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magisA WOMAN from Haverfordwest appeared at the Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (Nov 25) to face a charge of assaulting and obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty. Sian Anita Marchant, aged 47 of Princess Royal Way pleaded guilty to the charges. Ellie Morgan of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “On October 30, police received a 999 call from Marchant. She was heard shouting ‘Get off me, leave me alone’.

Officers arrived at her boyfriend’s house at Slade Park in Haverfordwest and explained they had responded to a 999 call. Both the boyfriend and Marchant smelt strongly of alcohol and there was an empty bottle on the floor. Officers arrested the boyfriend for a separate matter, and during the arrest Marchant leapt out of her chair. Officers removed her boyfriend from the property and put him in the car.

When the officer walked around to the driver side, Marchant had gone to the passenger side, got into the car and was reaching into the back. She was pulled out of the vehicle and told to go back inside. She moved to hit the officer with her head and the officer told her to back off. She took her by the arm and moved her away from the car. She was shouting and had to be held to the floor.”

Ms Morgan continued: “The defendant was arrested and spoken to and she said she was trying to get Her boyfriend out of the car. She said ‘So I’m getting locked up because of that little f***er’? She said she called the coppers on him, and said she was punched by one of the police officers when trying to get him out of the police car. She said she hadn’t seen him for a couple of days and wanted to give him a kiss and a cuddle.” Defence solicitor James Subbiani told the court: “Marchant pleads guilty at the earliest opportunity. She has developed a catastrophic drink problem, and as a consequence it brings her before the court. It has brought her before the court before, normally for being drunk and incapable.

It also meant that the stability in her life has been drastically damaged and has associated with those who she would not have done in the past. Police consider her boyfriend is not someone she should be around. Her in drink, was trying to interfere and vomiting. She must have been in a dreadful mess. This is just a woman who has lost control of her life.” Mr Subbiani continued: “Until some kind of control is exercised over the amount she drinks, I’m afraid this court is going to see quite a lot of her. All her offending is a direct result of her catastrophic alcohol addiction that is affecting her health.” Probation officer, Julie Norman told the court of how probation are concerned she beginning to have an established record of offending.

Ms Norman said: “This would be the sixth order since 2011 with alcohol an requirement. Magistrates told the court: “We’ve heard a lot this morning. The only person who can do anything about this is you. I’m not happy with the way you have undertaken the current order. We’ve taken advice and talked a lot. We have come up with what we hope is a way forward. We are not going to send you to prison today, but will make a 12 month order of 12 weeks suspended custody, supervision and 20 sessions of the alcohol requirement.” Marchant was told that if she does not comply and is brought back to court for further offences that are related, the bench on that day may send her to prison. The chair of the bench said: “The choice is now yours.” Marchant had to pay £100 costs and a £80 victim surcharge. Her fines were consolidate fines.

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Delight as foundation phase learners return to class

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PEMBROKESHIRE Headteachers have reported very positive returns to school for Foundation Phase Learners.

All Foundation Phase Learners returned to schools on Monday, March 1st and attendance has been reported at almost 90% since.

The Council’s Director for Education, Steven Richards-Downes, said: “A wide range of council services have worked together to ensure that Foundation Phase pupils have been able to return
safely to school.

“I am particularly grateful to all school staff and families for ensure that learning is now available for our youngest learners face to face.”

Headteachers remarked how schools have filled with smiles and laughter following the safe and phased return of Foundation Phase learners.

Cora O’Brien, Headteacher at Waldo Williams School in Haverfordwest emphasised how quickly learners have settled back in to a routine.

“It has been an absolute joy to hear their laughter in the playground and to observe their love of learning face to face once again. I thank everybody in the Waldo Williams School
community for working so hard to ensure that the transition went smoothly.”

Vicky Hart-Griffiths, Headteacher of Ysgol Hafan y Mor in Tenby, said: “It has been wonderful to welcome all our Foundation Phase learners back to school. They are thriving, being amongst
friends and back to a school routine.  

“All the pupils have spoken about how happy they are to have returned and it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome them back and we can’t wait until we have all our pupils back in school.

“The school feels alive again and there’s a positive buzz and laughter once again echoing throughout the school.”

Gareth Lewis, Headteacher at Broad Haven CP School said children had returned “with real enthusiasm, and have been very keen to meet up with their friends.”

Mr Lewis added: “Our parents have been very supportive and positive about the return, and those with older children are very much looking forward to a wider return to schooling.”

Mr Richards-Downes said plans were now turning to more learners returning to schools in the near future.

“We are looking to the next phases of the re-opening of schools on the 15th of March as long as the government guidelines allow.”

Further details will be released in due course.

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Pembrokeshire County Council: This week’s Leader’s coronavirus update

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL Leader, Councillor David Simpson, has provided a further coronavirus update for Friday, 5th March as follows:

‘Welcome everyone to my weekly update.

“It is with rather a heavy heart that I tell you that it’s almost 12 months since my first statement on the coronavirus pandemic.

“On 9th March 2020, I addressed our Cabinet meeting with the following words:

“Further to the news yesterday that two people in Pembrokeshire had tested as positive for the Covid 19 virus, I am sure you will join me in wishing them both a speedy and full recovery.

“I can reassure you that our services will continue as usual, and all our employees can continue to attend to their work, appointments, schools and services as they normally would.

“We should all help protect ourselves and our communities by following Public Health Wales advice, particularly around washing hands and using a tissue for symptoms associated with cold and flu and then safely disposing of it.

“I am grateful to the co-operation and hard work of all of our staff and we will provide further updates and information when we have them.

“In the meantime I can confirm that detailed planning arrangements, both internally, with partner agencies and through the Dyfed Powys Local Resilience Forum, are well underway to ensure that the Council and Pembrokeshire are as well placed as possible for whatever challenges we may face. Thank you.”

“I am sure you will join me while I take a moment now to remember all those people in Pembrokeshire and further afield, who, very sadly, passed away since I made that announcement.

“I continue to be incredibly grateful, as I’m sure you are, to everyone who is helping to beat this pandemic, working so very hard now for over a year.

“We are fortunate now to be in a position where the vaccine programme is protecting older members of our community and starting to roll out among one of the biggest groups – the over 65s and those with underlying health conditions.

“This time next week (12th March) the Welsh Government will have notified us of their plans for the next three weeks.

“In the meantime, we remain in Alert Level 4 and the stay at home message continues to be more important than ever as we reach the threshold of better times.

“I wish you all a good weekend and thank you once again to the vast majority of wonderful Pembrokeshire residents who are doing the right thing and waiting patiently at home for restrictions to lift.

“We do really appreciate your efforts and determination to help bring this pandemic to an end.”

 

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Sergeant Hillier ‘died doing the job he loved’, says his heartbroken father

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THE ARMY SERGEANT who died after being injured in a live firing exercise, has been named locally.

The incident occurred at Castlemartin Training Area, and led to the death of Sgt Gavin Hillier, who was in the Welsh Guards.

In a post on social media, his father wrote: “Absolutely devastated to be writing this post, probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.

“At 3.45am this morning I received a phone call that will forever change my life. My eldest son Gavin Mark Hillier was in a fatal accident yesterday in the army (the job he loved).

“Sleep tight & rest in peace son. I’m so proud of you. Goodnight and god bless, love your heartbroken dad.”

An Army spokesperson said: “It is with great sadness we can confirm the death of a soldier on March 4.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.

“The circumstances surrounding this death are being investigated and it would be inappropriate to comment any further.”

It is understood that Sergeant Hillier, who served as part of the Welsh Guards’ motor transport platoon, was due to be deployed to Iraq and had previously been awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct medal by Prince Charles, the regiment’s Colonel in Chief, in 2019.

The tragic incident is the latest in a number of accidents at Castlemartin.

In 2017, The Herald reported that two soldiers died in a tank explosion, which a coroner ruled was due to a design flaw.

The following year, an Army captain was jailed in July 2018 after a 21-year-old soldier was killed by a stray bullet during an exercise at the range in 2012.

An investigation has been launched into the death of a soldier at Castlemartin RAC Range following a military exercise.

Police were called to the site at just before 10.45pm on March 4.

Sadly, a man was pronounced dead shortly after. Our thoughts are with his family, who have been informed of the incident and are being supported by specialist officers.

An investigation is underway led by Dyfed-Powys Police. Officers are liaising with the Health and Safety Executive and MoD.

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