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Pembroke Dock: Drunk jailed after mowing down cyclist

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Michael Coleman: admitted dangerous driving and a third offence of driving with excess alcohol in his blood

A DRUNK driver who mowed down a cyclist in the centre of Pembroke Dock and then drove away has been jailed for 12 months today.

Michael Coleman, aged 47, admitted dangerous driving and a third offence of driving with excess alcohol in his blood.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, told Swansea crown court how 51 year old Dennis James had been cycling home from work along Bush Street on September 23.

He passed a Volkswagen van by the side of the road and made eye contact with the driver.

The van began to move and about 300 yards further down the road Mr James was hit from behind and slammed into a parked car, suffering bruises, cuts and a punctured foot caused by one of the wheel spokes.

Me Pulling said although Mr James had been wearing high visibility clothing Coleman had driven into him “as if he had not been there.”

Coleman drove on but police discovered the accident had been filmed by CCTV cameras outside the Bush Tavern and were soon able to trace Coleman to his home in Myrtle Grove, Cresselly.

Officers were able to question him within 35 minutes of the crash. At first Coleman claimed not to be the owner of the van but later confessed.

But he maintained he had not realised that he had hit Mr James.

A breath test showed he was twice the legal drink drive limit.

Mr Pulling said it was Coleman’s third conviction for drink driving and he was also in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed for violence.

He court heard that Mr James had been too traumatised by the incident to resume cycling.

The judge, Mr Recorder John Philpotts, said it was astonishing that Mr James had not suffered far more serious injuries and that Coleman was lucky not to be facing an even more serious charge.

He said it was a serious case of dangerous driving and Coleman’s failure to realise he had hit the cyclist was probably down to the amount of alcohol he had drunk.

And his record for drink driving aggravated his situation, added the judge.

Coleman was jailed for 12 months and banned from driving for three years. He was also ordered to take an extended driving test before getting his licence back and to pay a government surcharge.

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Multi-agency response to house fire in Siskin Close, Haverfordwest

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FIRE crews are attending a domestic fire in a property on Siskin Close, Haverfordwest.

As of 11.45pm on Monday evening crews were still dampening down a fire which enfulfed two floors of a domestic property.

It is understood the alarm was raised after 10pm.

Our reporter on the scene said that there were four fire crews in attendance as well as three ambulances as well as police, who had set up a perimeter, controlling access to the scene.

A large number of local residents were watching on from a safe distance as the incident was being dealt with.

At the time of writing the street was blocked off to traffic with a large number of emergency vehicles parked up, all the way around the corner to the top of Harrier Road.

All of the emergency services have been contacted for a comment.

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Outdoor hospitality given go-ahead and rules on mixing outdoors relaxed in Wales

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SIX people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday 24 April while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April as cases of new COVID-19 infections continue to fall, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed today.

The current rule provides for up to six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) from a maximum of two households to meet outdoors.

The new rules from Saturday will allow six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) to meet outdoors.

People should observe social distancing from people from outside their household or support bubble when meeting others outside.

The rules for meeting indoors remain unchanged.

The First Minister has also confirmed outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April 2021.

First Minister, Mark Drakeford said: “The public health context in Wales remains favourable, with cases falling and our vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength. Because meeting outdoors continues to be lower risk than meeting indoors, we are able to bring forward changes to allow any six people to meet outdoors.

“This will provide more opportunities for people, especially young people, to meet outdoors with their friends. This will undoubtedly have a significant positive impact on people’s wellbeing.

“I’m also pleased to confirm outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April.

“These changes will help the hospitality sector recover after a difficult twelve months.

“It is thanks to the continuing efforts of people across Wales we are able to introduce this change. Together, we will continue to keep Wales safe.”

On Friday (23rd April 2021), the First Minister will confirm further relaxations to the covid rules that will come into force on Monday 26 April 2021.

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Police ‘enforcement and engagement’ to curb anti-social behaviour in Tenby

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POLICE in Tenby will be using enforcement and engagement in a bid to curb future incidents of anti-social behaviour, they said on Monday (Apr 17)

The announcement comes after Tenby was left with empty cans, broken bottles and fast food wrappers strewn everywhere, after over two hundred young people gathered to enjoy the weekend – perhaps expected whilst pubs remained closed.

Licensed establishment have not yet been able to open in Wales, but they are open in England for outdoor refreshments. They are opening on Monday.

There were reports of young people walking through the town with boxes full of alcohol, with other people buying takeaway drinks from licensed premises before making their way to the harbour.

The sheer number of people meant people were urinating in the streets, some residents told The Pembrokeshire Herald.

A Dyfed-Powys police spokesperson said: “With the continued easing of the regulations designed to keep us safe and the weather getting warmer we have seen an increase of people visiting and out and about in the Pembrokeshire area.
“While it’s great that people are now able to visit Pembrokeshire again, the behaviour of some placed additional pressure not only on the police but on the local authority as well.
“Tenby in particular attracted a large crowd on Saturday evening, April 18, resulting in anti-social behaviour, especially in the harbour area.

Chief Inspector Louise Harries said: “We recognise the concerns of residents and businesses after the anti-social behaviour seen in Tenby on Saturday evening. We are working with partners to avoid these issues re-occurring in the future.
“Police officers will be patrolling the area over the coming weeks and while the priority will be to engage with the public, enforcement action will be taken where necessary”
“We want to see people enjoying and the majority of people are doing so in accordance with the regulations, however the minority who don’t are spoiling it for others.
“We will continue to engage with our communities and visitors to the area to ensure that everyone enjoys in a safe manner.”

(Cover photo courtesy Pure West Radio)

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