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image001A TENBY man, who was fined just under £1000, kicked the door open and said “I’m not paying the fine” as he stormed out of Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Joseph Owen, from Dingle Nook, Penally, who didn’t find out about the hearing until Wednesday morning after returning home from work, was found guilty of failing to provide information to the police.
On November 7 a car was spotted going 37 miles an hour in a 30 miles an hour zone but it is unsure who was driving.
Owen stated that he works away a lot but could not remember whether it was himself or his partner driving the car.
He also seemed confused as to which day the offence occurred on, believing it to have happened on December 7.
A notice was served on November 19 but the couple asked for a photo to be sent to see if this could help identify who was driving the car.
Owen said “It must have been one of us but we can’t tell”
During cross examination it was said that Owen did not make enough relevant enquiries as to who it was that drove on that day.
Owen explained that they do various activities, taking their children to clubs and parties and explained how he and his partner often share responsibility and therefore they could not remember who had been driving at the time of the offence.
It was also put forward that Owen hadn’t looked into it deeply enough as he was unsure whether or not he was working.
The speeding charge was dropped as they could not tell who was in the car but he was found guilty of failing to provide information to the Police.
Having pleaded not guilty originally, Owen seemed shocked at the outcome and said that he would not be paying the total fine of £966.
He was told he could face prison if he did not pay and then stormed out of the courtroom, kicking a door on his way out.
He was let off for his behaviour as the judge took into consideration that he had had no sleep after driving back home from Lowestoft in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it is this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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Warrant without bail issued for Milford Haven man who failed to attend court

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A WARRANT without bail has been issued for a Milford Haven man who failed to appear in court yesterday.

Gareth James Mann, 45, of Bunkers Hill was stopped in his VW Golf on October 31, 2020 in Milford Haven.

Mann is accused of driving without a licence, insurance, under the influence of cocaine and whilst in possession of an ounce of cannabis.

Police are now instructed to find Mann, arrest him and bring him before the courts.

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