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Haverfordwest: Premier Inn arsonist Gina Tranter jailed for 32 months

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Jailed: Tina Tranter admitted arson

Jailed: Tina Tranter admitted arson

A WOMAN who set fire to the Premier Inn at Haverfordwest after being jilted by her boyfriend has been jailed for 32 months today (Jul 24).

Georgina Tranter, aged 26, admitted pouring petrol over a fire exit door and setting it alight while there were more than 100 guests inside.

The flames got inside the building and onto a floor where people were sleeping. But a fire officer happened to be staying there and he put out the fire.

Tranter, of Redstone Court, Narberth, had admitted arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.

Nicola Powell, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown court this afternoon that on January 17 Tranter—a chemistry graduate whose work involved testing petroleum spirits—went to a Hunt Ball in Haverfordwest with her boyfriend, William Harman.

During the evening he found her to be “clingy” and told her their relationship was over and advised her to go home.

He saw het get onto a minibus and thought she had left. But when he arrived at the Premier Inn for more drinks with friends he was surprised to find her there.

Miss Powell said Tranter started “ranting and raving” and a receptionist became so concerned she called the police, who drove Tranter home.

However, Tranter changed out of her ball gown and high heeled shoes, took a can of petrol from the garage of the house and drove her mother’s car back to Haverfordwest, where she tried to torch the hotel.

Miss Powell said during the early hours Tranter began sending text messages to a friend, William Evans. The first message complained that Mr Harman had not paid her enough attention.

There were then more messages reading, “I need you, I have done something stupid,” followed by “I’m not going home. I’m going to jump off a bridge,” “I’m on the run. I love you.” And finally “I’ve poured petrol over the Premier Inn. I’m in deep trouble. I will have to go on the run.”

Police spotted her pulling into a petrol station and arrested her.

James Jenkins, representing Tranter, said she thought the best thing that had ever happened to her was spending the last seven months on remand at Eastwood Park women’s prison near Bristol, where she had been teaching other inmates to read and write.

Judge Peter Heywood said Tranter had been in several “hurtful” relations and the way Mr Harman had dealt with her had been “brutal and callous.”

But arson was an extremely serious offence, he added. Once a fire had been set no-one could predict the outcome, which could be “hugely distressing.”

“You told William Evans you had done something stupid, there is no doubt about that.

“You were not thinking rationally. You were unhinged that evening, through being jilted and alcohol.

”The Inn had been full that night. Fortunately, there was a trained fie officer staying there in a position to react and douse the flames,” added the judge.

Tranter also admitted taking her mother’s car without consent, failing to provide a specimen for analysis and driving without insurance, for which no separate penalties were imposed.

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Proposed locations for new hospital site to be reviewed

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HYWEL DDA UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD (UHB) will this week undertake a review of potential sites as part of the ongoing process to identify a suitable location for a new hospital.

Eleven sites will be assessed on Friday 22 October, including those identified by members of the public during the six-week engagement exercise, which took place earlier this year.

This stage of the process is intended to lead to the creation of a shortlist of sites. This will be subject to further detailed appraisal with significant public and wider stakeholder involvement. The final decision about the chosen site will be made by the health board, in agreement with Welsh Government.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “The building of a new hospital is a major long-term project, which is why we place great emphasis on being open and transparent about the process involved.

“The process we are following includes developing a programme business case to support our strategy for community and hospital-based health and care. As part of the process to apply for funding from the Welsh Government, we will submit the programme business case, and then individual outline business cases, then the final business cases for the new infrastructure we will need. The health board will therefore engage with the public on a regular basis between now and the submission of the final business cases to ensure your views are fully considered.

“I understand and recognise there are passionate feelings about a new hospital, but we strongly believe a new facility is essential for urgent and planned care in the south of the Hywel Dda area. It will provide trauma care and be the main emergency department for the south of our area.

“I can also reassure the public that we have no plans or intention to close either Glangwili or Withybush hospitals. We will engage further on how these hospitals could work alongside the proposed new hospital.”

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Unprecedented demand on health and social care services in local area

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Joint statement by Hywel Dda University Health Board, the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Pembrokeshire County Council, Carmarthenshire County Council and Ceredigion County Council

The urgent statement we have asked to publish is as follows:

THERE is currently an unprecedented demand on health and social care services across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, which is leading to significant delays in care provision. Put simply, the difficulty in discharging medically-fit patients from hospital – many of whom have complex personal circumstances and needs – is leading to significant bed shortages, and consequently, lengthy ambulance waits at the ‘front door’ of A&E departments, which mean that paramedics are unable to respond to other 999 calls in the community.Social care and Health teams are doing everything possible to support people who are well enough to leave hospital but need ongoing care. Priority is being given to the most vulnerable, and alternative health and care packages are being offered as a short-term measure. More carers and health staff are also being recruited to support people in need.

If you have a relative or loved one in hospital who is well enough to go home, but is waiting to be discharged with homecare and community health support, you may be able to help them to get home more quickly if you and your family are in a position to support them at home. If your relative is waiting for a formal package of care, you may be able to offer support and care on a short term, temporary arrangement or you might want to consider whether your loved one could be supported in a temporary residential or nursing care setting. If you feel that this is an option that you could consider, please speak to the ward manager or your social worker to explore further.

Spending as little time in hospital is better for patients and means that NHS beds can be freed up for others with urgent care needs. Supporting older patients to get home from hospital efficiently is an important part of their recovery and it also protects them from negative consequences of hospital admission, such as hospital acquired infection, falls and a loss of independence.  You can find out more about the hospital discharge process and guidance here: Inpatient information – Hywel Dda University Health Board (nhs.wales)

Your support not only helps your loved one, but it is a huge support to the NHS and social care services as well.

Thank you.

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Child taken to hospital following collision with car outside school

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AN EARLY morning collision outside Ysgol Harri Tudor school, Pembroke, has seen a child taken to hospital.

The collision happened between a child and a car on Pembroke Road, Pembroke, at approximately 9am this morning.

A secondary school pupil has been taken to hospital via ambulance for what is said to be minor injuries.

Police and ambulance service were on the scene and were helped by school staff to manage the incident.

A police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a road traffic collision involving a car and a secondary school pupil this morning, 21st October 2021. The collision occurred on Pembroke Road, Pembroke at approximately 9:00am.

“The Ambulance Service also attended and escorted the teenage boy to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.”

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that there has been an incident outside Ysgol Harri Tudur in Pembroke this morning where a pupil came into contact with a car. 

“The police and ambulance have been on the scene and were assisted by school staff. We are not able to release any further details at present.”

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