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Narberth: Suspended sentence for attacking Ivy Bush landlady



Suspended sentence: Olly Torkington

Suspended sentence: Olly Torkington

A SAUNDERSFOOT  man was warned on Tuesday (Dec 8) to “bring a toothbrush” if he appeared at Swansea crown court again.

Oliver George Torkington, aged 29, breached a suspended prison sentence and a driving ban and was at risk of an immediate jail sentence.

Judge Peter Heywood was told that Torkington, of Flat B, 2 Parkwood Court, Brewery Terrace, had received a suspended prison sentence on April 30 for attacking the landlady of the Ivy Bush pub in Narberth.

He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for the community.

On August 27 he was caught driving along the A40 at Llanddewi Velfrey despite having been banned. He was also uninsured.

The court heard that put him in breach of the April 30 sentence.

Torkington’s barrister, David Williams, said he had been under some confusion about the ban and had not knowingly ignored it.

He said Torkington had a responsible job making £39,000 a year, and was in a position to pay a substantial financial penalty.

Torkington admitted the offence.

Judge Peter Heywood said he did not doubt that Torkington had fully understood the terms of the suspended sentence and of the driving ban.

Claims of confusion “do not cut any ice, this was a deliberate disregard of a court order,” he added.

Torkington, he added, could have no complaint if he now sent him to jail.

But he had a good job and there had been no repeat of violence while in drink.

Torkington was fined £500 for driving while disqualified and £100 for having no insurance, and ordered to pay £240 in court costs.

The prison sentence was suspended for a further three months and 40 more hours were added to the unpaid work requirement.

And Judge Heywood warned Torkington, “If you breach the order again you had better bring a toothbrush with you because you will be going into custody.”

Writing on Facebook just after coming out of court Torkington showed he was relieved not to be inside for Christmas. He wrote: “So happy to be here spending Christmas with the people who matter and having a clear and focused head ready to rock the end of December and go into the New Year focused, driven and determined to bust my balls, earn money and live happily ever after. Thanks to everyone who’s shown support and extra special thank you to my nearest and dearest and for those who were there today!”

In 2007 Torkington also escaped jail. He smashed a beer glass in another man’s face escaped an immediate jail sentence after appearing in front of Swansea Crown Court.

A CCTV camera inside the Dragon Inn, Narberth, filmed Oliver George Torkington, then 22, as he suddenly lunged at Simon Evans, hitting him with the glass, thumping him in the face and biting him on the arm.

Torkington was pulled off by others in the pub.

But, said Gerald Neave, prosecuting, even then Torkington struggled to continue with the attack.

Mr Neave said there had been bad blood between the two men, who bumped into each other on September 8, 2006.

Mr Evans needed hospital treatment for cuts to his face, bruising and a bite mark.

At the time Torkington had admitted unlawful wounding.

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Proposed locations for new hospital site to be reviewed



HYWEL DDA UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD (UHB) will this week undertake a review of potential sites as part of the ongoing process to identify a suitable location for a new hospital.

Eleven sites will be assessed on Friday 22 October, including those identified by members of the public during the six-week engagement exercise, which took place earlier this year.

This stage of the process is intended to lead to the creation of a shortlist of sites. This will be subject to further detailed appraisal with significant public and wider stakeholder involvement. The final decision about the chosen site will be made by the health board, in agreement with Welsh Government.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “The building of a new hospital is a major long-term project, which is why we place great emphasis on being open and transparent about the process involved.

“The process we are following includes developing a programme business case to support our strategy for community and hospital-based health and care. As part of the process to apply for funding from the Welsh Government, we will submit the programme business case, and then individual outline business cases, then the final business cases for the new infrastructure we will need. The health board will therefore engage with the public on a regular basis between now and the submission of the final business cases to ensure your views are fully considered.

“I understand and recognise there are passionate feelings about a new hospital, but we strongly believe a new facility is essential for urgent and planned care in the south of the Hywel Dda area. It will provide trauma care and be the main emergency department for the south of our area.

“I can also reassure the public that we have no plans or intention to close either Glangwili or Withybush hospitals. We will engage further on how these hospitals could work alongside the proposed new hospital.”

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Unprecedented demand on health and social care services in local area



Joint statement by Hywel Dda University Health Board, the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Pembrokeshire County Council, Carmarthenshire County Council and Ceredigion County Council

The urgent statement we have asked to publish is as follows:

THERE is currently an unprecedented demand on health and social care services across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, which is leading to significant delays in care provision. Put simply, the difficulty in discharging medically-fit patients from hospital – many of whom have complex personal circumstances and needs – is leading to significant bed shortages, and consequently, lengthy ambulance waits at the ‘front door’ of A&E departments, which mean that paramedics are unable to respond to other 999 calls in the community.Social care and Health teams are doing everything possible to support people who are well enough to leave hospital but need ongoing care. Priority is being given to the most vulnerable, and alternative health and care packages are being offered as a short-term measure. More carers and health staff are also being recruited to support people in need.

If you have a relative or loved one in hospital who is well enough to go home, but is waiting to be discharged with homecare and community health support, you may be able to help them to get home more quickly if you and your family are in a position to support them at home. If your relative is waiting for a formal package of care, you may be able to offer support and care on a short term, temporary arrangement or you might want to consider whether your loved one could be supported in a temporary residential or nursing care setting. If you feel that this is an option that you could consider, please speak to the ward manager or your social worker to explore further.

Spending as little time in hospital is better for patients and means that NHS beds can be freed up for others with urgent care needs. Supporting older patients to get home from hospital efficiently is an important part of their recovery and it also protects them from negative consequences of hospital admission, such as hospital acquired infection, falls and a loss of independence.  You can find out more about the hospital discharge process and guidance here: Inpatient information – Hywel Dda University Health Board (

Your support not only helps your loved one, but it is a huge support to the NHS and social care services as well.

Thank you.

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Child taken to hospital following collision with car outside school



AN EARLY morning collision outside Ysgol Harri Tudor school, Pembroke, has seen a child taken to hospital.

The collision happened between a child and a car on Pembroke Road, Pembroke, at approximately 9am this morning.

A secondary school pupil has been taken to hospital via ambulance for what is said to be minor injuries.

Police and ambulance service were on the scene and were helped by school staff to manage the incident.

A police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a road traffic collision involving a car and a secondary school pupil this morning, 21st October 2021. The collision occurred on Pembroke Road, Pembroke at approximately 9:00am.

“The Ambulance Service also attended and escorted the teenage boy to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.”

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that there has been an incident outside Ysgol Harri Tudur in Pembroke this morning where a pupil came into contact with a car. 

“The police and ambulance have been on the scene and were assisted by school staff. We are not able to release any further details at present.”

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