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Pembroke Dock: Jail for man who breached suspended sentence

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Swansea crown courtA PEMBROKE DOCK man saw a charge of causing criminal damage by spraying a door with fake snow melt away on Friday (Oct 24).

But Dean Phillips, aged 25, of Kavanagh Court, was jailed for a total of 12 months for other offending.
Nicola Powell, prosecuting, said on December 27 last year Phillips and Colwyn Probert had been drinking in the Three Mariners pub in Tenby.
An incident took place which resulted in both men being ejected and Mr Probert facing court proceedings against him.
Mr Probert walked home to find the door to his house had been sprayed in what looked at first like white paint but turned out to be fake snow.
He realised then that Phillips had been following him. Phillips asked him if “we could have a talk” but Mr Probert told him to “leave it until tomorrow.”
However, Phillips said “no, we are sorting it out now” and ran at him.
Mr Probert ran towards his brother’s home but Phillips caught up with him and punched him to the face. While Mr Probert was on the ground Phillips jumped on top of him and hit him with a pair of metal riding stirrups.
A light in a nearby house came on and Phillips ran away.
He admitted assault causing actual bodily harm. He denied criminal damage and possessing an offensive weapon.
Miss Powell said it had been agreed with Phillips’ defence team that the plea of guilty to assault included the use of the stirrups and the fake snow charge would not be continued with.
James Jenkins, the barrister representing Phillips, said he knew it was time he grew up and had been taking steps in that direction.
The judge, Mr Recorder RA Britton, said he noted that Phillips already had more than 40 previous convictions to his name, some of them for violence.
And at the time of the December 27 attack he was under not one but two suspended prison sentences, each of four months in duration.
“The courts have been lenient with you on many occasions,” he added.
Mr Recorder Britton activated both of the suspended sentences and added four months for the latest offending, making 12 months in total.
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Fishguard RNLI launch to attend injured fisherman 13 miles offshore

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FISHGUARD’s RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched early on Monday (Jan 17), with a full volunteer crew, to rendezvous with an Irish scalloper fishing boat which had an injured crew member aboard. The 14-metre fishing boat ‘ Golden Fleece’ had requested assistance by making radio contact with HM Coastguard. 

The lifeboat launched at 7.30am in calm conditions and headed to the fishing boat positioned approximately 13 miles north of Cemaes Head. Once on location the injured fisherman, who had suffered a significant finger injury, was transferred to the lifeboat. No further medical assistance was necessary from the lifeboat crew but he was kept under observation during the return journey to Fishguard where he was transferred to an awaiting ambulance upon arrival at 8.30am.   

 

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Brains’ £100 million sell-off plan includes local pubs in Pembrokeshire

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SA BRAINs is close to completing a £100m deal which will see the sale of 100 Wales pubs, including Pembrokeshire locals, it has been reported.

It is reported that Wales most prominent brewers will sell the freeholds to 100 of it’s pubs to a consortium.

Brains currently has a portfolio of 200 pubs across Wales and the South West.

Sources within the pub industry said that the transaction could be signed in the next few days.

The deal is to be made with Song Capital and Cerberus Capital Management, the former owner of Admiral Taverns.

The deal, which is thought to be around the £100m mark, is expected to be used by the Brains’ family shareholders to pay down debt.

The hospitality sector has been hit severely by the Coronavirus pandemic, being forced to close for long periods at a time and then reopening with strict restrictions.

In 2020, Brains struck a deal with Marston’s to operate 141 of its pubs, under the Welsh brewers brand, following financial pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Six Pembrokeshire pubs are earmarked to be included in the transaction; The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels, Crown Inn, Tenby, Grove Hotel, Narberth, Waterman’s Arms, Pembroke, Harbour Inn, Solva and The Galleon, Broad Haven.

The sale will see the Brains pub estate as a family-owned brewer with a small residual pub portfolio.

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St Clears’ McDonald’s opening delayed for a week

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THE OPENING of the new 100-seater McDonald’s in St Clears has been delayed by a week. 

The restaurant, which will be built along the main approach road to Pembrokeshire, aimed to open its doors on Wednesday, January 19. 

However, the company has confirmed that the opening has been postponed until Wednesday, January 26. 

The new McDonald’s will join Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock McDonald’s as the only members of the company located west of Carmarthen. 

It hoped to provide over 80 full and part time jobs due to being open around the clock. They hosted a recruitment day in December 2021. 

The original applications had previously stated that the McDonald’s would be open 24 hours a day. A premises licence application is currently being made to the County Council for the “provision of late-night refreshments” which, if accepted, would allow the restaurant to be open 24 hours a day.

It will open on the opposite side of the road to Travelodge and Starbucks, which replaced the Little Chef restaurant in 2017.

The restaurant was initially going to include a separate building which would have accommodated a Costa Coffee. However, it will now host a Greggs. 

Alongside this, planning permission has been granted separately for a petrol station with six electric charging points.

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