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Simon Thomas arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images

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SIMON THOMAS has resigned as a Welsh Assembly Member and quit his party, Plaid Cymru, after being arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “An individual from Aberystwyth has been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images.

“The individual has been released on police bail for 28 days.”

Mr Thomas, 54, has also deleted his Twitter profile and personal website.

Plaid Cymru has said that there is a police investigation into a ‘serious offence’ ongoing in a statement about his resignation.

Plaid Cymru Chair, Alun Ffred Jones, said: “Plaid Cymru has received Simon Thomas’s resignation as a member of the party.

“We are aware of a police investigation into allegations of a serious offence.

“Due to that ongoing investigation it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”

Elin Jones, the Assembly’s Presiding Officer, said: “The Llywydd has received a letter of resignation from Simon Thomas with immediate effect.”

Mr Thomas was an MP for Ceredigion between 2000 and 2005.

Helen Mary Jones AM is in line to replace him, and is considering her options, she’s said.

She posted on Twitter: “In something of a state of shock. I have now got some big decisions to make in the next few days. I won’t be on here a lot. Thanks for good wishes already received.”

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Milford Haven: One arrested and two treated for injuries following domestic incident

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A WOMAN was arrested on Thursday following a domestic incident in Milford Haven in which two people were injured.

Police and an ambulance were called to Howarth Close at around lunch time.

Multiple police units responded including armed police.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Following a report of a domestic incident at Howarth Close at around 1pm on Thursday afternoon (Sept 17) , two people were taken to hospital and one female has been arrested.”

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Hakin: Crews put out fire in Observatory Avenue property

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EMERGENCY services were at Observatory Avenue, Hakin, on Wednesday (Sept 16) night responding to a 999 call reporting a domestic fire.

The fire was said to be minor in nature with no injuries reported.

A spokesperson from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said “At 22:21, crews from Milford Haven attended a property fire in Hakin, Milford Haven.

“The cause of fire believed to be related to burnt cooking, which crews isolated and made safe.

“Crews left the scene at 23:08pm”

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Work on new council houses starts in Johnston

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WORK has begun on the first council houses to be built in Pembrokeshire for a generation.

Thirty-three affordable units are being constructed by Pembrokeshire County Council on the site of a former primary school at Cranham Park, Johnston.

They are the first council houses to be built in the County for over 25 years.

Work was held up for a time due to the lock-down but resumed as soon the contractors were able to do so.

The development comprises:

  • 12 one bed flats in three blocks (four flats are identified for assisted living, with communal facilities)
  • seven two-storey two bedroom houses
  • five two-storey three bedroom houses
  • two two-storey four bedroom houses
  • one two-storey five bedroom house
  • four two -bedroom bungalows
  • two bungalows with three or more bedrooms.

The estate also includes parking, open space and associated works.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Michelle Bateman, said it was a red-letter day for the Authority.
“The house-building scheme fulfils a pledge made by the Authority’s Cabinet when it took over the administration of the Council in 2017” she explained.
“I am proud and delighted to say that we are now honouring that pledge.”

Councillor Bateman added that other council house-building schemes were lined up for Tudor Place in Tiers Cross and Charles Street, Milford Haven.
The Houses are being built by WRW Construction Limited. As a result of the Covid-19 interruption there has been a slight delay and construction work is now due to finish in December 2021

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