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Man jailed following charity box theft

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A THIEF who stole a charity box belonging to the Morgan’s Fight Charity appeal has been jailed at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court.

Robert Williams, aged 26, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to one charge of theft in court and sobbed as he was led away by custody officers for a two-month sentence.

Whilst in court, a letter was read out on behalf of Morgan’s family who stated that they did not expect this type of crime to happen in the county whilst adding that they hoped justice would be served.

On February 16, Williams stole the charity box which was located at the Cash It In store in Bridge Street, Haverfordwest, which contained a value of £28.

Prosecuting, Mrs Sian Vaughan told the court: “He made full admissions that he had thrown the box away and received the contents of the box which contained £28. His last offence was in October 2017 for a similar offence for which he served a term of imprisonment.”

Defending, Mr Jonathan Webb added: “The defendant has pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity but there is some concern that his most recent offences all involve dishonesty. This is a matter, the theft of the charity box, that is an emotive subject at the best of times but he is not trying to underplay what he has done.

“This came about as he did not have any money, he saw the box and he took it.

“He does suffer from depression, he doesn’t receive any benefits and is living hands to mouth but today is the first time he has asked anybody for help. He needs and wants the help and he is still subject to a post sentence supervision.”

Probation officer, Mrs Julie Norman added that she had seen Williams at a probation meeting and said she found it worrying that Williams would say one thing and then do another stating that he said he had applied for benefits before revealing he hadn’t.

On sentencing, the chairman of the bench stated that they had considered suspending the custodial sentence but because the theft occurred whilst he was on license, they sentenced him to two months in prison.

He was also asked to pay £28 in compensation, £115 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.

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Dyfed-Powys Police criticised for failing to record thousands of crimes

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A SHOCKING new report says that Dyfed-Powys Police failed to record thousands of crimes, despite being told to improve two-and-a-half years ago.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found the force had documented just 87.6% of reported crime – meaning upto 4,400 crimes are not recorded each year.

The report highlighted that of violent crimes, 85.4% were registered, which means about 2,400 went unrecorded, some involving domestic abuse or the vulnerable.

The force said it had “plans in place to improve its crime recording.”

HMIC reached their conclusion by comparing the number of reports to the police with recorded numbers. About 35,900 were reported.

In 2018, HMIC found that our local force was too often not recording crimes. And in 2014 it was reported the force was one of the worst in the UK at recording crimes. 

Dyfed-Powys Police T/Chief Constable, Claire Parmenter was quick to respond to the shocking finding. In a statement emailed to The Herald he said: “We accept the concerns and recommendations published by HMICFRS in respect of crime data integrity. As an organisation, we are firmly committed to supporting victims and putting them at the heart of everything we do. The force has plans in place to improve its crime recording and I am determined we will get this right.

“Since the previous HMICFRS inspection in 2018 we have made significant improvements in our response to Domestic Abuse victims, creating the vulnerability desk which provides real time intelligence to officers attending incidents of Domestic Abuse and ensuring that safeguarding arrangements are in place through a new partnership hub. Recent audits in April evidenced we were achieving a 98% compliance for the completion of risk assessments. This ensures that every Domestic Abuse victim is looked after and kept safe.

“We have a programme of change already in place which will deliver significant process and cultural change. The elements of this programme will improve the forces’ ability to manage demand, support victims, improve the timeliness and quality of investigations and supervision of crime. HMICFRS were unable to take this project into account as part of this inspection. Delivery plans commence next month (June 2021).

“Since the date of this inspection, we are already seeing improvements as a result of the swift additional action we have taken, achieving 100% crime recording compliance in respect of anti-social behaviour for February and March 2021 which is positive.”

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Firefighters extinguish blaze at St Catherine’s Fort, Tenby

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A CONTROLLED wood fire earlier in the day caused a fire to break out on Tenby’s St Catherine’s Island on Thursday (May 6).

Heat that was caused by a wood fire earlier in the day caused a ignition on the unburned wood nearby that was needed to be extinguished by Tenby fire crew.

Taking to their Facebook page, St Catherine’s island thanked Tenby Fire Brigade for their assistance.

No serious damage was caused by the incident.

The spokesperson said: “A massive shout out to Tenby Fire Brigade last night who were called to the Island last night after we left following a long day working on the Fort and burning off all the old flooring, having now replaced it all. 

“We had spent at least half an hour making sure that our controlled barrel fire was out. Unfortunately the ground was so hot it transferred to the rest of the unburned wood. 

“Thanks to our amazing local Fire Service, they were on hand to help us out and no damage occurred.”

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Angle Lifeboat tasked to disabled yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head

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ANGLE LIFEBOAT and her crew saw out April when they were tasked on 30th of April to a yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head.

Angle Lifeboat and her crew saw out April when they were tasked on 30th of April to a yacht 22miles from St Ann’s head.

The lifeboat was launched at 10:43pm to a 26ft yacht that had reported smoke coming from their engine compartment. The casualty vessel was 22 miles south west of St Ann’s with two crew onboard.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 11:46pm. The on scene assessment was carried out and both crew were safe and well but the vessel would need to be towed to Milford Haven. The tow was set up and the casualty vessel was under tow at 11:56pm.

The conditions were perfect for the slow tow back which saw a beautiful moon rising and the early glow of dawn.

Lifeboat arrived at Milford and swapped the casualty vessel to an alongside tow to take it alongside in to the lock at Milford Marina where the casualty was safely tied up at 04:49am.

The lifeboat rehoused at 05:15am where she got her well deserved washdown and the crew headed home to get some sleep.

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