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Milford Haven: Big brand train thief sentenced

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3109315_6d27ef46AN OPPORTUNISTIC thief who stole big brand items, including a high-value computer and designer aftershave, while on trains in South Wales has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Bradley Southall, of Cromwell Road, Milford Haven, committed the thefts on board two different train services on December 4, 2015. The first took place on a train between Swansea and Cardiff, while the second was on a service from Cardiff to Milford Haven.

Among the items stolen was a holdall containing a MacBook Pro, an Xbox games console with two controllers and leads, deodorant, aftershave and clothing. He also tried stealing a can of lager from the on-train buffet trolley during the course of the journey.

Suspicion was raised when the train guard spotted 40-year-old Southall rummaging through the contents of a bag. One of the victims then reported to the guard that she had found her bag in the toilets with its contents strewed on the floor.

Police were alerted and officers met the train at Haverfordwest, where Southall was arrested and searched. He was subsequently found to be in possession of a bottle of Paco Rabanne aftershave, a MacBook Pro, Xbox and various items of clothing.

At Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on February 9, Southall was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work on behalf of the community and told to pay £85 costs.

Speaking after sentencing, investigating officer PC Darron Sandell said: “Southall is an opportunistic thief concerned only with his own gain. He showed no remorse for his actions and spun a web of lies to officers throughout the investigation; having initially said the Xbox belonged to his son and the MacBook was his brother’s, he then changed his story, claiming he’d bought them after being offered the items for £200 by a man on the train.

“This case should serve as a stark warning to anyone who even considers removing someone else’s property from a train with the intention of keeping it for themselves. The railway network is a CCTV-rich environment and it is simply not worth the risk: you will be identified and you will be caught.

“British Transport Police works hard to reduce the theft of passenger property. Even though South Wales is one of the safest places in the UK to live and work, it’s always worth reminding passengers to keep their belongings nearby when travelling and, where possible, to always keep their luggage in sight.”

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Multi-agency response to house fire in Siskin Close, Haverfordwest

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FIRE crews are attending a domestic fire in a property on Siskin Close, Haverfordwest.

As of 11.45pm on Monday evening crews were still dampening down a fire which enfulfed two floors of a domestic property.

It is understood the alarm was raised after 10pm.

Our reporter on the scene said that there were four fire crews in attendance as well as three ambulances as well as police, who had set up a perimeter, controlling access to the scene.

A large number of local residents were watching on from a safe distance as the incident was being dealt with.

At the time of writing the street was blocked off to traffic with a large number of emergency vehicles parked up, all the way around the corner to the top of Harrier Road.

All of the emergency services have been contacted for a comment.

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Outdoor hospitality given go-ahead and rules on mixing outdoors relaxed in Wales

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SIX people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday 24 April while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April as cases of new COVID-19 infections continue to fall, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed today.

The current rule provides for up to six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) from a maximum of two households to meet outdoors.

The new rules from Saturday will allow six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) to meet outdoors.

People should observe social distancing from people from outside their household or support bubble when meeting others outside.

The rules for meeting indoors remain unchanged.

The First Minister has also confirmed outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April 2021.

First Minister, Mark Drakeford said: “The public health context in Wales remains favourable, with cases falling and our vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength. Because meeting outdoors continues to be lower risk than meeting indoors, we are able to bring forward changes to allow any six people to meet outdoors.

“This will provide more opportunities for people, especially young people, to meet outdoors with their friends. This will undoubtedly have a significant positive impact on people’s wellbeing.

“I’m also pleased to confirm outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April.

“These changes will help the hospitality sector recover after a difficult twelve months.

“It is thanks to the continuing efforts of people across Wales we are able to introduce this change. Together, we will continue to keep Wales safe.”

On Friday (23rd April 2021), the First Minister will confirm further relaxations to the covid rules that will come into force on Monday 26 April 2021.

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Police ‘enforcement and engagement’ to curb anti-social behaviour in Tenby

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POLICE in Tenby will be using enforcement and engagement in a bid to curb future incidents of anti-social behaviour, they said on Monday (Apr 17)

The announcement comes after Tenby was left with empty cans, broken bottles and fast food wrappers strewn everywhere, after over two hundred young people gathered to enjoy the weekend – perhaps expected whilst pubs remained closed.

Licensed establishment have not yet been able to open in Wales, but they are open in England for outdoor refreshments. They are opening on Monday.

There were reports of young people walking through the town with boxes full of alcohol, with other people buying takeaway drinks from licensed premises before making their way to the harbour.

The sheer number of people meant people were urinating in the streets, some residents told The Pembrokeshire Herald.

A Dyfed-Powys police spokesperson said: “With the continued easing of the regulations designed to keep us safe and the weather getting warmer we have seen an increase of people visiting and out and about in the Pembrokeshire area.
“While it’s great that people are now able to visit Pembrokeshire again, the behaviour of some placed additional pressure not only on the police but on the local authority as well.
“Tenby in particular attracted a large crowd on Saturday evening, April 18, resulting in anti-social behaviour, especially in the harbour area.

Chief Inspector Louise Harries said: “We recognise the concerns of residents and businesses after the anti-social behaviour seen in Tenby on Saturday evening. We are working with partners to avoid these issues re-occurring in the future.
“Police officers will be patrolling the area over the coming weeks and while the priority will be to engage with the public, enforcement action will be taken where necessary”
“We want to see people enjoying and the majority of people are doing so in accordance with the regulations, however the minority who don’t are spoiling it for others.
“We will continue to engage with our communities and visitors to the area to ensure that everyone enjoys in a safe manner.”

(Cover photo courtesy Pure West Radio)

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