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Onesie wearing drunk caused chaos

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haverfordwest-magistratesA DRUNKEN woman who assaulted door staff and a police officer in her onesie was fined £305 by Haverfordwest Magistrates on Tuesday. Sherizanne Bowen, aged 42, of Milton Crescent pleaded guilty to two charges of assault and another of assaulting a police officer. Prosecuting, Ellie Morgan said: “On the night of September 21, at around 1.30am, security at a pub were confronted by a woman who was intoxicated, using foul language and causing a scene.

One of the door staff, Mr Gary Blount, warned her about her behaviour and added that he may call the police. “Her son-in-law managed to move her away down the road but she started shouting again before walking back up to the pub. She was making fists at the other person on the door but she was again pulled away. Gary Blount then stood in front of his female colleague to protect her as Bowen came back again.

The male she was with tried to restrain her and grabbed her to try and stop her and at this point the top half of her body became exposed. “Ms Bowen seemed to have no dignity but she did try to rearrange herself as if she was going to have another go at her. Bowen shouted the words: ‘I don’t care, I’m Sherizanne Bowen’ as the male tried to get her to go home but Bowen grabbed Jennifer Upshall by the hair and Gary Blount had to squeeze her hands to make her let go and her son in law had to pull her away again.

“She went away a short distance but she returned and then spat at Gary Blount and was also throwing punches. Police were called to the scene but they struggled to get her into the vehicle as her behaviour was appalling. When PC Talboys arrived she said to him: ‘you better tell them to f*** off or I’ll f***ing kick off’. The officer told her to calm down but again she said ‘f*** off’. Bowen then said: ‘mind your f***ing business’ and added that she would kick off. “It was at this point that she was arrested but she continued shouting obscenities.

She continued to be aggressive and suddenly kicked out making contact with the officer’s knee. She was eventually moved into the car but she still wouldn’t calm down and lifted her legs up. “The officer moved her legs down and she lunged forward and the officer thought she was going to bite him and managed to restrain her holding her head against the door. She began kicking wildly and at this point they asked for a caged vehicle to come. She called the officers c**** and there didn’t seem to be any reason in her. She threatened to spit again and refused to speak without being vulgar.

She kicked out again connecting with the officer’s right shin and screamed at the officer ‘I thought you were my f***ing friend.” Defending, Mark Layton said: “She has pleaded guilty at the first occasion. Her memory is blank but she accepts the prosecution case. She was wearing a onesie and no footwear, not the usual attire for going out on an evening. Miss Bowen can only assume that something has affected her at home and she has left her house and that has led to her actions and arrest. This has brought matters to a head as she is already on a community order.

She feels she has been doing positive work with the probation service. I’m sure the injuries sustained were very minimal but this was a totally unpleasant incident. I would ask that you resentence her for the offence in June and for this one and reset the clock with a new order.” Magistrates agreed and Bowen was given a new 18 month community order with supervision and an alcohol activity requirement. She was also ordered to pay compensation of £50 to each victim, a fine of £10, costs

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Join the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel as an independent member

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THE Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel is looking for two members to join them in their work to support and challenge the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Panel is made of up of members nominated by Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys county councils along with at least two independent members.

Opportunities have now arisen for two independent members to join the Panel and carry out key statutory roles that will support the Commissioner exercise his role effectively.

Members will be expected to attend and take part in regular meetings and take part in decision making, creating reports and making recommendations to the Commissioner.

They will review the Commissioner’s annual draft Police and Crime Plan and annual draft budget, review and scrutinise his decisions and actions, and if necessary review the proposed appointment or removal of the Chief Constable and other senior police force appointments.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they can take a balanced and objective approach in supporting the Panel and the Commissioner, make strategic and well-informed decisions, and interpret and question financial, statistical and performance related information.

They will also need to be able to act as a ‘critical friend’, challenging views or proposals for change constructively.

Applications close on May 31, and appointments to the Panel will be made until October 31, 2024. 

For further information, visit www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.wales

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Successful Fire Service and Health Board partnership to enhance COVID-19 vaccine roll out comes to end

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TUESDAY 11 May 2021 marked the end of a hugely successful partnership between Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Hywel Dda University Health Board, initiated to enhance the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to the communities of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Since February, Community Safety Staff from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have transported 125 passengers over 9450 miles to ensure they were able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Recognising the configuration of our Service, the areas we cover and indeed the people we employee, this seemed an ideal opportunity for us to widen our response to the pandemic and support our partners in safeguarding our communities.

“Whilst we already collaborate with the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, this opportunity enabled us to expand our assistance further within the health arena. This partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board was the first of its kind for Fire and Rescue Services in Wales and paved the way for a number of similar partnerships for us and the other Fire and Rescue Services in Wales.

“I am extremely proud of our staff who have participated in this collaboration and have made a huge difference to the lives of so many people. Their contribution has without doubt had a positive impact on our response to this global pandemic”.

Mydrian Harries, Corporate Head of Prevention and Protection for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, coordinated the Service’s response to this call for assistance.

“Our communities are at the heart of our core business. Knowing we were in a position to make an impact, we put in place a robust solution in record time, to not only ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, but to also safeguard those who were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, but may have had barriers preventing them from attending their appointments.

“Using this partnership as template within which we could expand, we have since been able to offer our assistance to other Health Boards across the Service area. Indeed, a group of 10 vaccine heroes from our Service have joined Powys Teaching Health Board’s vaccination team, playing their part in distributing vaccines at mass vaccination sites in Newtown and Builth Wells. This is another fantastic example of how working together has been vital in our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Brand new features unveiled at Scolton Manor Park

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ONE of Pembrokeshire’s best-loved family destinations has announced it will be unveiling several new attractions in June, ready for the summer holidays.  

Among the new features at Scolton Manor are an eco-explorer village, a 1.2km woodland cycle track, an outdoor pirate ship play area and a dedicated railway attraction complete with steam train locomotive ‘Margaret’ and ‘Scolton Express’ play train.

Mark Thomas, manager of Scolton Manor Park, said the team were looking forward to showing visitors the new attractions.

“We’re delighted with our new facilities and believe they will perfectly complement the attractions we have here already at Scolton,” he said.

The woodland eco-explorer village aims to give children more opportunities for outside play and spark their enthusiasm to discover more about the natural world.  

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Culture and Leisure, said the village is perfect for all young explorers from toddlers right through to older children.

“Children love playing outside and we want to inspire them through their play to not only find out more about biodiversity and the environment but also how to care for it,” he said.

“As well as eco-explorer areas, games and activities there will be fun tips on how they can reuse, reduce and recycle more and protect the environment.”

The eco-explorer village is funded by a £50,000 grant from the Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme and £25,000 grant from Community Facilities Programme (Welsh Government), in partnership with the Pembrokeshire Beekeepers’ Association.

Mark Thomas said the current attractions at Scolton have also proved very popular since the outdoor areas at the park re-opened to the public earlier this spring.

As well as an adventure play area for older children which includes a 30-metre zip wire, a spinning climbing web and ‘super swings’,  younger visitors can enjoy the wooden playground, sensory musical play area and woodland play features.

“The many and varied attractions at Scolton enhance its role as a community facility while providing a wide range of countryside experiences at a lower cost,” said Mark.

“The new features in particular will also help to continue the development of the site into a must-visit tourist attraction within mid and North Pembrokeshire.”

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