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Rapist councillor will still receive pay despite conviction

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THE PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCILLOR convicted of child sex abuse will receive his monthly pay despite his 18-year jail sentence.

David Boswell, 58, formerly Mayor of Pembroke, was jailed last week after being found guilty of raping a girl and abusing another, when both were 10-years-old.

Despite this, Mr Boswell has refused to resign from his post, and Pembrokeshire County Council has confirmed that Boswell will remain on the payroll until it could legally fire him.

Boswell, of Bush Street in Pembroke Dock, had been elected to represent Pembroke St Mary North in May 2017, going on to become the Town Mayor. Boswell then had to stand down from that role after less than three months due to the charges from the police.

As he was investigated and awaiting his trial, Boswell continued being paid an annual salary amounting to £13,600.

A Councillor can be removed if failing to attend a single meeting for six consecutive months under the Local Government Act 1972, but ahead of his trial at Swansea Crown Court, Boswell attended what was deemed to be a meeting.

When found guilty of one count of rape and four counts of indecent assault, Boswell still could not be fired, as the Council then had to wait 28 days to see if he would lodge an appeal against the conviction.

In theory, if the Council were to remove him ahead of that date, it could be sued.

This has prompted NSPCC, The UK Children’s Charity, to call for a law change.

A spokesman for the NSPCC spoke to the BBC, saying: “Boswell was convicted of appalling sex offences against children and it is right that he now faces many years behind bars where he cannot harm others.

“It is wrong that someone convicted of sexual crimes against children can continue to serve as an elected official for any period of time, and we support a change to the law to ensure situations like this are not repeated.”

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Milford Haven: Police called to Charles Street incident

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MILFORD HAVEN police responded to an emergency call from Charles Street in Milford Haven this afternoon (May 20).

Several officers attended following reports of a man injured on the pavement.

Our reporter at the scene said that a male was conscious but nursing injuries to his head

There are over 15 officers at the scene.

A male has been arrested and taken into custody in a police van.

 

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Willy make the council fix the road?

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DRIVERS in and around the Maenclochog area are still recovering today after a hardened vandal spray-painted yellow penises along a stretch of road near Morvil.
The road, just off the B4313, was targeted with graffiti because of the number of potholes scattered along it’s length.
Locals have dubbed the cock-sure artist as ‘Wanksy’ and have discovered that whoever drew the penises also wrote ‘Follow the yellow d### road’.
Some of the penises have been drawn around more sizeable potholes, but simply pointing disapprovingly at the smaller ones.
If you want to report a pothole, the chosen method is still via the Pembrokeshire County Council website.
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Hakin: Young male arrested following allegation of assault

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FIVE police vehicles descended on a property in Hakin at lunchtime today following a 999 call reporting an assault.

Officers entered the property in Observatory Avenue and after about ten minutes a young male was brought out in handcuffs.

A spokesman from the police press office told The Herald: “Police were called to Observatory Avenue to a report of an assault at around 1pm today (Monday, May 20).”

The spokesman added: “A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently in police custody.”

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