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Intoxicated male ‘learnt nothing’

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lagerA 19-YEAR-OLD man from Milford Haven was fined a total of £180 after being charged with disorderly behaviour at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (Nov 25). Callum Thomas Hicks of Castle Terrace on Steynton Road pleaded guilty to the charge. Prosecutor, Ellie Morgan said: “On November 2, officers were on duty just after 4pm at Milford Haven Police Station when they received calls regarding an incident at Marble Hall Road. Officers attended with a caged vehicle, and when they got out of their vehicle they could see a group of people outside the Premier shop.

Outside the shop was someone they recognised, which was the defendant. He was being restrained by his mother and was screaming and shouting. They are not sure what it was, but something had occurred before they arrived, which caused members of the public contact the police. Hicks was trying to get out of the restraint of his mother to get to someone. It was clear people had been fighting, as there was blood on some people present.

Hicks seemed to be intoxicated, but officers couldn’t tell whether it was through drink or drugs. He had to be taken to the floor and put up a struggle with officers. Police chose to use their spray due to the struggle, which took effect. He was incapacitated, cuffed and put into the vehicle. He was shouting and crying in the rear of the van and was not listening to what the officers were saying to him.” Defence solicitor, James Subbiani told the court: “Hicks pleads guilty at the earliest opportunity. He has very little recollection of the incident, but his girlfriend has said she and his mother were carrying him home. A crowd gathered regarding his state and he was shouting at the crowd, who found his behaviour somewhat humorous. He was very much worse for wear and all he remembers is waking up hours later in a police cell.” Mr Subbiani continued: “It was just his mother and his girlfriend trying to get him home.”

Hicks told the court that he had taken Valium and drank alcohol that day, and said he did not know why he took it. The chair of the bench said: “Here we are, six months after you were in the Crown Court, you’re offending again. You clearly haven’t learnt your lesson.” Hicks was told that his behaviour was unacceptable and that he should ‘not take drugs, and should certainly not take them with alcohol’. Hicks’ fine included £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.

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New Chairman for Pembrokeshire County Council

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THE NEW Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council is Councillor Pat Davies, who represents Fishguard North West.

Cllr Davies, previously the Authority’s Vice-Chairman, was installed at today’s Annual meeting of Council at County Hall in Haverfordwest.

She succeeds Cllr Mike James, the Elected Member for St Dogmaels.

Councillor David Simpson – who will remain as Council Leader – proposed a vote of thanks to Cllr James.

The new Vice-Chairman of the Council is Councillor Thomas Tudor (Haverfordwest Castle) who expressed his pride at the nomination.

Councillor Simon Hancock will remain as the Authority’s Presiding Member.

Cllr David Simpson, who was elected to Council in 2004, was the sole nomination for Leader.

Cllr Simpson will complete his Cabinet choices over the coming days but he announced that Councillor Paul Miller (Neyland West) will become Deputy Leader of the Council.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards, and the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Mr Rowland Rees-Evans, attended the Annual Meeting as guests.

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Monkton: One person flown to Cardiff following incident

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THERE was a large emergency services presence in Monkton last night (May 25).

At around 7.30pm, emergency services were called to a report of an incident.

Back Terrace was temporarily closed off while officers dealt with the situation.

An Air Ambulance was dispatched and flew one person to The University Hospital of Wales.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at approximately 7.30pm yesterday, Wednesday 25 May, to an incident in the Monkton area of Pembroke.

“We sent a rapid response car, an emergency ambulance and an air ambulance to the scene, where the crew were also supported by a duty operations manager.

“One person was flown to the University Hospital of Wales.”

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Nature is blooming at Withybush Woods three years after enhancement project

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THREE years after the launch of a project to enhance Withybush Woods, there are abundant signs that biodiversity is thriving.

Swathes of early purple orchid – a scarce wild flower – have been spotted in shadier parts of the tranquil woodlands while a pair of rare breeding stock doves have made the woods their home for the second year.

Song thrushes can be heard everywhere on the 1.5km accessible footpath together with chiffchaffs, willow warblers, nuthatch, woodpeckers, blackbirds, blue tits and many other woodland birds.

Mallards and moorhens and their young can be seen on the restored lower pond, together with the resident swans, and a new wetland area nearby is providing a new habitat for other species of invertebrates and pollinators.

The EU-funded improvement project was led by Pembrokeshire County Council, which owns the woods on the outskirts of Haverfordwest.

Dr Steven Jones, Director of Community Services, said: “Withybush Woods has always been a beautiful and special place to visit and even more so now, thanks to its increasing range of species and biodiversity habitats.

The enhancement work received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. 

The scheme also received funding through the Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme, through the WCVA.

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