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Brave son reports father for domestic abuse

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A LITTLE boy who was so concerned about his father’s behaviour towards his mother took the brave move in calling police to report him.

The child, who cannot be named, described how his dad had assaulted his mum during an argument, giving vital information calmly despite being upset by what he had seen.

His action meant police could quickly attend his home to make sure he and his mother were no longer at risk of harm.

Dyfed-Powys Police has released information about this incident as it works to raise awareness of domestic abuse, stalking and harassment, aiming to give victims the confidence to speak out and report abusive behaviour.

Detective Superintendent Jayne Butler said: “First of all, we need to highlight just how brave this little boy was, putting his fear aside to make sure his mum was safe and that we knew what had been happening.

“Even though he was clearly very scared, he was able to give our call handler all the information they needed to log the incident fully. This meant officers could quickly be sent to his home to make sure he and his mum were ok.

“There’s no doubt that without his courage, this incident would not have been reported and we would not have been able to offer pathways to support for the family.”

The call began with the little boy saying his dad, who he described as drunk, had “attacked” his mum. The call handler instantly recognised that the boy would need encouragement to continue, and praised him for being “brilliant” in explaining why he had phoned.

He steadily prompted him for more information to find out where and when the incident had happened, talking him through steps such as making sure the house was secure, and dispatching officers to the home.

The boy’s call also triggered contact with his school under Operation Encompass – a national scheme which ensures a key adult is informed of any incident of police-attended domestic abuse where there are children related to either of the adults involved.

This is done before the start of the next school day, allowing staff to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse.

“For a child to recognise that a parent is a danger, and to report this, is incredibly hard,” Det Supt Butler said.

“However, while this was an incident that stood out to us as it involved a child, it’s not unusual in instances of domestic abuse for someone other than the victim to speak out. Unfortunately, we know and understand that many people living with domestic abuse are paralysed by the fear over what might happen if they were to make the move to contact us.

“Often the victim is there with the caller, but can’t quite bring themselves to talk. Even in these cases, action can be taken – we can put support in place, start the prosecution process, and work towards getting long-term protection such as non-contact orders.

“But for any of this to happen, we need to know what’s going on. If you can relate to any of this, or if you are going through what this little boy and his mum have been through, please let us know.

“You can phone us, or if talking about it feels too much right now you can report it online.”

Domestic abuse, stalking and harassment can be reported to police in the following ways:

In an emergency, always call 999.

*If you feel you need support to contact police, there are organisations that can help. Click here to find them, or search online for Live Fear Free or Women’s Aid – both have free helplines available.

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Milford Haven father of two sadly dies following medical emergency in Mount Estate

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A MAN was found unresponsive, and sadly later passed away in The Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Wednesday evening (Dec 9).

Police vehicles and an ambulance responded to a call coming from Chestnut Way just before midnight, but despite the excellent efforts of the paramedics attending, the man could not be revived.

The man who passed away has been named locally as Paddy McManamon, age 30, a well known local and a father of two young children.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald by way of an official statement: “At 11.45pm on Wednesday, 7 December, police were called to Chestnut Way, Mount state, Milford Haven, after a male was found unresponsive.

“The male sadly passed away.

“His death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Paddy McManamon’s cousin, Tara-Jade Riley paid tribute on social media saying: “We had some awful news our lovely cousin has passed away.

“You were such an amazing person but now you have gained your wings.

“So go and have a Guinness up there with our Nans and give them both a big hug from us all.

“Such a young man will be sadly missed by all of us – until we meet again, God bless you.”

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Christmas Gift Subscription wins £10,000!

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Carol Ormond with daughter Collette, granddaughter Ellie and great granddaughter Polly

THE PEMBROKESHIRE LOTTERY has awarded one lucky player a massive £10,000 in their Christmas Superdraw. 

The Superdraw was held on Wednesday, December 7 and the winner was Mrs Carol Ormond from Pembroke with lottery number 48095.

After Carol’s name was announced on 102.5 Radio Pembrokeshire, the team at the Pembrokeshire Lottery made contact with her and presented the winning cheque later that day. The win was made extra special as Mrs Ormond’s lottery membership was a Gift Subscription from her daughter last Christmas. Accompanying her were daughter Collette, granddaughter Ellie and great granddaughter Polly.

The normal weekly £2,000 draws now continue until the next monthly Superdraw for £4,000 on January 4. However, as the Lottery celebrates it’s 30 th Anniversary next year, there will be higher prize amounts than usual as the 3 x £8,000 draws in March, June and September will all be increased to £10,000!

Pembrokeshire Lottery Gift Subscriptions make ideal gifts for anyone and can be purchased for either 6 months or a full year. To order yours or to join up to play yourself, ring the Pembrokeshire Lottery on 01646 690800.

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Four rescued following early morning mayday call

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FOUR fishermen have been rescued in the early hours of this morning (December 7) after their vessel is said to have hit rocks near Skomer Island.

The Coastguard received a mayday call from the stricken vessel just before midnight, with lifeboat crews from Angle and St Davids sent to assist.

The crew abandoned the vessel and were located in a life raft nearby and were taken onboard the Angle lifeboat.

Milford Haven Coastguard have confirmed that no injuries have been reported and the crew were safely brought ashore at Milford Haven.

Arrangements are being made to recover the fishing vessel and to assess whether there is any pollution.

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