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Jailed for threatening ex with knife

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Swansea crown courtA PRENDERGAST man who turned up at his former girlfriend’s home armed with a knife has been jailed for four months today. Paul Williams, aged 43, of Back Lane, Haverfordwest admitted having a bladed article in a public place. Swansea crown court heard that police officers had to spray him in the face with a debilitating gas to disarm him. Huw Rees, prosecuting, said Williams went to the home of Donna Marie James in Colley Court, Monkton, at 8am on June 17. Miss James had ended their five year relationship two days earlier and did not want to let him in. Williams’ brother, Edward, happened to be at the property and answered the door, to see Williams on his knees and holding a knife as if he was about to stab himself. Miss James became so frightened she was unable to telephone the police but Edward Williams did. As officers raced to the scene they saw Williams in Angle Road. He ran across a field and ignored orders to put down the weapon. Officers sprayed him with gas and took him to the ground. He was taken to hospital with cuts to his neck and stomach. Catherine Jenkins, the barrister representing Williams, said he had been going through a bad time and wished to apologise for the incident. Judge Paul Thomas said anyone found carrying a knife in a public place can expect to go to jail. It was a disgraceful incident, he added, probably caused by his refusal to accept that his relationship with Miss James was over. Judge Thomas said he would consider making a restraining order after hearing from the police as to Miss James’ real intentions towards Williams.

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Milford Haven: Man charged over two burglaries and criminal damage

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE have released an update in relation to the spate of burglaries in Milford Haven

34-year-old Thomas John Picton has been charged with two burglaries and criminal damage in the town.

He is, say police, suspected of being involved in a burglary carried out at Cohen’s pharmacy of November 26, another at Heaven Scent shop and criminal damage to a door at The Precinct on the same date.

He will appear before Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts this morning (Dec 3).

An arrest has also been made in relation to a more recent burglary at the Royal British Legion on December 11. He was also arrested on suspicion of possession of class A.B and C drugs. He has been released under investigation.

One suspect is outstanding.

Some 11 arrests have now been made in connection with a spate of burglaries that has targeted businesses and homes in the town.

Dyfed-Powys Police has vowed to continue to crack down on suspects and prevent further burglaries in the lead up to Christmas.

Sergeant Terri Harrison from Milford Haven’s Neighbourhood Policing team said: “Hopefully this arrest provides some reassurance to the public following recent burglaries in the town. One burglary is one too many, and we will ensure that it will remain a priority for us, ensuring that we bring as much patrol cover and preventative effort as we possibly can.

“We are also aware of the impact that burglaries can have on individual householders and businesses alike. Don’t make it easy for them, stay alert to your surroundings and report anything suspicious to police immediately no matter how insignificant it may seem. The report of a suspicious vehicle or people acting strangely in your neighbourhood can help us to prevent and detect crime. We need to work together to tackle this.”

Chief Inspector Harries added: “There has been a significant amount of work carried out by the Criminal Investigation Department, response officers and neighbourhood policing teams from across the county to tackle this rise in burglary offences. We are committed to maintaining patrols in the area and seek support from the community to report any concerns.”

If you would like further advice on home security you can contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.

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Carmarthen West & South Pembs still blue as Hart increases majority

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SIMON HART has retained his Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire seat with an increased majority.

Polling over 22,000 votes, he comfortably saw off the challenge of Labour’s Marc Tierney, who recorded just shy of 14,500 votes.

Plaid’s Dr Rhys Thomas polled over 3,000 votes in third. Alistair Cameron of the Liberal Democrats finished fourth.

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Stephen Crabb demolishes Labour with his biggest ever majority

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POLLING the largest ever number of votes for the Conservatives in Preseli Pembrokeshire, Stephen Crabb increased his majority in yesterday’s General Election.

Mr Crabb polled 21,381 votes against his nearest rival’s (Labour’s Philippa Thompson) 16,319.

Plaid Cymru finished third with 2,776 votes and the Liberal Democrats trailed home in fourth with 1,943 votes.

After Returning Officer Ian Westley announced the outcome, Mr Crabb gave a notably short victory speech in which he concentrated on thanking his opponents for a good campaign fought hard but with little personal rancour.

Philippa Thompson called on Mr Crabb to work for the benefit of all his constituents in response.

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