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Court hears about ‘mysterious appointment’ with doctor in murder trial

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A MURDER trial jury heard today (Jan 29) about a mysterious appointment with a doctor Betty Guy had just two days before she died.
 
Her daughter Penny John, who is accused of helping to kill her, told Swansea Crown Court that on November 4, 2011, she took her to see Dr Roger Burns.
 
John said she was inside the consultation room when she heard Dr Burns say to her mother, “Sorry, we have been giving you the wrong medicine for years. You don’t have long left.”
 
Paul Lewis QC, prosecuting, said, “He was prophetic. Two days later she was dead.”
 
John said her mother, aged 84, became upset and began to cry before saying she wanted to leave.
 
Questioned by Mr Lewis, John agreed there was no mention of the consultation “whatsoever” in her mother’s medical records.
 
Mr Lewis said the only explanation was that John had made it up, or that Dr Burns had neglected to make a note of it, or had made a note but later deleted it.
 
John agreed she had not asked Dr Burns for how long her mother had been given the wrong medicine or how it could have happened. Nor did she ask what the new medicine would be.
 
She said that after the consultation she drove her mother to a Tesco because she knew she was short of food, and then her mother said she wanted to be left alone for the weekend.
 
Forty eight hours later she received a telephone call from Mary Collier, a friend of her mother’s, telling her she was very ill and that she should drive to her home in Hillcroft, Johnston.
 
John said she arrived and made her mother some tea.
 
She found her dying in bed at about 1 am.
 
John telephoned her son, Barry Rogers, and told him his grandmother was seriously ill and was asking for him.
 
Rogers drove to the bungalow but claims she was already dead.
 
Mr Lewis asked John why, if her mother was that ill, she had telephoned her son but not a doctor or for an ambulance.
 
“I asked her four or five times. She did not want me to make that call. She said she did not want to be fiddled about with. She just wanted to be left alone.”
 
Mr Lewis asked, “Did you think she was close to death? Had you decided her end was nigh and you were going to speed it up?”
 
“No,” replied John.
 
Rogers, of High Street, Fishguard, and John, 50, of Maes Dre, Union Terrace, St Dogmaels, deny murdering Mrs Guy in the early hours of November 7, 2011.
 
At first her death was put down to natural causes and her body was cremated at Narberth four days later.
 
The prosecution claim John fed her a cocktail of drugs and whiskey and that Rogers “finished her off” by placing a pillow over her face.
 
The trial continues.

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Multi-agency response to house fire in Siskin Close, Haverfordwest

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FIRE crews are attending a domestic fire in a property on Siskin Close, Haverfordwest.

As of 11.45pm on Monday evening crews were still dampening down a fire which enfulfed two floors of a domestic property.

It is understood the alarm was raised after 10pm.

Our reporter on the scene said that there were four fire crews in attendance as well as three ambulances as well as police, who had set up a perimeter, controlling access to the scene.

A large number of local residents were watching on from a safe distance as the incident was being dealt with.

At the time of writing the street was blocked off to traffic with a large number of emergency vehicles parked up, all the way around the corner to the top of Harrier Road.

All of the emergency services have been contacted for a comment.

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Outdoor hospitality given go-ahead and rules on mixing outdoors relaxed in Wales

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SIX people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday 24 April while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April as cases of new COVID-19 infections continue to fall, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed today.

The current rule provides for up to six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) from a maximum of two households to meet outdoors.

The new rules from Saturday will allow six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) to meet outdoors.

People should observe social distancing from people from outside their household or support bubble when meeting others outside.

The rules for meeting indoors remain unchanged.

The First Minister has also confirmed outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April 2021.

First Minister, Mark Drakeford said: “The public health context in Wales remains favourable, with cases falling and our vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength. Because meeting outdoors continues to be lower risk than meeting indoors, we are able to bring forward changes to allow any six people to meet outdoors.

“This will provide more opportunities for people, especially young people, to meet outdoors with their friends. This will undoubtedly have a significant positive impact on people’s wellbeing.

“I’m also pleased to confirm outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April.

“These changes will help the hospitality sector recover after a difficult twelve months.

“It is thanks to the continuing efforts of people across Wales we are able to introduce this change. Together, we will continue to keep Wales safe.”

On Friday (23rd April 2021), the First Minister will confirm further relaxations to the covid rules that will come into force on Monday 26 April 2021.

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Police ‘enforcement and engagement’ to curb anti-social behaviour in Tenby

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POLICE in Tenby will be using enforcement and engagement in a bid to curb future incidents of anti-social behaviour, they said on Monday (Apr 17)

The announcement comes after Tenby was left with empty cans, broken bottles and fast food wrappers strewn everywhere, after over two hundred young people gathered to enjoy the weekend – perhaps expected whilst pubs remained closed.

Licensed establishment have not yet been able to open in Wales, but they are open in England for outdoor refreshments. They are opening on Monday.

There were reports of young people walking through the town with boxes full of alcohol, with other people buying takeaway drinks from licensed premises before making their way to the harbour.

The sheer number of people meant people were urinating in the streets, some residents told The Pembrokeshire Herald.

A Dyfed-Powys police spokesperson said: “With the continued easing of the regulations designed to keep us safe and the weather getting warmer we have seen an increase of people visiting and out and about in the Pembrokeshire area.
“While it’s great that people are now able to visit Pembrokeshire again, the behaviour of some placed additional pressure not only on the police but on the local authority as well.
“Tenby in particular attracted a large crowd on Saturday evening, April 18, resulting in anti-social behaviour, especially in the harbour area.

Chief Inspector Louise Harries said: “We recognise the concerns of residents and businesses after the anti-social behaviour seen in Tenby on Saturday evening. We are working with partners to avoid these issues re-occurring in the future.
“Police officers will be patrolling the area over the coming weeks and while the priority will be to engage with the public, enforcement action will be taken where necessary”
“We want to see people enjoying and the majority of people are doing so in accordance with the regulations, however the minority who don’t are spoiling it for others.
“We will continue to engage with our communities and visitors to the area to ensure that everyone enjoys in a safe manner.”

(Cover photo courtesy Pure West Radio)

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