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Pembroke couple took son on heroin deal

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A COUPLE who took their young son on a Heroin deal have been sentenced.

Anthony Davies and Keira Watts were stopped while returning to Pembroke from a drug deal in Swansea, with their young son in the back of the car.

The court heard Davies and Watts were arrested after police stopped a Vauxhall on the A477, heading westward between St Clears and Red Roses on the evening of September 26, 2019.

Davies was driving, with Watts the front passenger and the couple’s toddler in the back of the car.

Appearing at Swansea Crown Court, the judge said their actions had illustrated just how “low” those addicted to drugs are willing to stoop.

Prosecuting, Craig Jones, told the court that police believed Watts may have drugs hidden internally, she was taken to Withybush General Hospital, Haverfordwest for observation.

The 33-year-old later produced a package of heroin – cut with paracetamol and caffeine – from an intimate place.

The stash was worth around £3,100 the court heard.

A mobile phone was seized from the car, which showed text messages linking 39-year-old Davies to the supply of drugs.

The pair, both of Colley Court, Monkton, Pembroke, had previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply before appearing in the Dock – Watts on the basis that she was not involved with dealing and intended to give the drugs to Davies.

Davies had previous convictions for both possession of drugs and dishonesty matters, and Watts had previous driving offences on her record, the court heard.

Representing Davies, James Horton said his client was well aware he would not be leaving the court through the same door he entered.

Making reference to Davies as a hardworking family man, he added that the man standing in the dock was a ‘completely different person’ to the man that was stopped by police that day.

For Watts, Dyfed Thomas, told how the mum-of-three was very sorry for her actions and that the pair had been in the grip of a cruel addiction to heroin at the time of offending.

Adding that he was instructed that Watts was now free of the drug.

Judge Huw Rees, said on the day in question, both Davies and Watts had travelled to Swansea to buy drugs, and the fact that they had their young child in the car with them shows just how low class-A addiction makes you stoop.

He told Davies and Watts that they had “abrogated your responsibility as parents”.

Giving credit to the couple for their early guilty pleas, Davies was sentenced to three years in prison, serving half the three year sentence in custody, before serving the remaining sentence on licence in the community.

He sentenced Watts to two year imprisonment, suspended for 18 months with rehabilitation and unpaid work requirement.

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Milford Mercury to cease publication on August 20

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NEWSQUEST, the publishers of the Western Telegraph and Milford Mercury has moved to reassure their readers after deciding to close the Milford Mercury down.

The edition of August 20, 2020 will be the last date that that newspaper will be printed, the company has confirmed.

In a letter to newsagents dated August 6, Group Editor Fiona Phillips said: “Covid-19 has affected many businesses across Wales, particularly news brands that operate in similar local markets. The Milford Mercury is one of those news brands affected by the loss of casual sales  as well as by the turn-down in the advertising market.”

Fiona Phillips said that the Mercury website would continue to operate.

She added: “I want to re-assure Milford of our continued support through the Western Telegraph.”

Cllr Viv Stoddart said: “As the founding editor of the Milford Mercury it is sad news to  hear of the closure of the print  copy of the weekly newspaper.

“The Milford Mercury was  launched at the height of the 1992 recession.
“Despite the downturn in the economy, as  family team, Tessa (marketing) Helen (chief sub) Mike (sport) ably assisted by Claire Beavan, and the
wonderful support of our advertisers, volunteer contributors, and readers, the Merc  proved to be a success with the community.
“The reason for hitting the news stands with a new weekly was that Pembrokeshire’s largest town was worthy of, and deserved its own voice.
“From our  small, but beautiful beginnings, the Merc went from strength to strength.
“Its unique selling point was  bold investigative journalism, excellent local news coverage,  engaging readers in fun items such as Page Five Fellas, Where are they now photos, the Merc Abroad, sport coverage,  and Old Grumpy’s popular column holding the elite establishment to account.
“As circulation increased we were able to recruit more wonderful staff to create a very happy team.
“I remember hard work by everyone to make the independent weekly a success; the stress of meeting deadlines was leavened by office banter, goodwill, and laughter, resulting in very happy Merc memories.”

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Johnston: Police appeal for witnesses

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POLICE have again appealed for witnesses after a collision in Johnston, near Haverfordwest, on Wednesday (August 5).

A boy on a scooter sustained minor injuries during the collision, which took place at around 4.20pm. A red 4×4 is believed to have been involved also.

Anyone who was in the area of the St Peters Road pelican crossing, or nearby Langford road, and either witnessed the collision or who has CCTV that covers this area is asked to get in touch.

You can telephone 101, visit bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, or email contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired you can text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Dyfed-Powys Police Ref DP-20200805-249

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Police investigate ‘Chinese government vehicle’ spotted near Puma Oil Terminal

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POLICE have confirmed that they are conducting “the appropriate enquiries” after a suspicious vehicle was spotted in the vicinity of Puma Oil Terminal on Saturday afternoon (Aug 8).

Following a tip off a Herald reporter was dispatched to the area, and saw a black Volvo SUV with three IC5 (Korean, Japanese or Chinese) looking males inside the vehicle. The vehicle had diplomatic number plates identifying that it belonged to the Chinese government.

However, a DVLA check suggested that the plates were registered to a BMW and not the Volvo they were displayed upon.

South Hook LNG security was notified as a precaution.

A police spokesman said: “Members of the public are advised to contact the police to report any suspicious activity or incidents.”

Both the UK and US governments are currently on alert following incidents of spying relating to key infrastructure, computer systems and state secrets by the Chinese authorities.

[The image used in this report is a computer generated artist’s impression.]

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