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Ex-Narberth Mayor admits football theft

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A MAN who became the mayor of Narberth five times has admitted stealing £400 from the town’s football club on WednesdaySwansea crown court (1) (Feb 18).

Colin David Williams, aged 73, of The Stables, Coxhill, will be sentenced next month.

His daughter, Wendy Williams, aged 50, of the same address, denied an identical charge. Her plea was accepted and she was found not guilty on the direction of a judge at Swansea Crown Court.

The pair were due to go on trial today but after discussions between barristers for the defence and the prosecution Colin Williams changed his plea.

His barrister, Stephen Thomas, said he was willing to admit stealing £400 in cash between October 3, 2011 and November 1, 2012, but not the £6,000 alleged by the club.

Huw Rees, prosecuting, said the amount was not important, and was, anyway, difficult to establish. What was important was the admission to theft.

“This is a case not without difficulties,” he added.

Mr Thomas said Williams had indicated during interviews with the police that there would be an admission of guilt.

He asked for a probation officer to prepare a report into Williams’ background before sentence was passed.

Judge Peter Heywood said he was willing to order a report, but was surprised to find that one had already been prepared.

Mr Thomas said that had been ordered on the understanding that Williams would admit theft.

But as probation officer Julie Norman interviewed Williams he began to deny stealing anything.

The real dispute, explained Mr Thomas, was about the theft of £6,000 as alleged by the football club. That had led to the club having to disclose “all financial documents” and then to the appointment of a forensic accountant.

The outcome was, he added, an admission to the theft of £400.

Judge Heywood said there was a “huge difference” between £6,000 and £400 but, nevertheless, the offending still represented a breach of trust and he would not bind the hands of the sentencing judge by ruling that a non custodial sentence would be the eventual outcome.

Judge Heywood asked Julie Norman to update her pre-sentence report.

Williams was granted bail until March 18, when he will be sentenced and full details of the offending will be explained by the prosecution.

The stolen money related to a lottery style promotion run by Williams on behalf of the club.

After the hearing, officials of Narberth Football Club refused to comment, but not before one of them had said, “I’m very happy, I’ll tell you that.”

Last year the football club confirmed to The Herald: “Narberth AFC can confirm that they have made an official complaint to Dyfed-Powys Police in relation to theft of monies from the club. They have also terminated the services of two committee members. The matter is now in the hands of the police.”

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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