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Fishguard: Armed police hurled stun grenades and fired Tasers to free hostages



ARMED police threw stun grenades and fired Tasers to free four young captives taken in a siege in dramatic bodycam footage shows.

Dyfed Powys Police have released the video following the jailing of the hostage for 27 months.

Officers used chainsaws to cut their way through a door before throwing stun grenades into a room at the house in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, in November last year.

Police then charged through the doors firing Tasers to subdue hostage-taker Shane Thomas, 23, and his father.

Thomas was wanted by police and had gone on the run after attacking two customers in a pub, Swansea Crown Court heard.

He was later tracked to his father’s home – and barricaded himself inside with four teenagers.

One of the youths raised the alarm by messaging a friend on Snapchat saying he was being ‘held against his will and frightened’.

A court heard Thomas was in an ‘alcohol and drug haze’ when he blocked the front door with a fridge, settee, and cooker.

Thomas said he had drunk 15 cans of lager and erected barricades to protect himself because he was ‘scared’ of police.

Prosecutor Dean Pulling said that when officers arrived Thomas shouted threats through the door and a ‘siege’ developed.

After 90 minutes police smashed their way into through the front door and then cut their way into the bedroom using a chain saw.

Mr Pulling said the grenades were thrown as ‘distraction devices’ before Thomas was Tasered, sprayed with pepper spray and restrained.

Swansea Crown Court heard both Thomas and his father were arrested at the house in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.

Mr Pulling said the siege had cost police around £31,000 because it involved 30 officers and a force helicopter.

Thomas, of Fishguard, later admitted two counts of actual bodily harm, obstructing police, malicious communications, and a public order offence.

Jon Tarrant, defending, said dad-to-be Thomas had been in a ‘alcohol and drug haze’ after being kicked out of home last year but now wanted to grow up.

He added: ‘2020 was not perhaps one of his best years’.

Judge, Recorder John Philpotts, told Thomas he was ‘hell bent on trouble’ and jailed him for 27 months.


A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike



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



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.”

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



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.


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