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Pembrokeshire ‘A’ Level Results

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Pembrokeshire County Council congratulates all learners who have received either ‘A’ Level or Level Three vocational qualification results today (Thursday, 13 th August).

All school-based settings have provided opportunities for learners to receive their results on-site today with appropriate social distancing measures in place. All settings are providing information, advice and guidance to learners via an appointments system.

Learners’ achievements this year are to be celebrated as they are in any other year.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought significant challenges for learners, families and schools with new systems being used to calculate learner outcomes due to the cancellation of the Summer 2020 Examination Series.

The Council’s Director for Education, Steven Richards-Downes, said: “We congratulate all learners today on their achievements. Every school has enabled learners to achieve outcomes that will provide them with a range of options.

“All learners have achieved outcomes that will enable them to take the next steps in their journey whether that is further or higher education, employment or training.

“We are sharing in the success of each learner and all schools have shared examples of this success with the Council.”

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Guy Woodham, added: “I congratulate all learners on their achievements. As a local authority, we have been committed to supporting learners in achieving the best possible outcomes.

“Learners who have received their results today will have acquired a range of skills that enable them to be lifelong learners and hopefully achieve more than they thought possible. I wish all learners every success for the future.”

At Ysgol Greenhill, Tenby, the headteacher, Ray McGovern, and the governing body, congratulated all learners and in particular: Josie Dodd – 3A*s – History, English Lit & Welsh Bacc. Going to Birmingham to study Law; Katie Nicholls – AAAB – A* in Geography, Maths and Welsh Bacc and a B in Biology. Cardiff University to study Optometry; Oakley Milton – AABB – A* in Chemistry and Maths and a B in Physics and Welsh Bacc. Going to Bath to study Chemical Engineering with  Environmental Engineering.

Harrison Cole Picton – ABBB – A in Welsh Bacc and a B in Geography, History and Government and Politics. Going to University of Warwick to study Government and Politics.

Ysgol Harri Tudur/ Henry Tudor School, Pembroke, is tremendously proud of all Year 13 students in these unprecedented times and what was an unexpected and abrupt end to their schooling. Almost all of school’s Year 13 cohort achieved a set of results enabling them to taken up their places at universities in England and Wales.  The school sends them off to the next part of their academic journey with best wishes for their sustained and future success

At Haverfordwest VC High School, headteacher Mrs Jane Harries and the governing body  congratulate the Sixth Form students on their excellent results. Notable results are: Jake Scott who achieved A* grades in Maths, Chemistry and Physics and A grade in Further Maths; Efa Walker achieved A* grades in English Literature and Religious Studies and A grades in French and History; Jamie Reason achieved A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and Physics; Ellie Dixson with A* in English Literature, A in History and Welsh Baccalaureate and B grade in Biology; Iris Bruins with A grades in English Literature, Psychology, Welsh Baccalaureate and B grade in Chemistry.

At Milford Haven School, the staff and governing body are extremely proud of every one of their achievements. Headteacher, Ms Ceri-Ann Morris, said: “Everyone at Milford Haven School congratulates students on their success achieved at ‘A’ Level and equivalent Level Three courses during this academic year. We wish them every success and hope they all have a bright future – whether it be continuing in education/apprenticeship or employment. Outstanding performances includes those of Emma Nicholas, Isabella Cutolo, Leah Harries, Niamh Taylor Dylan Evans and Carys Wild.

At Ysgol Y Preseli, Crymych, the governing body and staff congratulated all learners on their achievements. Notable successes were: William Lloyd, a highly intelligent and focused student who has all the attributes required to successfully complete a degree in Engineering. He attained an A* in Mathematics, an A* in Geography and an A* in Physics. He also attained an A in his Further Mathematics AS course. Nia Stedman returned to Ysgol y Preseli in order to follow a vocational route. She has completed BTEC Level 3 qualifications in Sport and Health and Social Care and  uccessfully completed the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification. She also achieved Distinction* in Sport, Distinction in Health and Social Care and an A grade in the  Welsh Bac Skills Challenge Certificate. Ffion Thomas whose contribution to the extra -curricular work of the Music Department has been outstanding. Her impressive skillset was recognised earlier this year when she was elected as Head Girl at Ysgol y Preseli. Her talent has resulted in her gaining a place to study Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

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Police Tasered teenager in Hakin following car theft

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A SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD boy who resisted arrest after stealing a vehicle and driving it around Glebelands in Hakin in the middle of the night had to be Tasered, police have said.

The Herald understands that police were called after the teenager took a white car at 3am and started doing loops around the estate. Police units moved in blocking off side roads to keep the vehicle within a confined area, and finally he was arrested and taken into custody.

Some residents in the street who had been woken up by the incident contacted this newspaper.
The boy was not hurt.

A witness said: “The police wanted him detained but he was having none of it, chopsing the police. Next minute they fired and he fell straight to the floor like a log, but not before he had been chased through someone’s garden.”

“He was acting extremely aggressively and I think the police had no option.”

A spokesperson for Dyfed Powys Police told The Pembrokeshire Herald in a prepared statement: A 17-year-old male was arrested in Glebelands in Hakin on suspicion of aggravated taking a vehicle without owner’s consent, driving without a licence and driving without insurance, at around 3.35am on Friday, 16 October.

The male resisted arrest and was Tasered to prevent him causing any injury to himself or members of the public.

He did not require any medical attention.

He has been charged to appear at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on November 6.

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Vulnerable man targeted by rogue trader

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A ROGUE trader has been ordered to pay almost £2,000 by a court after carrying out shocking DIY work for a vulnerable Jameston man.

Pembrokeshire Trading Standards prosecuted 20-year-old Douggie James Whitbread who traded as Wales and West Property Solution.

Haverfordwest Magistrates were told on Friday (Oct 23) that a joint investigation with Dyfed-Powys Police discovered that Whitbread of 8 Coldwell Terrace, Pembroke, first approached the 66-year-old victim in the summer of 2019.

After agreeing to cut the man’s grass, Whitbread made regular accompanied visits looking for other jobs and pressurising the pensioner to have them done.

The victim did not know him as Douggie Whitbread as the defendant gave a false name.

Whitbread offered to fit new floor lino in the toilet and small adjoining passageway of the victim’s home, saying he would do a good job. Instead, the court heard, he and a fellow worker spent less than an hour and charged £300.

The standard of the work was shocking and showed Whitbread’s inept ability. Jagged edges and numerous gaps were left where it had not been fitted correctly, exposing the existing floor underneath.

Despite there being enough lino on the two metre by two metre roll, Whitbread told the victim he needed more to finish the job.

A few weeks later the victim was approached by Whitbread at a bus stop near his home. He said he would return the next day to finish the work and that he wanted another £300.

The victim informed a neighbour and Pembrokeshire County Council’s Trading Standards team and when Whitbread returned he was arrested by police.

Whitbread was also questioned about another incident involving hedge-cutting for an elderly lady and admitted taking away the waste as advertised on his business flyer. However, he did not hold a Waste Carrier Licence at the time.

Whitbread admitted four offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. These were: carrying out work not fit for purpose; trading without professional diligence; omitting to give required information for doorstep contracts and advertising and conducting waste removal services when not licensed.

A £200 fine was imposed for each offence together with £1,000 costs plus a £110 victim surcharge. A compensation order for £300 was also awarded to the victim and a restraining order imposed prohibiting Whitbread from approaching the pensioner indefinitely.

“I am appalled by the standard of work and how this vulnerable gentleman has been hounded and taken advantage of” said Sandra McSparron, Lead Trading Standards Officer. She added that the incidents had left the victim anxious and unwell.

The County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Cris Tomos, said: “This court case sends a clear warning to rogue traders that targeting the elderly and vulnerable for financial gain will not be tolerated. We will pursue and prosecute all those who commit such despicable crimes.”

Councillor Tomos also said the case showed the great community spirit of Jameston residents looking out for one another and was a fine example of successful partnership work between the police and Trading Standards.

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Drug driver arrested in Milford Haven after driving through stop sign and into roadworks

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A DRUG driver who drove through a stretch of roadworks on the wrong side of the road, before hitting a parked car and trying to hide from police has appeared in court.

Christopher John Brown led Dyfed-Powys Police officers on a pursuit through Milford Haven on Friday afternoon (October 23), putting pedestrians and other road users at risk.

Pembrokeshire Roads Policing Unit have thanked people for their help in tracing the 31-year-old, of Meyler Crescent, after the manner of his driving became so dangerous they could no longer follow him.

A Roads Policing Officer had attempted to stop Brown at around 1pm when he was seen driving out of The Mount estate at speed.

However, he failed to stop when requested and sped away in his BMW.

As police followed, Brown drove on the wrong side of the road, overtook a number of cars waiting at roadworks, and drove through a stop sign, forcing an off duty officer to take evasive action as the defendant drove towards him.

Police deemed the danger level too high to continue the pursuit when Brown drove through a coned area of roadworks where there were a number of people working.

At this point, members of the public pointed out to officers which direction he had driven in.

Brown went on to collide with a parked car, before getting out of his vehicle and attempting to hide behind another. He was found by a PC, who arrested him on suspicion of dangerous driving and administered a drug wipe.

A Pembrokeshire RPU spokesman said: “This was a highly dangerous incident, during which Brown put a number of people’s lives at risk.

“Driving through a stop sign and into a coned area of roadworks was simply beyond comprehension, and could have had a tragic outcome.

“As we decided to end the pursuit, we were assisted by a number of people, and the team would like to thank members of the public in Milford Haven for their help in tracing Brown.

“Your support is greatly appreciated.”

Brown was charged with dangerous driving, driving with no insurance, driving while disqualified, failing to stop when requested by police, and possession of cannabis.

His vehicle, which had no insurance, tax or mot, was also seized.

He was remanded to appear in front of the next available court, and admitted all five offences at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, October 24. He also pleaded guilty to an additional charge of driving whilst unfit through drugs, which was laid on at court.

He will be sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on November 16.

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