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Haverfordwest: Clubbers claim drinks ‘spiked’ at Radio 1 DJ event

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A CLUB night starring a BBC Radio 1 DJ, Charlie Sloth, ended with a number of party-goers being hospitalised and alleging that they had been spiked with a mixture of MDMA – the component drug of ecstasy – and the prescription drug Valium.

The type of drugs involved in the incident were confirmed by toxicology reports.

Dyfed-Powys Police and the Welsh Ambulance Service have confirmed they attended Eddie Rocks nightclub in Quay Street, Haverfordwest, in the early hours of Monday morning (May 7), as revellers celebrated the Bank Holiday Weekend.

But the owner has hit back, saying that there was no ‘direct evidence’ that anyone was spiked in his venue, and that if they had it would have been caught on CCTV.

Mark Edwards said there were 3000+ people out over the Bank Holiday Weekend, frequenting many venues, and that it could be the case that the drugs were administered elsewhere. He said that people move from venue to venue and ‘we are always the last place they turn up to’.

A 22-year-old man said that he felt ‘very dizzy’ after drinking his vodka and lemonade in Eddie Rocks, and then the next minute his friend said that he had passed out in the beer garden. He woke up in hospital.

The man previously was a member of staff and says he is not a drug user.

Security staff had carried him out of the premises and he was taken to A&E by ambulance. A 21-year-old female made it home but later was taken to hospital by her father after she became dizzy and unresponsive.

At approximately 4:45am, a further individual was taken to hospital via ambulance, police confirmed.

Those being treated at hospital said they were told by hospital staff that there were at least three others presenting with similar symptoms.

The man told us: “I was in the smoking area, then I was on the main dance floor, I went outside for a cigarette at about half past 12, that’s when I started to feel really bad.

“There was nobody suspicious around me, I didn’t see anyone around my drink – but I did put it down a lot.

“When I woke up I was shaky, hallucinating, talking to my friend – who is dead – and then I was also talking to my friends who weren’t even there.

“I can’t thank the hospital staff enough, they saved my life, really did everything I could have asked.

“My mother wasn’t too happy afterwards, I can’t remember much of what she said though because I didn’t come around until Monday evening. I was shaking, trying to sleep, it was a nightmare.

“I will definitely be a lot more careful in the future about how I handle my drinks.

“My friend was spiked too – she went to go home and as she did she collapsed, so her dad rushed her to her hospital. We’ll get married one day and this will be our story of how we first met.

“She was rough all day and suffering just like me. She felt quite embarrassed, to be honest.”

The owner of Eddie Rocks, Mark Edwards, told The Herald that there are ‘over 136 cameras in the club, every inch of the venue is covered by high-quality CCTV’.

“This system protects our doormen, staff and customers,” he added.

“We have invested over £70,000 and more for this system over the years and nothing can happen without us knowing it.

“I personally watch the cameras from 11pm to 5am when the club is open, and I think that our system is better than any police CCTV centre in the country.”

Mr Edwards says he has not yet been contacted by police in relation to the incident.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called on Monday May 7, 2018 at approximately 2.05am to reports that a male was taken ill outside Eddie Rocks Snooker and Pool Club on Quay Street in Haverfordwest.

“We responded with one emergency ambulance and a man was taken to Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest.”

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “We received three calls reporting concerns for people’s welfare in the Quay Street and Bridge Street areas of Haverfordwest during the early hours of Monday, May 7.

“The first was received at just before 2.10am. One man was taken to hospital by the ambulance service. The second was received shortly after, but the male concerned had left the area. A third call was received by police at 4.45am, from a caller requesting ambulance assistance.”

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Pembroke: Emergency services dealing with another suspicious substance

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have returned to Pembroke Castle this afternoon (July 20) following reports of another container with a suspicious substance being found.

Dyfed-Powys Police, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, and the Welsh Ambulance Service have attended the scene.

South Quay car park was closed at 1:30pm. It has since re-opened, however the pathway behind Pembroke Castle remains closed.

Pembroke Castle itself remains open.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Dyfed-Powys Police received a report of suspicious containers found at Pembroke Castle at around 1.10pm today (Friday, July 20).

“Enquiries are continuing to safely establish exactly what substance is within the containers.

“Police would like to reassure members of the public that this is a safety precaution and that no one has been injured or harmed at this time. There is not believed to be any risk to the public at present.”

It emerged that a bottle bearing the word Novichok had been discovered last week, and the police are treating it as a hoax.

Paddle West, who offer row boat hire near the castle posted on Facebook: “Currently closed due to another bottle incident. If anyone knows the culprit please contact the police so we don’t have to do this every weekend!”

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Pembroke Dock: Indian restaurant owner sexually assaulted teenager

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THE OWNER of a Pembroke Dock restaurant who sexually assaulted the same girl three times has been made the subject of a suspended prison sentence.

Riaz Miah, aged 42, had been found guilty after a trial of three indecent assaults all committed on the same day.
Judge Paul Thomas told Miah he should feel disgusted and ashamed of himself.
Miah, of St Marks Close, Merlin’s Bridge, was jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 15 sessions of a rehabilitation activity. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for the community.
Miah was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and must register with the police as a sex offender, both for 10 years.
Swansea Crown Court heard how he had kissed the 17 year old, licked her face and touched her breast and bottom.
His barrister, Carina Hughes, told the court his business had failed in January because of financial problems.
The victim wrote in an impact statement she was still too afraid to out alone in Pembroke Dock for fear of bumping into Miah. She still suffered nightmares and sometimes woke in floods of tears.
Judge Thomas told Miah, a married father of two, his behaviour had been disgraceful and he found it disappointing that he still denied the offending despite the verdicts of the jury.
“She was disgusted and repelled by what you did. She was affected psychologically and has suffered a loss of confidence. You richly deserve a prison sentence,” he added.
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Welsh Water reminds customers to use water wisely 

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WELSH WATER customers are being asked to continue using water efficiently to help the company maintain water supplies and protect the environment as the current dry spell is set to continue through July and into August.

June was the hottest on record in Wales with only 24% of long term average rainfall during the month.  With the heatwave now set to continue and only limited rainfall predicted over the next few weeks, WelshWater is working  closely with water watchdog Consumer Council for Water and Natural Resources Wales to remind customers that using water wisely will not only help protect supplies for customers but also help the wider environment.  Many of the company’s upland reservoirs are used to release extra water into rivers during these conditions to increase river levels and protect local wildlife.

The company is now spending an extra £1.5 million a week to safeguard water supplies for its three million customers across most of Wales, Herefordshire and Deeside. It has already taken extensive action to prepare for and manage this prolonged dry period including:

  • 450 people working 7 days a week to find and fix 140 leaks a day (80 in normal conditions). Whilst leakage has been halved in the last 10 years and is currently at an all-time low, customers are being encouraged to report leaks to Welsh Water as the company will also repair customers’ pipes free of charge if they have a leak;
  • deploying 40 tankers to move water around the network and installing temporary pipelines and pumping stations to help keep customers in supply where we have seen huge increases in demand; and
  • pumping over 1 billion litres a day  into the network over the past 15 days. This is 25% more than usual amount of water put into the network every day.

 Customers are being urged to use water wisely:

  • Take a break from watering the garden – the lawn will grow back quickly once it starts to rain
  • Take a short shower instead of a bath
  • Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth
  • Always make sure any washing machines and dishwashers are full

 Managing Director of Water Services, Ian Christie, said:  “The level of water consumption has reached record levels in recent weeks. This is not surprising after the record temperatures in June and the continued lack of any substantial rainfall in July.

“These challenging weather conditions are set to continue, and behind the scenes, we’re working day and night to maintain supplies by finding and fixing leaks, using our integrated pipe network to move water around and also using tankers to feed into our network directly.

“We’d like to thank customers for working with us and urge them to continue reporting any leaks and follow the advice we have issued on how to use water efficiently so that we can help protect water supplies also play our part in safeguarding the local environment.”

Natalie Hall, Water Manager for Natural Resources Wales, said:“We’re responsible for securing the proper use of natural resources in Wales and making sure there is enough water available for all needs including the environment and people.

“We’re seeing some very low flows in our rivers and low rainfall totals across Wales during this prolonged period of dry weather and there are concerns that water quality and the environment will suffer if the dry weather continues through the summer.

“Every drop of water we use is taken from rivers or groundwater, so we are asking people to conserve water as much as they can.

“Saving water is something anyone can do and doing things differently can make a big difference – like having a shower instead of a bath, turning taps off when brushing your teeth, reducing sprinkler use and using water butts.”

Tom Taylor, Wales Chair for the Consumer Council for Water, said:“Customers are much more willing to use water wisely if they can see their water company is going the extra mile to maintain a reliable supply of water, so we’re pleased Welsh Water is taking exactly the sort of action we would expect.”

“With no end in sight to the hot weather, we’d urge people across Wales to keep playing their part by making every drop of water count in the home and garden. Customers can soak up some great tips on our website and Welsh Water’s too – it’s amazing the difference small changes can make.”

 

Saving water in the GARDEN

 

·         Use a watering can or handheld hose pipe instead of a garden sprinkler

·         Fit a hose trigger gun when using a hose, available from our Product Portal

·         Add water retention crystals to pots, tubs and hanging baskets to help keep compost moist, available here on our Product Portal

·         Don’t cut lawns too short and save the clippings to use as mulch to improve soil health

 

 

Saving water in the BATHROOM

 

·         Take a shower and reduce the number of baths you have

·         Put the plug in the basin when you wash and use the collected water instead

·         Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth

·         Always make sure taps are turned off fully

·         Fix a water efficient showerhead

·         Fix any leaking taps to avoid wasted water

·         If you are installing a new bathroom, always choose water efficient products

 

Saving water in the KITCHEN

 

·         Use a washing up bowl when washing up

·         Fix any leaking taps

·         Wait until you have a full load before doing your washing

·         Only fill the kettle with the water you need

·         If you are purchasing a new appliance which uses water, be sure to check how waterefficient it is

 

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