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Haverfordwest: Multiple arrests made in county town day of action

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A DAY of action was held in Haverfordwest over the weekend (Jun 16 – 17) targeting the crimes and issues that are having a negative impact on the community.

The activity took place on Saturday, June 16, and included tackling under-age drinking, drug dealing, drink driving, anti-social behaviour, and modern day slavery.

Officers teamed up with Wales Ambulance Service and Street Pastors to carry out a targeted day of activity clamping down on problems that have been reported to them by the community.

Amongst the many results for the day, three arrests were made.

33-year-old Paul Jenkins from Dew Street, Haverfordwest was arrested for failing to attend at court. He was transferred to the courts on Monday, June 18.

A 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of common assault and threats to commit criminal damage. He was released under investigation on June 16.

A 13-year-old boy from Haverfordwest, was arrested on suspicion aggravated burglary, vehicle theft, resisting arrest and assault. He was later released under investigation.

Sergeant Reuben Palin said: “It was a highly successful day that not only led to arrests and warnings, but also gave officers and partners the opportunity to show the local community that their concerns are taken seriously and while they may not see immediate action if they report something to us, they should be reassured that we will be building an intelligence picture in the background that then leads us to carry out enforcement and engagement action like this. It should also serve as a warning to any potential offenders that we will take robust action when appropriate.”

A test purchase operation targeted three licenced premises in the town. Two out of the three allowed the 16 and 17 year old test purchasers into the premises and served them alcohol with no questions asked around identification. The third business asked for identification. When none was provided they were refused entry. All three businesses were given immediate feedback and police will continue to work with them.

Two drugs warrants were carried out in Solva. The first was at a property on Bryn Seion. Cannabis worth over £1,000 was found at one property. Enquiries are being made against a man in relation to possession with intention to supply drugs.

The second warrant was carried out at Maes y Mor. Police Dog Dash searched the property and found cannabis resin.  Joint patrols were carried out by Wales Ambulance Service and police. They dealt with a variety of things throughout the evening, including an assault in Tenby where paramedic assistance was required and a serious road traffic collision.

90 roadside breath tests were carried out and no drivers were found to be over the drink-drive limit. Officers also carried out vehicle spot checks.

A community engagement event was held at Withybush Retail Park round the issues of speeding. Information was also available about Sherlock and Goleudy, a service commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn for victims and witnesses of crime

Working conditions were checked at key locations in the town to ensure no employees were being forced to work there as a modern day slave.

A section 34 notice was put in place at Castle Square and the multi storey car park to address anti-social behaviour in the area. Nine section 35 notices were also issued, which bans that person from returning to a designated area for the next 24-hours.

Police at Haverfordwest urge members of the community to report anything they feel is suspicious or as requiring police attention, to report it to officers by calling 101, approaching an officer on the street or calling in at the police station.

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Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50

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EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea

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A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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