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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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Broad Haven South welcomes Sky’s Britannia film crew

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FILM CREWS for Sky Atlantic have been recreating Roman Britain on Broad Haven South, for the next series of the hit show ‘Britannia’.

Gareth Davies of Hidden Pembrokeshire Photography took pictures of the set being raised over the weekend, with their Facebook page saying: “Film set is under construction on Broad Haven South Beach. Awesome to see that Pembrokeshire will feature in the second season of ‘Britannia’.

“The Roman Village on Broad Haven South Beach is really starting to take shape, looking forward to seeing the cast arrive in full costume, it should be quite a sight.”

Britannia is a British-American historical fantasy series co-produced by Sky and Amazon Prime Video, starring Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Zoë Wanamaker, Liana Cornell and Stanley Weber. It is written by Jez Butterworth, the award-winning playwright and director.

The first series aired on Sky Atlantic in the UK, and was a fictionalised and stylised take on the Roman invasion of Britain in 43AD, as the General Aulus Plautius led four legions against the Celtic tribes of the isles.

The filming of series 1 of ‘Britannia’ was split between the Czech Republic and Wales, with locations such as Rhossili Bay in the Gower, Nash Point outside of Cardiff, and Henrhyd Falls, Llyn y Fan Fach and Cwm Porth of the Brecon Beacons National Park featuring.


This is not the first time the Pembrokeshire coast has been used by film crews, be it television or movies. Freshwater West saw the construction of Shell Cottage from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as the battle scenes featured in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. Battles were also filmed at Marloes Sands for Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012.

Last year, St Catherine’s Island in Tenby was depicted as the prison ‘Sherrinford’ for the series 4 finale of the BBC’s Sherlock.

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New fitness instructor proving to be ‘an inspiration’

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Tina Mathias (centre): Teaching an aerobics class at County Hall as part of Mental Health Week

A NEWLY qualified fitness instructor is proving an inspiration to her class.

Pembrokeshire County Council employee Tina Mathias took her first indoor cycling and aerobics sessions recently and few of her students would have realised it capped a meteoric transformation in her life.

Gone is the unfit and overweight woman who could barely muster the energy to exercise; today, Tina is a dynamic and motivating lady with a fabulous story to tell.

Indoor cycling, or spinning as it is more widely known is one of the most popular exercise classes throughout Pembrokeshire’s seven leisure centres but Tina’s first experience of it wasn’t quite as pleasurable as it is now.

It lasted ten seconds before she walked out vowing to go back when she was fit enough to do so.

Before: Tina before her weight loss journey

When she returned twelve months later, the instructor didn’t recognise her. Tina was half the woman she was having overcome health scares and heartbreak to lose 12 stone.

“I spent most of my life overweight and gained more weight after my father died,” she said.

“I was comfort eating; drinking upwards of three bottles of wine a night.

“I put on a stone over the weekend of my mother’s birthday celebrations. It was getting out of hand.

“That was it. I felt awful and was ready to change my life.”

After a very frank and honest talk with a very close friend, who basically told Tina she needed to sort her life out, she then, three days later started her healthy lifestyle and she was on her path.

A self-confessed ‘all or nothing type of person’ Tina met the challenge head-on.

She cut out alcohol, limited her calorie intake, began an exercise regime and the weight soon fell off. Nothing could hold her back, not even an illness that left her housebound for six months unable to exercise

“Physically it was quite tough but mentally it wasn’t,” Tina added.

“I returned to the gym after my illness in 2012 and gradually increased what I was doing”.

“I started spin classes and loved it straight away. Then I tried other things such as circuits, weight training and with the encouragement of Jane Richards at Fishguard Leisure centre, I tried their Go-Tri triathlon series”.

“I haven’t looked back since.”

Despite trying numerous activities Tina enjoyed spin classes and weight training the most.

From going to spin once or twice a week, it soon increased to six and became apparent she had what it takes to become an instructor.

“I spoke with the instructors who encouraged me to go for it. I had to attend a few training sessions before undertaking an exam.

“I was the only one taking it that didn’t work in a gym but I obviously did enough to pass. In fact, the examiner, who was six months pregnant, enjoyed my session so much she wanted to join in!

“Hearing that was a huge confidence booster, to know that I could do it and do it well.

“I just can’t wait to teach more classes now.”

Pembrokeshire County Council Leisure Services Officer Gary Nicholas believes Tina is an inspiration.

“Health and wellbeing, whilst can be challenging, should be about fun and enjoyment and I have little doubt that Tina will play a key role over the years to come,” he said.

“Tina’s journey has been truly phenomenal and it fully demonstrates what can be achieved if you put your mind to something.

“Tina is the type of role model that we value at Pembrokeshire Leisure and we hope that she will be able to inspire others as she joins our team of dedicated instructors.”

Tina’s tip for weight loss:

  • Do it for you and nobody else
  • Always focus on the end goal
  • Write a note of what you eat. Losing weight is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise
  • Don’t be afraid. No-one will judge you in the gym because we’re all in it for the same reason
  • Enjoy it.
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Consultation on Public Rights of Way plan launched

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A JOINT public consultation between Pembrokeshire County Council and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has been launched to review the Public Rights of Way Improvement plan.

The statutory plan is under review to ensure the Authorities continue to identify, plan and prioritise improvements to their path networks effectively.

“Public Rights of Way play an important role in Pembrokeshire,” said Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure Councillor Phil Baker.

“They connect rural and urban areas and we maintain routes totalling around 2,350km in the county.

“The consultation provides an opportunity for members of the public, Community Councils and other groups to present their views on how the rights of way network in Pembrokeshire should be managed over the next ten years and I would urge them to have their say,” he added.

Members of the public can read the consultation document and give their views on the proposals by going online at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay or by requesting a copy of the consultation document from the Council’s Contact Centre on 01437 764551

The deadline for comments is Friday, August 3.

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