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Suspended sentence for driving offences in Pembroke Dock



AT A HEARING at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court, Charlie Petterson, a 30-year-old resident of 6c Albion House, Bush Street, received a suspended sentence for a string of driving offences committed on May 6, 2023.

Petterson, who appeared before District Judge J Layton, pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including failing to stop for a constable, driving while disqualified, driving with an excess alcohol level, and driving without third-party insurance.

The court heard that Petterson was driving a Ford Transit van, with registration index YS13GFX, on High Street in Pembroke Dock when he failed to stop for a constable in uniform.

Additionally, it was revealed that Petterson was already disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence at the time of the incident.

The prosecution presented evidence that Petterson was driving under the influence of alcohol, with a breath test showing 48 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath, exceeding the prescribed limit.

Moreover, he was found to be driving without third-party insurance, contravening the requirements of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

During the hearing, Petterson entered guilty pleas for all the charges.

The judge took into account his guilty pleas and his realistic prospect of rehabilitation, leading to the imposition of a suspended custodial sentence.

Petterson was handed a total custodial period of 18 weeks, which has been suspended for 12 months. He will also be subject to a supervision period of 12 months.

As part of the sentence, Petterson will be subject to a four-month curfew with electronic monitoring. His curfew will be in effect daily from 20:00 to 06:00.

He is required to remain at his address at 6c Albion House during the curfew period.

Additionally, Petterson must comply with the instructions of the responsible officer and participate in rehabilitation activities for a maximum of 10 days.

The court ordered Petterson to pay a total of £239 in costs and surcharges, with the Crown Prosecution Service receiving £85 in costs and a surcharge of £154.

He was also fined £450 for driving with an excess alcohol level and received a mandatory disqualification from driving for 15 months.

This is not the first time Petterson has faced driving-related offences.

His previous offences and the seriousness of the charges contributed to the imposition of the suspended custodial sentence.

Judge Layton emphasised the importance of road safety and the need for individuals to adhere to driving laws. He warned Petterson that any breach of the suspended sentence would result in immediate imprisonment.

The next hearing for Petterson’s case is scheduled for June 20, 2023.


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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