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Three defendants remanded in custody after pleading guilty to theft charges

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THREE shoplifters have been remanded in custody after admitting the theft of high value items from a Haverfordwest shop.

The police said: “On Monday April 26, Dyfed-Powys Police received a report just before 2pm of the theft of a number of high value items from Boots in Haverfordwest. A suspect vehicle was quickly identified and a short time later it was stopped in Johnston by the Roads Policing Unit.

“Officers searched the car and found stolen items worth over £1,500 and then arrested the three occupants within. 23-year-old Liliana-florentina Vatafu from Swansea, 31-year-old Stefan Marin from Swansea and 35-year-old Marian Mihai from Brighton, were all subsequently charged with theft and appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday April 28.

“All three pleaded guilty. All were remanded in custody, with sentence adjourned until Wednesday May 12. 

PC Rob Garland, who detained the three suspects and one of the arresting officers said told The Pembrokeshire Heald: “We acted quickly to the report of this theft and had extraordinarily little information in respect of the suspects or vehicle to assist us in apprehending the culprits initially.

“But a suspect vehicle was swiftly identified, and the information passed to us in the Roads Policing Unit as well as to officers in the Armed Response Unit who were in the area. 

“As soon as we had this information, we immediately started looking for the vehicle, which fortunately I was able to quickly locate and stop outside of Johnston on the road towards Milford Haven.

“It is very pleasing that within 48 hours the suspects had been charged, appeared in court and remanded until their sentencing.

“The court’s positive action sends a strong message that offences such as this are taken seriously, and robust prosecution is to be expected. 

“This also demonstrates that criminals who travel into the counties of Dyfed-Powys will be detected and apprehended swiftly.”

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Firefighters extinguish blaze at St Catherine’s Fort, Tenby

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A CONTROLLED wood fire earlier in the day caused a fire to break out on Tenby’s St Catherine’s Island on Thursday (May 6).

Heat that was caused by a wood fire earlier in the day caused a ignition on the unburned wood nearby that was needed to be extinguished by Tenby fire crew.

Taking to their Facebook page, St Catherine’s island thanked Tenby Fire Brigade for their assistance.

No serious damage was caused by the incident.

The spokesperson said: “A massive shout out to Tenby Fire Brigade last night who were called to the Island last night after we left following a long day working on the Fort and burning off all the old flooring, having now replaced it all. 

“We had spent at least half an hour making sure that our controlled barrel fire was out. Unfortunately the ground was so hot it transferred to the rest of the unburned wood. 

“Thanks to our amazing local Fire Service, they were on hand to help us out and no damage occurred.”

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Milford Haven: Mount estate death not being treated as suspicious say police

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POLICE have confirmed that following a welfare visit to a property in Mount Estate, they discovered a male occupant, in his 30’s, in need of medical help.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he sadly passed away on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a property at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Friday 30th April 2021, following a report of concern for the welfare of the occupier.

“A male was taken to hospital where he died on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

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Polling station changes in Pembrokeshire

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POLLING STATIONS in Pembrokeshire are open today (May 6) but a small number may have changed from the last time you voted.

In Neyland, the polling station will be at the new Community Hub building on John Street.

St Katherine’s Church Hall will be the new host for the station in Milford Haven, having previously been held at the Murray Suite in the town hall.

A polling station will be placed at the leisure centre in Haverfordwest while one at Trecwn has been moved to the Gate, Scleddau.

Voters in the county will be electing for the Preseli Pembrokeshire and the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituencies.

People will also be able to select five MSs to represent the Mid and West Wales Region.

The candidate with the most votes will win the constituency but the ballot for the region will be decided by a different process.

People will be elected according to their share of the vote, using a mathematical process, and gives parties who may have won fewer or no constituencies a better chance of winning regional ones.

It will also be a big day for 16 and 17 year olds as they will be able to vote in Welsh elections for the first time.

The ballots will be counted on Friday (May 7) with results expected to come in from the afternoon.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 10pm.

All those who vote will be required to stick to Covid-19 safety measures including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

Clean pencils will be available but voters can bring their own pen or pencil.

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