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Pembrokeshire postman admits driving after taking cocaine

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A PEMBROKESHIRE postman has been ordered off the roads after admitting driving on a main county A-road after taking cocaine.

Benjamin Rixon was pulled over by officers soon after 3pm on Christmas Eve as he drove his Volkswagen Caddy along the A478 between Penblewin and Clynderwen. 

This week Haverfordwest magistrates were told that the night before, he decided to take cocaine.

“This was a dreadful mistake,” said his solicitor, Michael Kelleher.

“He was working as a postman, he’d been working flat out over Christmas and on December 23 he met a friend who offered him cocaine.”

Mr Kelleher went on to say that when Rixon, 42, woke up the following morning, he felt ‘absolutely fine’.

“He didn’t think there was anything in his system as he had no knowledge of drugs.  He’d never taken them before, nor since.”

Rixon, who gave his address as The Flat, Llandissilio stores, Llandissilio provided a roadside drugs swipe which proved positive.  Further blood tests carried out at a police custody suite showed he had 380 mcg of benzoylecgonine in his system, which is a derivative of cocaine.  The prescribed legal threshold limit is 50.

Rixon pleaded guilty to driving over the drug-drive limit.

“As a result of the offence, he will now lose his job,” said Mr Kelleher.  “A requirement of the Royal Mail is that employees hold a driving licence.

“This was a terrible mistake that will live with him for an awfully long time.”

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

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Police appeal for information following assault at railway station

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OFFICERS in Pembrokeshire are investigating a report of an assault on a woman that happened outside Haverfordwest Railway Station at approximately 8:10pm on Monday (Jun 17).

One man, aged 49, was arrested on suspicion of common assault and remains in police custody.

Did you witness the assault or have any information that could help officers with their investigation? If so, get in touch:

🖥️ | https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline

📧 | [email protected]

💬 | Direct message us on social media

📞 | 101

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Police confirm arrests following violent disorder in Pembroke Dock

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POLICE in Pembrokeshire have made a statement following the incident on Saturday in which a man on a hoodie was seen wielding a samurai sword in Pembroke Street, Pembroke Dock whilst others engaged in a punch up. 

The police have now confirmed that four people were arrested following events, three men and one woman.  

On Monday a spokesperson said: “Dyfed Powys police responded to a report of disorder and an individual with a weapon, on Pembroke Street, Pembroke Dock at approx. 4:50pm, Saturday June 15.

“Emergency services were dispatched immediately and arrived at scene shortly after.

Four people were arrested; 3 males aged 51, 47, 46 and one female, 37 and have since been released on bail, pending further police enquiries.

We are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.

Superintendent for Pembrokeshire, Craig Templeton of Pembrokeshire said.

“We understand this has caused concern amongst residents in the area.

We would like to thank members of the public for their patience and support during this incident.

You will likely see a greater police presence in the area and our local officers will be available should you have any concerns and wish to speak with someone”.

If you have any information that may assist officers in their investigation, please contact us either online via https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline[email protected]

Direct message us on social media or call 101

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Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Audi driver admits to careless driving, seriously injuring paramedic

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AN Audi driver has admitted to careless driving, which resulted in a paramedic sustaining serious injuries.

Charlotte Harding, 38, of Murray Road in Milford Haven, crashed her Audi A3 into paramedic Sean Luby, who was riding his Honda motorbike on the A4076 Steynton Road at approximately 5.10pm on January 29 last year. Mr Luby was subsequently taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff in critical condition.

Harding appeared at Swansea Crown Court, where she pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by careless driving. She is scheduled to be sentenced on August 9.

Judge Paul Thomas KC indicated that although the offence meets the custody threshold, Harding, who has no prior convictions, is likely to receive a suspended sentence.

Prosecutor Sian Cutter informed the court that Mr Luby had suffered “both grave and life-threatening injuries” in the collision. Ian Bridge, representing Harding, stated that she was “distraught” over the incident.

In the meantime, Harding has been given an interim driving disqualification until the date of her sentencing.

Following the accident, Mr Luby’s colleagues established a JustGiving page to support his family with travel and accommodation costs while he was hospitalised. The initiative received an overwhelming response, raising nearly £6,000 in less than two days, with the total amount eventually reaching £11,145.

The community’s generosity has provided significant support to Mr Luby and his family during this challenging time.

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