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Haverfordwest: Man with twelve months to live jailed for seven years

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A ROMANIAN said to have just 12 months to live has been jailed this afternoon for seven years.

Vasile Mărgineanu, aged 34, attacked a woman and the man he thought she was having an affair with.

Mărgineanu, of Bridgend Square, Haverfordwest, admitted assault, false imprisonment and wounding.

John Hipkin, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that Mărgineanu had been in a relationship with Isnela Zimbru but formed the belief that she had begun an affair with Stephan Gherasim. All three had rooms at the same address.

On June 24 he burst into Miss Zimbru’s room while armed with a knife and told them they should look at each other for the last time as he was about to kill them both.

He then beat both of them with his fists and cut Miss Zimbru with the knife.

At one stage she managed to escape but Mărgineanu ran after her and dragged her back into the room where he resumed the beatings after locking the door.

“Using graphic details he repeatedly told them they were about to be killed,” added Mr Hipkin.

A man called Ben Popa arrived and managed to disarm Mărgineanu while Miss Zimbru ran into the street and begged for help from a passing motorist.

After his arrest police made inquiries in Romania and discovered that Mărgineanu had convictions there for attempted murder, robbery and aggravated theft.

His barrister, Craig Jones, told the court that Mărgineanu had been diagnosed in Romania with colon cancer. Doctors had told him he had 12 months to live and that he should make the most of them.

Judge Geraint Walters ruled that Mărgineanu should be regarded as a dangerous offender as defined by the law and passed an extended sentence of seven years.

He said Mărgineanu would serve a minimum of four years behind bars and should not be released until the authorities were satisfied he was no longer a danger.

In reality, added Judge Walters, Mărgineanu would be deported back to Romania while serving his sentence and it would be up to the authorities there to decide when to release him.

“You have the potential to cause serious harm and even death. It is a miracle your victims were not more seriously hurt,” he said.

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Fishguard: Traws Cymru bus destroyed in vehicle fire

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THE TRAWS CYMRU T5 Bus caught fire on Friday evening (May 17) in Fishguard, no passengers onboard.

According to local reports, only the driver was in the bus, which was on the way back to the depot.

The Herald understands that the driver got off safely.

Police and fire service were at the scene and the blaze was quickly extinguished.

Bus enthusiast Jim Horrissey said on Facebook: “The bus was Optare Tempo X1200 YJ56 WUG.

“It had finished it’s device on the T11 and was heading back to Fishguard when the fire started. Nobody was hurt, and only the driver was onboard.”

The 19 year old bus was formerly on service with the Norfolk Green Line, which is owned by Stagecoach before being put into general Statecoach service.

It was most recently operated by Richard Brothers.

According to their website, The TrawsCymru T5 provides a regular and direct service along the scenic Cambrian Coast, linking Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, New Quay, Cardigan, Fishguard and Haverfordwest.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Parked up: Bus before the fire

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Dementia Action Week

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LIBRARIES across the county will be supporting Dementia Action Week this month.

Dementia Action Week (20-26 May) aims to unite individuals, workplaces and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.

“Unfortunately there are many people living with dementia in Pembrokeshire,” said Laura Evans, Library Development Officer.

“It is important that we do all we can to raise awareness of the condition and to help those people who are living with it.”

Reminiscence sessions will be the focus in some libraries, with members of the public invited to bring along old photographs of their local area to help people recall events, places or people.

Craft activities will be taking place to make ‘twiddle sheets’, that provide visual, tactile and sensory stimulation to people with dementia, with the finished sheets being donated to local groups and charities.

Libraries in Pembrokeshire offer a range of books about dementia, including the ‘Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia’ collection.

The collection, which has been recommended by experts and endorsed by well-known charities and health organisations, provides information and advice for living well after diagnosis, as well as personal stories and practical support.

Information on all Dementia Action Week events taking place at local libraries will be available from:

· www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/libraries-and-culture,
· on the Libraries Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PembrokeshireLibraryService
· or ask at your local library for details

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TPS scam alert issued

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PEMBROKESHIRE Trading Standards are warning local residents of a current telephone scam.

Callers claiming to be from the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) have been phoning residents asking them to pay for the service or to update their contact details.

In fact, the TPS is free – and it does not contact its customers to update their details.

“The TPS is the official service for people to register to opt out of receiving marketing phone calls to land and mobile telephones. It is free and once a phone number is registered, it remains on the list with no need for it to be updated,” said Sandra McSparron, Trading Standards Officer at Pembrokeshire County Council.

“If you have been contacted by phone asking you to pay for TPS services, or update your details, it is a scam.”

Pembrokeshire Trading Standards has also received a report of someone being phoned regarding national insurance fraud and asking for details of the person’s National Insurance number.

Trading Standards would advise people not to share this information with unknown callers.

· If you suspect a scam call, hang up and report it to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506 / 03454 040505 (Welsh Speaker).

· Registering your telephone number with the TPS can be done via their telephone number 0345 070 0707 or the website www.tpsonline.org.uk

· The Trading Standards Team offers talks to any groups in Pembrokeshire advising how to spot and avoid scams and what to do if you or someone you know is receiving these contacts. For further details please phone 01437 764551 or email tradingstandards@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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