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Fairy Liquid caused man’s death

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FAIRY-LIQUID_2674593bTHE DEATH of a 68-yearold man was given a narrative conclusion at the Coroner’s Court last Thursday of death by drinking Fairy Liquid. 

John Keith William Shelley, of Church Close, Begelly was one of two children born in Birmingham, and had moved to Saundersfoot in 1960. Coroner’s Officer, Jeremy Davies said: “Mr Shelley liked his own company and did not mix well with others. He was thought to suffer from childhood psychosis and in 2004 moved to Ty Bryn mental health home in Carmarthen. “While he was there he was described as non-verbal and was taking a cocktail of medication. He also had a dentistry operation to remove all his teeth and an operation on his bowels. “On Wednesday, April 13, he was discharged from Ty Bryn due to concerns regarding his age and vulnerability and was moved to a bungalow in Church Close. He was visited regularly by his brother, Martin Shelley, who had concerns about the safety at the bungalow. “At 10am on Saturday, July 13, he ingested Fairy Liquid and his condition deteriorated. An ambulance was called at 8pm and he was taken to Withybush Hospital. He was assessed at the Acute Cardiac Ward at 1am on July 14 and passed away at 7.10am on Sunday, July 14”.” Mr Shelley’s brother, Martin Shelley raised concerns with the court that he felt as though the 999 call should have been made earlier and that the bungalow he was living in was not suitable for his brother, such as the height of the fence in the garden and his access to the kitchen. Dr Baburaj, who was working with Hywel Dda Health Board as a mental health psychairtrist at the time of Mr Shelley’s death, told the court: “I was involved in the decision to move Mr Shelley to Church Close. We had plans to resettle him into a smaller place mainly because it seemed a smaller setting would be in his best interests. The two main things that could have been a risk to him would have been jumping onto the fence and falling and eating inedible things. “He was given anti-psychotic medicine and no changes were made to his medication before he was moved. The transition was discussed on January 16 and on March 12 a transition date was set. I was familiar with the home he was being moved to, but I had not been there prior to his discharge. If there was a problem with where he was staying, we would have brought him back to Ty Bryn.” Pembrokeshire Coroner, Mark Layton concluded the inquest as a narrative conclusion, where Mr John Shelley passed away due to a toxic intake of Fairy Liquid.

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Fishguard: Terminal could close for three months for improvement to infrastructure

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FISHGUARD’S ferry terminal could be closed for up to three months, the operator Stena Line has revealed.

A replacement of the mechanised bridge which connects the ferry to the dock could cause the temporary closure.

The project would cost £5m and is expected to start in February 2019.

Commenting on the project, Stena Line said it was ‘committed to examining the possibilities of investing in key elements of the port infrastructure’.

The spokesperson continued: “It is expected that the port will close for approximately three months. However this is yet to be confirmed.”

In an online planning application to Pembrokeshire County Council, the company lists replacing the Linkspan provision, which allows vehicles to disembark and board at various tide heights.

Tenders for the project are currently being sought by the company.

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Neyland pervert jailed for downloading child pornography

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A NEYLAND man who “learned absolutely nothing” after being caught by the police downloading child pornography has been jailed today for doing it again.

David Leonard Smith, aged 59, of Kensington Road, had been under a suspended prison sentence when police called at his home to check on his internet activity.
 
Dean Pulling, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that he pretended to own only a mobile telephone but officers discovered that an internet router was linked to a Samsung laptop.
 
Smith refused to accept he had one but a search revealed the computer hidden under a pile of magazines.
 
As soon as the machine was opened an adult pornography website flashed onto the screen.
 
A closer examination showed that Smith possessed 13 indecent images of children and nine of extreme pornography involving women and animals.
 
It was also clear, said Mr Pulling, that Smith had swapped indecent images with another internet user.
 
Smith admitted possessing and making indecent images, distributing them and breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order made when he was sentenced in August, 2016.
 
Judge Geraint Walters said Smith was “hugely” in denial about what he had been doing and had learned absolutely nothing from his previous court experience.
 
“There was a fair amount of deviousness involved this time,” he added.
 
Smith was jailed for 16 months and Judge Walters activated 12 months of the suspended sentence, making 28 months in all.

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Motorbike safety campaign launched across Wales

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A CAMPAIGN aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads is underway across Wales.

As the weather improves police see more bikers on the roads, taking advantage of the beautiful routes across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

Dyfed-Powys Police is urging motorcyclists to ride safely and warns that until October there will be an increased focus as part of the campaign, named Op Darwen.

Superintendent Huw Meredith, Head of Specialist Operations, said: “Motorcyclists have long been identified as particularly vulnerable road users and reducing the number of road deaths and casualties on the roads of Dyfed-Powys is a priority for our Roads Policing Units.

“We have always welcomed motorcyclists from outside our borders to enjoy the magnificent landscape, but they must be aware that Dyfed-Powys Police is doing all it can to ensure our roads are used safely by all, with our Roads Policing Units taking robust action to prevent fatal or serious road traffic collisions on our roads.

“Everyone must take responsibility for their own and others safety on our roads and be aware of their riding and driving manner. Action will be taken against anyone choosing to ride or drive anti-socially, recklessly or illegally on our roads.

“Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable. Roads Policing officers will be out in numbers throughout Dyfed-Powys using a combination of education, engagement and enforcement to prevent further tragedies.”

Officers will also be encouraging riders to improve their biking skills by taking part in BikeSafe workshops, which
offer an insight into what can be achieved with further advanced training. The workshops, run by police forces around the UK, use a mix of discussions, on-road observed rides and information videos. They are designed to enhance the skills of all riders who have already passed their tests and are suitable for all abilities, from the most seasoned rider to those returning to biking after a period of absence.

Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates praised the campaign: “Our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the world.

“However, the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured is still too high.

“Campaigns like this are a key part of a wider range of measures aimed at making our roads safer and preventing future motorcycling casualties. This holistic approach includes ensuring motorcyclists are prioritised in our road safety funding, supporting Go Safe’s operation of speed cameras and funding local authorities to deliver Bikesafe and other motorcyclist training.”

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