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Woman pleads guilty to stealing 89-year-old’s purse

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A MILFORD HAVEN woman has been sent to prison after she pleaded guilty to taking a purse from an elderly person.

Marion Picton, aged 39, of Willow End, appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Oct 2).

Prosecuting, Mr Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the Court: “The victim is a retired lady aged 89 and had gone to Tesco on September 8 to do some shopping. She took £50 out of the cash point and put it in her purse and then in her handbag and she put her bag into the trolley.

“She was shopping for 30 minutes and went back out to get a taxi and went to get her purse but realised it had gone.

“She went back into the store to see if anyone could help her and security checked the CCTV which showed the defendant taking the purse out of the trolley when the lady was looking in the other direction. She was traced and interviewed and admitted she took a purse that didn’t belong to her and made no comment to the other questions put to her.

“The lady says she lost the purse which cost her £30, £30 in cash and lost her keys which as a result she had to change the locks on her home. She is claiming £90 for the contents and £147.50 for the locks being changed.”

Defending, Mark Layton said: “This was a very unpleasant affair for someone of 89 years of age and Miss Picton has pleaded guilty. She has said from the outset that she would plead guilty. She says she was not aware of the age of the person and just saw the purse and took it.

“Whatever happens she will pay it and is genuinely sorry for her appearance in court.”

A probation officer did argue that a curfew would be sufficient to allow her to deal with her problems while Mr Layton added that a suspended sentence could have been imposed.

However, Magistrates said: “I do not think that stealing from an 89-year-old is a nice thing to do. You saw the woman and took the opportunity to steal her purse.

Picton was instead sent to prison for a period of 20 weeks. Once released she will also have to pay £237.60 in compensation and a £115 victim surcharge.

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Climate change protesters pack the streets of Haverfordwest

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Hundreds of protestors flooded the streets of Haverfordwest today to join in one of the biggest global climate strikes to date.

The event took place at County Hall from 11am on Friday, September 20, where hundreds flocked in unison to show their support for the many global activists around the world in protest of the way we live on our planet.

Leading the charge for the world-wide events were multiple organisations including Extinction Rebellion and UK Student Climate Network, as well as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish activist for the planet’s well-being. Children all across the globe have been puled out of their schools to join the protests for change on how we consume our planet’s resources and these acts have been met with mixed responses.

Some are happy that others are taking a stand for the greater good of our planet, whilst others seem to be disgruntled by all the commotion the protests have caused in their areas.

At County Hall in Haverfordwest, singing and chanting could be heard as the school children, toddlers, pensioners, families and college students all joined the call for imminent action to tackle the climate emergency.

The climate protest was also attended by Cllr David Simpson and director of development Dr Steven Jones, who assured the public that the authority was working towards its zero carbon goal.

In a statement on Facebook, Extinction Rebellion said: “Hundreds turned out to support today’s Global Climate Strike in Haverfordwest alongside hundreds of thousands around the world! A clear message was delivered and responded to by the leader of Pembrokeshire County Council who has invited you to be represented in their work in months to come to meaningfully address the climate emergency in our beautiful county and beyond. The tide is rising, and so are we!”

The protests ended as the groups made their way to Castle Square, where final chants and songs echoed around Haverfordwest.

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Refinery protest over: Two activists arrested at scene, others reported for summons

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THE PROTEST organised by Extinction Rebellion at Valero Refinery came to an end last night (Sept 19).

Specialist officers were deployed to the scene and as a result of that, two protestors were arrested for unlawful obstruction of the highway and transferred to Haverfordwest custody.

Others who took part, police said, decided to end their protest and have been reported for summons and the items used by them have been seized by the police.

Police said: “All protestors have now left the area and police are maintaining high visibility patrols.”

Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “Officers spoke to the protesters and partner agencies throughout the day to ensure a balance was maintained between allowing people the right to peaceful protest and the requirement to ensure the safety of, and minimise the disruption to, business and the community. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

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Pembroke Dock: Man hospitalised after ‘jumping through pizza shop window’

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A PEMBROKE DOCK man has been taken to hospital after becoming injured by glass in Pembroke Dock.

According to a passing motorist a male was seen shouting and screaming in the street – he was being restrained by others.

He then jumped into the glass window of the PizzaTime take away in Meyrick Street, cutting his stomach on the glass.

Multiple police vehicles and an ambulance attended the incident which took place at around 15.30 HRS.

The road was temporarily blocked.

Once police car remains on scene (16:49 HRS)

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