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Milford Haven: Ex-solicitor to admit £60,000 frauds

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Simon William Griffiths: Court heard he will admit fraud

Simon William Griffiths: Court heard he will admit fraud

A FORMER solicitor from Pembroke is to admit two frauds totalling £60,000, a judge heard today.

Simon William Griffiths, aged 52, attended a preliminary hearing before Judge Paul Thomas at Swansea crown court.

Griffiths, of Rose Valley, Lower Lamphey Road, was not asked to enter any pleas at this stage.

But his barrister, Dyfed Thomas, said his client had made it “abundantly clear” that he would admit two offences of fraud, each involving £30,000.

Mr Thomas said the pleas could have been entered today but Griffiths had not yet been granted legal aid.

The defence wanted the State to fund a medical report on Griffiths but legal aid might not be granted at all if the pleas were entered too early.

Griffiths, who ran Eaves Solicitors, Milford Haven, was struck off in 2013 and is now bankrupt, added Mr Thomas.

Judge Thomas told Griffiths it was in his interests to enter his pleas as soon as possible.

Judge Thomas instructed a probation officer to prepare a report into Griffiths’ background for the sentencing hearing.

A further hearing will take place on February 13 and Griffiths was granted bail meanwhile.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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