struggling to find the motivation to keep fit?

Then help is at hand! Meet the inspirational Valerie Coleman – one of Pembrokeshire Leisure’s oldest members at 91 years of age.

Valerie attends an astonishing 10 classes a week at Fishguard Leisure Centre, from swimming to Pilates, chair aerobics and back care classes.

Centre manager Lisa Starkey said she was amazing. “Val really is an inspirational woman,” she said. “We are always so pleased to see her once, twice and sometimes three times a day. Her determination to keep healthy and active is inspiring to us all.”

A former nurse, Valerie was also an active PTA member who helped to fundraise for Fishguard’s old Leisure Centre which was replaced by the new centre 14 years ago.

“Val has been involved with leisure for some time and absolutely loves it,” said Lisa. “She has made so many special friends and coming to the leisure centre now is such an important social aspect of her life.

“Her mental health along with her physical health and wellbeing all benefit from her visits to the centre that she loves.”

Valerie praised staff at Fishguard for their support in helping her to recover after suffering a fractured femur, and said the centre had a ‘great atmosphere’.

“They have very helpful and understanding staff who are there for everyone and give encouragement to all of their customers,” she said.

“If you’re thinking about joining a leisure centre, just do it. The staff and facilities are here for everyone and all the encouragement you will ever need will be given.”

For information on leisure centre facilities and classes, or how to join as a member, please visit www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/leisure or pop into your local leisure centre.

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Warning to vessels after a dozen shipping containers lost off cargo ship

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MILFORD Haven Coastguard is investigating reports of up to 12 shipping containers adrift in the sea around the island of Grassholm, it has been confirmed.

It is believed the containers may have been lost by the Cyprus-registered Elbcarrier cargo ship, caught in storms while en-route to Dublin from Rotterdam.

Warnings have been given that at least a dozen containers overboard in the Celtic Sea on Sunday afternoon, December 8, after being caught in rough seas.

The drifting containers were spotted in the sea late on December 8, and further reports have stated they may now be near Grassholm Island.

Feetmon.com states: “Container ship ELBCARRIER lost containers overboard in Celtic sea in the afternoon Dec 8, while en route from Rotterdam to Dublin Ireland, being caught in rough weather. 12 drifting containers were spotted at 2330 UTC in vicinity 51 40N 005 50W,. Number of lost containers unknown. The ship reached Dublin in the afternoon Dec 9.”

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