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Third time in jail for pensioner who keeps making nuisance 999 calls



A 72-YEAR-OLD pensioner from Templeton will be spending Christmas behind bars. She was arrested after her dog bit a police officer who arrested her for making a multiple nuisance 999 calls.
Regular offender Ann Gateley of Little Chapel Hill, Cold Blow, pleaded guilty to owning a black Labrador which injured a police officer while being dangerously out of control on December 16.
Magistrates activated 10 weeks of Gateley’s suspended sentence and imposed a further 15 weeks in custody.
An order was made that her dog must be kept under control, and she was fined £440 and ordered to pay £200 compensation to the officer, £85 court costs and a £115 surcharge.
This is not the first time the same pensioner has been locked up.
Last year Gateley, of C​​hapel Hill pleaded guilty to using a communications network to cause annoyance or needless anxiety at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court this week.
On Saturday, Jan 21, 2017, Gateley made several calls to the 999 and 101 telephone numbers. The prosecution said that ’11 calls were made in total from 9.20am until 4pm.’
She had committed similar offences in the past, which led to her serving 18 weeks in custody leading up to Christmas. During this time, her husband passed away.
Prosecuting, Sian Vaughan said: “The nature of the calls was that someone had taken money from her handbag and people were banging on her door.
“She has a history of similar offences going back for some considerable time.”
Jonathan Webb, who was defending Gateley, said that the defendant had a history of alcohol problems and was seeking help.
However, her probation officer, Julie Norman, said that Gateley had not co-operated with the guidance and support offered.
Mr Webb said: “She is telephoning the police and making complaints that there are people trying to get into her house, and that people are after her.
“When she drinks, she gets this impulse, but does not know why.”
Gateley was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison and ordered to pay £65 in court costs and a £115 surcharge.
In 2015 Gateley was sent to prison on for breaching a suspended sentence by once again making nuisance phone calls to the police.
The then 69-year-old has been given many warnings in the past for wasting police time by making 999 phone calls while drunk.
After many “final warnings”, Gateley was issued a suspended sentence on April 7.
On September 15, she reappeared in Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court facing four charges of persistently making use of a public communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety between July 3 and 11.
Gateley was told that she would be going to prison on the day if she pleaded guilty, and so she pleaded not guilty.
However, on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 , she entered no plea and Magistrates activated her 12-week-long prison sentence. On top of that she will serve a further 12 weeks for the offences in July.
Upon release, she will have to pay a £150 criminal court charge and an £80 victim surcharge.


Savers store to shut up shop in another yet blow to county town’s centre



ANOTHER Haverfordwest chain store has announced when it is shutting up shop, it what seems to be a growing trend in large businesses abandoning the market town’s centre

A spokesperson for the health, home and beauty retailer Savers told The Pembrokeshire Herald that it was hoped that the staff from the Haverfordwest store would be able to take up positions at other branches in Tenby and Carmarthen.

The final day of trading will be this Saturday (Jun 15).

The closure notice on the shop door.

On Facebook the store’s management posted: “It is with great sadness that Haverfordwest Savers will be closing its doors for the last time on Saturday 15th June.

“Management and team would like to take this opportunity to thank all our amazing customers, past and present, for your custom and support, and wish you all well in the future.

“Thank you all.”

The herald broke the story back in march 2024
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Generous legacy donation boosts St Davids RNLI lifesaving fund



A LIFELONG RNLI supporter and fundraiser who enjoyed visits to Pembrokeshire has made a generous donation of £10,000 to St Davids RNLI lifeboat station following his recent death.

John Broadhurst of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire joined the Aylesbury fundraising branch in 1974, volunteering as a committee member and secretary for almost 40 years. In 2013 he was awarded a gold badge for his dedicated support of the charity through his service and fundraising support.

The large contribution will go towards lifeboat station running costs, including essential lifesaving kit and training. The family have also made a donation to the RNLI ‘launch a memory’ all-weather lifeboat to be based at Exmouth.

The Broadhurst family started visiting Pembrokeshire in 1972 when family members moved to the area.

Jo Lynch, John’s daughter, said: ‘Visits to lifeboat stations were always an inherent part of our holidays, and St Davids was always part of that. Dad was a keen sea fisherman, and used to fish regularly from Newgale, Solva and Whitesands. In the early 80’s, mum and dad bought a touring caravan and we used to stay all around the local coast, including at the caravan club site at Lleithyr Meadow near Whitesands on a regular basis. St Davids has always been a favourite part of the county and we continue to holiday in the area.’

Alice Coleman, RNLI Community Manager, said: ‘On behalf of all the crew and members of St Davids lifeboat station I’d like to extend our sincere heartfelt thanks to John and his family for this very generous donation. Knowing John devoted so much time to our charity over many years, and he chose St Davids to benefit from this legacy, is humbling and greatly appreciated. This donation will enable us to continue delivering a lifesaving capability from our lifeboat station.

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Fines imposed on gardener after Trading Standards investigation



A LANDSCAPE gardener has been fined after complaints led to a Pembrokeshire County Council Trading Standards investigation.

Complaints were made by customers of Timothy Lovell of Under the Hills, Haverfordwest, after he had carried out work at their homes.

It was established that Lovell had carried out work without providing essential paperwork, including his business address and cancellation rights, which is required under Consumer Protection form Unfair Trading Regulations.

Lovell appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Thursday May 23 and pleaded guilty to two charges.

Lovell was fined £300 for each offence and also ordered to pay £250 costs plus £240 victim surcharge.

Jeff Beynon, Public Protection Manager at Pembrokeshire County Council, said: “We are pleased with the guilty pleas and the level of fines imposed by Magistrates.

“We hope this case will be a reminder that essential paperwork must be provided when work is agreed.”

Anyone wishing to complain about work that has been carried out at their homes should contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 (English) or 0808 223 1144 (Cymraeg). This information will then be shared with Trading Standards.

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