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‘Christmas spree’ shoplifter jailed…

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Shoplifters: Shae Cadwallader and Alicia Stokes.

Shoplifters: Shae Cadwallader and Alicia Stokes.

A 20-YEAR-OLD shoplifter from Haverfordwest was jailed by Magistrates on Tuesday (Jan 6). Alicia Stokes, of Fleming Crescent admitted four counts of shop lifting in a pre-Christmas spree, in which she stole items of clothing and household items from her local branches of Pound Stretcher, Peacocks, Morrisons and The Factory Shop.

However, these thefts put her in breach of a Crown Court community order, and the bench felt that prison was the only option. The chair of the bench said: “The record you have is absolutely appalling. We feel that we really need to protect the public. “We will send you to prison for sixteen weeks.” However, Stokes started to argue from behind the glass, which separated her from the court room. She said: “I don’t think you should send me to prison.

I’ve been really compliant with my probation officer and my solicitor told me that I wouldn’t be going to prison today.” Friends and supporters, including her boyfriend, Shae Cadwallader shouted from the gallery as she was taken down: “I love you babe.” Stokes’ defence solicitor, Mark Layton felt that there was one last chance to get his client out of the cells. He immediately, and hastily, drew up an appeal against the sentence, and ten minutes later she was brought back upstairs while this application was heard. Mr Layton said: “I can only make this application if I feel the sentence imposed has been mantifestively excessive.

“She has largely complied with the court order – I don’t know what a Crown Court judge would do. “The judge may say that Stokes has broken the order, but I would like her to be released on bail. She could report daily to Haverfordwest Police Station and could be ordered not to enter the shopping areas of Haverfordwest.” In response to the application for bail, prosecutor Vaughan Pritchard-Jones said: “I simply refer you to the record, she’s committed offence after offence. Also these offences were committed when subject to a Crown Court community order.

“The defendant has a history of committing offences on bail, therefore I would say bail is not appropriate.” Without hesitation, the chairman of the bench ruled out the application for bail, saying: “We are satisfied – the sentence is correct for the level of crime and therefore we are not granting bail.’

…but boyfriend spared prison

A SUSPENDED prison sentence was imposed on the boyfriend of Alicia Stokes, who went on a shopping spree to fund his legal high addiction at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (Jan 6). Shae Cadwallader, of Fleming Crescent, Haverfordwest, stole items with the intention to sell some on in order to buy a legal high known as Pyschlone Herbal Incense. Cadwallader was charged with four shoplifting offences and whilst he was in court, told the probation service that he was also in court at a later date for stealing this legal high and that was brought forward. He pleaded guilty to stealing a £38 bottle of aftershave from Wilkos on November 8, 2014, and admitted to stealing £477.50 worth of items from Debenhams, £69.49 worth of items from Boots and £24 worth of items from TK Maxx on December 17, 2014.

Cadwallader also pleaded guilty to stealing a legal high to the value of £30 from the All Sorts store in Haverfordwest on September 17, 2014. As part of the suspended sentence he was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and a thinking skills programme. The Magistrates also ordered compensation of £38 to be paid to Wilkos and £30 to All Sorts.He was also told to pay an £80 victim surcharge and £85 court costs. Prosecuting, Ellie Morgan said: “On November 8, a security guard was monitoring CCTV and this person noticed a couple acting suspiciously. “The male has selected the item from the shelf and put it in his pocket. No attempt was made to pay for the item.

The police were called and later when they spoke to him, he told them he had already sold the bottle on for £20. “On December 17 at 6.45pm police were dealing with an incident of shoplifting for another person when Cadwallader passed by holding a large carrier bag. “There were a large number of perfume bottles in it and he said he been given them by his mother to wrap up as Christmas presents. “That story turned out not to be true and he was arrested for theft. Officers also attended at the Debenhams, TK Maxx and Boots stores to inform them of the missing items. “At the third interview he finally accepted taking the items from the stores but doesn’t remember going into TK Maxx.

“He is sorry for what he has done”. The Magistrates asked for a report to be prepared but after he was let out Cadwallader returned home to pack a bag as he was worried he might be sent to prison. Probation Officer Julie Norman added: “I have raised with him the concerns about failing to attend on previous orders but he tells me that was when he was younger and he didn’t take responsibility for himself. “He has developed an issue with legal highs and because he can’t fund them has resorted to shoplifting to sell items in order to get money for the legal highs. He is concerned about it and he would benefit from assistance.

“He tells me he is willing to comply with a community order”. Ms Morgan produced the evidence for the theft of the legal high. She said: “On September 17, he went into the All Sorts shop in Quay Street to ask for the legal high. The assistant put it down on the counter and whilst his back was turned, Cadwallader picked it up and ran out of the store. The police were contacted and after his arrest he admitted the offence in his interview.” The Magistrates felt that this was a ‘planned spree to fund a habit’ and therefore issued a 12 week custodial sentence which will be suspended for 12 months. As part of the sentence he was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and a thinking skills programme. The Magistrates also ordered compensation of £38 to be paid to Wilkos and £30 to All Sorts, and was also told to pay an £80 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

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Rider of a motorbike taken to hospital following collision with a car

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A COLLISION which involved a car and a motorbike on Friday afternoon (Jun 18) saw one person being transferred to hospital.

Dyfed-Powys Police have confirmed that the collision, which happened at approximately 1.17pm at Dwrbach, Scleddau, involved a white Seat Ibiza and a black Suzuki motorbike.

The Herald understands that the accident happened at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

The incident caused the road to be closed while emergency services dealt with the situation.

The rider of the motorbike was transferred to Glangwili Hospital for treatment.

A Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred in Scleddau, Fishguard early Friday afternoon, June18th 2021.

“The collision involved a white Seat Ibiza and a black Suzuki motorbike. The rider of the motorbike was taken to hospital.

“The road was closed for emergency services to deal with the collision.”

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called to attend a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle at Dwrbach, Fishguard at 1.17pm on Friday 18 June. We sent one rapid response vehicle and one emergency ambulance. One patient was taken to Glangwili Hospital for further treatment.”

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Residents urged to be alert to Covid-19 symptoms following cluster of cases

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PUBLIC HEALTH WALES, Pembrokeshire County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board are urging members of the public to be alert to COVID-19 symptoms following the identification of a cluster of cases in the Tenby area.

The 22 confirmed cases are linked to social and sporting events and local schools and have generated a large number of contactssince the first cases were confirmed on Saturday, 12 June. 

A number of individuals, including pupils, are currently isolating and close contacts of the positive cases continue to be traced.

From Monday 21 June to Sunday 4 July, a mobile testing unit will be available for local residents in and around Tenby to access if they have symptoms.

This is based at Salterns Car Park, Marsh Road, Tenby, SA70 8DU.  To book a test visit the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ring 119.

Residents can protect themselves and others from Coronavirus by remaining at least two metres away from everyone else, washing their hands regularly, and by wearing a face covering where required. 

The virus disperses in a well ventilated environment, so opening windows and allowing fresh air to circulate is another way to keep ourselves safe.

Residents should take up the vaccine when offered, and self-isolate and get a test if they or anyone in their household develop symptoms.

As well as the three most common symptoms of Coronavirus – a fever, a new continuous cough, or a loss/change of taste and smell – people with any of the following, wider symptoms that are persistent and/or unusual for them are also strongly encouraged to get a PCR test:

  • Mild summer cold symptoms – including sore throat, runny nose, headache
  • Flu-like symptoms, including myalgia (muscle ache or pain); excessive tiredness; persistent headache; runny nose or blocked nose; persistent sneezing; sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Generally feeling unwell and a history of being in contact with a known COVID-19 case
  • Any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test

If you have any of the above symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated, please stay home and book a PCR test through the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ringing 119.

When booking your PCR test, you will also be asked about your symptoms: if you have wider summer cold or flu-like symptoms as described above, rather than the classic three symptoms, choose ‘None of these symptoms’ and then choose one of the following options to enable you to complete the booking:

• My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms or

• A GP or other healthcare professional has asked me to get a test.

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Paul Davies submits views to Health Board Consultation

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Senedd Member Paul Davies has fed his views into Hywel Dda University Health Board’s consultation, “Building a Healthier Future after Covid-19.”

In response to the Health Board’s proposals, Mr Davies has made it clear that he opposes any movements to centralise or downgrade services at Withybush hospital.

Mr Davies said, “I cannot emphasise how important this consultation is and so I’d urge everyone across Pembrokeshire to read through the Health Board’s proposals and make their views known. In my submission, I’ve made it crystal clear that the people of Pembrokeshire should not have to travel further for vital health services.

“I want to see Hywel Dda start prioritising Pembrokeshire by investing in services at Withybush hospital so that it can support people living and working across the county.

“There’s still time to feed into the consultation and have your say on the Health Board’s plans. The deadline is Monday, June 21 and you can find more information here – https://www.haveyoursay.hduhb.wales.nhs.uk/building-a-healthier-future-after-covid-19.” 

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