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Held in custody: Harwood fi nds himself behind bars

ON WEDNESDAY, a man from Pembroke Dock handed himself in at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court after a warrant had been issued for his arrest the day before, due to failing to attend his court hearing. 

Brad Jack Harwood, aged 21 of Elizabeth Court pleaded guilty to the charge of possessing a kitchen knife in Meyrick Street, Pembroke Dock. Prosecutor, Vaughan Pritchard- Jones said: “At 1am on August 28, police attended at the Old Coronation School in Pembroke Dock, which is now blocks of fl ats and had warned Harwood regarding his behaviour. At 2am, police received a call from a member of the public regarding a disturbance in Meyrick Street. They came across two men, one of them was the defendant. Harwood had his hand behind his back, and when he was asked why he made no reply.

He started to walk toward the offi cer with one arm behind his back and one arm extended. The offi cer grabbed hold of the extended arm and the defendant dropped something on the fl oor. It was found the article he had dropped was a kitchen knife with a four and a half inch blade.” Mr Pritchard-Jones added: “He fully admitted possession and said he was threatened by a man named Trevor, who Harwood had punched in the face. He couldn’t remember where he got the knife from and said he was ‘p*****’.

The aggravating feature in this case is he was in court the day before this offence, and what is more concerning is there is no eye witness evidence of what happened before the police arrived.” Harwood was given a community order for two different offences of theft and possession of cannabis on August 28. Probation offi cer, Julie Norman said: “He hasn’t attended any appointments and is currently in breach.” Mr Pritchard-Jones continued: “Harwood is 21 years of age and has 31 previous convictions, seven of which are fail to surrender.

He had breached his conditional discharge on a number of occasions. He has reached the end of the road and I would suggest resentencing on the theft and drugs.” Defence solicitor, Mark Layton said: “In relation to his community order, he tells me he produced a sick note that would have excused him for a week. The last time he was in court he appeared in custody and this time he has handed himself in.

He had phoned probation because he felt better, and was told by a probation offi cer that there was a warrant for his arrest and he came in to court, so hopefully this is evidence that he acknowledged the court. Drugs have been an issue and there have been failures to engage in the past.” Judge DJ Parsons told Harwood: “Not only are we sentencing for possession of a blade, we are also sentencing for failure to answer to court bail. We are also revoking the community order and resentencing for the shoplifting and possession of cannabis. We note that you have not turned up, and that the blade was in your hand and not your pocket.

These offences also occurred the day after your court appearance and your previous convictions are aggravating. You have demonstrated you have consistently failed to comply, and you have not respected or acknowledged the court. You are very much at the end of the road and the only way the public can be protected from you is by a custodial sentence.” Harwood received a total of 23 weeks in custody for the offences.

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New Information Centre opens at Withybush Hospital for those affected by Cancer

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A NEW Macmillan Information and Support Centre has opened at the entrance to Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest to help those looking for advice and support about cancer.

The Centre has been officially opened by 10-year-old Ethan Llewelyn-Dimon, from Whitland. He recently raised a staggering £3,600 for Macmillan Cancer Support Wales by growing his hair to make a wig for the Little Princess Trust. Ethan’s family has been affected by cancer twice. His aunty Jo and mamgu had cancer. Sadly he never got to meet his aunty, as she passed away before he was born. Thankfully his Mamgu survived although she had three operations and lost her hair during the treatment. Ethan decided to grow his hair long enough to be made into a wig for children going through cancer and wanted to raise money as well to give something back to those who helped his family.

The new Information and Support Centre is open 9am – 5pm, from Monday to Friday. Helen Wood and Rachel Kersey, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Coordinators, will be in the Centre to offer information and support.

Helen Wood said, “Being told that you have cancer is one of the hardest things that you hear, and it can be a scary time where sometimes you just need someone who you can ask for support and information about what is out there that might help. This is why we developed the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service and have been supporting people in Pembrokeshire for the past six years. We are there for anyone affected by cancer in many different ways from emotional support and someone to talk to, help to access psychological support from specialist Cancer Counsellors or a referral to the Macmillan Benefits Advice Team. We can provide both electronic and hard copies of the various Macmillan resources or signpost to other local and national organisations or support networks.” 

The pandemic meant support was only available over the phone but the opening of the Centre means face to face meetings are once again possible, but for the time being it must be a booked appointment to help keep everyone as safe as possible. 

Official opening of new cancer information and support centre in Withybush hospital

Rachel Kersey said, “It is always a privilege to be able to help, no question is too small and if you are unsure of what you need, just give us a call on 01437 773859.”

Anna Tee, Partnership Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Wales, said, “Macmillan is delighted to have designed and funded this fantastic new space for people who need cancer information in collaboration with Hywel Dda.”  

Gina Beard, Lead Cancer Nurse for Hywel Dda University Health Board said, “This is a service that is provided throughout Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire and when circumstances allow, we will reach out to local businesses and attend events. The support service is here for people with concerns around a cancer diagnosis whether that’s the individual, friends or family. We are urging patients to come forward for diagnostic tests as we are concerned that many are still not seeking the care they need due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We want people who suspect they have cancer to know we are very much open for business.”

The way the public access NHS services has changed and the Welsh Government is encouraging people to get to know the breadth of NHS services and options available to them as part of its Help Us, Help You campaign. The Macmillan support service can help with support and advice. The Health Board are also urging people to phone their local GP surgery if they think they might have symptoms of cancer, such as a new lump, pain, bleeding or sudden weight loss.

The Macmillan Information and Support Centre can be contacted by telephoning: 01437 773 859 or email: MacmillanCISSPembrokeshire.HDD@wales.nhs.uk

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Four charged with conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine in west Wales

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FOUR people have been arrested and charged as part of an investigation into an organised crime gang supplying class A drugs from London to various locations in west Wales.

Dyfed-Powys Police, with support from The Met Police, carried out warrants at four addresses on July 21, resulting in four arrests.

Mohammed Osman, aged 23, Yonis Mohammed, aged 20, Salman Mohamoud, aged 23 – all from Islington – and Amy Simmons, aged 21, from Dulwich were charged with a total of 12 offences:

  • Mohammed Osman: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine,
  • Yonis Mohammed: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.
  • Salman Mohamoud: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine
  • Amy Simmons: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.

All four appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 23, where they were remanded in custody.

They are due to appear at Swansea Crown Court for their next hearing on August 20.

The investigation is being carried out by the Ceredigion Serious and Organised Crime Team, Aberystwyth CID and the Operation Orochi command of the Met Police.

Detective Sergeant Steve Jones said: “These four arrests and charges are the result of a coordinated approach to target an organised crime gang we believe is running a county lines operation into the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.

“We will continue to work diligently to disrupt gangs of this kind, to prevent the supply of illegal substances into our community.

“I would like to thank all officers involved, as well as the Met Police for their part in the operation.”

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Fishguard RNLI rescues drifting pleasure boat and crew

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ON SATURDAY evening  (Jul 24) a member of the public walking the coastal path near Carregwastad Point saw, in the fading light, a pleasure boat with people aboard apparently in difficulty. The member of the public then called 999.

This resulted in Fishguard RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launching at 8.50pm with a full volunteer crew and speeding to the scene in calm sea conditions. Upon arrival at the location the lifeboat found a 7 foot pleasure boat drifting with four young men onboard.

Location of incident at Carregwastad Point, North Pembrokeshire (Image ONS)

The boat’s outboard engine had broken down and they had no auxiliary engine or any safety equipment, no lights, and no form of communication.

A tow line was attached to the boat and the men were transferred to the lifeboat.

One of the lifeboat crew went aboard the pleasure boat for the return journey to Goodwick public slipway where UK Coastguard personnel were waiting to speak with the four men.

The lifeboat returned to its station, arriving at 9.50pm.

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