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Narberth: Suspended sentence for attacking Ivy Bush landlady

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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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Rider of a motorbike taken to hospital following collision with a car

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A COLLISION which involved a car and a motorbike on Friday afternoon (Jun 18) saw one person being transferred to hospital.

Dyfed-Powys Police have confirmed that the collision, which happened at approximately 1.17pm at Dwrbach, Scleddau, involved a white Seat Ibiza and a black Suzuki motorbike.

The Herald understands that the accident happened at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

The incident caused the road to be closed while emergency services dealt with the situation.

The rider of the motorbike was transferred to Glangwili Hospital for treatment.

A Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred in Scleddau, Fishguard early Friday afternoon, June18th 2021.

“The collision involved a white Seat Ibiza and a black Suzuki motorbike. The rider of the motorbike was taken to hospital.

“The road was closed for emergency services to deal with the collision.”

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called to attend a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle at Dwrbach, Fishguard at 1.17pm on Friday 18 June. We sent one rapid response vehicle and one emergency ambulance. One patient was taken to Glangwili Hospital for further treatment.”

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Residents urged to be alert to Covid-19 symptoms following cluster of cases

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PUBLIC HEALTH WALES, Pembrokeshire County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board are urging members of the public to be alert to COVID-19 symptoms following the identification of a cluster of cases in the Tenby area.

The 22 confirmed cases are linked to social and sporting events and local schools and have generated a large number of contactssince the first cases were confirmed on Saturday, 12 June. 

A number of individuals, including pupils, are currently isolating and close contacts of the positive cases continue to be traced.

From Monday 21 June to Sunday 4 July, a mobile testing unit will be available for local residents in and around Tenby to access if they have symptoms.

This is based at Salterns Car Park, Marsh Road, Tenby, SA70 8DU.  To book a test visit the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ring 119.

Residents can protect themselves and others from Coronavirus by remaining at least two metres away from everyone else, washing their hands regularly, and by wearing a face covering where required. 

The virus disperses in a well ventilated environment, so opening windows and allowing fresh air to circulate is another way to keep ourselves safe.

Residents should take up the vaccine when offered, and self-isolate and get a test if they or anyone in their household develop symptoms.

As well as the three most common symptoms of Coronavirus – a fever, a new continuous cough, or a loss/change of taste and smell – people with any of the following, wider symptoms that are persistent and/or unusual for them are also strongly encouraged to get a PCR test:

  • Mild summer cold symptoms – including sore throat, runny nose, headache
  • Flu-like symptoms, including myalgia (muscle ache or pain); excessive tiredness; persistent headache; runny nose or blocked nose; persistent sneezing; sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Generally feeling unwell and a history of being in contact with a known COVID-19 case
  • Any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test

If you have any of the above symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated, please stay home and book a PCR test through the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ringing 119.

When booking your PCR test, you will also be asked about your symptoms: if you have wider summer cold or flu-like symptoms as described above, rather than the classic three symptoms, choose ‘None of these symptoms’ and then choose one of the following options to enable you to complete the booking:

• My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms or

• A GP or other healthcare professional has asked me to get a test.

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Paul Davies submits views to Health Board Consultation

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Senedd Member Paul Davies has fed his views into Hywel Dda University Health Board’s consultation, “Building a Healthier Future after Covid-19.”

In response to the Health Board’s proposals, Mr Davies has made it clear that he opposes any movements to centralise or downgrade services at Withybush hospital.

Mr Davies said, “I cannot emphasise how important this consultation is and so I’d urge everyone across Pembrokeshire to read through the Health Board’s proposals and make their views known. In my submission, I’ve made it crystal clear that the people of Pembrokeshire should not have to travel further for vital health services.

“I want to see Hywel Dda start prioritising Pembrokeshire by investing in services at Withybush hospital so that it can support people living and working across the county.

“There’s still time to feed into the consultation and have your say on the Health Board’s plans. The deadline is Monday, June 21 and you can find more information here – https://www.haveyoursay.hduhb.wales.nhs.uk/building-a-healthier-future-after-covid-19.” 

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