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Assault charges dismissed

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imgID7107523TWO CHARGES of assault were dismissed by Haverfordwest magistrates on Wednesday after the alleged victim failed to give evidence. Robert George Cheetham, aged 56, of Old Coronation School, Pembroke Dock pleaded not guilty to the two assault charges that were alleged to have occurred on February 13 and February 16. Prosecutor, Lesley Harbon said: “A witness summons was issued for the alleged victim and she had failed to attend court to give evidence. I am not in a position to issue a warrant and have no evidence to offer.” Magistrates told the court: “In view of the CPS decision to not apply for an adjournment, we dismiss all charges against Cheetham.”

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Pembroke Dock: Lorry driver fined for driving whilst disqualified

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A LORRY driver has been fined after getting behind the wheel only three months after being disqualified from driving.

Gary Phillip Blackman, from County Meath, was transporting food worth 75,000 Euro in a HGV when he arrived at Pembroke Dock Port.The 56-year-old was stopped by Dyfed-Powys Police officers in Kilgetty on Wednesday, May 29.

The roads policing unit was carrying out checks as part of Covid-19 legislation operations when they received information that the driver had made his way into Wales.Checks showed the driver was listed as Blackman, who had been disqualified for six months in February.His identity was confirmed by a mobile fingerprint device, and he said he had been informed he was disqualified but disputed it as he had not received a postal notification of the court result.

Blackman was arrested on suspicion of driving while disqualified and with no insurance, and was charged later that day. He appeared at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, May 28, where he was issued with a fine and costs totalling £239.

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Local MP’s concern at re-opening of Mc Donald’s Drive Thrus

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A LOCAL MP has expressed his concern regarding the planned re-opening of the Mc Donald’s Drive Thru in Haverfordwest.

Stephen Crabb MP said that it is an issue which is certain to ‘divide public opinion’.

Posting on his Facebook page, the Preseli Pembrokeshire MP said: “I am a big fan of McDonald’s but I have some concerns which I have discussed with their regional management. Firstly, there is not a lot of room for cars there so I would be concerned if a congestion problem is created in the car park and at the junction with the Merlin’s Bridge roundabout. I also raised the issue of littering which is something I know they have worked hard to reduce in the past.

They have assured me they will be doing at least 3 daily litter picks around the site and picking up all litter – not just their own wrappers which have been chucked away.

I was pleased to hear they have a clear plan for protecting staff and will be sticking to all Welsh Government guidelines. I think they will need to keep things under review but, if they can re-open safely and with the support of staff and customers, I think that’s a positive thing.”

McDonald’s will reopen all of its 1,000 restaurants in the UK and Ireland for drive-through or delivery by 4 June, as it returns to trading after the coronavirus shutdown.

The fast food chain reopened 33 of its drive-throughs in south-east England last week.

McDonald’s said all remaining branches would reopen between Tuesday and Thursday next week. It will announce which Golden Arches branch is reopening only on the morning that service is resuming in order to manage demand.

The burger chain is trying to avoid a repeat of its experience in France and Switzerland, where advance notice of drive-through reopenings led to queues of up to seven hours in some locations.

The company said it was working with local authorities and police in the run-up to the reopenings in the UK and Ireland after almost two months’ closure.

McDonald’s, along with its competitors Burger King, KFC and Nando’s, have been trialling phased reopenings of their restaurants, with increased safety measures.

Staff at McDonald’s are protected from customers by perspex screens installed at the drive-through windows, and from their colleagues inside the restaurant’s kitchens. The company has introduced physical distancing inside the restaurants, including floor markings in each branch.

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Amphetamine worth £22,500 found in car at Pembroke Dock

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Two men who claimed to have driven from Cardiff to Pembroke Dock for a cleaning job were found to have amphetamine worth around £22,500 in their car.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers stopped the men while patrolling the arterial routes around the town as part of Covid-19 operations on Tuesday, May 26.

When asked by police if their journey was essential, the pair said they were on their way to carry out some cleaning work. When prompted for more information, they were unable to provide further details, raising officers’ suspicions about their motive for travelling more than 100 miles.

The Citoen C2 was searched, with 7g of amphetamine and 15g of cannabis found in the front. Further searches uncovered a block of amphetamine weighing over 2kg. The street value is estimated to be around £22,500.

The men – aged 22 and 37 – were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply. The 37-year-old driver was also arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit through drugs.

Both have been released under investigation pending further enquiries by CID officers.

Pembrokeshire Superintendent Ross Evans said: “This is an excellent example of proactive policing being carried out in the division, with people outside the area being challenged over unnecessary travel.

“This seizure has prevented a large amount of the class B drug amphetamine from entering the supply chain in Pembrokeshire.

“Drug dealers are taking a gamble with trying to bring large amounts of illegal substances into the area, and we have seen numerous arrests for possession with intent to supply in recent weeks.”

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