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Banned for keeping horses for 10 years

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Malnourished: The horse

Malnourished: Lindsey Morgan could not care for her horse

A 43-year-old woman from Haverfordwest has been banned from keeping horses for 10 years after being found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to two horses.

At Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday, Lindsey Morgan was also given an 18 week prison sentence which is suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.

She was also ordered to sign the chestnut horse over to the RSPCA for rehoming and pay £6289.54 prosecution costs along with an £80 victim surcharge.

Morgan, an equine course builder of Clarbeston Road, was found guilty of eight offences including causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the welfare needs of a bay horse and a chestnut horse following a one-day trial at Haverfordwest magistrates on April 9.
Last October, 2013, an RSPCA inspector responded to a complaint about the welfare of horses being stabled in a barn at Treffgarne.
When he arrived, Inspector Keith Hogben was immediately concerned about the welfare of two horses and the conditions in which they were being kept.

An independent vet was called to examine them and he stated that both horses were suffering and needed to be removed from the location. The police were called and with their assistance the horses were taken into the care of the RSPCA.
Inspector Keith Hogben said: “These horses were being kept in a disgusting state and had been suffering for a long period of time.
“The bay stallion was emaciated with his hips, spine and ribs clearly visible. The chestnut mare was very weak and appeared to be suffering from a leg injury.

“There was a large amount of faeces in the barn and the bedding was saturated with urine, it had obviously not been cleaned out for some time. In places the soiled bedding measured up to 11 inches and fresh bedding had simply been thrown on top. The most basic needs of these horses were not being met.”

Sadly the bay horse was put to sleep on veterinary advice after he failed to respond to treatment.

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Pembroke: Leave teenage girls alone, sex offender told

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A SEX OFFENDER from Ashdale Lane, Pembroke has been jailed for repeatedly ignoring court orders which were put in place to protect young girls.
Gareth Thomas James Flynn, aged 41, frightened a 14-year-old girl who refused to get off a bus in case he managed to find out where she lived.
41-year-old Gareth Thomas James Flynn scared a 14-year-old girl because she refused to get of a bus, frightened he would learn her address.
He admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was jailed today for a year.
Sitting at Swansea Crown Court, Judge Geraint Walters berated the defendant.  His Honour said that Flynn had shown a complete disregard for the original SHPO.
The judge said: “Leave teenage girls alone. They are scared of you”
He told Flynn he would be on licence for 12 months after his release from prison, and he reminded him that the SHPO remained in place.

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Narberth: ‘My mum’s camper was stolen and found burned out down the road’

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A CAMPER VAN stolen on Thursday night in Narberth was found burned a short distance from where it was parked, the owner’s son has said.

Zachary Bunce posted an appeal on Facebook on Friday morning saying: “Can every single one of my friends please share this my mother’s Ford transit campervan was stolen last night in the Narberth area can people please be on the lookout for this van as my mother is completely heartbroken.”

But three hours later he updated the post to say: “Thank you everyone who shared, sadly my mums van was driven 1.3 miles down the road and driven into a ditch and burnt it out.

Mr Bunce has said on that the incident has been captured on CCTV, and took place at 2.10am in the morning (Jan 24).
Anyone with any information should contact the police on 101.

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Hook: Police and school confirm death of boy, 13

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POLICE are investigating the sudden death of a 13-year-old boy from Hook on Wednesday (Jan 22)

A police spokesman told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy, from the Hook area of Pembrokeshire.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. Next of kin have been advised and are being supported.”

A letter was sent out to parents and carers by Haverfordwest High VC School headteacher Jane Harries following the death. The letter reads: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you about the sudden death of a year nine pupil at our school.

“The children in Year nine were told this morning by myself and other pupils were told by their teachers during their lesson this afternoon. The full detail surrounding the death are not known at this stage – but children have been reassured that this is something that does not happen very often. Your child may or may not want to talk bout it, but it is likely that he/she will need your special care, attention and reassurance at this difficult time.

“We are deeply affected by the death, but we are trying, for the children’s sake, to keep the school as normal as possible over the coming days, whilst allowing the children opportunities to talk about the pupil if they wish to. Trained support staff and counsellors are helping to support us through this difficult time. If you feel that your child needs extra support, please let us know.

“Our thoughts are with the pupil’s family at this difficult time, and the whole school community sends them our sincerest sympathy and support. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s achievement leader, or Miss Thomas, pastoral support manager. Paul Lucas, chairman of the governing body at Haverfordwest High VC School, said: “The governors are shocked at the tragic loss of this young student. The family are in our thoughts at this very sad time.”

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