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Haverfordwest: Clubbers claim drinks ‘spiked’ at Radio 1 DJ event

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A CLUB night starring a BBC Radio 1 DJ, Charlie Sloth, ended with a number of party-goers being hospitalised and alleging that they had been spiked with a mixture of MDMA – the component drug of ecstasy – and the prescription drug Valium.

The type of drugs involved in the incident were confirmed by toxicology reports.

Dyfed-Powys Police and the Welsh Ambulance Service have confirmed they attended Eddie Rocks nightclub in Quay Street, Haverfordwest, in the early hours of Monday morning (May 7), as revellers celebrated the Bank Holiday Weekend.

But the owner has hit back, saying that there was no ‘direct evidence’ that anyone was spiked in his venue, and that if they had it would have been caught on CCTV.

Mark Edwards said there were 3000+ people out over the Bank Holiday Weekend, frequenting many venues, and that it could be the case that the drugs were administered elsewhere. He said that people move from venue to venue and ‘we are always the last place they turn up to’.

A 22-year-old man said that he felt ‘very dizzy’ after drinking his vodka and lemonade in Eddie Rocks, and then the next minute his friend said that he had passed out in the beer garden. He woke up in hospital.

The man previously was a member of staff and says he is not a drug user.

Security staff had carried him out of the premises and he was taken to A&E by ambulance. A 21-year-old female made it home but later was taken to hospital by her father after she became dizzy and unresponsive.

At approximately 4:45am, a further individual was taken to hospital via ambulance, police confirmed.

Those being treated at hospital said they were told by hospital staff that there were at least three others presenting with similar symptoms.

The man told us: “I was in the smoking area, then I was on the main dance floor, I went outside for a cigarette at about half past 12, that’s when I started to feel really bad.

“There was nobody suspicious around me, I didn’t see anyone around my drink – but I did put it down a lot.

“When I woke up I was shaky, hallucinating, talking to my friend – who is dead – and then I was also talking to my friends who weren’t even there.

“I can’t thank the hospital staff enough, they saved my life, really did everything I could have asked.

“My mother wasn’t too happy afterwards, I can’t remember much of what she said though because I didn’t come around until Monday evening. I was shaking, trying to sleep, it was a nightmare.

“I will definitely be a lot more careful in the future about how I handle my drinks.

“My friend was spiked too – she went to go home and as she did she collapsed, so her dad rushed her to her hospital. We’ll get married one day and this will be our story of how we first met.

“She was rough all day and suffering just like me. She felt quite embarrassed, to be honest.”

The owner of Eddie Rocks, Mark Edwards, told The Herald that there are ‘over 136 cameras in the club, every inch of the venue is covered by high-quality CCTV’.

“This system protects our doormen, staff and customers,” he added.

“We have invested over £70,000 and more for this system over the years and nothing can happen without us knowing it.

“I personally watch the cameras from 11pm to 5am when the club is open, and I think that our system is better than any police CCTV centre in the country.”

Mr Edwards says he has not yet been contacted by police in relation to the incident.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called on Monday May 7, 2018 at approximately 2.05am to reports that a male was taken ill outside Eddie Rocks Snooker and Pool Club on Quay Street in Haverfordwest.

“We responded with one emergency ambulance and a man was taken to Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest.”

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “We received three calls reporting concerns for people’s welfare in the Quay Street and Bridge Street areas of Haverfordwest during the early hours of Monday, May 7.

“The first was received at just before 2.10am. One man was taken to hospital by the ambulance service. The second was received shortly after, but the male concerned had left the area. A third call was received by police at 4.45am, from a caller requesting ambulance assistance.”

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Five shouts in five days for Lifeboat crews at Angle

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ITS BEEN a really busy week for the crews at Angle with their first tasking to the 39 meter 300 tonne tall ship on Monday evening with engine failure and taking on water.

Crews then paged again in the early hours of Wednesday morning to a 11 meter sailing catamaran becalmed and low on fuel.

The training day Thursday was interrupted just after 12:30 PM with a tasking to a tender with three people on board that had upturned just off St Brides Haven.

Little & Broad Haven Lifeboat was also tasked along with Dale Coastguard.

Little and Broad Haven Lifeboat reached the three casualties and took them to shore where they were passed into the care of Dale Coastguard. Angle Lifeboat was stood down as it was passing through Jack’s Sound.

As the Lifeboat was returning from the shout another tasking request came through. A tanker had spotted an unmanned RIB approximately 10 miles SW of St Ann’s Head. Once on scene, after some investigation the RIB was believed to have come from a mooring and no people were missing. The Lifeboat towed the RIB back to Angle.

The Lifeboat was rehoused shortly after 4:00 PM

The 5th shout for Angle Lifeboat this week.

This was a large multi agency search.

The crew were paged at 09:35 AM to assist Tenby Lifeboats RNLI ALB and inshore Lifeboats to search for a missing person in the water following a report from a fisherman on rocks near Manorbier that he had lost sight of a person that had been rowing a dinghy toward shore and the occupant may be in the water. HM Coastguard Tenby had also been tasked to the search

The dinghy was handed over to Tenby inshore lifeboat crew after being picked up by a Range Safety boat who then brought it into the awaiting police at Manorbier Beach.

Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan and St Govans Coastguard Rescue Team had now also joined in the search for the missing person.

After several hours searching a man approached police at Manorbier, stating he’d been on the vessel off Manorbier, had got into difficulty and ended up in the water.

With the casualty now safely ashore, all units were stood down at 12:27PM.

Angle Lifeboat then headed to Tenby Harbour to pick up some sustenance, a fizzy drink and a chocolate brownie, before heading back to Angle and rehousing at 2:31PM. The lifeboat was refuelled and given a well earned wash ready for the next tasking.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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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

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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.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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