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Jail for assaulting mother

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Haverfordwest magA SON who assaulted his mother was given an 18- week custodial sentence at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Jan 14). Alex Brown, aged 21, of Sycamore Close in Milford Haven, also had his outstanding fines totalling £249 cleared and an extra 14-day jail term was imposed instead. Brown had previously pleaded not guilty in December and he was remanded in custody. A trial was set for February 4 but on Wednesday he changed his plea to guilty.

His solicitor, Gareth Lewis, told the court that his time in custody had “had a very sobering effect on him”. He also told the Magistrates: “He was given an immediate term of custody on the last occasion and he has been there since December 14. “This is his first time in custody and he has recognised the grief he has caused to his mother and he shows remorse for the whole incident.

“It has dawned on him, the dangers of legal highs, and he has recognised the effect it has had on his relationship with his mother and siblings. He has also written a letter to his brother to explain the danger of legal highs warning him of the dangers. “He has also recognised the support his mum has been giving him and he is looking to re-build bridges.

“He wants to serve a sentence and put the whole thing behind him a rebuild those bridges.” Prosecuting the case, Nick Newton said: “Alex had been smoking legal highs throughout the day and he had asked his mother for some money so he could buy more of these drugs. “She refused and Alex started shouting and he refused to let her get past him, she did try and he put his hand around her neck, she pushed him away. “She did not ring the police at this time because she thought that would be the end of the matter as Alex had stormed off into his bedroom.

“Later that night she heard Alex and his brother having an argument and she got out of bed to go and speak with Alex. “He was aggressive and threatening to smash up the house. He then kicked out at his mother connecting with her right thigh. He also hit her on the side of the face. “He then picked up a picture frame and threw it in her direction but this did not make contact with her.

“Alex then pulled a kitchen knife out of the draw and threw that towards her but that also missed. “She then called the police and officers attended at their address at around 12.30am. They formed the opinion that he was under the influence of drugs and he confirmed that he had been smoking legal highs.

“His mother has also written a victim personal statement in which she says: ‘I have had enough of Alex, I can’t cope with him any more. I have to think about my other sons and I don’t want them getting into fights either. It is not acceptable that he is hitting me in what was an unprovoked attack. I love my son but I had no choice but to call the police’.

On sentencing Brown, the Magistrates acknowledged his guilty plea but felt that a custodial sentence was appropriate. The Chairman of the bench also told him that he will have a lot of work to do if he wants to rebuild those bridges with his family once he is out. Brown was also told to pay an £80 victim surcharge for the offence.

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Save the dates: Classic car shows in Pembrokeshire

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THE FIRST of the Summer season of the Classic Car Shows in aid of the Paul Sartori Foundation took place at the Commons Car Park, Pembroke recently.

Organised by Malcom Powell and friends, the show was opened by the Mayor of Pembroke, Ann Mortenson, accompanied by the Ward Ten Withybush fundraiser Ellie Neville.

The rest of the shows are follows

Wednesday 5th June at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 19th June at the Plough Inn, Sageston

Wednesday 3rd July at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 17th July at the Plough Inn, Sageston

Wednesday 14th August at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 18th August at the Plough Inn

All events are at 4pm, except for the final show of the year on Saturday 14th September at the Plough Inn Sageston which starts at 2 30pm.

Pictured is the first show of the year at the Commons,Pembroke.

Pic-Martin Cavaney

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Royal celebration at Buckingham Palace marks RNLI’s 200th anniversary

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HIS MAJESTY The King has graciously hosted a garden party at Buckingham Palace today to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). This prestigious event brought together approximately 2,500 of the RNLI’s dedicated volunteers, staff, and their families.

The garden party, held in the palace’s magnificent grounds, was marked by the presence of an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, showcasing the RNLI’s modern lifesaving capabilities. The event celebrated the remarkable history and ongoing contributions of the RNLI, which has been saving lives at sea since its founding in 1824.

Among those honoured at the event were representatives from Tenby Lifeboat Station and St Davids Lifeboat Station. From Tenby, the delegation included recently retired Coxswain Philip John, along with Michael Lewis, Daniel Young, Graham Waring, and Peter O’Hagan, all accompanied by their partners. Representing St Davids Lifeboat Station were Will Chant, Jestyn Martin, Ffion Rees, Judd Kohler, Ellen Evans, and their respective partners. These individuals were recognised for their exceptional service and dedication to the institution, trading their RNLI yellows for smart attire on this special occasion.

The RNLI, established in 1824 by Sir William Hillary, has grown into a vital organisation dedicated to saving lives at sea. Over its two centuries of operation, the RNLI has saved more than 142,700 lives, thanks to the bravery and commitment of its volunteers and staff. Today, the RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations and provides a 24-hour search and rescue service around the coasts of the UK and Ireland.

His Majesty’s patronage and the garden party at Buckingham Palace underscore the nation’s deep appreciation for the RNLI’s invaluable service. The celebration not only honoured past achievements but also highlighted the continued importance of the RNLI’s mission as it looks forward to the future.

For more information on the RNLI’s history and its bicentenary celebrations, please visit the official RNLI website.

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The Big Beer Festival returns to Milford Waterfront

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MILFORD HAVEN is set to host the highly anticipated Big Beer Festival tomorrow at Milford Waterfront. Beginning at 12:00 PM on May 25, the event promises a vibrant celebration featuring an impressive array of real ales, lagers, and ciders, along with a prosecco and Pimm’s bar for those with different tastes.

Local bands will provide live music throughout the day, ensuring a lively atmosphere. Headline act 4th Street will be among the performers, with additional acts including After the Fire, Steve Bartram, Two Suns, Tin Man Revolution, and DJ Robzy. Food lovers can enjoy diverse culinary offerings from The Junkyard Dog and Marcela Mexican Cuisine at the Thornton Motors Streetfood Zone. Entry is £20, which includes four drink tokens and a limited edition glass. Each token can be exchanged for a half pint, a glass of prosecco, or a glass of Pimm’s. The festival will run until 11:00 PM.

This event is part of the continued partnership between Milford Waterfront and the Milford Haven Round Table. This collaboration supports a calendar of events throughout the year, raising funds for local causes and creating enjoyable experiences for the community and visitors. Upcoming events include the Milford Haven Carnival on July 6 and the Fireworks Extravaganza on November 5.

As well as local petrol station company The Ascona Group, Howden, a global insurance intermediary group, is a key supporter of the festival. As a deluxe sponsor, Howden is donating £500 towards the event. Gary Stevens, Regional Managing Director, expressed his delight in supporting the Milford Haven Round Table, emphasizing the event’s significance as a fantastic day out for the bank holiday weekend and a means to support the local community.

Milford Haven Round Table, the UK’s largest Round Table with 30 active members, organizes this festival to give back to the local community. All funds raised support local charities, groups, and individuals, including popular free entry events like the town’s annual carnival and fireworks display.

For more details, visit the official event page.

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