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Pembroke Dock: Man jailed as judge warns knife carriers



KNIFE carriers were warned by a judge today (Jul 6) they would receive jail sentences following decisions taken in Parliament.

Judge Geraint Walters issued the warning as he jailed Pembroke Dock man Lee Anthony Shakeshaft for 12 months.

Swansea Crown Court heard that police approached Shakeshaft, aged 30, in Meyrick Street on February 2 about a completely different matter.

They told him he would be arrested but first they had to search him.

Shakeshaft immediately pulled out a knife with a three inch blade and handed it to a friend walking with him.

After his arrest he was bailed to attend a court hearing but failed to turn up.

Shakeshaft, of London Road, admitted possessing a knife in a public place and breaching the terms of his bail.

He also admitted breaching a community order imposed for earlier offending.

Judge Walters said it was the third time Shakeshaft had been found carrying a bladed article in a public place.

Parliament, he said, had made it clear that a minimum jail sentence had to be passed on anyone caught with a knife on more than one occasion.

“If you carry a knife now it is going to be very difficult to avoid a prison sentence. When there is a knife involved things can escalate,” added the judge.


Pembrokeshire named the 5th best location in UK for shark spotting



Hammerhead shark: Might be in UK waters within the next 30 years

IF you’re looking to do some shark spotting then Pembrokeshire has been named the 5th best location in the UK, according to National Geographic.

Hammerheads, blacktips and sand tiger sharks could be heading to UK shores, and may inhabit our coastal waters in the next 30 years as well, according to new research released this week.

The new study reveals Britain’s current and future shark population. It predicts that with the rise of sea temperatures and the impact of climate change, we could see non-indigenous species of sharks from the Mediterranean making their way to the British coastline by 2050. 

Britain’s top ten locations for shark spotting:

  1. Cornwall
  2. Scilly Isles
  3. Devon
  4. Isle of Wight
  5. Pembrokeshire
  6. Caernarfonshire
  7. Anglesey
  8. Isle of Man
  9. Argyllshire
  10. Inverness-shire

Nearly 8 in 10 (79%) recent shark sightings in the UK have been of the basking shark, although three sightings of blue sharks have been reported in the last two years off the British coast, as well as two sightings of porbeagle sharks, which are often mistaken for Great Whites.

Cornwall is the place where you are most likely to spot a shark, with 25 of UK sightings in the past two years taking place here.

In a survey of 2000 British adults by National Geographic, it was found that four in ten Brits admit to suffering an irrational fear of sharks while swimming in the sea.

And with a potential infiltration of sharks on the horizon, more than three quarters of Brits think we’re likely to see shark surveillance and prevention techniques, such as shark nets and shark spotting drones, being used off British coasts in the future.

Despite there being 40 different species of shark currently passing through British waters, more than half of British respondents can’t name more than two types of shark, while 11% can’t name even one shark species. Meanwhile, over 8 in 10 Brits think sharks have been given a bad reputation by the Hollywood film industry.

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Tenby: Police launch operation to lower crime over summer



POLICE will be focusing on lowering crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour over the summer in Operation Lion.

The initiative involves Dyfed-Powys Police, British Transport Police, Arriva Trains Wales, Great Western Railway, Welsh Ambulance Service, Pembrokeshire Local Authority and local Licensees.

Under Operation Lion, which will run every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday in Tenby from July 21 to September 1, more police resources will be dedicated to the area to help cope with the increase of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour the town experiences over the summer.

Dyfed-Powys Police has worked with British Transport Police and Arriva Trains Wales to help people coming to Tenby by  train get to and from the town safely. Police officers from both forces will be on the trains and the platform on weekends, to help deal with the large numbers of people who use the service.

Tenby Inspector, Aled Davies, said: “Tenby is home to a variety of tourist attractions and events,  and experiences a huge boost in population over the summer months. The influx of visitors combined with the diversity of our patch brings challenges for us as a police force. This summer we are trying to help people enjoy our unique region by offering advice to help them do that.

“In the past we have seen a minority of people come to Tenby to visit the pubs and clubs,  who then cause trouble due to drinking too much alcohol. Very often some of these individuals have arrived by train already intoxicated, so by working closely with British Transport Police and Arriva Trains Wales we will be able to stop people from getting on the trains bound for Tenby in the first place, if their behaviour is not acceptable and they are drunk or under the influence of intoxicants.

“As well as extra officers at Tenby train station, there will be extra officers on foot patrol around the town from the early afternoon onwards. We are working closely with local businesses and the community to make sure Tenby continues to be a safe and popular destination for all to enjoy.

“We are very lucky to live and work in a place that people want to visit and we welcome visitors to the area to come and enjoy what is on offer. However,  we won’t put up with people behaving badly, causing anti-social behaviour(ASB) and ruining the fun for everyone. The police will be taking robust and positive action against any persons causing ASB, public disorder or committing any crime in Tenby over the Summer period.”

Sergeant Steve Dawkins of British Transport Police said:“Tenby is a fantastic place to visit during the summer, with an array of attractions and events, and we look forward to welcoming visitors using the railway. We want everyone to have a happy and safe Tenby Spectacular, and will do everything we can to help make this happen.

“People shouldn’t be concerned to see additional police officers on patrol during July and August, which is traditionally an extremely busy time on the rail network. Our officers will be on hand to help make sure revellers not only reach the festivities, but also get home again safely.

“While we don’t want to spoil anyone’s evening, we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour or any form of aggression towards rail staff. Anyone who is found to be unfit through alcohol will be refused travel and could find themselves in front of the court.

“Enjoy yourselves, enjoy the summer, enjoy Tenby and all it has to offer, but please remember to keep a clear head – alcohol and railways can be a dangerous cocktail.”

Security Manager at Arriva Trains Wales, Simon Turton said:“We’re looking forward to transporting lots of people to Tenby for what promises to be an excellent summer in the town.

“The most important thing from our point of view is getting people where they want to be safely and as such we will be working with our partners in British Transport Police and Dyfed Powys Police to ensure all our customers feel safe and secure on our services.

“Customers should plan their journeys carefully making a note of last train times and to expect some services to be busier than usual, particularly on event days and when the weather is particularly good.”

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Fishguard: Peaceful protest stands up for LGBTQ+ community



A PROTEST was held in Fishguard yesterday afternoon (Jul 15) in response to a planned meeting which was intended to host anti-LGBTQ+ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer) topics of conversation.

The meeting, organised by the group Evangelists Corner, had been advertised in the town via a leaflet which promoted anti-LGBTQ+ opinions.

The leaflet explained that the meeting would deal with the subject of same-sex marriage and transgender people, as well as their desire to stop teaching LGBTQ+ material in schools and replace it instead with creationism.

The protest was organised in response to the ‘homophobic’ message of the flyer and meeting agenda, and was well attended by various age groups and people of different sexual orientations.

Following the controversy caused by the leaflet, the meeting was cancelled, however the protest went on as planned to show ‘unity’ and ‘love’ which is strong in the community.

Police have received numerous official complaints about the literature and are now investigating.

Following the protest, two organisers of the protest, Matt Townsend and Jackie Jones, met with the spokesperson of the Evangelist group, John Fransham, at Fishguard police station.

There they discussed the issues raised in the literature – however Fransham defended the content of the flyer and the reasons for organising the meeting.

A spokesperson for Pembs LGBTQ Plus said after the event: “Thank you. This all too often is a gesture over-used, underappreciated, and haphazardly used. Today though, I use it with heart-felt appreciation for what you managed to achieve yesterday.

“Yesterday, you all did Pembrokeshire, the LGBTQ+ community and yourselves proud. We turned something that was extremely hurtful, upsetting and negative into something beautiful, positive and almost cathartic. To see you all united with a common goal sent a clear message: love overcomes hate.

“I spoke to many of you yesterday and felt privileged to hear individual stories, reasons for protesting and what yesterday meant to you. We have also been inundated with beautiful photographs. The adage reminds us that a photo says a thousand words – and many words were spoken.

“The public response to the weekend’s  events has been overwhelming. We have received messages of support, encouragement and love from many people at home and abroad. It is no exaggeration to say that your voices were heard globally. To think this happened from a small (and beautiful) town in Pembrokeshire is all the more humbling.

“I was invited to speak with the distributors at the police station yesterday. The police investigation is still ongoing. All I will say is that it was a very emotional dialogue and reaffirmed for me why we had to do what we did yesterday. As I said to the police and the distributors of the leaflet, we are not in any way protesting of their right to their own opinions. When this opinion does cross the line of law and has the potential to incite hatred and put at risk the safety of the LGBTQ+ community, then we have a duty to act.

“We have received a few messages and emails in the last 24 hours stating that the leaflet does nothing to incite hatred and/or violence. However, PembsLGBTQPlus challenges this. The content of the leaflet is such that it has the potential to incite hatred, to the extent that the police are investigating.”

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