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Pembroke Dock: Man jailed for disorderly behaviour following closure of street

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A 19-YEAR-OLD who caused the closure of Meyrick Street in Pembroke Dock for several hours yesterday (Oct 10) has been jailed.

Jordan Mruk pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour from custody at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court today (Oct 11).

Police were forced to close Meyrick Street yesterday afternoon after Mruk locked himself in a property and threatened to jump out of a window.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and the Welsh Ambulance Service also attended with Dyfed-Powys Police.

The stand-off lasted for several hours as a specially trained negotiator spoke to the young man.

Prosecuting, Vaughan Prichard-Jones said that two people accompanied the case worker who was scheduled to meet with Mruk due to his ‘volatile’ behaviour, however on this occasion a police officer arrived who Mruk had a dislike for.

Mruk swore and grabbed the officer and then locked himself in the property to prevent being arrested for disorderly behaviour.

It was at this point that backup was called at the street was closed.

Mruk had requested the meeting, however Jonathan Webb, defending, said that he had took ‘umbrage’ to the police officer who arrived instead of a social worker.

Mruk was in breach of a suspended sentence and was sent to prison for six weeks. In addition, magistrates imposed a six month conditional discharge and he must pay a £20 victim surchage.

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PM awards outstanding Welsh mental health volunteer

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A LOCAL mental health campaigner has been recognised for her good work by the Prime Minister.

Emma Picton-Jones received her Points of Light award from Stephen Crabb MP on behalf of the Prime Minister for promoting mental wellbeing in rural communities.

Emma has set up an innovative mental health charity providing proactive support to farmers and people living in isolated rural areas. Emma established the ‘DPJ Foundation’ in July 2016 the day after the tragic death of her husband Daniel, who took his own life after struggling with his mental health. She has raised over £45,000 to provide mental health training to over 40 farming industry professionals in Pembrokeshire, helping them to identify symptoms in people and provide support.

By training vets, feed reps and others who work in the industry, the charity takes support to farmers, rather than waiting for people to seek it themselves. Emma speaks at many agriculture and farming events to engage farming communities in this issue and earlier this year launched a counselling service called “Share the Load” to provide sustained support to those who are struggling.

Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: “Emma has worked tirelessly to bring mental health awareness and training to Pembrokeshire’s farming community following the tragic death of her husband, Daniel. Her drive and determination to ensure help is given to those who need it, so they are able to ‘Share the Load’, has been inspiring and she is most deserving of this recognition.”

Emma said: “This has come as a complete surprise. I am just extremely happy that mental health in agriculture is being highlighted and to be recognised for my work in this sector by the Prime Minister is a very proud moment.”

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St Davids lifeboat called to aid of swimmer drifting in current

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ON FRIDAY  (Jul 20) at 12.19pm St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley launched on service to reports of a swimmer in difficulties off Abereiddi tower.

Also tasked were St Davids coastguard rescue team.

The sea swimmer had unknowingly drifted into the flooding tidal stream off the headland.

As the lifeboat was proceeding to this incident, further information came from Milford Haven Coastguard Operations Centre, that the struggling swimmer had been rescued by instructional staff from a local outdoor adventure provider.

At this time and with this information the lifeboat was stood down to return to station arriving back at 1.05pm.

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Pembroke: Emergency services dealing with another suspicious substance

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have returned to Pembroke Castle this afternoon (July 20) following reports of another container with a suspicious substance being found.

Dyfed-Powys Police, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, and the Welsh Ambulance Service have attended the scene.

South Quay car park was closed at 1:30pm. It has since re-opened, however the pathway behind Pembroke Castle remains closed.

Pembroke Castle itself remains open.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Dyfed-Powys Police received a report of suspicious containers found at Pembroke Castle at around 1.10pm today (Friday, July 20).

“Enquiries are continuing to safely establish exactly what substance is within the containers.

“Police would like to reassure members of the public that this is a safety precaution and that no one has been injured or harmed at this time. There is not believed to be any risk to the public at present.”

It emerged that a bottle bearing the word Novichok had been discovered last week, and the police are treating it as a hoax.

Paddle West, who offer row boat hire near the castle posted on Facebook: “Currently closed due to another bottle incident. If anyone knows the culprit please contact the police so we don’t have to do this every weekend!”

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