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Council ‘formally contact’ Police

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formal contactLAST WEEK, The Pembrokeshire Herald revealed that Pembrokeshire County Council had contacted Dyfed-Powys Police in relation to the ongoing scandal surrounding massive grant payments made in Pembroke and Pembroke Dock.

It appeared as though the Council had rowed back from a formal referral, despite assurances given to two local Councillors that such a referral would be made. It is not clear what factor caused the formal referral’s delay ahead of last Friday’s Extraordinary Meeting.

At the time, we published two documents which appeared to suggest that the architectural firm acting as agents for Baron of the Bedsits Cathal McCosker, had sent a different tender specification to a local company than it had sent to the thirteen other firms bidding for the work.

Last week, a Council spokesperson told The Herald:

“We can confirm that we have been in contact with the police. In the event that we are satisfied that a fraud has been committed against the Council, we will formally refer the matter.”

On Tuesday this week The Herald were told by Pembrokeshire County Council:

“We can confirm that the matter has now been formally referred to the police.

“There will be no further comment while an investigation is in progress.”

The formal referral to the Police comes after the discredited IPPG administration in County Hall attempted to block a proper investigation into the affair, which has been extensively covered in Pembrokeshire’s Best Magazine and pursued by Hakin Councillor Mike Stoddart. At that meeting, scandal-hit IPPG leader Jamie Adams, who is shortly to face an inquiry into his own expenses claims, co-ordinated an IPPG smear.

The referral to the Police leaves Council Officers, who assured the members of the Council’s Audit Committee that there was nothing wrong with the operation of the scheme, in a very difficult position.Gwyn Evans, the Council’s European Officer, pictured opposite, in particular assured Audit Committee members that there were NO problems that would be found in relation to the Commercial Property Grants Scheme and the Town Heritage Initiative.

On the basis of the Council’s own statements above, it seems as though a problem has been found.

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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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