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Man jailed after scarring police officer in Narberth altercation

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A 29-YEAR-OLD Narberth man has been jailed after admitting assaulting a police officer causing a deep wound to his forehead and a permanent scar.

“Whilst I realise there are high risks attached to being a serving police officer, I don’t want to come to work fearing for my safety,” Pc Jenkins stated in a victim impact statement read out to District Judge Mark Layton at a court hearing at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court this week.

“This has now left me with a scar on my forehead.”

Officers were called to a flat in High Street, Narberth on the evening of September 8, 2023 as a result of what Crown Prosecutor Abigail Jackson described as ‘an ongoing incident’ between Dilan Anderson and his girlfriend, Lisa Roberts.

“The defendant [Anderson] was shouting at his girlfriend and was told to calm down,” Ms Jackson told the court.

“But he began walking towards the officers in a very aggressive manner. He was asked to move away but he ignored the request.”

Ms Jackson said that following repeated attempts to hold him back, Anderson swung his right arm towards the officers.

“He was placed on the floor with handcuffs, but he turned around and struck Pc Jenkins, resulting in blood coming from the wound.”

Photographs displayed to Judge Layton showed a deep wound to the left of the officer’s right eye.

Following the incident, Anderson was placed on police bail but on January 31 the bail was breached as the result of another altercation between him and his girlfriend at her flat in College Court, Haverfordwest.

“An argument broke out at around 6pm about his excessive drinking, when he became verbally abusive,” said Ms Jackson, for the Crown.

“The defendant went to bed but he woke up at around 1.30am and asked for his girlfriend’s mobile phone.

“When she asked him why he wanted it, he raised his left hand and slapped her to her cheek which caused redness and a constant ringing in her ear.”

Anderson then proceeded to throw two large bottles at her brother’s bedroom door.

“The complainant left the bedroom and the defendant appeared to calm down, but shortly afterwards she heard smashing sounds coming from the living room and then heard the front door being slammed shut,” continued Abigail Jackson. “She later discovered that damage had been caused to the television and a screw driver was found near it and that a blue mobile phone that belonged to her and been taken.”

Anderson admitted ‘stabbing’ the tv with the screwdriver, but claimed the damage this caused was minor.

“This has caused me to be very distressed as I don’t know what he’s playing at,” Ms Roberts said in a victim impact statement that was read to the court.

“He’s very unpredictable and difficult to manage.”

Anderson pleaded guilty to assaulting the police officer causing actual bodily harm, stealing Ms Roberts’ mobile phone, causing criminal damage to her property and assaulting her by beating. He was represented in court by solicitor Mr David Williams.

“My client accepts the precariousness of his position,” he told the court.

Anderson was sentenced to a total of 24 weeks in custody.

He was ordered to pay £500 compensation to Pc Jenkins, £100 compensation to Ms Roberts, £150 as a result of the damage caused to the tv and £40 for the damage caused to the bedroom door.

He was also ordered to pay £170 court costs and a £154 surcharge.

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Castle Square Bike Night raises funds for Blood Bikes Wales

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HAVERFORDWEST was abuzz with excitement recently as Castle Square hosted its much-anticipated Bike Night. The event, held on Wednesday, 22nd May, saw an impressive turnout of motorcycle enthusiasts from across the region, all gathering for a worthy cause.

Castle Square Bike Night, which began at 6:30 PM, transformed the heart of Haverfordwest. The event aimed to bring together bikers of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate their shared passion for motorcycles while supporting Blood Bikes Wales, a charity dedicated to providing free, out-of-hours transport of essential medical items to NHS facilities across Wales.

The square was a sea of colour and chrome, with bikes of all makes and models on the town square. From sleek sports bikes to vintage classics, the variety on display was a testament to the diverse biking community in Pembrokeshire. Riders and spectators alike admired the impressive machines, swapped stories, and enjoyed the atmosphere.

Donations were collected throughout the evening, with all proceeds going directly to Blood Bikes Wales.

The charity relies entirely on volunteers and donations to operate, and events like these are crucial in ensuring they can continue their vital service. “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported us tonight,” said a representative from Blood Bikes Wales. “The generosity of the biking community is truly heartwarming, and it makes a significant difference in our ability to provide life-saving services.”

As the evening drew to a close, the success of Castle Square Bike Night was evident in the smiling faces and the positive feedback from attendees. The event not only celebrated the love of motorcycles but also highlighted the power of community action in supporting charitable causes.

Castle Square Bike Night has firmly established itself as a key event in the Haverfordwest calendar, and the organisers are already looking forward to the next gathering. With its combination of passion, community spirit, and charitable giving, it is sure to remain a highlight for years to come.

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Pembrokeshire farm tent camping site plans backed

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Plans to expand a tent site at a Pembrokeshire farm which has diversified into tourism since the 1980s have been backed by councillors.

In an application before Pembrokeshire County Council’s May meeting of its planning committee, Mr and Mrs James sought permission to expand a tent site at South Cockett Caravan and Tent Site, Broadway, Broadhaven.

The application included a number of enhancements which would improve its visual appearance.

The Council Landscape Officer has raised no objection, advising that the additional hedgebank is to be encouraged.

Speaking at the meeting, agent Andrew Vaughan-Harris said three generations of the James family had been farming some 140 acres, in a mix of sheep, beef and cattle, and now had 70 touring caravan pitches on-site after diversifying in the 1980s.

“It’s a good news story over the last 30 years, it’s now up to 50 per cent of their income,” he told planners, adding the applicants had invested £180,000 on-site in the last couple of years.

“They still want to have a site for tents, now we have the application in front of us for a further field,” he added.

He finished: “This is helping sustainable farming; it is creating jobs.”

Members of the committee unanimously backed a recommendation to approve the scheme.

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General Election: Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion hopefuls for new seats

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WITH a July 4 date announced for the General Election, confirmed candidates for the two new seats in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion will be gearing up their campaigns.

As part of constituency changes, Pembrokeshire’s current seats of Preseli Pembrokeshire and Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire have changed.

As part of the changes, parts of north Pembrokeshire – including St Davids – are joining the new Mid and South Pembrokeshire constituency, which will replace the Pembrokeshire parts of the current Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.

The north of the county will be part of a new Ceredigion Preseli constituency joining parts of north Pembrokeshire – including Crymych and Maenclochog – with Ceredigion.

Current hopefuls for the Mid and South Pembrokeshire seat are Welsh Liberal Democrat Alistair Cameron, with Stephen Crabb for the Conservatives and Henry Tufnell for Labour.

Candidates confirmed to date in the neighbouring constituency of Ceredigion Preseli are Ben Lake for Plaid Cymru, Liberal Democrat Mark Williams, a former MP for Ceredigion, and Welsh Labour’s Jackie Jones, and  Conservative candidate Aled Thomas.

The constituancy changes follow a Westminster vote to cut the number of Welsh MPs from 40 to 32; each constituency  must contain between 69,724 and 77,062 voters, with the exception of Ynys Mon.

The new Ceredigion Preseli constituency has a road distance of nearly 75 miles from the extreme north to southwest of the new constituency.

The Boundary Commission for Wales made minor changes to previous proposals, removing St Davids, Solva and Letterston from the proposed Ceredigion Preseli constituency and including the Maenclochog ward instead.

Mid and south Pembrokeshire, under the changes, will have the largest number of electors of any of the constituencies in Wales, at 76,820.

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