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Birth of child was no excuse

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haverfordwest-magistratesA THIEF who said he could not attend a probation appointment because his partner was giving birth was sentenced to twelve weeks in prison at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (Jan 6). Matthew Adams, aged 23 of Carr Terrace, Pennar had pleaded guilty to four charges of theft from vehicles on October 22, 2014, on December 9. On that occasion the Magistrates felt that a presentence report should be prepared, but he did not attend on the date that was given. Prosecuting, Ellie Morgan said: “On October 22, vehicles were broken into during the early hours of the morning.

“From a Nissan Micra and a Toyota Avensis, he stole a wallet and cards. “From a Toyota Yaris he stole a rucksack, £50 in cash and other property including identity cards, and he stole loose change and two mobile phones from a Volkswagen Up. “All of the vehicles had been left unlocked. “One of the victims had certain information about a person he thought might have been involved and he went round to this person’s house and looked through the window. He noticed his rucksack inside and called the police.

“The other items were found when the police arrived and the defendant was arrested. “At the time he had also been smoking cannabis, and whilst on his way home from Pembroke and Lamphey he discovered that the wallets had no money in them and he threw the wallets over the hedge. He wanted to keep the phones for himself. “He also had about £15 in change from the cars, which he spent at a chip shop. He said he wanted to check the phones as he was being nosey but he found that they were locked.

“In interview he told the officer he went for a walk at around 1am and was looking in cars for money. “He explained that he had checked a number of cars and says he took the items for his own use going on to say, ‘I’ve been struggling for money, it’s no excuse I know’. Defending, Matt Greenish said: “His appointment was on December 18 but his partner gave birth on that day. “He should have been in contact with the court but his mind was with his partner at that time. He has had a shortage of money and there have been a number of ongoing issues”.

Matt Greenish asked the Magistrates to adjourn the case for three weeks to allow for a report but they were not prepared to wait and he was sent to prison for 12 weeks. He was also ordered to pay £50 in compensation to Shaun Griffiths and an £80 victim surcharge.

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Dale Morgan charged with murder of Judith Rhead, police confirm

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DYFED POWYS POLICE have charged a man in connection with the alleged murder of 68 year old Judith Rhead who was found dead in her home in Market Street, Pembroke Dock on Saturday (Feb 20).

Dale Morgan, 43, will appear at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court today by video link.

Dale Morgan, in court today

A spokesman for the force said: “Dyfed-Powys Police can confirm that Dale Morgan, aged 43, has been charged with the murder of Judith Rhead, aged 68, who was found in a property in Market Street, Pembroke Dock.

“He is due to appear before Llanelli Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, 25 February).”

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Judith Rhead murder investigation – Detectives given more time to question suspect

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POLICE have been given more time to question a 43-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

The man has been in police custody since Saturday night, after being arrested over the death 68-year-old Judith Rhead.

She was found in a residential property in Market Street.

The police now have until Thursday afternoon (Feb 25) to question the suspect.

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All people eligible for vaccination will get theirs by end of July

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PEOPLE eligible for the coronavirus vaccine will get theirs by the end of July, the Health Minister has said.

Wales achieved its target of getting everyone in the first four priority groups vaccinated by the middle of February and is now working on offering the vaccine to those in groups 5 to 9.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out that people with severe or profound learning disabilities or with a mental illness will be among priority group 6.

Mr Gething said that they were would make sure that no one is left behind.

The latest figures from Public Health Wales show that 878,506 people had received their first dose of the vaccine.

59,279 people have received both doses of the vaccine.

Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services, said: “We have achieved our first milestone of offering everyone in the first four priority groups vaccination by mid-February.

“We are now making progress in achieving our next milestone, which is to offer the vaccine to all individuals in priority groups 5 to 9.

“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out that people with a severe/profound learning disability and individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment, should be invited for vaccination as part of priority group 6.

“There are challenges with identifying individuals within these groups, particularly given the JCVI language is not generally in use in Wales, and we are working hard to make sure that no one is left behind. Today we have published guidance on identifying eligible individuals in these groups and on how to support them to take up their vaccine offers.

“The JCVI has also said that some of our invaluable unpaid carers should be included in priority group 6.

“Today we have also published guidance on identifying those unpaid carers eligible for vaccine prioritisation and the process around this. I am grateful to the national carers’ organisations for their support with this work.”

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