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Two men found guilty of assault

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haverfordwest_magistrates_courtTWO MEN were convicted of jointly assaulting a man in Pembroke Dock at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Jonathan Gammon, aged 41, of Cutty Sark Drive, Milford Haven, and Lee Nigel Hart, aged 24, of Tenby Court, Monkton both pleaded guilty to the charges. Prosecutor, Ellie Morgan said: “Joseph Weaver moved to Carmarthen because of hassle from Hart. On March 14 around 11am, Mr Weaver was walking along London Road, Pembroke Dock on his way to visit his father. Gammon pulled up in his car by the First and Last and said ‘You owe me money and it needs to be sorted today’. “Mr Weaver turned to walk away, but Gammon grabbed his shirt and tried to drag him to his car. He said ‘I’m only going to my car to get my fags to calm down so I don’t hurt you’. Mr Weaver said he would walk with him, although Gammon was still holding him by his belt. Gammon reached into his car and pulled out his phone and began talking to someone, so Mr Weaver took the opportunity to phone the police.” “When Hart arrived he began staring at Mr Weaver aggressively. He realised he was on the phone and went to take it from him. Mr Weaver crouched down in anticipation of being hit, and Hart punched him in the face. Gammon let go of him and got into his car and left, and Hart did the same. Mr Weaver suffered a cut below his eye.” Gammon’s defence solicitor, Mark Layton said: “Gammon thought that Mr Weaver was responsible for a theft, but now accepts that was not the case. Apart from grabbing his belt, he did nothing else. Gammon did very little and the CCTV shows this.” Hart’s defence solicitor, James Subbiani told the court: “Hart pleads guilty and accepts pushing Mr Weaver to the floor and punching him twice. He did this because he had not paid £60 he owed him. He also maintains that Gammon had not called him, but he saw Mr Weaver as he was driving around the roundabout and decided to pull over. He regrets it hugely and is deeply ashamed.” Magistrates fined Gammon £75 and ordered him to pay £85 costs, £20 victim surcharge and £20 compensation. They fined Hart £220 and ordered him to pay £85 costs, £22 victim surcharge and £50 compensation.

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Cleddau Bridge Hotel fire started deliberately

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A RESPONSE to a Freedom of Information Act request made by Llanion councillor Joshua Beynon reveals that the fire which devastated the Cleddau Bridge Hotel on March 30 this year was arson.

The blaze followed a protracted period during which the hotel had been empty following the refusal of a planning application for change of use to residential accommodation.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that investigators have now concluded the fire investigation regarding the fire that took place at the Cleddau Bridge Hotel on March 30, 2019.

“The investigation determined that the fire was started deliberately, and all relevant information has duly been passed on to Dyfed Powys Police.”

The Herald has asked Dyfed Powys Police to comment on the progress of its investigation.

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No prosecutions in Pembroke Dock grant fraud allegations

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MORE than five years since allegations of impropriety in publicly-funded building restoration grants were taken up by the police, the local force tells Pembrokeshire County Council chief executive, Ian Westley, in a letter circulated to councillors: “The Crown Prosecution Service has determined that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction against any of the suspects.”

More details to follow – the matter will also be discussed at this Thursday’s full council meeting.

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Fishguard school last in Wales without broadband

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CHILDREN in a school in Fishguard are excited about next term before the summer holidays have even begun.

Ysgol Llanychllwydog is the last school in Wales without broadband.

The pupils sometimes have to wait half an hour for pages to load. Sometimes videos won’t play. Now the school is looking forward to an ultra-fast future, and for the head teacher the changes cannot come quickly enough.

Currently when the internet goes down Amanda Lawrence has to drive 10 minutes to her other school to send an email to report it.

“It’s frustrating. There are lots of schools that are able to use schemes where you can plan electronically, but it’s difficult for staff here to do that,” she said.

As part of a scheme to target hard-to-reach places, fibre optic cable is being laid along a 15-mile route from Haverfordwest.

Matt Lovegrove, who works for Openreach, admitted it had been ‘a massive challenge’.

He said: “We’ve had to plough 1.5 miles of new trench to put new duct in, we’ve had to put new poles and had to span the cable between 50 poles as well, so a real variety of challenges.

“The product is limitless in terms of speed. It’s gigabit capable, that means they can download music, interactive learning et cetera, and it will be instant for them.”

The wider community will also benefit from the upgrade, he said. “We are looking to work with local government and residents to expand that fibre footprint to as much of the village as possible.”

“They’ll be able to access the high speed broadband and again get all the benefits from that.”

The last school in Wales without broadband

Broadband is a Welsh Government priority. It’s invested £13.8m in school broadband.

But Llanarchllwydog has been a tough nut. It’s taken the efforts of Welsh and UK governments to bring broadband.

“Because of the challenging topography, that we are familiar with, it has taken rather a long time to make sure that every school is equipped with the broadband speeds that they need,” said Welsh education minister Kirsty Williams.

“This means that schools will have the external infrastructure that they need to deliver our exciting new curriculum and I hope to be making an announcement shortly on further investment on kit and equipment inside schools.”

The work is being done through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) £200m Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme.

DCMS minister Margot James MP agrees cooperation between the two governments has helped deliver the project.

“That’s not the end of it for Wales,” Ms James said.

“The other aspects of the rural gigabit connectivity programme is that we are using that £200 million to bring full fibre to local public buildings like hospitals and schools so that they get the gigabit connectivity first.”

The cable has now reached the telegraph post outside the school. The final work will happen over summer.

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