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Bramble ‘Hell’ Farm owner sent to prison for breach of animal ban order



A CONTROVERSIAL Pembrokeshire farmer who was disqualified from keeping animals indefinitely has today (Mar 2) been sent to prison.

Sean Ronald Burns, age 52, of Bramble Hall Farm, Ferry Lane, Pembroke Dock, pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching a court order by keeping lovebirds, dogs and tortoises.

The offending was committed whilst the defendant was subject to a suspended sentence order.

In September 2020 he received a suspended prison sentence, alongside two other men for his part in the production of smokies at Bramble Hall Farm.

His Honour Judge Thomas outlined the past offending of Burns as part of an aggravating feature to the breach, with a number of animal welfare convictions dating back to 2018.

A huge animal welfare operation was held at Bramble Hall Farm back in January 2019 where more than 200 animals were removed from the property.

It was dubbed ‘Bramble Hell Farm’.

Burns arrived at Swansea Crown Court in a wheelchair, along with copies of medications and medical conditions.

Defending barrister Mr Roach, asked the judge to take into account Burns’ health condition when considering any custodial sentence.

However, during sentencing Judge Thomas said: “You’ve arrived today in a wheelchair.

“What is absent is any medical evidence, I have also been told you haven’t seen Dr in 18 months even though you use a wheelchair often.

“I have some scepticism about it, especially as no evidence has been obtained.”

The court heard how the breach came to light after a police officer attended the property over reports that dogs were on the main road. A report was made to the council who arrived the following day with the police to remove the animals.

Some of the animals were found to be in very poor health, with excrement covering the floor and the dog beds. The tortoise was found without any access to leafy greens.

A Black cat and a decapitated chicken carcass were found inside a telephone box on the property.

Three older dogs were in poor condition. And a puppy required immediate vet attention with the removal of six temporary teeth.

Burns accepted the breaches, however denied any ownership of the animals.

Judge Thomas told the court how he felt there was no other option than to activate the suspended sentence.

He said: “‘This is a Flagrant breach’ by keeping a tortoise, love birds and 12 dogs.

“Some were kept in poor conditions.

“Three dogs were very poorly treated indeed.

“You continued to keep animals under your control.”

Burns was sentenced to eight weeks in prison for each of the three breaches admitted, to run concurrently.

Judge Thomas activated the defendants suspended sentence, however took into consideration Bruns’ health conditions, an activation period was set at eight months to run concurrently.

Burns will serve half of the sentence in custody with the remaining period on licence.

A new order was also imposed, banning Burns from not only owning animals but also all types of animal interaction.

No application can be made to change the order for a period of 10 years.

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Concerns in Camrose as person with drone spotted ‘spying on properties’



CAMROSE COMMUNITY CENTRE posted a warning to residents on Sunday afternoon (Jun 4), after a person with a drone was spotted acting suspiciously.

The post on the Community Centre’s Facebook page said that a man with a large black van was spotted in the area using the drone to look into houses and gardens.

The Herald has asked the police for a comment


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Charles Street closed off as cladding falls off commercial building



FIRE FIGHTERS and police responded late on Sunday morning (Jun 4) to an incident involving cladding falling off the the top of the second floor of a commercial building.

Traffic was diverted away from the affected area whilst emergency services made sure the structure was safe.

A ladder tender from Haverfordwest Fire Station was called upon to assist in the incident.

Initial reports stated that no person was injured by the falling debris.

One passer by said “It is lucky this happened on a Sunday when most of the shops were closed, the outcome could have been rather different if this happened on a week day.”

The police confirmed the incident happened at West Wales Properties building, 89A Charles Street, Milford Haven.

(Photos: Tracy Hobbs Stinton/Facebook and David Lee/Herald Photographer)

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Galactic Triumph! Heritage Centre transforms for epic Falcon Fun Day



THE TOWERING figure of Chewbacca made a grand first time entry to Pembrokeshire on Bank Holiday Monday, starring in the second Falcon Fun Day at Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre.

The famous Star Wars character joined other re-enactors, including Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and Luke Skywalker, posing for countless photographs with the many hundreds of visitors who flocked to the centre in bright sunshine.

Starring inside the centre was R2-D2, the legendary droid from the Star Wars films. Re-enactors, from the 501st UK Garrison costuming group, travelled from across Wales and as far away as Milton Keynes to join in an event which is already becoming a firm favourite for Star Wars fans of all ages from a very wide area.
The Heritage Centre features a permanent exhibition telling the story of how the ‘Millennium Falcon’ spaceship was built in secret in a former RAF hangar in the 1970s for the Star Wars film ‘The Empire Strikes Back’.

Mark Williams, leader of the Falcon project, said: “The lightsaber training proved very popular all day and the virtual reality experience was a huge success. We are grateful to all the visitors for their support and patience as there were, at times, long queues. We shall be back again next year.”

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