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Haverfordwest resident faces animal welfare charges



NATALIE MORRIS, a 39-year-old resident of Haverfordwest, found herself in court facing charges related to animal welfare offences this week.

The defendant was accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

The charges were brought forward by the RSPCA.

Appearing by solicitor in the absence of the defendant, Natalie Morris’s case was presented before the Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire Magistrates’ Court in Haverfordwest.

The charges stemmed from incidents involving a horse named Ben, which occurred between 16th December 2021 and 16th February 2022 at Clay Lane in Merlins Bridge.

The first count accused Natalie Morris of causing unnecessary suffering to the horse by failing to provide adequate nutrition.

It was alleged that the defendant knew or reasonably should have known that this act would have a detrimental effect on the animal. This charge was in violation of sections 4(1) and 32(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

The second count claimed that Natalie Morris also caused unnecessary suffering to the horse by failing to provide adequate protection against adverse weather conditions, resulting in rain scald on its back.

Again, it was alleged that the defendant was aware or reasonably should have been aware that this act would harm the animal. This charge fell under the same sections of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 as the first count.

However, during the court proceedings, it was revealed that an application to make a statutory declaration following a previous conviction had been withdrawn.

The statutory declaration was not completed, and the applicant did not appear before the court.

Defence solicitor A. Owen indicated an intention to make an application under Section 142 of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980.

The defence sought to have the case listed on 1st June 2023 or alternatively, to lodge an appeal out of time to the Crown Court.

Due to the withdrawal of the application, the court adjourned Natalie Morris’s case.

The charges against her remain unresolved, and the proceedings will resume at a later date.

It is essential to remember that these charges are allegations, and Natalie Morris is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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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