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Dealer’s jail term cut

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term cutA DRUG DEALER, who was violently sick in the dock as he was sent to prison for six years, has won a cut in his jail term on appeal.

Gary John Newell vomited at Swansea Crown Court as he was handed the sentence in October last year after admitting a string of drugs charges.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing cocaine with intent to supply – in December 2012 and April 2013 – having a bladed article and possessing the class B drug mephedrone, also known as M-Cat.

But Newell, of Tenby Court, Monkton, Pembroke, on Tuesday had his jail term cut to five years by judges sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, who said the original sentence was ‘excessive’.

The court heard Newell was stopped by police while he was driving near Haverfordwest on 7 December 2012 and officers found a bag of cocaine hidden in his underwear, as well as a kitchen knife under the passenger seat.

The drugs had a street value of up to £2,450 and he also had £790 in cash. Analysis of his mobile phone revealed he had been dealing mephedrone in the months before his arrest.

Newell was released on bail and, undeterred by his brush with the law, continued peddling the illicit substances.

Officers were monitoring him on April 17 last year, when they saw him in Skomer Court, Haverfordwest, remove a bag from a shed and later return it. After he did the same the following day, police stopped him near Kilgetty and found he had nearly £2,000 cash on him. A search of the shed where he had been seen uncovered a stash of mephedrone worth £1,680 and cocaine divided in to eight street deals – worth £400.

The court heard Newell had become addicted to drugs after witnessing the death of an ex-partner and turned to drug-dealing to fund his habit.

His lawyers argued that his sentence was over the top, given his admissions of guilt, the relatively low amount of drugs involved, the motivation for his dealing and the personal tragedy which prompted him to start taking drugs.

Allowing his appeal, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker said that, while he deserved a tough sentence, he admitted his guilt at the first opportunity and there were no ‘aggravating features’ – apart from his continued offending while on bail.

Sitting with Lord Justice Davis and Judge Simon Tonking QC, he added: “Although the quantities of cocaine involved may be towards the lower end of the scale, it is evident from the amounts of cash seized on each occasion that significant profits were being made from drug dealing.

“Not only was he involved in the unlawful supply of cocaine, but also of mephedrone.

“However, we are mindful that he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and thus was entitled to a full one-third discount.”

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Johnston: Police appeal for witnesses

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POLICE have again appealed for witnesses after a collision in Johnston, near Haverfordwest, on Wednesday (August 5).

A boy on a scooter sustained minor injuries during the collision, which took place at around 4.20pm. A red 4×4 is believed to have been involved also.

Anyone who was in the area of the St Peters Road pelican crossing, or nearby Langford road, and either witnessed the collision or who has CCTV that covers this area is asked to get in touch.

You can telephone 101, visit bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, or email contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired you can text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Dyfed-Powys Police Ref DP-20200805-249

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Police investigate ‘Chinese government vehicle’ spotted near Puma Oil Terminal

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POLICE have confirmed that they are conducting “the appropriate enquiries” after a suspicious vehicle was spotted in the vicinity of Puma Oil Terminal on Saturday afternoon (Aug 8).

Following a tip off a Herald reporter was dispatched to the area, and saw a black Volvo SUV with three IC5 (Korean, Japanese or Chinese) looking males inside the vehicle. The vehicle had diplomatic number plates identifying that it belonged to the Chinese government.

However, a DVLA check suggested that the plates were registered to a BMW and not the Volvo they were displayed upon.

South Hook LNG security was notified as a precaution.

A police spokesman said: “Members of the public are advised to contact the police to report any suspicious activity or incidents.”

Both the UK and US governments are currently on alert following incidents of spying relating to key infrastructure, computer systems and state secrets by the Chinese authorities.

[The image used in this report is a computer generated artist’s impression.]

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Milford Haven Street Food Festival Returns To Waterfront This August

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MILFORD Haven Street Food Festival will be setting up camp at Milford Waterfront for the third year running to continue their Summer of street food tour, and with a brand new sponsor joining for the ride! Jubel Beer will be on hand fully loaded with refreshing fruity beers to serve all weekend long.

Street Food Warehouse and their team of feeders are heading back into town this bank holiday weekend, 28th – 30th August.

Cooking up a storm between noon – 10pm, the festival is split into three mouth-watering portions and is the only way to get you in the mood for summer and of course, fill you up to the brim on all of your favourite foodie delights.

You’ll need to grab your tickets beforehand, just make sure you come with an empty belly ready to taste new flavours – the world will really be your oyster. From smokin’ souvlaki to naughty nachos, mouthwatering Malaysian to chocolatey treats. Carnivores, veggies and vegans alike will be able to get their hungry hands on a range of Insta-worthy grub from all over the world!

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten that you’ll need something to tingle your taste buds and wash it all down with! Luckily, The Pop Up Bar Hire Company has got the whole weekend covered, offering all of your favourite beverages ranging from zesty Mojitos to ice-cold pints of Jubel Beer.

Two Lads Kitchen, Spicer’s Meat Wagon, Makasih and Chock Shop are just some of the street food vendors that will be attending the weekend, with many more both local and national vendors to be announced.

Come rain or shine, the event is completely free and family-friendly where you can get your hands on the most vibrant and high quality street food Milford Haven has to offer.

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