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Letterston pensioner ’caused death and injury’

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swansea crown courtAN 88-YEAR-OLD motorist turned into the path of a motorcyclist causing death and injury, a jury heard on Monday (Dec 15).

Arthur Edwin Hunter, of Gurndifog, Letterston, denies causing the death of Benjamin Bowen by careless driving on the A40 in February last year.

A jury at Swansea Crown Court heard how Hunter had been driving home along the A40 when he signalled to turn right down a lane leading towards his home.

Dyfed Thomas, prosecuting, said two motorcycles were heading in the opposite direction.

Hunter, he said, allowed the first to pass but turned his Ford Focus into the path of the second bike, ridden by 25 year old Mr Bowen.

Mr Bowen’s red motorbike fell on its side and he slid into the front of a Peugeot 308 driven by Julie McAdam, an agent for Hockey Wales and head coach of the Fishguard and Goodwick team.

Mr Bowen suffered fatal injuries and was declared dead at the scene.

Miss McAdam told the court how the bonnet of her car flipped up and her car filled with smoke. She suffered a broken arm and wrist and needed operations on her back, knee and thumb.

Miss McAdam said she had been driving behind Hunter’s Focus on a dry and clear day.

She saw Hunter waiting to turn right, and the approaching motorbikes.

“I could see he was an old driver and I hung back. I was going to turn right as well.

“I saw the first motorbike pass by and the second approaching. I thought ‘he isn’t going to turn, is he?’ because there was enough room,” she said.

“There was a collision. The motorcyclist tried his best to stay upright but fell onto his side and slid into me. I closed my eyes.”

Miss Adam described how Hunter not only pulled in front of Mr Bowen but drove slowly across the oncoming lane “as if he had all the time in the world.”

Cross examined by James Jenkins, the barrister representing Hunter, Miss McAdam agreed she had told the police that Mr Bowen’s motorbike had been about 20 metres behind the one in front, but now put the distance at about 40 metres.

She said she had been under pressure from the police to estimate a distance but had since undergone counselling, using a “rewind technique.”

She said she now estimated the distance at about half a hockey pitch, or about 40 metres.

Miss McAdam said Mr Bowen had not been speeding.

Mr Thomas told the jury that, given the angle that Hunter took to enter the lane, he may have been “cutting a corner, which might suggest he knew he had to go quickly.”

The trial is expected to end later this week.

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Health board: COVID-19 vaccinations will be by appointment only from end of this month

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THE LOCAL health board has announced that from August 31, access to Mass Vaccination Centres (MVCs) in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire for COVID-19 vaccinations will be by appointment only in preparation for the start of the winter vaccine programme.

Anyone wishing to drop-in for their first or second dose during August is advised to check opening times on the day before travelling by visiting hduhb.nhs.wales/healthcare/covid-19-information/covid-19-vaccination-programme/mass-vaccination-centres or calling 0300 303 8322 as these are subject to change. If you still require a booster, please wait to be offered an appointment.

From 31 August 2022 onwards, please book an appointment by calling 0300 303 8322 or by emailing COVIDEnquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk

Bethan Lewis, Interim Assistant Director of Public Health at Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB), said: “Throughout the vaccination programme we’ve aimed to make the vaccine easily accessible through a combination of drop-ins and appointments. This change will allow us to deliver the COVID-19 in partnership with primary care and minimise the risk of duplication or vaccine waste.

“If you are eligible for an autumn COVID-19 booster, please wait to be invited by either your GP or the health board. Everyone eligible will be offered an appointment by November.

“GP practices are also preparing to invite eligible patients for their seasonal flu vaccine and aim to offer an appointment to everyone eligible by December. Again, please do not contact your GP practice at this time, you will be invited when it is your turn.”

Scheduled drop-in sessions for children and young people who are home-educated or not in education to access childhood vaccinations routinely offered through school nursing teams will continue as advertised at selected MVCs.

The remaining drop-in sessions for children aged 5 to 17 years of age will be held between 12pm and 6pm in the following locations:

Aberystwyth MVC (Thomas Parry Library, Llanbadarn Campus, SY23 3AS) – Tuesday 30 August
Carmarthen MVC (Y Gamfa Wen, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, SA31 3EP) – Friday 2 September
Cwm Cou MVC (Ysgol Trewen, SA38 9PE) – Monday 22 August
Haverfordwest MVC (Pembrokeshire Archives, SA61 2PE) – Wednesday 31 August
Llanelli MVC (Dafen Industrial Estate, SA14 8QW) – Tuesday 23 August
These drop-in sessions are also open to any Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire or Ceredigion school attendees who may have missed their vaccinations.

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions and have any queries or wish for your child to receive their scheduled vaccines, please complete the form available here hduhb.nhs.wales/healthcare/services-and-teams/immunisation-and-vaccination/childhood-and-young-people-vaccinations/vaccine-access-for-home-schooled-children or call 0300 303 8322 to be contacted by a member of the health board’s immunisation nursing team.

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Police appeal for information after man ‘was slapped on the back of the head’

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POLICE in Pembroke Dock are appealing for information after an alleged assault.

A male was slapped to the back of his head outside Lloyds Bank on Monday, August 8, 2022 between 5pm and 5.15pm following an argument with another male.

If you have any information please contact the Police on 101, quoting reference DPP/3231/08/08/2022/02/C

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Gareth Mann from Milford Haven sentenced to seven years in prison for drug offences

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DRUG dealer Gareth James Mann, aged 46, from Bunkers Hill, Milford Haven has been sentenced to a total of 7 years in prison.

A Misuse of Drugs Act search warrant was executed at Manns’ home address on 17th March 2022, where he was found to have controlled drugs including Heroin, Cocaine, Cannabis, Morphine, Pregabalin, Buprenorphine and Diazepam with a combined street value of up to £3660. Cash totalling £3430 was also found in his possession.

He was arrested and later charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and with possession of criminal property.

Garth Mann: Drugs worth £3660, and cash totalling £3430 was found in his possession.

Mann appeared at Llanelli Magistrates court on Friday, March 18 where he entered a not guilty plea. He was remanded in custody to appear at Swansea Crown Court.

Following a 6-day trial Mann was found guilty of all counts by a majority verdict on Monday 15th August 2022 and sentenced to a total of 7 years in custody.

DS Vinny Barrett said told The Herald: “Tackling the supply of illegal drugs is a priority for police in Pembrokeshire and the misery that illegal drugs bring to local communities will not be tolerated.

“We are taking a positive approach in targeting those that supply illegal drugs, and I would encourage anyone with information about the misuse of drugs to contact police.

“This information will be acted upon and will help us in preventing the supply of illegal drugs and the criminality that can be associated with them.”

To report suspicious behaviour in your community, visit https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, email 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or call 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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