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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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Newgale: New £30m road proposed to combat coastal damage

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has revealed a preferred new route for a road around Newgale today (Sept 25) at an event in Roch.

The new stretch of road would begin at Pencym and end at a new roundabout near Roch.

A new route is needed due to fears about road closures during high tides and winds, as well as coastal damage caused by global warming.

Reports have suggested that the current Newgale road may not exist in 20 years times.

The new route could cost up to £30m – compared to £40m a proposed viaduct would cost – and would need funding from the Welsh Government.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Transport officials will continue to work closely with the authority as they progress with their studies and firm up their proposals for addressing the current problems with the A487.

“Welsh Government is open to consider an application for funding to move forward the development work.”

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MP calls on Welsh Government to explain broadband delays

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STEPHEN CRABB has called on the Welsh Government to come clean over broadband rollout delays.

Minister Julie James AM, whose responsibilities include digital infrastructure and inclusion, has been urged to explain the reasons for delays to the rollout of superfast broadband to rural properties across Wales.

Last year, the Superfast Cymru scheme saw BT receive £425m in return for connecting the vast majority of premises in Wales to next-generation broadband.

When the contract ended, 90,000 mainly rural properties still had not been connected. Further details of another scheme to complete the work were due to be announced in July, but at the start of August, Julie James AM suddenly announced that ‘unforeseen issues’ were causing delays which could not be further discussed because of ‘commercial confidentiality’.

Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: “It’s simply unacceptable for the Minister responsible to announce delays to the next stage of Broadband rollout but refuse to explain why. Access to reliable, fast broadband is of increasing importance to businesses, large and small, in Pembrokeshire and I have worked with many across the constituency to improve their broadband access.

“However, the digital divide continues to exist with rural communities in Pembrokeshire suffering again. It is an inescapable fact that delivery of broadband infrastructure is devolved to the Welsh Government and Julie James AM should now come forward and explain the reasons for these delays.”

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Air ambulance lands at ‘serious’ crash scene

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THE WALES AIR AMBULANCE has landed at the scene of a serious crash this morning (Sept 25) between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts on the A477.

Posts on Facebook from witnesses at the scene say a man is being treated by paramedics.

Police have said one car was involved in the incident.

In addition to the helicopter, Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

The road is currently closed with diversions in place.

A police spokesperson said:  “Dyfed-Powys Police is at the scene of a serious RTC between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts, Pembrokeshire.

“The A477 stretch between those roundabouts is currently closed while emergency services deal with the incident. One car is involved; the driver has received serious injuries.

“No further information is available at this time.”

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