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Jail for man who wiped blood in a PC’s face

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A POLICE officer had blood wiped in his face while attending a call in Haverfordwest just minutes after the weekly clap to show gratitude and respect for emergency services workers.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers were taking part in the weekly clap of support and thanks at 8pm on Thursday, April 16, when a report was made of a fire in Augustine Way.

Officers attended, along with colleagues from the fire service, and found items had been set alight in a garden.

Officers could see the man’s hand was bleeding, and asked him to wash it off. The man did not comply, instead wiping the blood onto an officer’s face.

Darren Connolly, aged 35, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker, and admitted the offence at court on Saturday, April 18. He was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison, and must pay compensation of £120.

Chief Inspector Louise Harries said: “Once again one of our officers has been assaulted in an abhorrent way.

“Officers come to work to protect our communities and are doing everything they can to keep people safe. To be treated like this will never be acceptable.

“This can have not only a physical impact on officers, but a psychological one on them and indeed their own families.

“The overwhelming majority of our communities in Pembrokeshire are fully supportive of police and we are grateful for that. Those that choose to behave in such a way can be assured that we will not tolerate such behaviour and we will be robust in our response.”

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Masks may still be required in local care homes after lifting of Covid curbs

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SOME local care homes may still require people visiting relatives or friends to wear masks – depending on the level of risk to residents.

That was the message from Care Forum Wales, which represents nearly 500 social care providers, after the Welsh Government revealed they were lifting all remaining Covid restrictions.

Chief executive Mary Wimbury said there was still “nervousness” in the sector because they were looking after extremely vulnerable people whose health and wellbeing was paramount.

The Welsh Government said the public health situation had continued to improve over the last few weeks.

Until now Wales was the last part of the UK with Covid restrictions still in place but

the Welsh Government said the public health situation had continued to improve over the last few weeks.

However, guidance will remain in place strongly recommending the use of face coverings in health settings to help protect the most vulnerable.

Warning over masks: Mary Wimbury, Chief Executive of Care Forum Wales

Ms Wimbury said: “I think the lifting of restrictions is a step back to the normality that everyone wants.

“There’s going to be a mixture of emotions. There will be delight for people who are going to be able to see people’s smiles again in care homes in a way they haven’t been able to for over two years but there’s also going to be a level of nervousness.

“It’s impossible to overestimate the trauma that people in the sector have gone through so it is going to have to be risk assessed in each setting, depending on people’s vulnerabilities and how you manage it.

“I was talking to a domiciliary care provider who was saying that sometimes you are going into people’s homes where there are a lot of people coming in and out not wearing masks and it’s going to be great for staff not to have to, through the summer particularly.

“There are other people you’re visiting where they are very vulnerable and they are isolating and not seeing anyone and they are going to want you to still wear a mask.

“It’s always been about finding the right balance. We understand why the restrictions have continued because of the vulnerabilities of people living in care settings.

“Everyone’s an individual so those vulnerabilities vary but if you’re going into someone’s own home, that’s their choice.

“If you’re going into somewhere that is the home of a number of people, then you have to balance those risks to everybody.

“That’s why we have had different requirements for seeing care home residents in their rooms as opposed to a communal area during the last period.

“My understanding is that the guidance is going to give us a steer on risk assessments and it is going to be for each provider to risk assess.

“It may be there will be different requirements in different areas of the home.

“What we can say across the piece is that this is an opportunity to move back towards normality but to do that safely.”

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Multi agency response to 999 calls of person in water in Fishguard Bay

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THERE was a dramatic rescue of a casualty who had fallen into the water in Fishguard Bay on Thursday (May 26).

The lunchtime incident was dealt with by a multitude of emergency services. The local coastguard team in Fishguard was called out and assisted the RNLI, and two helicopter crews – one from the Wales Air Ambulance and the other Rescue 187.

Casualty is rescued from water in Fishguard Bay by emergency services (Pics HM Coastguard)

The HM Coastguard said: “Our team in Fishguard were paged along with HM Coastguard Moylegrove and RNLI Fishguard and Goodwick Lifeboat to a casualty in the water in Fishguard Bay.

“The casualty was recovered by the lifeboat and transported back to the boathouse to be met by coastguard team who had set up landing sites, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 and The Wales Air Ambulance, which transported the casualty to hospital.

Rescue 187 about to land (Pic HM Coastguard)
Wales Air Ambulance arriving in Goodwick (Pic HM Coastguard)
Fishguard Lifeboat was involved in the rescue (Pic HM Coastguard)

Pictures from HM Coastguard social media.

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Pembroksehire County Council Leader Cllr David Simpsonconfirms new Cabinet

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL Leader Councillor David Simpson has now completed the selection of his new Cabinet.
Cllr Simpson was re-elected as Leader at the Annual General Meeting yesterday and appointed Councillor Paul Miller as the Deputy leader.
Today, Cllr Simpson has confirmed the remaining Cabinet appointments.

The Cabinet in full is:

Cllr David Simpson: Leader

Cllr Paul Miller: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Place, the Region and Climate Change

Cllr Guy Woodham: Cabinet Member for Education and Welsh Language

Cllr Jon Harvey: Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery

Cllr Michelle Bateman: Cabinet Member for Housing Operations and Regulatory Services

Cllr Neil Prior: Cabinet Member for Corporate Improvements and Communities

Cllr Tessa Hodgson: Cabinet Member for Social Care and Safeguarding

Cllr Alec Cormack: Cabinet Member for Corporate Finance

Cllr Rhys Sinnett: Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services and Leisure

Cllr Simpson said: “It is a pleasure to welcome returning Cabinet Members who know their portfolios so well. I am delighted that their knowledge and good working relationships within the Council and with external partners is continuing.
“I am looking forward to hearing the fresh input and new ideas that Councillors Cormack and Sinnett bring to the Cabinet.
“The Cabinet is keen to work with all Councillors to help improve people’s lives in Pembrokeshire.
“Our aim is to continue taking Pembrokeshire and Pembrokeshire County Council forward.”

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