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Gary makes big splash at home

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Artem Silchenko, Orlando Duque, Gary Hunt - WinnersGARY HUNT won his home event of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2013 in the ‘Blue Lagoon;’ Abereiddy last weekend.
By a margin of just 1.65 points, the 29-year-old overall leader of the current season was declared the winner of the sixth round of the World Series in a competition that was not decided until the very last dive.
After a third place at the ‘Blue Lagoon’ in 2012, Gary wanted a home win more than anything else and he accomplished the feat on Saturday afternoon in front of an enthusiastic Welsh crowd.
Second place went to Russia’s Artem Silchenko and Orlando Duque, from Colombia, made it to the podium. More than 5,500 spectators over the weekend watched as three UK divers made the final round of the top-eight athletes for the first time this season and bright sunshine made up for a week of wet and physically-demanding weather conditions.
“Today’s my day,” Gary Hunt said in a first statement. With the added motivation of competing at home and the support of the crowd in the Colosseum-like former quarry, Team GB propelled its performance to never seen heights.
Former Olympian Blake Aldridge finished 7th after missing the final in the last two stops. Mat Cowen, the man who had his first appearance on the World Series at this location a year ago, reached a personal best claiming fifth place. When the last athlete, Artem Silchenko, surfaced from his final 27m-dive and the scores were announced, the crowds along the cliffs and on kayaks went wild, the ‘brilliant Brit’ had just won at home. He (510.90pts) left his first follower in the overall standings, Artem Silchenko, behind by less than two points and ten-time world champion Orlando Duque (478.90) made it into the top three for fourth time this season.
With the second win to his name, Gary Hunt now has a decent lead of 120 points over Artem Silchenko (860pts) in the World Series standings after six of eight global tour stops. On third position, 39-year-old Duque lies another 40 points behind the Russian. Tension among the cliff diving combatants rises as the 2013 season gets closer to the final showdown and two new locations – Brazil and Thailand. Only those who compete on a consistently high level can be part of a 2014 Series.
For 14 of the world’s best cliff divers the return to the circular ‘Blue Lagoon’, was a return to pastoral farmland and flocks of white and black sheep after the all-urban stop in Boston. Their acrobatic 3-second flights into the fresh Celtic Sea shattered the serenity of this usually quiet corner of the country.
Gary praised the crowd and venue: “It’s amazing. I’d said so many times in interviews before this event that I wanted to win that even if I had come second I would not have been happy! I had to win here! It was really close but I managed to do it. The crowd today were amazing. This was my favourite stop last year so when I knew we were coming back I was so up for it.”
The Welsh stop of the World Series was the last one on European soil for the season. The competition resumes in just two weeks’ time in the Brazilian city of Niterói.

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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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Pembrokeshire man admits catalogue of sexual offences against children

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A HAVERFORDWEST man has pleaded guilty to a huge catalogue of sexual offences against children, including possession of more than 9,000 indecent images.

Kevin David John has admitted 20 offences in total – including the rape of a girl under 16 – following a three-month investigation by Dyfed-Powys Police.

The 49-year-old, who appeared at Swansea Crown Court on June 23, came to police attention in April when he was arrested and a search carried out at his Prendergast home.

In total 111 different storage devices were seized – including tablets, laptops and mobile phones – along with almost 1,000 disks.

Specialist officers spent hours combing through huge amounts of data, uncovering substantial evidence of further offending, and John was charged and remanded into custody.

John initially appeared at Swansea Magistrates Court on April 24 where he pleaded guilty to five counts: recording a person doing a private act, sexual assault, causing a girl under 16 to engage in sexual activity, and two of taking an indecent photograph of a child.

He later admitted a further 15, which comprised sexual assault, sexual assault by touching, four sexual assaults of a child, rape, possession of Category A, B and C indecent photographs, making Category A, B and C pseudo-photographs of a child, possession of a prohibited image of a child, and possession of extreme pornographic images.

Detective Inspector Richard Lewis said: “This has been a detailed and harrowing investigation from the outset, involving a number of vulnerable victims and witnesses.

“Their courage in speaking out has been humbling, and the information they shared with us was invaluable in getting John to court,” he said.

Darren Mutter, Head of Children’s Services at Pembrokeshire County Council, said the council’s social services department had also worked closely with police to support the victims and their families, and ensure all safeguarding was addressed.

Added DI Lewis: “Police officers throughout Pembrokeshire played a role in this enquiry, and I would like to convey my sincere thanks to all staff involved for their professionalism and dedication in what has been a challenging and sensitive enquiry.

“Thanks also to Dyfed-Powys Police’s digital cybercrime unit, whose rigorous interrogation of a mammoth amount of potential evidence enabled us to build a robust case that demonstrated the severity of John’s offending.”

John will appear for sentencing at Swansea Crown Court on July 17.

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Jail for sleight of hand fraudster

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A MAN has been jailed for four fraud offences after purposely confusing post office and bank staff with sleight of hand techniques.

Costel Ventel visited four post offices and a bank in Pembrokeshire in one day, tricking staff into handing over a total of £930.

Just hours later, the 20-year-old from Birmingham was reported to Dyfed-Powys Police for trying to use the same technique in Llanelli.

PC Olivia Jones said: “We were called to post offices in Tenby, Saundersfoot and Kilgetty, as well as HSBC in Tenby, on May 17, 2019, where Ventel had committed or attempted to commit fraud.

“He’d asked staff to exchange bank notes, then purposely confused them by using sleight of hand techniques. Ventel passed notes back and fore, managing to pocket £450 from one and £480 from another without the member of staff noticing.

“We believed he had travelled from Birmingham for the purpose of carrying out these acts of fraud, and enquiries immediately started to locate him.”

Later that day, Ventel travelled to Llanelli, where he tried to commit further offences at HSBC.

PC Jones said: “Thankfully, staff at the bank were alerted to their unusual behaviour and recognised them from descriptions circulated following the incident at the Tenby branch, and called police.

“Both men were arrested on suspicion of fraud offences.”

Initially Ventel was released under investigation, but following extensive enquiries over a number of months, four charges of fraud by false representations were secured against him.

He was summonsed to appear at court June 30, where he was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison.

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