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Woman with mental health issues jailed after spraying fire extinguisher at police

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A WOMAN suffering from mental health issues, who set off a foam fire extinguisher, and sprayed it on a police officer has been jailed for 16 weeks.

42-year-old Mignonette Goodchild, who is of no fixed abode, but gave the court her father’s address of Hamilton Court, Pembroke Dock, had entered an unsecured property at Strumble Head and was squatting as a means of self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to this, she had been living in her car in a field rented from a businessman at Cross Inn, Ceredigion.

Goodchild receives no benefits or help from the government despite her issues, and receives only ad hoc financial help from her father, a pensioner.

Fearing for her safety, after a previous promise of accommodation fell through due to Covid-19, she took what she describes to this newspaper as the “reluctant decision” to enter the
otherwise unoccupied holiday let property through an insecure window.

Speaking on the telephone to her father from prison she said: “I am now in jail because I thought that Covid-19 would kill me”.

After staying at the property for one night, a caretaker spotted a car in the car park, and raised the alarm that there was a squatter at the property.

The police were called, and when officers attended the property on April 3, Goodchild had covered the inside of the front door with a layer of foam from a fire extinguisher. She then started screaming to the police: “You’re not coming through, you may have the disease!”

As the police opened the door to gain access, Goodchild continued spraying foam, some of which covered the police officers.

Police then gained entry to the property, which is owned by The National Trust, and arrested Goodchild by tackling her to the floor. During the arrest, the defendant received two black eyes and a cut across her nose.

At Swansea Crown Court on Tuesday (Aug 18) Goodchild was handed a custodial sentence. She has already spent some time on remand at Eastwood Park Prison, South Gloucestershire due to missing her original court date through failure to receive the summons.

Set off fire extinguisher: Goodchild the day after the arrest (Pic: Herald)

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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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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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