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Woman admits dog was out of control

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courtA WOMAN from Goodwick appeared in Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday to face a charge of allowing her dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place and cause injury.

Teresa Carlisle, aged 62, of Tresissilt, pleaded not guilty to her Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross biting Christopher Thomas on his leg while walking along a public footpath with his partner.

Prosecuting, Peter Lloyd told Magistrates:

“The public footpath runs past the defendant’s house and goes down to the beach. Thomas had said that and his partner had gone for a walk along the footpath. A dog began to run towards them. Thomas’ partner grabbed his arm while the dog was barking a bearing its teeth at them. Carlisle called her dog to come back by the name of ‘Della’, and ran toward her instead.

“Within seconds of it running back to her, it returned to Thomas. It was snarling, running around and Thomas was frightened. The dog bit his left knee and shouted out ‘It’s bitten me’. Carlisle shouted back ‘My dog doesn’t bite’.

“Thomas had a hole in his trousers and had a bruise to his leg. Photographs of this were taken by Angela Evans, Thomas’ partner. Carlisle does not accept that a bite had taken place and says the dog jumps up on occasions and says the dog’s claw could have done it”.

Mr Lloyd added: “We do not need to prove a bit. It is still an offence as the dog caused an injury”.

Christopher Thomas was then called to give evidence. He was handed a map of the footpath and surrounding buildings, which he had to mark where he was when the dog allegedly bit him.

Thomas told the court: “I had a wet stain and small holes from the dog’s teeth”.

Briony Angela Evans, the second witness, was then called in to give evidence after Thomas. Evans was also given a map and marked it almost identically to Thomas. The evidence Evans gave was almost identical to that given by Thomas.

PC Holloway also gave a statement in court, which reflected the evidence given by Evans and Thomas.

Defence solicitor, Christopher Austins asked Carlisle to give her side of the story. Carlisle told the court:

“I was standing outside the back door mixing up two horse feeds. I had my head down and I heard barking. Della always barks when somebody is coming. I looked up and I couldn’t see her. I took two strides to see if there was anybody there. The yard was empty except for this couple and I was immediately anxious and thought ‘It’s them’”.

“Della was running around, she wasn’t particularly aggressive. I called her back and she ran again. It’s what any other dog would do. They also state she was barking, snarling and bearing her teeth. Dogs can’t do that all at the same time. She was barking and running around.

“The distance between us was about 75 feet. I didn’t see her do anything. I wanted to get her back because I know they don’t like her. She must have jumped up. She used to do it a lot but not so much now” and added “I’m certain she didn’t bite him”.

Austins asked how she was certain, Carlisle said: “At the time I was certain because I didn’t see anything”.

Lloyd asked Carlisle: “In physical terms, when Della is out of sight, do you have any control?”

After avoiding the question, Carlisle admitted she did not.

Lloyd added: “In terms of seeing what happened, were you able to see as far as 75 feet?”

Carlisle said “Yes, 75 feet isn’t that far”. Carlisle continued to talk about how friendly her dog is, though Lloyd reminded her that she is only stating her experience with the dog.

Lloyd asked Carlisle: “Do you accept that your dog injured Mr Thomas?”, to which she replied

“Depends on what you call an injury. He could have had a bruise already”.

Upon Lloyd asking Carlisle: “You know full well Mr Thomas was bitten”, Carlisle raised her voice in saying “No”.

Lloyd also told the court: “Saying her dog doesn’t bite, doesn’t mean it didn’t bite”. Magistrates fined Carlisle £650 prosecution cost, £200 fine, £20 victim surcharge and had to pay Thomas £50 compensation. The dog must also be kept under control, be on a lead and wear a muzzle in a public place for the next 12 months.

Carlisle made a fuss about her dog being kept on a lead and muzzle stating: “It will make her an angry dog. I’ve had dogs all my life, you don’t understand”.

Magistrates added: “I think Miss Carlisle should consider how close we came today to passing a destruction order on Della”.

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Five people have been charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis and cocaine

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FIVE people have appeared in court charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis and cocaine in Carmarthenshire.

On Wednesday, October 27, 2021 officers from Dyfed-Powys Police executed a warrant at a farm in Capel Dewi, Carmarthenshire, where they found firearms and large quantities of cannabis, cocaine and cash.

Stephen Paul Leyson, aged 54, of Capel Dewi, Carmarthen, was this week charged with possession of a firearm and conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs, while Lynne Ann Leyson, aged 51, and Samson Paul Leyson, aged 22, both of Capel Dewi, were charged with conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.

Andrew Leslie Jenkins, aged 50, of North Hill Road, Mount Pleasant, Swansea, was charged with conspiracy to supply class B drugs and Ritchie John Coleman, aged 32, of Vetch Close, Pembroke, was charged with supplying class B drugs and cannabis production.

All five appeared before Llanelli Magistrates Court yesterday, with Stephen Leyson, Jenkins and Coleman remanded into custody.

Lynne and Samson Leyson were granted bail with conditions.

They are next due to appear at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday, January 5, 2023.

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Town council to help elderly with online banking as last bank in Tenby set to close

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LOCALS in Tenby have been left reeling at this week’s news that the town’s HSBC branch is set to close next year.

The closure, announced on Thursday (Nov 30) will leave Tenby without any of the UK banks.

In recent years, Lloyds, NatWest and Santander have all left the town. Barclays has also just shut its doors for the last time, with the nearest branches being in Haverfordwest or Carmarthen.

The move comes as part of the latest round of closure, which will see 114 branches of the bank closed across the UK.

It follows 69 HSBC branches closing earlier this year and 82 HSBC branches closing last year.

Other HSBC branches closing in Wales include Abergavenny, Chepstow, Port Talbot, Pontypool, Brecon and a branch in Cardiff – Rhyd y Penau.

HSBC says its customer numbers have fallen rapidly since the pandemic and that some of the branches that are being shut now serve less than 250 customers a week.

Jackie Uhi, HSBC UK’s managing director of UK distribution, said: “People are changing the way they bank and footfall in many branches is at an all-time low, with no signs of it returning.

“Banking remotely is becoming the norm for the vast majority of us.

“Not only can we do it anywhere at any time of day or night, many more things can be done at the customers’ convenience and don’t rely on a branch visit.

Speaking to The Herald by telephone on Wednesday evening (Nov 30), Mayor of Tenby, Cllr. Sam Skyrme Blackhall said: “This is really bad for the town of Tenby, and it’s just very, very said. This is a case of where are banks going?

“We have always looked after our banks here in Tenby, and it feels like no one is looking after us. Its as if no one in the banks cares anymore.”

Pointing out the number of retired people living in the area, she said: “We have a lot of elderly people in town who do not use online banking, and depend on the branch being open.

“I am talking to the Post Office and other people with the aim of looking to the hub system, which is happening in other towns where they are also loosing their banks.

“Its very sad that we will losing another cash point. How is a busy town expected to function without a bank or cash points. Where do people go for money?

Asked if she thought it was possible that the branch would be saved, as Tenby HSBC was one of the few banks without a confirmed closure date, Cllr. Sam Skyrme Blackhall seemed to think that the decision had been firmly made. She said: “They have to give six months notice, so we could be looking at May or June 2023 for the closure.

“I don’t think the branch could be saved.

“Barclays officially finished the other week.

“Banks don’t care about residents and people don’t matter [to them] during these very worrying times.”

Town council is planning to offer struggling Tenby residents help with online banking from their offices, creating a kind of drop-in-service, The Herald has been told.

Like in any time of difficulty the people of Tenby will rally together as they always do, but no matter what is done in the face of the closure of the last bank in the historic town, nothing will fully replace traditional face-to-face banking services.

Tenby Mayor Cllr. Sam Skyrme Blackhall: These are sad times for Tenby
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Park Authority sponsorship boost for Boxing Day Swim’s belated half century

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PEMBROKSEHIRE Coast National Park Authority says that it is delighted to be one of the main sponsors of this year’s Tenby Boxing Day Swim.

The popular event will mark its belated 50th anniversary this year, after Covid-19 enforced cancellations of the event in 2020 and 2021.

Chair of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Di Clements said: “The Authority is delighted to be helping this well-supported community event celebrate its half-century landmark, especially as the National Park celebrates its own notable 70-year milestone this year.

“We hope this support will help raise much needed funds for a range of local causes, recognise the efforts of the brave participants and link to the Authority’s wider winter of well-being support programme, helping communities across the Park to stay well this winter.”

Chairman of the Tenby Sea Swimming Association, Chris Osborne added: “The swim’s stunning location on Tenby’s North Beach calls for continuing collaboration between community events organisers, like Tenby Sea Swimming Association, and environmental custodians such as the Park Authority.

“These joint anniversaries, and this generous sponsorship for which we are very grateful, are a choice way of celebrating this partnership.”

The 2022 Tenby Boxing Day Swim is raising money for the Tenby Memory Café, the Dai Rees Foundation, Tenby RNLI and the Paul Sartori Foundation.

Swimmers are asked to register online and make a small donation to help cover the cost of organising the event, which will ensure more of the sponsorship money raised goes to the chosen good causes.

For further information, visit www.tenbyboxingdayswim.co.uk, or follow Tenby Boxing Day Swim on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Caption: National Park Authority Chair, Cllr Di Clements with Tenby Sea Swimming Association Chairman, Chris Osborne.

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