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Haverfordwest: Multiple arrests made in county town day of action

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A DAY of action was held in Haverfordwest over the weekend (Jun 16 – 17) targeting the crimes and issues that are having a negative impact on the community.

The activity took place on Saturday, June 16, and included tackling under-age drinking, drug dealing, drink driving, anti-social behaviour, and modern day slavery.

Officers teamed up with Wales Ambulance Service and Street Pastors to carry out a targeted day of activity clamping down on problems that have been reported to them by the community.

Amongst the many results for the day, three arrests were made.

33-year-old Paul Jenkins from Dew Street, Haverfordwest was arrested for failing to attend at court. He was transferred to the courts on Monday, June 18.

A 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of common assault and threats to commit criminal damage. He was released under investigation on June 16.

A 13-year-old boy from Haverfordwest, was arrested on suspicion aggravated burglary, vehicle theft, resisting arrest and assault. He was later released under investigation.

Sergeant Reuben Palin said: “It was a highly successful day that not only led to arrests and warnings, but also gave officers and partners the opportunity to show the local community that their concerns are taken seriously and while they may not see immediate action if they report something to us, they should be reassured that we will be building an intelligence picture in the background that then leads us to carry out enforcement and engagement action like this. It should also serve as a warning to any potential offenders that we will take robust action when appropriate.”

A test purchase operation targeted three licenced premises in the town. Two out of the three allowed the 16 and 17 year old test purchasers into the premises and served them alcohol with no questions asked around identification. The third business asked for identification. When none was provided they were refused entry. All three businesses were given immediate feedback and police will continue to work with them.

Two drugs warrants were carried out in Solva. The first was at a property on Bryn Seion. Cannabis worth over £1,000 was found at one property. Enquiries are being made against a man in relation to possession with intention to supply drugs.

The second warrant was carried out at Maes y Mor. Police Dog Dash searched the property and found cannabis resin.  Joint patrols were carried out by Wales Ambulance Service and police. They dealt with a variety of things throughout the evening, including an assault in Tenby where paramedic assistance was required and a serious road traffic collision.

90 roadside breath tests were carried out and no drivers were found to be over the drink-drive limit. Officers also carried out vehicle spot checks.

A community engagement event was held at Withybush Retail Park round the issues of speeding. Information was also available about Sherlock and Goleudy, a service commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn for victims and witnesses of crime

Working conditions were checked at key locations in the town to ensure no employees were being forced to work there as a modern day slave.

A section 34 notice was put in place at Castle Square and the multi storey car park to address anti-social behaviour in the area. Nine section 35 notices were also issued, which bans that person from returning to a designated area for the next 24-hours.

Police at Haverfordwest urge members of the community to report anything they feel is suspicious or as requiring police attention, to report it to officers by calling 101, approaching an officer on the street or calling in at the police station.

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Primary school teacher described as ‘touchy-feely’ on day two of trial

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A HAVERFORDWEST primary school teacher, accused of sexually assaulting his pupils was “very touchy-feely”, Swansea Crown Court heard on the second day of his trial.

James Oulton, 34, of Haverfordwest would put his hands around students’ waists and touch their bottoms, an ex-female pupil said in a video interview played to Swansea Crown Court.

The defendant denies 30 charges of sexual assault at a primary school in Haverfordwest. The alleged offences took place between 2012 and 2018.

On the opening day of the trial, court heard that Oulton said the case was a “witch-hunt” and that he always behaved appropriately with children.

On Tuesday, the jury watched the video interview with one of Oulton’s former pupils, who said he was a “friendly person, very chatty and sociable and quite outgoing and wanted to know everything that was going on.”

She added: “Mr Oulton often wanted to know a lot of details on what we had done over the weekend, where we had been, and also who they had been with.”

“At the time I just thought he was trying to be really friendly but now when I look back at it now, it does seem odd.”

The witness also described the defendant as a “very touchy-feely teacher”.

She added: “If he was marking your work or if you approached him to ask him a question, he would put his hands around your waist or around your bum”.

“If he was standing by his desk, he would, like, motion to his knee, so he wouldn’t ask you directly to sit on his lap but he would tap his knee.”

Swansea Crown Court heard that the witness eventually came forward and told her parents parents after she heard them speaking about Mr Oulton being suspended from his job.

“Did you feel under pressure to say something had happened to you?” asked Mr Clee.

The witness answered “No”

Oulton, of Richmond Crescent, Haverfordwest, previously told the court he had behaved appropriately.

He also believed letters were sent by Pembrokeshire County Council to parents which encouraged “deliberately false evidence” and collusion between pupils.

The trial continues.

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‘We don’t want it’: councillors object to HGV tanker park plans

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PEMBROKE DOCK town councillors have objected strongly to plans to build a HGV tanker park in the town.

The tanker park would be located on the south-western side of Criterion Way, behind the ASDA petrol station.

However, at a meeting of the town council’s Planning Committee on Tuesday, April 13, councillors were in agreement that it would create more problems for the town.

Councillor Jonathan George said: “I’ve noted the public input on this and they don’t seem very happy about where it’s going to be put.

“It is close to a small park area and I don’t think it’s suitable to put this here. I won’t be supporting this.”

Cllr George Manning added: “There are many aspects of this which are totally inappropriate for Pembroke Dock. There are many other sites available but they haven’t looked at any of them.

“This does not do anything for the Future Generations act and it will bring more disruption to the town.

“This does not bring about any improvements to the existing transport infrastructure. There are lots of things about this, we don’t want it. I don’t think they have looked into it in enough detail.”

Cllr Gordon Goff said that the impact it would have on the public and wildlife would be ‘astronomical’.

He went on to say he was not happy with one of the statements in the application and said they ‘don’t want to be blackmailed’.

One of the documents submitted with the application states that if the development was not approved it would mean that the applicants, Certas, ‘will either have to find a different site’ or ‘will have to cease operating in the area’.

Cllr Terry Judkins said that the Port Authority wanted to ‘use Pembroke Dock as a dumping ground’ and added that he could not support it.

Cllr Maureen Colgan added that she was ‘totally against’ the application and said that the area should be kept for leisure and be developed as an area where people can sit and enjoy themselves.

The application is due to be decided by Pembrokeshire County Council at a later date.

Cllr Paul Dowson has already called in the application for it to be debated by the County Council’s Planning Committee.

In his request he states that it is too near habitation, it is within the Pembroke Dock conservation area and that children have been using the area near the bandstand as play area for over 20 years.

The area had also previously been the subject of an application for a marina and other leisure facilities but that investment was written off in 2017.

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Trial of Haverfordwest primary school teacher starts at Swansea Crown Court

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A HAVERFORDWEST primary school teacher who is accused of sexually abusing eleven children thinks he is a victim of a witch hunt by the police, a jury has heard.

But at Swansea Crown Court on Monday (Apr 12), the Clare Wilks for the prosecution said that the defendant had “abused the trust of parents and staff” by sexually touching children in his care.

James Oulton, denies 30 charges of sexual assault against the eleven children who were aged eight or nine years old at the time.

The alleged offences took place between 2012 and 2018.

The jury heard how the pupils, now aged between 11 and 17, claimed he touched them sexually.

But the court was also told that Mr Oulton claimed he received cards at the end of term, and he believed letters sent by Pembrokeshire council to parents encouraged false complaints and collusion between pupils.

Oulton, 34, of Richmond Crescent, Haverfordwest, told the court he had behaved appropriately.

The jury heard how the alleged abuse occurred while Mr Oulton was working at a primary school in Haverfordwest.

Clare Wilks, prosecuting, said some of the children alleged that they had been assaulted on a daily basis, while others had had given statements to say it only happened the one time.

The trial continues.

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