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Monkton: Four youths in custody after police surround house

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TENBY COURT in Monkton was cordoned off on Wednesday morning (Oct 29) as dozens of officers, some of them armed with semi-automatic weapons and protected with ballistic shields and helmets surround a house which contained four of the five teenagers suspected of the smash and grab burglary at the Gadget Geeks computer shop in Pembroke in the early hours of Monday morning.

Police arrived on the scene at approximately 9.30am.

There were four male suspects, aged 16 or 17 years old inside the property.

Whilst our reporter was on scene, threats to the police could clearly be heard emanating from the building. One of the teens shouted: “I am gonna kill you” at the police and made, what appeared to be, a throat slitting gesture through the window.

Also on the scene was a Pembrokeshire County Council housing officer who was on hand at the request of the police to witness the behaviour of the lads, one of whom had been renting the property for approximately two weeks from the Local Authority. Neighbours said that during their two week stay, the lads’ behaviour was: “The worst anti-social behaviour they had ever experienced within such a short time.”

Our correspondent counted nine police vehicles on the scene which included two armed response vans.

It is understood that emergency services are currently concerned that the gas supply to the premises could pose a risk, following threats from the youths that they were willing to start a fire.

Later on Wednesday, the police told The Herald: “At approx. 9.25 this morning, police attended at an address in Tenby Court, Monkton. Occupants within the property resisted attempts by officers to engage with them, and threats were directed at officers. There was also concern for the safety of neighbouring properties, and a decision was made to close the street to ensure the safety of all at scene.

“Prolonged negotiations were carried out by specially trained officers and four men were arrested from the address and detained by approximately 12.30pm.

“The scene was then re-opened to the community, and we thank all residents and people in the area for their understanding and patience during the incident.

 

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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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