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Pembroke Dock: PC Garland arrests wanted man after recognising his distinctive tattoo

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A PEMBROKESHIRE police officer identified and arrested a man suspected to be part of a criminal group after recognising his distinctive tattoo.

The man was of interest to eight other forces, having travelled through after committing offences, and was pulled over in Pembroke Dock.

Police across the country had been asked to look out for the car, which was believed to have a member of a group with an extensive offending history inside.

The man was suspected of having carried out recent thefts.

When Dyfed-Powys Police officer PC Rob Garland saw the car leaving Pembroke Dock on the A477 on Tuesday, March 24, he pulled it over and detained the driver and passenger in handcuffs.

The passenger made attempts to conceal his identity, but PC Garland quickly spotted a tattoo which confirmed he was the person of interest.

PC Garland said: “I could see a tattoo on his wrist, which was of his son’s name.

“He was refusing to tell me who he was, but I explained that I could find out who he was from tattoos and by using something called Live Scan. He soon realised he had to confirm his identity.”

Checks revealed he had 70 previous convictions, and a history of being armed with knives and firearms.

He was arrested and taken to a meeting point to be collected by colleagues from another force, while the driver was released.

Pembrokeshire Superintendent Ross Evans said: “This was an excellent piece of proactive work by our teams in the force control room and out on division, resulting in the arrest of a man wanted by not just one force, but eight.

“Thanks to the information supplied by our colleagues at another force, our officers were able to correctly identify the man as being the wanted suspect, and quickly made arrangements which will allow their investigation to continue expeditiously.

“Even as we face challenges in the current climate, we continue to deny criminals the use of the roads and make Dyfed-Powys a hostile place for them travel to.”

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Drug drive arrest following routine check

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A MALE has been arrested following a positive roadside test.

The vehicle, which was stopped this morning, June 6, by the Pembrokeshire Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) was part of a routine check.

Traffic officers suspected the driver may be under the influence after smelling cannabis coming from the vehicle.

A roadside drug test was performed with a positive result with the drugswab provided. A small quantity of cannabis was also found inside the vehicle.

The cannabis was seized and the driver was arrested, later released under investigation, pending the male’s blood test result for the drug drive offence, out of court disposal for the possession.

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Campers from Cardiff sent packing

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PEMBROKESHIRE Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) have this morning, June 5, reported nine individuals for breaching coronavirus regulations.

The occupants of the three vehicles, all from the Cardiff area, had moved barriers that had been in place to close off the carpark to the public and set up camp for the night.

A Pembrokeshire RPU spokesperson said ‘Three vehicles from the Cardiff area located at Abereiddy this morning.

“The occupants of the vehicles, who’d travelled down overnight, had moved the barriers that had been used to close the car park. Having done so they then set up camp nearby.

“All nine persons present were reported for breaching coronavirus regulations. One was further dealt with by means of an out of court disposal for possession of cannabis.

“Rubbish cleaned up, car park closure reinstated, vehicles escorted out of Pembs.”

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Police urge visitors to ‘check the rules’

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POLICE in Powys are reminding people to check the rules before they travel, as tourists from the Midlands, London and Bristol continue to visit despite lockdown restrictions.

Last weekend more than 1,000 cars were turned around by police in the Brecon Beacons after visitors attempted to access the area around Ystradfellte known as ‘waterfall country’.

Many of those stopped claimed they thought the rules around travel were the same as in England, while others had deliberately flouted them.

Seventy-two per cent of people reported for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions in Powys since March 27 have been from outside the police force area.

“I would like to thank the communities of Powys for their cooperation in recent months in complying with requirements of the Covid 19 legislation and also reassure them we are still working hard with our partners to police the restrictions that remain in place across Wales,” said Superintendent Steve Davies.

“Our officers have worked hard to engage with the public at every opportunity throughout these unprecedented times by explaining what we are doing and why, and encouraging people to make the best choices to protect public health in Wales.

“But where people have clearly flouted the rules we have dealt with them appropriately and issued fines.”

He said officers will continue to conduct stop checks throughout Powys and across the force area this weekend.

In England, people can now travel an unlimited distance for exercise and to access so-called ‘beauty spots’.

But the Welsh Government has said people must remain local – ideally not travelling further than five miles from their home – for exercise or limited leisure pursuits, and this also applies to anyone travelling across the border.

Wales’ three national parks – which include popular sites such as Snowdon, the Elan valley and the Pembrokeshire coast – currently remain closed to the public, as do all National Trust car parks and properties.

The latest Welsh Government advice is available at gov.wales/coronavirus.

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