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Crashed scooter on drink and drugs

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Stephen Rees: Banned from driving for 42 months

AFTER DRIVING under the influence of drink and drugs on a motor scooter without insurance or a valid licence, Stephen James Rees from College Park in Neyland was disqualified from driving for 42 months.

The 29-year-old appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (May 3) to plead guilty to four charges; driving without thirdparty insurance, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, driving when alcohol level above limit, and driving while proportion of specified controlled drug above limit.

Prosecutor Ellie Morgan said that Rees was involved in a single vehicle collision on Neyland High Street on March 13, just before 5pm.

The defendant had lost control of his scooter while going around a corner and collided with a lamppost and railings. No lasting damage was caused.

Without a helmet on, Rees was thrown from his scooter and was badly injured so he was taken to Withybush Hospital.

He was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, so doctors at the hospital took a specimen of blood. This revealed not only 181mg of alcohol, but 3.9mg of cannabinoids in a litre of Rees’ blood as well.

Police checks also revealed that the defendant did not have a valid licence or third-party insurance permitting him to ride the motor scooter.

In interview, Rees admitted that he’d had ‘a few cans’, ‘topping up’ from the night before. He told officers that he had lost control going around the corner.

Matthew Greenish, defending Rees, said that his client had bought the scooter a few days previously with the intention of getting his licence. He said that Rees had smoked some cannabis the night before and that it had obviously stayed in his system.

“He decided to ride his bike, it was a stupid thing to do,” said Mr Greenish.

Magistrates said: “This is a very serious offence, you were lucky it was a lamppost and not a small child.”

Rees was fined £120 for the insurance charge and a further £40 for driving without a licence. Magistrates also fined him £80 for driving under the influence of alcohol and £100 for driving with cannabinoids in his system.

Three points were attached to Rees’ licence due to the insurance charge and he was disqualified from driving for 42 months for driving under the influence of drink and drugs.

Rees will also have to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 in prosecution costs, meaning that he owes the court £445.

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Tenby: Air Ambulance medivac patient with suspected broken leg

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PARAMEDICS asked for assistance, and the Wales Air Ambulance were subsequently tasked with tending to an incident at Tenby harbour on Sunday (Oct 2).

A male required assistance due to a fall around the beach area, and suffered a suspected broken leg.

A spokesperson for the air ambulance said: “Our overnight crew arrived on scene at 8.12 pm.

“Following treatment at the scene from our on-board medics, we airlifted the patient to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Our involvement concluded at 10.31 pm.”

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Cleddau Bridge was closed due to concerns over person in distress

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THE CLEDDAU BRIDGE was closed just after midnight on Sunday morning after reports of concern over a person in distress.

A number of police units attended the incident, and an ambulance was put on standby, but thankfully was not needed. The bridge was closed for around a hour, with a diversion put in place.

Nearby residents noted the flashing lights from multiple emergency services on the bridge and posted statuses on Facebook wishing for the person’s safety.

Some other witnesses on the Pembroke Dock side of the estuary noted activity in the water from small vessels in the area under the bridge, which they believed may have been boats put on standby.

In a statement a spokesperson from the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called in the early hours of Sunday morning at 12:43am to reports of an incident on the A477, Cleddau Bridge.

“We sent one emergency ambulance but were subsequently stood down.”

At just after 1am Sunday the police posted the following on their official Facebook page, confirming that the incident was over: “Cleddau Bridge has now reopened. Thank you for your patience.”

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Thirty bags of cocaine – worth £90m – wash up on west Wales beach

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has confirmed that what is expected to be a large quantity of the class A drug cocaine has washed up on on a west Wales beach this weekend.

The Herald understands that a man walking on Tan-y-Bwlch beach, south of Aberystwyth, made the discovery early on Saturday morning – which at street value could be sold for as much as £90m.

The beach walker found 30 black bags on the sand which had been tied together with a rope and empty gallon jerry cans for buoyancy.

Inside each black bag were 30 x1kg blocks, labelled with the name of fashion brand Dior – the mark of a Latin-American cartel – indicating 100% purity.

A similar brick of cocaine confiscated in Australia (File)

Thinking the package was suspicious, the man called the police.

When the police arrived, one of the bags was cut open and inside was what appeared to be cocaine.

The suspected cocaine was then taken away by officers, and it has now been confirmed that the white powder inside the bags is believed to be cocaine.

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “We are investigating the discovery of a significant quantity of what is thought to be cocaine, spotted along the Ceredigion coast this weekend.

“Enquiries are being undertaken to establish how such an unusually large amount of the controlled drug came to wash up on the Welsh shore, following recent storms.

“The precise quantity is still being established and at this time no-one has been arrested in relation to this matter. Officers have thanked those who found the packages and their sensible actions in reporting the matter immediately.”

No arrests have been made.

The UK’s cocaine market is estimated to be worth more than £25.7 million daily, according to the National Crime Agency’s latest strategic threat assessment.

Figures released by the agency earlier this year revealed how cocaine seizures nationwide have soared by 161 per cent between early 2020 and early last year.

A suspected £90million haul of cocaine was found on beach
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