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Cashpoint scammers face jail

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cashpoint scammersTWO ROMANIANS are facing jail sentences after they were caught trying to steal money from cash machines across Pembrokeshire.Lucian Ghiurcuta, aged 29, denied six offences but was convicted of all of them after a trial at Swansea crown court.

Mihai Patrascu had already admitted the same offences and both at due to be sentenced on January 6.

During Ghiurcuta’s trial the jury heard how the men had travelled from their home in Wiltshire to fit copying devices onto cash machines that were able to gather data from the cards used by members of the public.

CCTV cameras captured the men interfering with machines in Pembroke and Tenby. Judge Paul Thomas warned Ghiurcuta that a prison sentence was “very likely.”

But he granted him bail until January 7. Meanwhile, Patrascu wrote to Swansea crown court asking for his bail conditions to be altered to allow him to fly to Romania and be with his mother over Christmas.

The judge said he noted that the flight tickets he had been shown copies of were for December 16, which meant that he had either missed his flight or was already back in Romania.

Neither was he impressed to note that the return flight appeared to have been scheduled for after the sentencing hearing.

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Broad Haven: Car overturns in wet weather on B4341

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A CAR overturned in the wet weather on the B4341 Haverfordwest to Broad Haven road on Friday evening (Jul 3).

First on the scene, local Stephen Hughes told The Herald: “I was driving along and noticed a car had overturned on the Broad Haven Road past the left turning for Tiers Cross. I stopped and checked to see if everyone as okay.

“No one was injured, and I stayed until the police arrived.”

Police directed traffic and assisted with the recovery of the vehicle.

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County Hall in NHS blue lights tribute

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COUNTY HALL in Haverfordwest was lit in blue last night (Friday, 3rd July) and will be again tonight and tomorrow night as a tribute to NHS workers and social care staff throughout the country.

The illumination also marks the 72nd anniversary of the NHS on Sunday.

Said Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman, Dr Simon Hancock: “We owe these workers a great debt which will never be fully repaid and this gesture by the Council is richly deserved.”

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Cllr Beynon suspended as school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL said that they are unable to comment on the suspension of a Pembroke Dock councillor as a school governor.

Cllr Beynon confirmed that he has been suspended as a school governor at Pembroke’s Ysgol Harri Tudur.

“I’m looking forward until when the ombudsman throws out the complaints,” Cllr Beynon said.

Paul Dowson, a fellow Pembroke Dock councillor, recently resigned from the board of school governors of Ysgol Harri Tudur.

Cllr Dowson said after he resigned: “I feel a recent smear campaign reflects badly on the school even though its untrue.”

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