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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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Ethiopian sailor absconds from ship docked at Valero

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A SEARCH is underway for an Ethiopian sailor who has failed to return to his vessel after taking shore leave from a ship berthed in Pembrokeshire.

The male, who is understood to be a cadet in his twenties, was a crew member on the Perseus-N; a chemical products ship.

He failed to return to the ship on Tuesday night after 9pm (Aug 20).

The Liberian tanker has already left Milford Haven without the missing member of crew.

The Herald understands that the missing man was with a group of other sailors from the ship in the Milford Haven are using the marina’s leisure facilities.

The group then headed to Tesco in Milford Haven, where all went in to the store except the missing sailor who slipped away, according to CCTV which was checked by police.

One theory, The Herald has been told, was that he left on the train from Milford Haven station by hiding in the toilet. The station is next to the Tesco store.

Border Force have been contacted for a comment in relation to the incident.

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Former Chequers nightclub to reopen

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AN APPLICATION for a new premises licence for the former Chequers night club succeeded at a meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council’s Licensing sub-committee on Thursday (Aug 22).

The former nightclub closed its doors for the last time in 2003, when it ran as a private members’ club, having had an application for a full on-licence rejected.

After failing in an attempt to close the club on that occasion, Pembrokeshire County Council became the only local authority in Wales to classify mobile homes as permanent residences in an effort to shut down the club once and for all.

The new applicant, Mrs Carmen Clemas applied for a new premises licence in respect of the club, which will be renamed the Queen of Clubs.

The Committee heard objections to the licence from local residents and heard representations from both the Police and Fire Service which pointed out that the building would need significant remedial works to it before it could re-open.

While Penally Community Council objected on the basis of events and problems at the premises almost twenty years ago, neither the Police nor Fire Service had an objection to the Club’s re-opening in principle.

Both emergency services emphasised that, even though they had no objections, they had concerns that had to be addressed.

Dyfed-Powys Police licensing officer Nigel Lewis highlighted road safety as a significant issue as it was “quite a nasty stretch of road.”

He said: “A solution will have to be found if the premise licence is to be granted, it’s way too dangerous to let a patron leave your place and and enter into that section,” he added.

The Committee granted the application, refusing permission for licensable activities at the Club on Sundays, apart from Sundays before Bank Holidays, and imposing strict noise control measures.

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St Davids RNLI to feature in new series of a popular TV documentary

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THE volunteer lifeboat crew of St Davids RNLI will be taking to the small screen next week as they will feature twice in the first episode of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea.

Now in its fourth season the documentary series, which showcases the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), will be aired on BBC Two on Tuesdays at 8 pm, as well as being available on the BBC iPlayer following the broadcast. The new 10-part series features real rescues carried out by the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards around the UK and Ireland – including St Davids RNLI.

Each programme gives a unique insight into the lives and work of the charity’s lifesavers who are needed more than ever before, rescuing thousands of people and saving hundreds of lives around our coastline and on inland waterways every year. The new series features more dramatic real-life rescue footage, accompanied by emotive testimonials from the volunteer crews, lifeguards and the people they rescue and their families.

This forthcoming episode, on 27 August, sees St Davids RNLI launch to a crashed plane in one shout, and tow a yacht stranded in a shipping lane in another. These shouts are shown alongside rescue stories from their colleagues at other stations and beaches around our coasts.

Judd Kohler, Station Mechanic at St Davids Lifeboat Station, said: “The first episode of Saving Lives at Sea shows two very different shouts that St Davids RNLI responded to. The programme is a great chance for RNLI supporters to catch a glimpse of the work that their kind donations go towards. We want to say a huge thank you to supporters of the RNLI, who help us to save lives at sea.”

Filming took place over the past year, with lifeboat crews and lifeguards carrying special cameras and welcoming film-makers into their day-to-day life. Rescues from the RNLI’s archives are also revisited, and we get a glimpse into the everyday lives of the thousands of men and women who give up their time to save lives.

Last year alone, RNLI lifeboat crews around the UK and Ireland rescued 9,412 people, saving 211 lives, while the charity’s lifeguards aided 32,207 people and saved 118 lives on some of the UK’s busiest beaches.

Saving Lives at Sea begins on Tuesday 27 August at 8 pm on BBC Two, and will continue throughout August, September and October.

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