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Bryn won’t get my cash!

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won't get my cashI’ll do time before paying council tax bill, says ex-commando

A HAVERFORDWEST MAN has told The Herald that he would rather serve time in prison than pay his council tax demands from Pembrokeshire County Council.Ex-Army Commando Mark Llewhellin, 39, of Catherine’s Gate, Merlin’s Bridge says that he is refusing to pay because of cuts in vital services and council staff pay, for key workers, including many of hisfriends.

Mr Llewhellin, who in 2001 broke a world-record in running, said:

“I think that council boss Bryn Parry Jones is a bully. Seven people who are my friends, who work for the council, told me that he sent a memo around to staff ordering them not speak to him unless he speaks to them first.”

The ex-body guard and personalfitness trainer added: “He has lost track of his true job role, which is as a servant of the people, not the dictator of the county.”

“Why should I pay money to Pembrokeshire County Council when they have agreed to allow Bryn Parry Jones to avoid paying tax on his pension scheme?”

“There should not be one rule for him and another for us.”

Mark Llewhellin said

“Thomas Jefferson principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States once said

‘If a law in unjust a man is not only right to disobey it he is obligated to do so’.

He added:

“If they put me in prison this will cost more than I owe in council tax. It will be a complete waste of the people’s money. I have been in the toughest prison in the United Kingdom, The Glasshouse in Colchester. Going to Colchester after coming off the All Arms Commando Course was like Butlin’s to me. Going to a normal prison will be like going on holiday in Disneyland.”

The Herald asked Mr. Llewhellin about the possibility of the council employing bailiffs to take away and sell his personal possessions. But, Mr.

Llewhellin told our reporter:

“I have a Mazda RX8 with a private plate, an Armani watch, and a brand new mountain bike. I have Honda CBR1100 motorcycle and £77 in cash. This all adds up to £7,000 worth of assets.”

“I have decided to give away all of these possessions in a competition to take place in the near future. Once these possessions have been given away, there will be nothing for any council bailiff to take away and sell.”

Mr. Llewhellin concluded:

“I feel that the main role of a Chief Executive in a county is that you must be kind to people, and you must be down to earth and be able to relate to people from all walks of life.”

Mr. Llewhellin currently organises charity running events around the world. A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesman said “Customers should not refuse to pay their Council Tax. There is a statutory recovery process prescribed by the Welsh Government. Persistent default will result in a summons to appear in Magistrates Court and can result in the imposition of additional costs of approximately £63. If the debt remains unpaid the regulations allow magistrates to consider a custodial sentence.”

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  1. gez george

    December 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    At last a brave man who will speak for us. Yes Bryn Parry does not allow staff to speak to him unless they are spoken to first. He gave himself a payrise which is higher then the prime minister. He is an evil person and I hope he will be exposed.

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Police confirm firefighter died in Neyland boat collision

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE attended Neyland Marina, Milford Haven following reports of a collision on the waterway at around 11:30am on Tuesday, (Sept 17).

A spokesman told The Herald: “We can confirm a 35-year-old serving Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service Firefighter tragically lost his life during the incident, in which two boats collided.

“Next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. Specialist teams from both the fire and rescue service and police were also on scene supporting witnesses.

“We have informed the Marine Accident Investigation Board and will be working with them to establish what happened here today.

“Our thoughts go out to the family of the deceased and to his colleagues at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.”

Deputy Mayor of Neyland, Cllr Dr Simon Hancock said: “I extend my deepest condolences to the family of the young man who so tragically died in the accident this morning. I know the whole town will join me in sending them to his family.

“We acknowledge the remarkable professionalism of the emergency and rescue services who responded to this very sad incident.’

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Crown court to sentence Pembroke Dock paedophile

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A 46-YEAR-OLD man who pleaded guilty to being in possession of over 6,500 indecent ‘real photographs’ of children, has been sent to Swansea Crown Court for sentencing by Haverfordwest magistrates.

Brett Johnson of Finch Close, first appeared before magistrates at Haverfordwest Law Court on August 27, and appeared again before the court on Monday (Sept 16) following a pre-sentence report made by the probation service.

Johnson pleaded guilty at the first court hearing to a charge of downloading one indecent image of a child between March 30, 2009, and June 28, 2018, and pleaded guilty to a second charge of downloading 6,570 indecent images of children between June 30, 2005, and June 28, 2018.

Prosecuting at the first hearing, Mr Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the Court that the reason for the long dates related to when he owned various computers.

Magistrates at Haverfordwest on Monday (Sept 16) decided to decline jurisdiction and sent the case to be dealt with at Swansea Crown Court on October 4 at 10am. Johnson was released on unconditional bail.

Magistrates made no direction under section 45 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.

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Glebelands Fun Day A Hit

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A FUN DAY at Glebelands play park in Hakin on Saturday (Sept 14) to garner support to further develop the facility, has been hailed a success.

The prime movers behind the community-led event were two local residents, Richard Nicholas and Wayne Richards.

“As well as trying to raise the profile of the park, the aim of the fun day was to get other local residents involved in setting up a community group to move the project forward,” explained Richard.

“I’m pleased to say there was a lot of interest in forming a group and we also had some great feedback on what play equipment should be installed. There was a clear view that people want the park back to being a safe, clean area where children can play.

Working with Richard and Wayne, to organise the community-led fun day were Pembrokeshire County Council and the Invest Local organisation.

The County Councillor for Hubberston, Viv Stoddart, who attended the event, said: “It was an amazing day – a perfect example of the community coming together to host an afternoon of fun for all the family. There was something for all to enjoy – and enjoy they did, with lots of smiley faces from everyone.

If Saturday’s event is a guide, it was evident there is enthusiasm in the community to transform the play park into an up-to-date facility. I wish them well, and will give all the support I can to see the playground become a truly family fun place for all.”

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