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



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.”


Tenby: Discarded BBQ on beach burns feet



COASTGUARDS in Tenby have asked people to safely dispose of their barbecues after a beachgoer suffered burns to their feet while on North Beach.

Coastguards were alerted to assist a casualty at 5:40pm on Wednesday (22 May).

The casualty was located in Castle Square.

The casualty was given first aid in before being taken to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen for further treatment.

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Milford Haven: £40,000 benefits fiddle admitted in Crown Court



A MILFORD HAVEN woman has this afternoon admitted fiddling almost £40,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Elizabeth Haines, aged 59, of Cromwell Heights, kept quiet about her savings and investments which put her over the allowed limit.
Haines appeared at Swansea Crown Court via video link with Haverfordwest magistrates’ court for a plea and case management hearing before Judge Geraint Walters.
She admitted failing to notify Pembrokeshire County Council and the Department for Work and Pensions that she had the capital and received £39,281 in housing benefit, council tax relief and employment support allowances between April 2012 and November 2016.
Judge Walters agreed to sentence Haines on June 19 to allow a probation officer time to prepare a report on her.
Judge Walters said the starting point was a jail sentence but other options could be considered.
Haines was granted bail meanwhile.
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Behave or Be Banned scheme returns to tackle disorder



Dyfed-Powys Police is working with licensees across the region to relaunch Behave or Be Banned (BOBB) – a scheme which sees people banned from pubs, clubs and bars for bad behaviour.

The scheme re-launches in time for the bank holiday weekend (May 25) and Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) across the force area are closely linked with businesses to reduce violence and disorder in pubs and clubs.

Chief Inspector Mark McSweeney said: “BOBB is an effective tool to help prevent, reduce and combat alcohol-related offences within communities.

“If anyone is arrested for a crime of violence, disorder or anti-social behaviour in licensed premises, or after leaving a licensed establishment in the Scheme, they will be banned from not just that licensed premises, but all licensed premises that display the Behave or Be Banned sign within the area.

“The message is simple – Behave or Be Banned!  In addition, if someone is a persistent nuisance for a licensee but their behaviour doesn’t merit arrest, licensees can also put them forward to receive a ban from all licensed premises.”

Problem customers are banned not just from the one pub but all those in the area that have signed up. It also tackles underage drinking and the use and supply of drugs.

Mr McSweeney added: “BOBB works.  It is not uncommon to see people being more concerned about whether they can get into a pub with their friends than they are about being arrested.

“Licensees will not tolerate anti-social behaviour in their premises and BOBB keeps such people out, making it safer and more enjoyable for everyone else.”

Dyfed-Powys Police’s summer campaign – #EnjoyDPP – encourages people to enjoy what the area has to offer, safely and with respect for others.

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