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Man remanded in custody over drug and firearm offences



courtA 22-YEAR-OLD man from Goat Street in Haverfordwest appeared in court yesterday (Oct 3) to face a total of seven charges, after officers who entered his home were attacked by his two Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Charles Jones appeared before magistrates, however did not enter a plea regarding an incident at his home on Saturday (Oct 1), in which four police officers received hospital treatment after being attacked by dogs.

Prosecutor Abdul Hussain told the court: “Officers attended the home address of the defendant, and the door was open. They could smell cannabis and entered the property, and saw four people, two of which they believed were under the influence of drugs.

“Jones became aggressive, and started shouting ‘Where’s your f***ing warrant?’ and ‘get out’. The officers called for assistance, and Jones became more aggressive, shouting ‘Who the f*** do you think you are?’

“PC Rob drew out his Taser, and shouted’Taser.’ Jones lunged forward and grabbed the Taser, and threatened to shoot PC Rob. Jones is described as going ‘bezerk’ and was instructed to let go of the Taser but was still holding onto it.”

Mr Hussain explained that Jones’ dogs, Mercedes and Tia, became involved after Jones became involved in a struggle leading to his arrest.

PC Griffiths was bitten by the white dog and was ‘level with it’ on the floor. Jones shouted to let him go in order to calm the dogs down.

£875 in cash was recovered from the house, as well as MDMA. Photos were taken of the injuries sustained.

Defence solicitor, Michael Kelleher, said: “Jones has never been to court before and there’s nothing in previous history to say he would fail to surrender or commit further offences.

“He rents a private flat in his name and has two dogs, who have never been involved in an incident. The reason the dogs acted the way they did at the time, was because in their eyes, their owner was under attack. Nobody suggested to move the dogs, and Jones suggested letting him go to calm them down.

“Jones is an innocent man until proved guilty.”

An online petition has since been started in the hope that the dogs will not be destroyed, as members of the public believe that the dogs were just trying to protect their owner.

After a short retirement, magistrates decided to remand Jones in custody until his trial, which will be held at Swansea Crown Court on November 4.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike



EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child



ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby



TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.


Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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