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Jail for attackers who scarred victim for life

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swansea crown courtTWO Milford Haven men who carried out an unprovoked attack that left their victim scarred for life have been jailed this week (Aug 20). Ralph Cullen, aged 41, and Robert Daines, 39, had admitted unlawfully wounding Andrew John Churchill on August 4, 2012.
Nicola Powell, prosecuting, told Swansea crown court how Mr Churchill had been in, or had previously been in, a relationship with Carly Stephens, Cullen’s ex-partner.
On August 8 there had been an incident which led to Miss Stephens being arrested. An issue arose about who would look after her children and Mr Churchill tried to get into the house and help.
Miss Powell said Cullen and Daines were already there and as Mr Churchill approached the front door Cullen hit him in the face.
Daines joined in and the next thing Mr Churchill could remember was waking up on the driveway with Daines on top of him raining down blows.
Police dealing with the earlier incident arrived on the scene and arrested Cullen, who told them to “f off.”
Officers arrested him and spotted Daines nearby with blood on his top.
“He was laughing and appeared to think it was funny. He was also arrested but continued to laugh at the police,” said Miss Powell.
During interviews Cullen maintained there had been a scuffle, during which Mr Churchill had fallen over. Daines declined to explain.
The court heard that Mr Churchill needed specialist treatment at Swansea’s Morriston hospital for fractures to his face. He spent three nights in hospital and now “constantly watched his back.”
He was also left with scars and felt that his face had changed.
The Judge, Mr Recorder Charles Fox, said Cullen and Daines had carried out a “two on one cowardly attack that caused pretty horrific injuries.”
And after the attack, neither of them seemed to have cared too much about what they had done to Mr Churchill.
Cullen, of Charles Street, and Daines, of Croft Avenue, were jailed for 12 months.
Mr Recorder Fox said the offending was too serious to suspend the jail terms.

 

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‘Just do it’, advises 91-year-old leisure centre member

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ARE you struggling to find the motivation to keep fit?

Then help is at hand! Meet the inspirational Valerie Coleman – one of Pembrokeshire Leisure’s oldest members at 91 years of age.

Valerie attends an astonishing 10 classes a week at Fishguard Leisure Centre, from swimming to Pilates, chair aerobics and back care classes.

Centre manager Lisa Starkey said she was amazing. “Val really is an inspirational woman,” she said. “We are always so pleased to see her once, twice and sometimes three times a day. Her determination to keep healthy and active is inspiring to us all.”

A former nurse, Valerie was also an active PTA member who helped to fundraise for Fishguard’s old Leisure Centre which was replaced by the new centre 14 years ago.

“Val has been involved with leisure for some time and absolutely loves it,” said Lisa. “She has made so many special friends and coming to the leisure centre now is such an important social aspect of her life.

“Her mental health along with her physical health and wellbeing all benefit from her visits to the centre that she loves.”

Valerie praised staff at Fishguard for their support in helping her to recover after suffering a fractured femur, and said the centre had a ‘great atmosphere’.

“They have very helpful and understanding staff who are there for everyone and give encouragement to all of their customers,” she said.

“If you’re thinking about joining a leisure centre, just do it. The staff and facilities are here for everyone and all the encouragement you will ever need will be given.”

For information on leisure centre facilities and classes, or how to join as a member, please visit www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/leisure or pop into your local leisure centre.

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Warning to vessels after a dozen shipping containers lost off cargo ship

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MILFORD Haven Coastguard is investigating reports of up to 12 shipping containers adrift in the sea around the island of Grassholm, it has been confirmed.

It is believed the containers may have been lost by the Cyprus-registered Elbcarrier cargo ship, caught in storms while en-route to Dublin from Rotterdam.

Warnings have been given that at least a dozen containers overboard in the Celtic Sea on Sunday afternoon, December 8, after being caught in rough seas.

The drifting containers were spotted in the sea late on December 8, and further reports have stated they may now be near Grassholm Island.

Feetmon.com states: “Container ship ELBCARRIER lost containers overboard in Celtic sea in the afternoon Dec 8, while en route from Rotterdam to Dublin Ireland, being caught in rough weather. 12 drifting containers were spotted at 2330 UTC in vicinity 51 40N 005 50W,. Number of lost containers unknown. The ship reached Dublin in the afternoon Dec 9.”

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Milford Haven: Police called to Royal British Legion

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THERE was suspected break in at the Royal British Legion in Milford Haven overnight.

A representative from the Legion told The Herald on the telephone that the police were currently dealing with the matter, saying: “This is police ongoing at the moment and we are unable to comment.”

It is understood that cash was stolen from the premises.

Dyfed Powys Police has been asked for a comment.

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