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Ethylphenidate: Now a class B drug.

Ethylphenidate: Now a class B drug.

A DANGEROUS legal high changed the behaviour of a youth in a Jekyll and Hyde case, which has highlighted the risks of using test chemicals to get high. On Tuesday (Dec 16), a Haverfordwest youth was sent to prison for twelve months after he pleaded guilty to a series of offences whilst ‘off his head’. The youth, who cannot be named because he is not yet eighteen, had, according to his solicitor, developed an addiction to a class B drug which had caused him to behave ‘in an appalling manner’. The drug in question, Ethylphenidate, is the same chemical which was being sold from Pembs PC in Haverfordwest by the now ex-boss Al Firth, and his partner in crime, Daniel Cobbinah. They will be sentenced on January 16.

Prosecuting this case, Ellie Morgan said: “This boy went to Wilkinson’s store and stole a bottle of aftershave. “Later, in the early hours of the next morning, he entered a woman’s property and stole various items of food from a freezer.” The prosecutor explained how in the early hours of October 18, the defendant was in his partner’s flat high on drugs, paranoid and hallucinating. Ms Morgan added: “The couple had an argument and she said she was going to throw the drugs away. She then went to bed, but at 12:45am he woke her and started shouting in a paranoid way. She came to the decision that she wanted to leave to go stay with a friend.

She picked up her stuff but he has said to her ‘you’re not taking it’.” The court heard how he then grabbed her bag and ripped it from her. The boy went crazy and hit her three times with the bag to her head. Ms Morgan then explained to the bench how the defendant “then went psycho at her and smacked her flat out to the left side of her face.” She added: “The victim looked at him and could see that his eyes were massive, red and looked evil. She ran out of the property and knocked on a neighbour’s door. The police were called. As a result of the attack she had bruising to her arms and face.”

But this was not the end of the matter. Later on, the youth entered the property through a small window, where he slashed clothes and damaged a washing machine and hoover. He also stole items. The overall cost of all the damaged and missing items, according to the CPS was around £1500.

The court heard the reason given for the behaviour by seventeen-yearold was “because you p****d me off, I was off my f*****g head on drugs.” The youth was arrested after a further incident at an address in Merlin’s Bridge. The court heard he tried to run away, and police used a Taser to apprehend him. After being stunned, he had a ‘seizure’ and was taken to Withybush Hospital – but he managed to escape from custody not once, but twice.

The CPS explained: “He was eventually caught and arrested for these matters on Wednesday, November 12”. Defending, James Subbiani said: “Unfortunately, in the last few months he has developed an addiction to this drug and it has caused him to behave in an appalling manner. This is not indicative of the person I have known for some time. The high, known as Ethylphenidate, is behind all of these offences. He has been stealing items to sell to fund his addiction.”

Mr Subbiani tried in vain to persuade the Magistrates against sending him to prison and instead give him a high level youth rehabilitation order. However, the bench did not agree and he was sentenced to four months for the assault, another four months for the burglary and a final four months for escaping custody. The chairman of the bench said: “Prison is the only option.”

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Crime Commissioner continues to secure funding for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual violence

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THE POLICE and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police is again making the offer for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual abuse to bid for additional funds.

Funding was made available last year, in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on organisations supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence.

It was part of a £76 million package of support made available by the UK Government.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Thanks to this additional funding, we can ensure that victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Dyfed-Powys can access specialist services for support, at a time when they are needed the most.

“Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in domestic violence during the pandemic and victims need help now more than ever and I am grateful for the work of all the service providers across the Force area that help these men, women and families who are most in need.

“I want to reassure anyone who is in an abusive situation or relationship that you do not need to suffer in silence, and I urge anyone to report abuse to the Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

“This funding is open both to providers whom I currently commission and those that I do not currently fund. However, unlike the extraordinary Covid-19 funding provided in 2020/21, organisations do not need to be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise to be eligible for this funding. They must, however, provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims of sexual violence or domestic abuse cope with the impacts of crime and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced. We would also encourage applications from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics.

“If you wish to submit a request for this funding, further guidance is available on my website, and can be requested via the office e-mail address.”

Closing date for submissions is close of play on Friday, March 12, 2021.

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Covid alert level lowered for whole of UK

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THE COVID alert level for all four nations of the United Kingdom has been lowered to alert level 4.

The decision comes following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in light of the most recent data.

In recent weeks, the R-rate and the number of covid cases has been on the decline.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton said: “Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the four UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director agree that the UK alert level should move from level 5 to level 4 in all four nations.

“The health services across the four nations remain under significant pressure with a high number of patients in hospital, however thanks to the efforts of public we are now seeing numbers consistently declining, and the threat of the NHS and other health services being overwhelmed within 21 days has receded.

“We should be under no illusions – transmission rates, hospital pressures and deaths are still very high. In time, the vaccines will have a major impact and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they receive the offer. However for the time being it is really important that we all – vaccinated or not – remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidelines.

“We know how difficult the situation has been and remains to be for healthcare workers, we thank them for their immense effort, skill and professionalism throughout the pandemic.”

Under the Welsh Government’s Alert level 4 restrictions, schools and colleges, places of worship, community centres, playgrounds and public parks are among those that can be opened.

Theatres, entertainment venues, leisure facilities and outdoor visitors attractions are among the places that must remain close while the country is in Alert Level 4.

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Postmaster and politicians welcome Goodwick cash machine U-turn

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GOODWICK post office will now be keeping its ATM, after a U-turn by Post Office Ltd.

The machine was due to be removed within months with the post master, Jon Moverley saying that it would be a disaster for the village.

If the ATM had been removed, there would have been just two 24-hour ATMs serving the whole of Fishguard and Goodwick in the short term and three when the Co-op renovations are completed.

Both politicians and local residents then got behind the campaign to keep the ATM

Pembrokeshire politicians Paul Davies and Stephen Crabb have welcomed the news that Goodwick post office is now set to keep its ATM facility. Following representations made by both politicians to the Post Office, it’s now been confirmed that Goodwick Post Office will be included in the rollout of ATM machines across the post office network.

Mr Davies said “This is really welcome news. I’m pleased that the Post Office has listened to the representations made by the local community and decided to retain the ATM at Goodwick post office. The facility is so important for local people and businesses and it’s great that that’s been recognised and the Post Office has committed to keeping it.”

Following the Post Office’s decision to invest in Goodwick’s ATM rather than remove it, Stephen Crabb MP, who campaigned for the ATM to stay, commented: “It’s great news that the Post Office has overturned its own decision and will be keeping an ATM machine in Goodwick.

“Access to cash continues to be incredibly important for a number of people and businesses and I’m pleased to have played my part in working with John from the Post Office in Goodwick, Paul Davies MS and the wider community to highlight the ATMs importance to the area. It shows what can be achieved when we work together.”

The postmaster described the news as ‘brilliant’. Mr Moverley thanked supporters.

He said “Many thanks to all of you who have used the machine and complained to POL about the removal. We were also supported by our MP, MS and mayor, the National Federation of Sub-postmasters and our Chamber of Trade.

“Everyone did their bit, and it says an enormous amount about the strength of the community.

“We are delighted that locals and so many other people have come together to save this essential facility in the village.”

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