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Mount Estate man’s car had £73k worth of weed in the boot

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A MOUNT ESTATE resident described by his barrister as ‘a gentleman’ tried to stop police looking in his car because it contained more than £73,000 worth of cannabis, Swansea Crown Court has heard.

On the evening of July 25, police located a car belonging to Joel Young in Milford Haven and noticed that there was a very strong odour, like cannabis, coming from it.

Milford Haven police officers eventually tracked Young down, and he agreed to give the police the cannabis which was believed to be in the vehicle. But he soon changed his story and tried to say the drugs were not actually in the car but inside a house. Realising that the small of the drugs had given him away, he then changed his story again for a second time making officers suspicious.

Young’s attitude changed when it was clear that police were going to search the car and when asked how much they could expect to find inside he answered, “a lot”.

Prosecutor Dean Pulling told Swansea Crown Court on September 8 that Young, of then began deleting messages on his phone, leading one officer to try and grab the device from him.

But determined that the police should not get hold of the device, he was able to throw the phone to floor and smash it.

Inside the boot of the vehicle police discovered a number of laundry bags filled with cannabis – six kilograms a potential street value of £73,020.

In mitigation, defence barrister Katy Hanson said her client had been “very open and frank” about his role in the operation.

She added that he was a “gentleman with no previous convictions” who is “extremely remorseful”.

A letter written from Young was read in court which said: “I have made the biggest mistake of my life. I have lost my job and self-respect. I will learn from my mistakes, and I will never put myself and my family through this again.”

Young had previously pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug with intent to supply, and in summing up the case Judge Catherine Richards said it was clear that he did play a “significant role”.

She sentenced him to 30 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

He must also carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, to be completed within 12 months, and complete a 25-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

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Two lives saved after children get in trouble in surf off Pendine

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TENBY’S all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 1.40pm on Thursday 1st June, following a report of children in difficulty in the surf off Pendine.

The volunteer crew were soon on the water and made best speed to the scene, some 8 miles north-east of Tenby.

On arrival, they discovered that the crew of the range safety vessel ‘Spartan’ had pulled both casualties from the water. As they were being transferred to the lifeboat, a coastguard rescue helicopter arrived overhead and their paramedic was lowered aboard the lifeboat to check the children over.

It was decided to winch them into the helicopter and land them on the beach that that a land ambulance could take them to hospital as a precaution.

With both children now safely on the beach, the lifeboat was stood down to return to station arriving at 3.10pm.

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Templeton man pleads guilty to attempted sexual communication with a child

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A 53-YEAR-OLD man from Templeton has pleaded guilty in front of a Crown Court judge to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child whom he believed to be under the age of 16.

Phillip Bowley confessed to the offense, which took place between March 6 and March 9, 2023. The admission was made during his appearance before Judge Paul Thomas at Swansea Crown Court earlier today (Thursday).

Following a request from Bowley’s defense counsel, Ms. Hannah George KC, the sentencing has been adjourned until June 30. This delay will allow the Probation Service to prepare a pre-sentence report.

During the proceedings, the court was informed that Bowley has no prior convictions or police cautions on his record.

Bowley, residing at North Gate in Templeton, Narberth, was released on conditional bail. The conditions of his bail include mandatory residence and sleep at his home address, no unsupervised contact with children, and a restriction on using devices capable of accessing the internet.

Judge Paul Thomas made a noteworthy observation regarding the case, stating, “I can’t remember the last time I saw a pre-sentence report in a case like this that didn’t contain the fact that the defendant had no [sexual] interest in children. But that it was done out of curiosity. This does not help the defendant’s case. There may be other reasons for doing it, but as far as the court is concerned, it doesn’t help.”

The adjournment of the sentencing allows for a comprehensive evaluation of the circumstances surrounding Bowley’s offense. The court will consider the pre-sentence report when determining an appropriate penalty for his actions.

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Bluestone invests £30m into its Pembrokeshire resort to expand facilities

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BLUESTONE NATIONAL PARK RESORT is investing £30million to expand its facilities and further support its efforts in meeting high environmental and sustainable standards that protects and enhances the local area and community.

The multi-million-pound investment projects at the luxury holiday destination include the launch of 80 new platinum lodges, transformation of a disused 19th century mill into a heritage restaurant, and development of an 11-hectare solar farm.

As well as enhancing guest experience, the exciting developments are set to boost the Pembrokeshire economy, with the new lodges alone estimated to increase visitor spend in the area by £1million a year.

This is in addition to the local employment opportunities and £1.5million injection that Bluestone brings to the local economy each year.

Around 250 jobs have been sustained during the construction phase of the platinum lodges and a further 100 operational jobs will be created once they open to guests. These figures add to the 800 people that Bluestone currently employs.
Bluestone’s Director of Sustainability, Marten Lewis, said: “Our ‘Free Range Future’ movement is at the heart of everything we do to ensure all our investments and initiatives benefit the local community and environment.

“It was key for us to channel this ethos through our latest investments, which have demonstrated our commitment to furthering our green credentials and making sure our environmental footsteps are as light as possible.

“Sustainable building practices have formed a huge part of construction of these projects, such as the platinum lodges which have been built upon the principles of biophilic design to bring elements of the natural world into the modern designs. Once complete, they will be heated by air source heat pumps.

“Guests are set to benefit from these major milestones coming to life as we open the doors to our highly anticipated Black Pool Mill restaurant and platinum lodges this month.”

Black Pool Mill is set to launch this week (Friday 19th May), after a £3million investment transformed the disused 19th century mill into a rustic heritage restaurant.

Designed to incorporate the mill’s original features and centuries-old architecture, chefs will create seasonal menus that are inspired by Pembrokeshire’s warm microclimate, rich soil and clear seas. They will strive to use locally sourced or foraged ingredients, to provide a unique and authentic local dining experience.

The family-run company has also invested £3million into the creation of an 11-hectare solar farm, which is part of its commitment to reduce carbon emissions and become net zero by 2040. The farm is set to generate 3.2 megawatts of electricity a year and has a lifespan of up to 40 years.

Bluestone’s chief executive, William McNamara, said: “The addition of the solar farm allows us to put money into a more sustainable future for Pembrokeshire, something we are incredibly passionate about at Bluestone.”

A large proportion of the investment has gone towards the development of 80 new Platinum Lodges on the resort which have been built in line with the company’s environmental values.

The lodges will offer new levels of comfort and luxury living with sunrooms, designated outdoor areas, picturesque surroundings, and ‘cwtch’ rooms to accommodate groups up to eight people.

Mr McNamara added: “All three projects are set to bring a boost to the local community, and being able to create so many jobs from these has been at the heart of driving forward these projects. At Bluestone, we’re always aiming to give something back to the community, and we’re delighted to be able to do that while building on the future of rural Pembrokeshire.”

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