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Motorist’s ‘first visit to Tenby’ ends in drink-driving ban

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A MOTORIST who drove through Tenby town centre after downing three pints of beer was brought before magistrates this week where he pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving.

Police officers attended Narberth Road on March 11 after a member of the public reported they had observed a drink-driver in the area.

Video footage captured on a CCTV camera showed a Mercedes C180 being driven the wrong way down the South Parade and progressing in what Crown Prosecutor Abigail Jackson described as ‘an extremely slow manner’.

The vehicle was being driven by Richard Evans, 44, and a passenger was accompanying him.

A roadside breath test proved positive and Evans, of Dan y Coed, Cwmavon, was taken to a police custody suite where further intoximeter tests were carried out.  These confirmed he had 41 mcg of alcohol in his system.  The prescribed legal limit is 35.

“This reading was only just over the legal limit,” his solicitor, Mr Michael Kelleher, told Haverfordwest magistrates.

”If the breathalyser had been delayed by a few minutes, it’s possible that the defendant wouldn’t be in court today.”

Mr Kelleher said that the offence was committed during Evans’ first ever visit to Tenby.

“He’d dropped some people off at Kiln Park and then he’d drunk three pints of beer.  He was driving home, he didn’t know the way and was relying on his sat nav which is why he was driving so slowly.”

Evans was disqualified from driving for 12 months.  He was fined £120 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £48 surcharge.

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Brian Davis: Wanted on suspicion of commercial burglary

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POLICE are appealing for information to find Brian Davis, from the Pembroke Dock area.
The 53-year-old is wanted on suspicion of commercial burglary and fail to appear at court.
Have you seen Brian, or do you have information that might help us find him? Please, let the police know:
🖥️ | https://orlo.uk/wr13X
📧 | [email protected]
💬 | Direct message us on social media
📞 | 101
Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.
Quote reference: BRC818624

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Recycling company brought before Judge after JCB crushes employee

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A PEMBROKESHIRE-BASED recycling company has been brought before a district judge after an employee was seriously injured by a JCB loading shovel.

TBS Recycling and Skip Hire appeared before Judge Mark Layton at Haverfordwest magistrates court earlier this week when company director, Steven Thomas, pleaded guilty to failing to discharge general health, safety and welfare duties to an employee.

The incident occurred on March 31, 2021, at the TBS recycling and skip hire unit which is situated at the Waterston Industrial Estate, between Neyland and Milford Haven.

“An employee of the company was working on the site when he spotted something caught in the wheel of a four-ton JCB,” commented a lawyer for the Health and Safety Executive.

“He went to clear it and the person who was in the [JCB] driving seat knew he was doing it. But he was distracted and believed the other employee had left. So he lowered the shovel, but it crushed him.”

As a result, the employee sustained crushed ribs and damage to his lungs and breathing.

“But he’s since made a good recovery,” said the Health and Safety Executive lawyer.

Steven Thomas, of Cross Farm, Walwyns Castle Road, Ties Cross, will be sentenced by Judge Layton when he sits at Llanelli Magistrates Court on June 6.

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Pembrokeshire car salesman caught driving on cocaine

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A PEMBROKESHIRE car salesman has appeared before a District Judge after being caught driving a cream BMW through Kilgetty after taking cocaine.

Fraser Finlay was stopped by police officers on the night of October 3, 2023, as he drove the vehicle along Clayford Road in Wooden.

The officers’ suspicions had been aroused when the trade insurance which covered his vehicle failed to show up on their system.

A roadside breath test was carried out which proved positive and Finlay, 25, was conveyed to a police custody suite where further blood tests were carried out for analysis.

These showed he had 20ug/L of cocaine in his system; the legal threshold limit is 10. He was also found to have 800 ug/L of the cocaine derivative benzoylecgonine in his system; the legal limit is 50.

“This conviction means that my client is most likely to see an end to his job,” his solicitor, David Williams, informed District Judge Mark Layton sitting at Haverfordwest magistrates court earlier this week.

“This is because he works as a car salesman.”

Finlay was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was fined £450 and ordered to pay a £180 court surcharge and £85 costs.

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