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Milford Haven: Armed police arrest four following alleged assault

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ARMED OFFICERS assisted Milford Haven police on Tuesday evening (Jun 12) to execute a raid on a property in Elm Lane, Mount Estate.

Sixteen police officers, including dog handlers, emerged from six vehicles and cordoned off a property at around 10.30pm, as up to fifty local residents stood by and watched.

Police have said the response followed a report of an assault at a property.

Four people were arrested following the raid – two 26-year-old men, a 47-year-old man, and a 23-year-old woman.

All four have released under investigation pending further enquiries.

After the area was secure, officers with guns drawn went up to the property and shouted: “Armed police, if you are in there open up!”

After no one answered the door, and with police dogs barking, other officers went around to the patio doors at the rear of the property and gained entry.

Shouts of “Police don’t move!” echoed over the council estate as neighbours watched in stunned silence.

Put your hands up: Police arrest suspect in Mount Estate (Pic: Herald)

The men stood with their hands on their heads while police pointed semi-automatic weapons and tasers at them. The laser target was clearly visible on their chests as they stood waiting to be handcuffed.

Police officers thoroughly searched the arrested persons stating they had intelligence that they may have knives or weapons.

One resident told the Herald that the same address had been raided before. She said: “Yeah the cops did this address a few times, and now they are back again.”

One of the arrested men shouted: “I haven’t done nothing, I haven’t done nothing, why are you arresting me?”

By around midnight the individuals arrested had been transported to local police stations, and the police left the scene. The council were on hand to make the property secure, and an ambulance was on standby in case of any injuries during the raid.

A police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police was called to a report of an assault at Mount Estate, Milford Haven, shortly after 10pm yesterday (June 12).

“Neighbourhood Policing Team officers attended within six minutes. Armed response officers also attended.

“A property at Elm Lane was secured and four people were arrested for assault – two 26-year-old men, a 47-year-old man, and 23-year-old woman.

“All four have released under investigation pending further enquiries.”

This latest operation follows a number of raids at the estate for drugs, as part of a wider operation in Pembrokeshire. Last month, police said that they had taken several thousands of pounds of illegal narcotics off the streets and recovered considerable sums of cash. As part of the operation they used chainsaws to cut down front doors, using American shock- and-awe tactics.

 

 

 

 

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Investigation continues into oil pollution along Cleddau estuary

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NATURAL RESOURCES WALES (NRW) is looking into the cause of a pollution incident that has affected several areas along Milford Haven waterway.

Several organisations responded on Friday (Dec 7) including NRW, Pembrokeshire County Council, The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and Port of Milford Haven (PMH), after reports of oil at Burton Ferry.

Several tonnes of contaminated seaweed and strandline debris were removed on Friday while NRW sampled the site.

Clean up and investigation work continued over the weekend after more oil was reported at Llanreath, Pembroke River, Hazelbeach and Llanstadwell.

It’s thought that the pollution is a fuel oil, the source is being investigated.

So far, around 55 birds lightly contaminated in oil have been sighted but no fatalities or distressed birds have been reported. The RSPCA have checked the area.

Robert Phillips, Team Leader for Pembrokeshire Natural Resource Management for NRW, said: “Protecting Wales’ environment and wildlife is a huge part of the work we do which is why we are contactable 24/7 in case there’s an incident we need to attend.

“The oil pollution in Milford Haven is affecting a few areas and we’re working hard with our partners to find the cause.

“The recent weather should help break up the oil but in the meantime, please report any pollution incidents to our 24/7 incidents line on 03000 65 3000.”

Investigations into the source of pollution are ongoing.

Adam Grogan, Head of Wildlife at RSPCA, commented: “RSPCA Cymru officers are standing by in case any oil affected birds or other animals are brought to our attention so we can provide the appropriate assistance.

“We urge if anyone spots any bird or animal in distress to contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 as they are animals that need specialist care and treatment.

“We continue to liaise with Natural Resources Wales on this.”

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Huge response to PATCH appeal

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“WE’RE going to need a bigger van…..”

That was the first reaction of Tracy Olin – manager of the County-based charity PATCH (Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship) – when she saw the mountain of food products and household items assembled in the reception area of County Hall, Haverfordwest.

For the past few weeks, the headquarters of Pembrokeshire County Council has been utilised as a collection point for goods donated by employees of the local authority to be distributed to needy adults and children this Christmas.

“There was so much I quickly realised that the van we had brought was not going to be big enough,” explained Tracey who quickly made arrangements for a second van to turn-up.

“All I can say is ‘wow’ – and thank you to all the Council people who donated. Their generosity will make Christmas a little more enjoyable for many needy families.”

Council Leader David Simpson – pictured among the donations with Tracy – said that he was proud of the kind-heartedness of Council staff.

“Their response has been amazing,” he added.

All the goods have now been taken to PATCH in Milford Haven for distribution around Pembrokeshire.

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Stereophonics to play Swansea gig

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ONE of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics has announced a special performance at Singleton Park, Swansea on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

The stadium rockers will perform in their south Wales heartland to celebrate 20 years since the career milestone show in Swansea at Morfa Stadium to 55,000 people and the release of ‘Performance and Cocktails’.

It will be the band’s first time back in south west Wales since their Morfa Stadium show in 1999. This now iconic album, which was the band’s second studio release, gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with ‘The Bartender and the Thief’ reaching No.3, and both ‘Just Looking’ and ‘Pick a Part That’s New’ reaching No.4.

Over the past two decades, Stereophonics have played at some of the biggest venues to fans all across the globe, amassing over 10 million album sales in that time.

More recently in 2018, the band performed to sell-out crowds across the globe, including a huge 15-date arena tour, summer homecoming gigs in Wrexham and Cardiff plus headline shows at Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Victorious Festival.

Speaking about the latest announcement, Kelly Jones said: “Performance and Cocktails put us on the world map, and also on the TV and the Radio, which meant a lot of people went back to discover Word Gets Around and made our first album platinum! Morfa Stadium was where we set Performance and Cocktails alight, and it was a one off day that can never be beaten. It was perfect. I’m not a man that likes to go backwards, this event is merely a birthday party, so come along and help us blow out the candles.”

Stereophonics are Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums).

Tickets go on sale on Friday (Dec 14) at 10am via www.myticket.co.uk.

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