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Milford Haven: ‘Police woke us at 3am’ over concern for child wandering streets

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RESIDENTS in Milford Haven said they were woken up by police officers at 3am on Friday morning. Police were responding to reports of a six-year-old child outside a shop in Marble Hall, who then was seen ‘running off’.

One of our readers, who lives on Marble Hall Road, messaged The Herald’s Facebook page at 3:07am saying: “We have just been woken up by the police banging on our door. They are going door-to-door on our street.

“The police stated that a six year old was seen outside the shop and was seen running off.”

The Herald understands that there were lots of police involved in the operation, as well as the fire service with ‘a drone airborne, flying around searching’.

The police said in a statement: “Dyfed-Powys Police received a report of a sighting of an unaccompanied young child on Marble Hall Road, Milford Haven, in the early hours of the morning (12.45am, April 20).

“An extensive search was carried out of the area.

“All lines of enquiry were exhausted, there have been no further sightings of the child and police have not received any reports of a missing young child.

“Officers are still patrolling the area as a precaution.”

Donna Stowell, who called the police, told The Herald: “One of my boys was putting a food bag in our food bin out front where we store our food bin. As he looked up a small child was running across the road just before the Premier shop and in direction of Richard John Road.

“He couldn’t tell if it was a boy or girl – just a small child running in that direction, which at 12.45am is very odd. My son was up not feeling well and offered to help with the food bag that I hadn’t yet put outside.

“So I rang 101 in case there had been a child reported missing but, as far as I know, no child had been reported missing by  parents. So likely a child either got up out of bed without a parent being aware and was out, or a child was sent on a errand at a stupid time of night.

“As my son is still adamant he definitely seen a small child running and adamant it wasn’t an animal or anything else that could be mistaken for a small child but very adamant definitely a small child about 5 or 6.

“The police were really fast in arriving after my call and they looked for hours, I don’t think they found a child and they called to us a few times during the night rechecking where my son was stood and where he seen the child running and the direction of which the child went.

“It all happened so quick as well – he gave police as much info as he could about what he had seen, even showing them where he was stood by our front food bins, as we have a high wall that overhangs the pavement below, so quite a good view of the road in both directions.”

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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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