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Drunken violence in Llanelli graveyard




Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 10.42.01TWO Llanelli men: 18-yearold Corey Nightingale from Station Road and 21-year-old Joshua Palethorpe from Llys F ran, appeared before Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday (Mar 10), both men pleading guilty to being threatening and abusive to Police Officers.

Prosecutor Sharon Anderson told the court:

“At 2.30am on February 16, police on duty saw two males running across the road and into the graveyard near Vaughan Street, Llanelli. Nightingale was carrying a bottle of vodka and Palethorpe had his trousers down around his ankles and blood splattered all over his white t-shirt.

“PC Ebenezer and PC Davies shouted out to the two males, and got a string of profanities shouted by Nightingale in reply.”

Police approached the two males in the cemetery. Mr Palethorpe kept trying to walk away whilst Constable Ebenezer was questioning him about his blood-covered shirt and his trousers which were down by his ankles.

Ms Anderson continued: “Constable Ebenezer had to grab his arm to keep him from walking away. Mr Palethorpe was shouting abuse and profanities at both police officers, and moved his head forward as if to headbutt Constable Ebenezer.

“She took a step back to avoid him and continued her questioning. Mr Palethorpe then moved his head forward a second time in an attempt to headbutt the officer. She said that Mr Palethorpe’s breath smelled of alcohol.

“Constable Ebenezer was fearful for her own safety, and Constable Davies was afraid that the defendant would assault her. Constable Davies then put Mr Palethorpe onto the ground, where he continued to shout derogatory comments at both officers.

“Whilst Mr Palethorpe was being arrested, Nightingale continued to shout abuse and was then spoken to by Constable Davies, who told him to leave the area. Mr Nightingale refused and continued to shout abuse and profanities.

“People in the surrounding houses began to look on at the commotion in the graveyard, at which point Mr Nightingale was arrested. Mr Nightingale is in breach of his six month conditional discharge which was issued in December last year for a drug order.”

Mr Lloyd, defending both Nightingale and Palethorpe, told the court: “Mr Nightingale’s offence was of using threatening abuse and behaviour. My client was reacting to his friend being arrested. Mr Palethorpe had to be floored two times by officers, to which Mr Nightingale shouted ‘I have to help my friend.’

“While words were used, there was no violence involved in this case. My client gave a guilty plea at the earliest possible opportunity, and there are no other pending offences against him.

“As you can see, Mr Nightingale’s conditional discharge which was issued in December was only six months and not 12, which highlights that it was not a very serious issue, so I ask you to please take this into account when considering the outcome of this case.

“Mr Palethorpe wants to apologise through the defence to both the court and to Officers Ebenezer and Davies and does not challenge any of what was said in the prosecution. He has 43 previous offences, many of which are public offences.

“Mr Palethorpe was drinking as it was the anniversary of the death of a close relative. He is ashamed of his actions, especially of his behaviour towards the police officers.

“He has no memory of why his trousers were down or how he injured himself to have blood splattered all over his t-shirt, but he unreservedly apologises to the officers and accepts all blame.

“There was no injury or assault on either of the police officers, and he was justifiably taken to the ground on two occasions throughout the arrest.

“Following his arrest, he was taken by police directly to Swansea prison for 14 days as a result of his actions on the night in question. He will remain on probation until 2017.”

Llanelli Magistrates issued Palethorpe with a fine of £120, which was reduced because of his early guilty plea. Additionally, he had to pay £85 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge, as well as continuing with his probation until 2017.

Nightingale was given an £80 fine, which was also reduced due to his early guilty plea. He had to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20. Magistrates also told him that his conditional discharge would continue to run for the remainder of its term.

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




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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Scientists issue urgent appeal for help on ground-breaking Covid genetic study




SCIENTISTS involved in a ground-breaking COVID-19 genetic research study are urgently asking people across Wales who caught the virus to donate a small amount of blood to their project.

To help encourage as many people as possible to join the study, volunteers are now able to quickly and easily book an appointment for a nurse to visit their home and donate a sample.

The unique GenOMICC COVID-19 Study, which is being delivered in Wales through Health and Care Research Wales, analyses the genes of people who have had the virus to discover why some experienced mild or no symptoms while others became extremely ill. The study is already contributing to the fight again COVID, with preliminary results helping identify possible new treatments.

study open to anyone who caught COVID but didn’t need hospital treatment

However, for the study to continue to make progress, the scientists urgently need to recruit 2,500 more people from all backgrounds. Along with seeking the help of members of Asian and Black communities, they’re also keen for more men to volunteer.

The home appointment system has already proved popular when the scheme was launched in Scotland and Bradford earlier this year – and with lockdown restrictions beginning to be eased in Wales, organisers are hoping for a similar response from people across the country.

“This study has one key objective – to help us understand why COVID-19 has impacted different groups in different ways,” said Dr Matt Morgan, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital of Wales and Specialty Lead for Critical Care at Health and Care Research Wales.

“Across the UK, a disproportionate number of people who ended up in hospital have been male as well as people with Asian and Black heritage – that’s why we need people from these groups in particular to join the study as soon as possible.”

“If you are eligible, please register and join the project. You’ll be making a direct contribution to helping improve our knowledge of the virus and discovering new ways of beating it.”

scientists issue urgent appeal for assistance to help them identify new treatments

Dr Kenneth Baillie, the study’s Chief Investigator, said: “We’re appealing for more volunteers from all walks of life to come forward and register. We need to find people who tested positive for COVID but experienced either mild or no symptoms and didn’t require hospital treatment. To maximise the study’s potential, it’s important these volunteers are similar in age, gender and ethnicity of those people who were severely affected and hospitalised.”

Professor Sir Mark Caulfied, Chief Scientist at Genomics England added: “The quicker this research can be completed, the faster we can solve the COVID-19 puzzle and protect vulnerable people.

Genetic research into COVID-19 is now playing an increasingly important role in our fight against the virus, enabling us to identify new forms of the virus and develop treatments.

“The findings from the GenOMICC COVID-19 Study will improve the treatment, care and outcome for those most at risk and lower the number of deaths.”

Dr Nicola Williams, Director of Support and Delivery at Health and Care Research Wales, said: “It’s vital we learn as much as possible about COVID-19 and to do that we need people to volunteer to take part in research. By introducing an appointment booking system, the GenOMICC COVID-19 Study is giving people the opportunity to contribute to potentially life-saving research from their own homes. These contributions can help provide the evidence we need to give all patients the best possible outcome.”

The research project is open to anyone who tested positive to COVID-19 but experienced mild or no symptoms and didn’t require hospital treatment – volunteers can register online here.

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A Llanelli household is hospitalised following reports of an “unknown substance”




REPORTS of an “unknown substance” at a Llanelli property led to a multi-agency operation.

Police, ambulance and the fire service descended on a property in a village, just outside of Five Roads, Llanelli,  following reports of members of the household feeling unwell and the presence of an “unknown substance”.

Three members of the household in Five Roads, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Emergency services were alerted to members of the household feeling unwell and the presence of an ‘unknown substance’ on Sunday, April 11 at 7.30am.

The ambulance service were first on the scene with one rapid response vehicle, four emergency ambulances and the Hazardous Area Response Team and were supported by police and the fire service.

A spokesperson for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called to a residential property in the village of Five Roads, Llanelli at 7.30am on Sunday, April 11 to reports of three people needing medical attention.

“We responded with one rapid response vehicle, four emergency ambulances and our Hazardous Area Response Team.

“Three patients were taken to Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen, for further treatment.”

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) assisted the police and ambulance service, deploying a specialist officer and an Environmental Protection Unit to the property.

The service ventilated the property and remained on the scene until 5.29pm.

A MAWWFRS spokesperson said: “At 7:44am, crews from Llanelli were called to assist the ambulance service and police at an incident in a property in Five Roads, Llanelli.

“An unknown substance was found at the property and its occupants reported feeling unwell.

“The occupants were taken to hospital by the ambulance service.”

“The incident was contained to one property and there were no concerns for the wider community of Five Roads.”

A Dyfed-Powys Police Spokesperson confirmed the force assisted in the multi-operation incident.

A spokesperson said:: “Members of one household in the village were feeling unwell, and were taken to hospital for assessment.

“They were found to have no medical concerns.

“Following examination of the scene by a number of agencies, there was no cause for further investigation into the incident.”

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