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Getaway driver arrested after year ‘on the run’ following burglary

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THE GETAWAY driver at the scene of a burglary at Dinas Cross has been traced and arrested after a year ‘on the run’.

Paula Hynd, aged 36, had driven away David Solley after he had been confronted by brave shopkeeper Mary Simpson, who found him inside the living quarters at the Kiel House store.

Solley ran from the scene and was suddenly picked up by a Ford Fiesta driver.

Tom Scapens, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court how police spotted the car on the A40 near St Clears.

Hynd was driving and several times responded to instructions to pull in by turning into a lay by and then racing away.

The chase ended in the centre of Carmarthen where Solley was arrested trying to hide on the roof of a local government building. Hynd was still in the car and in possession of a quantity of £1 coins taken from Kiel House.

Both were charged with various offences–Solley with burglary–and were due to be sentenced on March 3, 2017.

But only Solley turned up and he was jailed for 19 months.

A warrant was issued for Hynd’s arrest but it took a year for police to trace her to the George pub in Shoreham, near London, where she was arrested last Saturday (Apr 7)

She admitted failing to answer to bail, making off without paying for £10 worth of fuel belonging to a petrol station in Dinas Cross, taking a hire care without consent, and driving without insurance or a licence.

Her barrister, James Hartson, said at the time both Hynd and Solley were from north Kent and had been in west Wales for treatment for addiction to Class A drugs.

She had failed to attend her sentencing hearing a year ago, he added, because she could not afford to travel to court.

But during her year ‘on the run’ she had managed to find and hold down her first ever job and now had her drug use under control.

Judge Geraint Walters told Hynd she had been ‘extremely foolish’ to think she could skip bail.

“Did you think they would not catch up with you in the end? They always do,” he added.

Hynd was jailed for six months, suspended for 12 months.

Mr Hartson said Solley, having served the custodial element of his sentence, was sitting at the back of the court ready to drive her back to Kent if she did not receive an immediate jail term.

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Success for pupils on A-Level results day

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THE OVERALL Pembrokeshire pass rate at A-Level was 96.6% compared with the Wales national average of 97.4%.

Nationally there has been a slight decrease in the pass rate compared with last year.

The percentage of pupils gaining A* and A grades in Pembrokeshire was 20.2% compared to a Welsh average of 26.3%.

There has been a good improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving A* and A grades since last year in Ysgol Greenhill School at 24.3%, Sir Thomas Picton School at 24.7% and Tasker Milward School at 30.3%.

The overall Pembrokeshire pass rate at AS-Level this year was 85.2% compared to a national average of 90%.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Director for Children and Schools, Kate Evan-Hughes, said: “Most of our students have achieved the outcomes they require to take the next steps in their journey whether that is university, apprenticeship or employment.

“It is good to see improvements being made in a number of our schools, particularly at the higher grades of A*/A in Tasker Milward, Sir Thomas Picton and Ysgol Greenhill School.

“We are pleased that the strategies to support the most able and talented learners continue to show good results.”

Councillor David Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We continue to work committedly with our schools to achieve better outcomes for learners in Pembrokeshire. We are confident of achieving this.

“It is especially reassuring to see successes in particular schools for our most able pupils. At the same time where there are weaknesses we will acknowledge them and dedicate bespoke resources to remedy them.

“In conclusion I would like to wish all students every success with their future ventures and thank the teaching staff for their ongoing commitment to our young people.”

SCHOOL A*-A A*-E
Ysgol Greenhill School 24.3 95.7
Milford Haven School 9.0 96.2
Pembroke School 11.0 99.0
Sir Thomas Picton School 24.7 95.8
Tasker Milward School 30.3 95.5
Ysgol Bro Gwaun 5.5 92.7
Ysgol Dewi Sant 13.0 98.6
Ysgol Y Preseli 24.8 97.9
Pembrokeshire (overall) 20.7 96.6
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Saundersfoot: Two elderly people allegedly assaulted

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POLICE are investigating an allegation of assault which occurred at approximately 10.30pm on Saturday, August 4.

Two elderly people were assaulted by a male. One of the victims required hospital treatment.

A 20-year-old male was quickly arrested in connection with the incident and has been released under investigation.

PC Corissa Smith said: “This was an isolated incident and officers quickly arrested a man. We are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

“We are especially looking to speak to a female who may have had contact with the male suspect moments before the incident.

“She is described as being in her mid to late twenties, large build, with blonde hair and wearing dark clothing. She may have been with a smaller female friend.”

Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Haverfordwest: Lorry blocks Clay Lane

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A LORRY has blocked Clay Lane in Haverfordwest this morning (Aug 16) shortly before 9am.

Motorists reported a delay on the road and were forced to turn around.

Several large vehicles have blocked the road over the last year.

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