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Horror ordeal at hands of a violent husband

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manwaringA PEMBROKESHIRE woman was hospitalised as a result of a violent attack made against her by her husband. In an interview with The Herald, Julie Manwaring, 36, of Haverfordwest, spoke of the attack and her fears for the future. 

The incident occurred this February in the couple’s Yeovil home, where husband of Mrs Manwaring, Paul Manwaring, 51 also of Haverfordwest, attacked his wife with a hammer and went on to put boiling hot water over her, causing substantial injuries resulting in Julie Manwaring needing metal plates in one of her fingers. Paul Manwaring, having plead guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, was sentenced at Taunton Crown Court on Friday May 23 and jailed for nine years. Julie Manwaring spoke about her six and a half year relationship with her husband. “I hadn’t seen any violence before, but I know he had been in trouble with the police in his twenties, had been arrested, but never charged and had no criminal record. He was aggressive, verbally, very opinionated, and stubborn and he could be hard work as it was ‘his way or no way’. He was no angel and was manipulative. He used controlling behaviour, sometimes not speaking to me for a week over something I hadn’t done but wanted an apology for anyway. He had pushed me a couple of times.” Asked about what could have driven Mr Manwaring to such a violent act, Julie Manwaring went on to say, “He knew a break up was on the cards. We had talked about it. I had said I wasn’t happy and the reasons were given, well, he just wouldn’t accept them. He didn’t want the relationship to end and speaking about a previous marriage he had had he said he’d ‘been done over before’ and he said he wouldn’t ‘let’ it happen again. A sort of veiled threat.” She went on to describe the incident. “I got out of the house and ran to a neighbour who then called the police. He (Mr Manwaring) had called for an ambulance. It seemed like they were forever, but I was in shock. Police took a statement from me after he (Paul Manwaring) had given himself up to arrest. The officer who took my statement was horrified.” Mrs Manwaring described how she felt about the sentencing and what this now meant to her life. “The sentence was what I expected, but he’ll be out in four and a half years. Also what’s a joke is that he served three months on remand and for every day on remand it counts as two days off a sentence. I am really worried about what happens when he comes out. It was all so out of the blue (the violence). It could happen again. People who have visited him in prison say he isn’t remorseful and he doesn’t think he’s done anything wrong. I escaped but what plays on my mind is what if I hadn’t? Should I move or change identity? I was waiting to see what happened with the sentencing but I think for safety I may have to find a new job, a new house and change my surname to make it harder for him to find me.” In conclusion she said, “I am so sad about the whole situation, it’s such a waste. It’s been expensive as well, as I was off work unpaid for two months. On top of that, of course, the insurance will not pay out for the damage he did to the house.”

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Primary school teacher described as ‘touchy-feely’ on day two of trial

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A HAVERFORDWEST primary school teacher, accused of sexually assaulting his pupils was “very touchy-feely”, Swansea Crown Court heard on the second day of his trial.

James Oulton, 34, of Haverfordwest would put his hands around students’ waists and touch their bottoms, an ex-female pupil said in a video interview played to Swansea Crown Court.

The defendant denies 30 charges of sexual assault at a primary school in Haverfordwest. The alleged offences took place between 2012 and 2018.

On the opening day of the trial, court heard that Oulton said the case was a “witch-hunt” and that he always behaved appropriately with children.

On Tuesday, the jury watched the video interview with one of Oulton’s former pupils, who said he was a “friendly person, very chatty and sociable and quite outgoing and wanted to know everything that was going on.”

She added: “Mr Oulton often wanted to know a lot of details on what we had done over the weekend, where we had been, and also who they had been with.”

“At the time I just thought he was trying to be really friendly but now when I look back at it now, it does seem odd.”

The witness also described the defendant as a “very touchy-feely teacher”.

She added: “If he was marking your work or if you approached him to ask him a question, he would put his hands around your waist or around your bum”.

“If he was standing by his desk, he would, like, motion to his knee, so he wouldn’t ask you directly to sit on his lap but he would tap his knee.”

Swansea Crown Court heard that the witness eventually came forward and told her parents parents after she heard them speaking about Mr Oulton being suspended from his job.

“Did you feel under pressure to say something had happened to you?” asked Mr Clee.

The witness answered “No”

Oulton, of Richmond Crescent, Haverfordwest, previously told the court he had behaved appropriately.

He also believed letters were sent by Pembrokeshire County Council to parents which encouraged “deliberately false evidence” and collusion between pupils.

The trial continues.

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‘We don’t want it’: councillors object to HGV tanker park plans

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PEMBROKE DOCK town councillors have objected strongly to plans to build a HGV tanker park in the town.

The tanker park would be located on the south-western side of Criterion Way, behind the ASDA petrol station.

However, at a meeting of the town council’s Planning Committee on Tuesday, April 13, councillors were in agreement that it would create more problems for the town.

Councillor Jonathan George said: “I’ve noted the public input on this and they don’t seem very happy about where it’s going to be put.

“It is close to a small park area and I don’t think it’s suitable to put this here. I won’t be supporting this.”

Cllr George Manning added: “There are many aspects of this which are totally inappropriate for Pembroke Dock. There are many other sites available but they haven’t looked at any of them.

“This does not do anything for the Future Generations act and it will bring more disruption to the town.

“This does not bring about any improvements to the existing transport infrastructure. There are lots of things about this, we don’t want it. I don’t think they have looked into it in enough detail.”

Cllr Gordon Goff said that the impact it would have on the public and wildlife would be ‘astronomical’.

He went on to say he was not happy with one of the statements in the application and said they ‘don’t want to be blackmailed’.

One of the documents submitted with the application states that if the development was not approved it would mean that the applicants, Certas, ‘will either have to find a different site’ or ‘will have to cease operating in the area’.

Cllr Terry Judkins said that the Port Authority wanted to ‘use Pembroke Dock as a dumping ground’ and added that he could not support it.

Cllr Maureen Colgan added that she was ‘totally against’ the application and said that the area should be kept for leisure and be developed as an area where people can sit and enjoy themselves.

The application is due to be decided by Pembrokeshire County Council at a later date.

Cllr Paul Dowson has already called in the application for it to be debated by the County Council’s Planning Committee.

In his request he states that it is too near habitation, it is within the Pembroke Dock conservation area and that children have been using the area near the bandstand as play area for over 20 years.

The area had also previously been the subject of an application for a marina and other leisure facilities but that investment was written off in 2017.

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Trial of Haverfordwest primary school teacher starts at Swansea Crown Court

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A HAVERFORDWEST primary school teacher who is accused of sexually abusing eleven children thinks he is a victim of a witch hunt by the police, a jury has heard.

But at Swansea Crown Court on Monday (Apr 12), the Clare Wilks for the prosecution said that the defendant had “abused the trust of parents and staff” by sexually touching children in his care.

James Oulton, denies 30 charges of sexual assault against the eleven children who were aged eight or nine years old at the time.

The alleged offences took place between 2012 and 2018.

The jury heard how the pupils, now aged between 11 and 17, claimed he touched them sexually.

But the court was also told that Mr Oulton claimed he received cards at the end of term, and he believed letters sent by Pembrokeshire council to parents encouraged false complaints and collusion between pupils.

Oulton, 34, of Richmond Crescent, Haverfordwest, told the court he had behaved appropriately.

The jury heard how the alleged abuse occurred while Mr Oulton was working at a primary school in Haverfordwest.

Clare Wilks, prosecuting, said some of the children alleged that they had been assaulted on a daily basis, while others had had given statements to say it only happened the one time.

The trial continues.

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