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Drunk man took to silence when police arrived



haverfordwest-magistratesA HOLIDAY maker who trespassed on a railway line was fined £1690 by Haverfordwest Magistrates on Tuesday. Jonathan Dyment, aged 33, of Cymmer, Port Talbot, pleaded guilty to trespassing and using threatening words and behaviour. Dyment was also placed on a community order for 24 months with one requirement of a thinking skills program. Prosecuting, Ellie Morgan said: “The facts of the case are agreed. On September 8, the defendant and his partner were on holiday on Tenby. At 7.15pm the defendant was issued with a notice from the police to leave Tenby because of his drunken behaviour.

At 9pm CCTV located Dyment and his girlfriend awaiting the train. Dyment is captured moving around the platform. At 9.17 he is captured lowering himself off the platform but he was pulled back to the platform after several minutes. He sat on the edge of the platform but the girlfriend again pulled him back. At 9.30 he lowered himself down on to the tracks and he has stood between the two sets of rails. He was there for a minute before he got back on to the platform.

“The train came in five minutes later. They are both seen to board the train and the driver spoke to the train guard about the two of them and told him to keep an eye on them. The guard has gone to speak to the couple and at this point Dyment said to his partner: ‘Give him the f***ing tickets you fat slag’. The guard spoke to Dyment but he then said: ‘f*** off, it’s my missus, I’ll f***ing do you’ but he has then immediately apologised. The guard asked his partner if she wanted to sit with him for safety but Dyment said: ‘Don’t you f***ing dare’.

“The guard has then gone back to the cab to use the phone and he can see Dyment trying to grab at his partner across the table. He has then poured beer on the carriage floor and his partner moved seats away from him but he followed her down. The guard has come back but Dyment shouted at him: ‘I’ve told you, f***ing go now, it’s your last chance’. His partner was upset and asked if there was another train she could catch. “The driver has then moved out and Dyment shouted: ‘I f***ing told you, that’s it. You’re both here, you can both have it’.

His fists were clenched and he was walking up and down the train. He then said: ‘when he comes in here, he’s having it in the f***ing neck’. The guard has again telephoned the police and at this point Dyment has picked up a beer can and ripped it in half. He was flailing his arms around and his partner told him to calm down. He has then started cutting himself with the cans. Police then arrived at the station in Narberth and when he saw them he sat down and went quiet.

He said to them: ‘I haven’t done anything domestic, I’ll admit to public order offences, I was all rawrhh’. The train was delayed for 76 minutes and as a result three further trains were delayed and costs for compensation of £1335 have been made for Arriva Trains Wales.” Defending, Mark Layton said: “I wasn’t aware an application was made for compensation for the delay of the train and I would certainly wish to see it to challenge it.

There are many other reasons why the train could have been delayed, for example signal error or weather. The guards on the train that were subjected to that, I would add, are fully entitled to compensation.” Ellie Morgan told Mr Layton that the compensation claim was worked out using a work related formula but Mr Layton said that this was ‘very speculative and difficult to work out’.

The chairman of the bench said: “Your behaviour on that evening was unacceptable. You caused fear to your partner and the guard and the driver.” Dyment was ordered to pay the full compensation amount of £1335 and also £100 in compensation to the train guard and driver. He was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs, a £10 fine to go with his community order and a £60 victim surcharge.

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Launch of Haverfordwest Castle Conservation Management Plan



MEMBERS of the public are being asked to help shape the future of Haverfordwest Castle as a draft Conservation Management Plan (CMP) is launched.

One of Pembrokeshire’s most important historical assets, the Castle is owned by Pembrokeshire County Council, which has produced the CMP.

The plan:

▪ sets out the significance of the castle and describes how the building will be protected with any new use, alteration, repair or management; 

▪ will help with the planning of maintenance, conservation and repair work and adaptation of the site to meet new or changing uses; 

▪ will help promote understanding of the site and look at improving public access and activities for local people and visitors; 

▪ will support proposals to conserve the castle and adaptations of the site in response to climate change; 

▪ and underpin funding applications to support improvements

An engagement exercise has been launched alongside the Plan, giving members of the public with an interest in the historic and/or environmental significance of the castle an opportunity to comment on the document and share their views.

To take part in the engagement exercise, please click on the following link:

The deadline for responses is Sunday, March 28, 2021.


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Natural Resources Wales approves Ireland-UK interconnector licence



GREENLINK INTERCONNECTOR LIMITED says it welcomes the decision by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to approve its application for a Marine Licence for the Greenlink electricity interconnector project, which will link the power markets of Great Britain and Ireland.

An important project for Pembrokeshire, and the UK as a whole, NRW’s go-ahead is one of several consents required for the construction of the project and covers installation of the marine cable in UK waters.

The approval is a major milestone for Greenlink and joins the onshore planning consents granted unanimously in July last year by Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

Greenlink’s proposed 190km subsea and underground electricity cable will run beneath the Irish Sea to connect National Grid’s Pembroke Power Station in Wales and EirGrid’s Great Island substation in County Wexford, Ireland. It will have a nominal capacity of 500 MW.

The Wales-Ireland link is just one of four interconnectors being installed

Nigel Beresford, CEO for Greenlink Interconnector Limited, said: “We are delighted by Natural Resources Wales’s decision to grant this licence. This marks a significant milestone for Greenlink and another important step towards project construction, which we expect to commence later this year.

“The Greenlink team has worked constructively with Natural Resources Wales and Welsh marine stakeholders to find workable solutions to the many technical and environmental challenges facing a large infrastructure project like this, and this has been reflected in the quality of the final proposal.

“The thorough environmental and technical assessments we have undertaken, supported by the practical and value-adding feedback we have received from key marine stakeholders, have ensured that we move forward confident that we are delivering a well-designed project with the interests of the Welsh marine habitat at its core.”

The subsea section of the cable will be approximately 160km in length and uses high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology. The preferred route and installation methods were chosen following the conclusion of subsea surveys and consultation with key stakeholders.

In Ireland, a Foreshore Licence application was submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Foreshore Unit) in 2019 and the onshore planning application was submitted to An Bord Pleanála in December 2020.

Greenlink is one of Europe’s most important energy infrastructure projects and brings benefits on both sides of the Irish Sea for energy security, regional investment, jobs and the cost-effective integration of low carbon energy. The project will offer important local supply chain opportunities and plans are being drawn up for ‘meet-the-buyer’ events in the local area prior to construction.

Once fully consented, Greenlink is expected to have a three-year construction programme, with commissioning planned by the end of 2023.

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Appeal from Fire and Rescue Service to install working smoke alarms



AT 01:17am this morning, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, crews from Milford Haven were called to a property fire in the Hakin area of Milford Haven.

The fire was confined to a pan on a stove in the kitchen area and extinguished by firefighters using two breathing apparatus, a hose reel jet and a thermal imaging camera.

Crews also ventilated the property and fitted smoke alarms within the property.

The Fire Service left the incident at 02:00am.

Watch Manager Alun Griffiths, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said “This fire was the result of cooking left unattended. It is so important to remove all pots and pans from a heat source when you are called away from the cooker.

“Thankfully, the occupiers of the property managed to exit the property before our firefighters arrived, but it could have ended very differently as there were no smoke alarms fitted in the property.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of installing working smoke alarms in your homes and testing them regularly. In the dreadful event of a fire, they can alert you to the danger sooner and could mean the difference between life and death.

“As a Fire and Rescue Service, we provide Home Fire Safety advice which is free of charge. We also offer Safe and Well Visits which you can arrange by phoning us on 0800 169 1234 or by visiting the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website.”

For further Home Fire Safety advice or to talk about the possibility of a Safe and Well Visit by Fire and Rescue Service personnel, please phone us on 0800 169 1234.​​​ Alternatively please complete an online Request a Safe and Well Visit​ form on the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service website:

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