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COUNCIL IN CRISIS

ON THE AGENDA at Friday’s meeting is a motion filed by Labour Group leader, Paul Miller calling for the Full Council to act as an investigatory panel into all allegations arising from the meeting of the Senior Staff Committee in Bryn Parry Jones’ office on September 28, 2011. The motion also calls for the immediate withdrawal of the pension tax avoidance scheme, described by the WAO as a “pay supplement” and the suspension of Bryn Parry Jones while the investigation takes place.

Councillor Miller has pointed out that at the same time as the Council was slashing staff numbers, cutting hours and freezing the pay of lowest paid workers in the name of balancing its books it gave the Head of Paid Services, Bryn Parry Jones, an effective pay rise of 5% on top of his already hefty pay packet.

Councillor Paul Miller told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “I’ve been clear from the start – Based on all the information I have seen to date, these pensions arrangements / pay supplements require a full and independent investigation. I’m pleased that, following meetings with the Crown Prosecution Service, the authorities have now decided that there will be a formal criminal investigation led by Gloucester Police.

“Clearly I will listen carefully to the debate tomorrow and will be interested to hear the case put forward by Mr Timothy Kerr QC. That said however, nothing I have seen to date has done anything to change my view; that the only way to move forward here is by commissioning a truly independent investigation and suspending Mr Parry-Jones while that investigation is undertaken.

“The people of Pembrokeshire are right to expect the highest standards of decision making and integrity from their elected members and chief officers. It would appear that there may have been instances where the authority has fallen short of that mark. If that is the case, council needs to act decisively and without delay. I and the whole Labour Group intend to do whatever is necessary to ensure that public faith is restored in our authority”

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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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