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Driver’s face slashed in attempted Friday night car-jacking

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A 32-YEAR-OLD man from Pembroke says that he was slashed in the face by a man who smashed the driver’s side window of his car and tried to take his keys.

The incident happened, says Wayne Edge, when he was driving in the rain at around 5.30pm on Friday (Nov 30) on the road between Freshwater West and Angle.

Wayne said that as he drove past the main car park on his way to make a customer delivery, he passed a black car with its lights on which he says he thought was ‘strange at the time’.

Wayne says that the first of two men stepped out in front of his car about 200 yards from the junction – near the new cottage at the top of the road.

Wayne said: “I stopped, then a second man yanked my hand and I felt a sharp pain, he cut my face, he actually cut from the middle of my cheek to my lip. It’s quite a big gash – it’s all stitched up now.

“As it happened I put my foot down and drove off. I called 999 and the operator told me to carry on to the police station and an ambulance was waiting for me when I got there.”

On Saturday night (Dec 1) Wayne posted on Facebook saying: “Guys please aware of travelling angle fresh west way as tonight two people stopped me, smashed the window and tried to take keys when they couldn’t I was slashed in the face, please be careful and don’t travel alone out that way.”

His post has been shared over 1000 times.

On Sunday (Dec 2) he posted on Facebook: “Does anybody know anyone that was at Freshwater West beach on Friday between 5.30 and 6pm?”

He added: “They were parked opposite the car park where the toilet block is, was raining so didn’t properly see car but looked like a small black/dark coloured car maybe a Clio or Corsa, they were in the lay-by with lights on, Incident happened about 5 minutes after passing them, if anybody knows someone that was out there at that time please contact me please.”

Wayne told The Herald: “My car and clothes were taken for forensics, I’ve been back to the scene with police to show them where it happened and have had the crime photographer here today to take pictures, have not had an update yet.”

When asked for a description Wayne said: “The person in front was wearing a dark coat with hood up but not sure if he had a beard or something covering his face because of the rain the one who smashed the window I didn’t see properly because it happened so fast.”

“Two violent people are still out there.”

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating an assault which is reported to have taken place as a man was driving along the B4219 Freshwater West towards the B4320 Angle to Pembroke Road.

“The victim reports approaching the junction, when a man stood in the road and caused him to stop, before a second man approached the vehicle and smashed the driver’s window.

“The victim sustained a laceration to his cheek during the incident.

“All available police resources were directed to the area and an extensive search was carried out, but no offenders were traced.

“Officers have carried out anniversary checks in the area over the following days, speaking to drivers who might have been on the road around the time of the incident.

“Residents are likely to see a higher than usual police presence in the area over the coming days as officers carry out additional enquiries.

“Anyone who was driving along this road at around 5.40pm – especially any drivers who might have dash cam footage – is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101 and quoting reference 255 of November 30.”

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Police officer was assaulted on Christmas Day

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A 25-YEAR-OLD woman from Haverfordwest appeared before the town’s magistrates on Tuesday (Jan 15) to face a charge of assault by beating against a police officer.

Tiffany Rowlands, of West Court, pleaded guilty to assaulting PC Gareth Potter on Christmas Day.

Prosecutor, Sian Vaughan said: “The officer was at the defendant’s property searching the childrens’ bedrooms.

“Rowlands pushed the officer to the chest, and after she calmed down apologised following the incident.”

Defence solicitor, Mark Layton, said: “There’s no record of any injury. They were upstairs, the lights were off so it was dark, and she realises it was wholly inappropriate.”

Magistrates fined Rowlands £40 for the offence and ordered her to pay £85 prosecution costs and £30 victim surcharge.

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Milford Haven: Booms to be removed following oil spill

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BOOMS installed earlier this month to contain an oil spill in the Milford Haven waterway will be removed tomorrow (Jan 17).

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and partner agencies have continued to survey the affected areas since the incident on 3 January and are satisfied that they have contained as much oil as possible.

Where oil has been found on local beaches, Valero’s clean up team have removed it under advice of NRW officers.

The investigation into how this incident, and the previous oil spill in December 2018, happened is ongoing.

Following further assessments and an inspection of the affected fuel pipelines, Valero now believe that no more than 500 litres of oil was released during the incident on 3 January – significantly less than originally feared.

But the pipelines will remain closed after NRW took action last week to suspend their use. NRW will not allow Valero to reopen the pipelines until it is satisfied they can operate without causing further damage to the local environment.

Andrea Winterton, Operations Manager from Natural Resources Wales, said: “Following a swift response from everyone involved, much of the pollution has been contained and cleaned up quickly, reducing the impact it could have had on wildlife and the environment.

“Along with our partners, we will continue to monitor the situation and will respond to any further reports of oil washing ashore in the coming weeks.

“Valero continue to support our efforts and cooperate with our enquiries into how the incidents happened. Our investigation also continues as we consider what further action we need to take to stop this happening again.”

NRW is asking people who live in the area to report any signs of pollution to their 24/7 incident hotline on 03000 65 3000.

The multi-agency response to this incident has involved the following organisations: NRW, Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Milford Haven Port Authority, Marine and Coastguard Agency, Public Health Wales, Food Standards Agency.

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Fishguard: Sex offender caught trying to flee to Ireland

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A sex offender from Bow Street near Aberystwyth who tried to move to Ireland without telling anyone has been jailed.

Dennis Bull, aged 67, was caught trying to drive a van onto the Fishguard–Rosslare ferry with his belongings in the back ready for a new life in the Republic.

Bull, of Nirmit, admitted failing to comply with the conditions of registration as a sex offender and was jailed for 16 months.

Dyfed Thomas, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court it was the third time he had breached the order, imposed at Caernarfon crown court in February, 2016, for possessing indecent images of children.

That conviction was on top of earlier offending in New Zealand that included indecent exposure, outraging public decency and gross indecency with a child.

Mr Thomas said Bull had been jailed for 16 months in 2016 and ordered to register with the police. The restrictions imposed included a requirement to tell the police if he intended to change address.

On November 13 last year police at Fishguard harbour became aware of a Ford Mondeo registered to Bull.

A few minutes later Bull was arrested as he attempted to drive a van onto the Stenna ferry, which was loaded with household items.

Bull told the police he had made arrangements to move to Ireland “lock, stock and barrel” because he understood the monitoring of sex offenders was less strict.

In particular, said Mr Thomas, Bull did not like prospective employers being told about his convictions.

Judge Geraint Walters told Bull, “This was a planned and determined attempt to avoid detection. It was only the eagle eyes of the authorities that brought you to book.

“Your record is troubling and you present a risk of committing more offences of a sexual nature.

 “You are defiant of court orders that are there to protect others and it is truly disturbing that you are so keen to breach them.”

Bull was warned that the 2016 order remained in place for a further seven years.

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