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Former AM pleads guilty to making indecent images of children

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SIMON THOMAS, the former Plaid Cymru AM, has pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children this morning (Oct 3).

Appearing at Aberystwyth Justice Centre, he admitted making over 600 indecent images of children.

150 images were in the most serious category A, with 103 in Category B, and 359 in category C.

Representing Mr Thomas, Richard Williams told the bench that Mr Thomas accepted all of the charges and, while a technical issue arose in relation to the phrasing of one charge that was only an academic point that did not affect his client’s guilty plea.

The case was adjourned for four weeks for the preparation of a full pre-sentence report when it will return to Mold Magistrates’ Court.

All options for sentencing are available, including the possibility that Magistrates will decline jurisdiction and send the case to the Crown Court.

Following his arrest, Mr Thomas resigned immediately as an Assembly Member and from Plaid Cymru.

He was replaced as regional AM by Helen Mary Jones.

An NSPCC Cymru spokesperson said: “Thomas has admitted very serious offences and by accumulating this vile material has helped fuel the demand for more to be created and for more harm to be inflicted on vulnerable, young people.

“The NSPCC is campaigning for more to be done to remove indecent images from the web, and prevent them from being circulated in the first place.”

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Resources for food businesses further updated

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has further updated resources for food businesses ahead of opening or re-opening following the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.
From today (Monday, 13th July), businesses such as pubs, cafes and restaurants will be able to open outdoors.
The Council’s Food Safety and Licensing teams continue to update their web pages as a source of advice to enable businesses to review or update their food safety and infection controls with confidence.
Resources include handy posters to display, reminding about social distancing etc.
The links are at:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/food-safety-and-standards/businesses-open-during-coronavirus
Please review the information but if you cannot see the answer to any question you may have about your food business please email foodsafety@pembrokeshire.gov.uk and the team will do their best to assist.
Advice from the Licensing team is available here:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/licensing
If you need more information about Licensing issues which are not covered on the website please email licensing@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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Young Vlogger proving life has zero limitations

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Jacob Weakley "despite my disability, I'm always moving forwards"

A YOUNG Pembrokeshire local, Jacob Weakley, is on a mission to raise awareness about his disability Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia.

Jacob lives with the clear message that he will never let his disability define him, stating “regardless of my disability, I’m always moving forwards”

Twenty-four-year-old Jacob refuses to let anything get in his way and has a huge passion for travel and to experience the world. Jacob has travelled all over the globe alongside his girlfriend Laira to places such as Budapest, Malaysia and many other beautiful locations.

Through his travels he has shown repeatedly that he will not let anything get in his way.

Jacob and his girlfriend on one of their many adventures

Jacob created the Youtube channel and blog both under ‘theweakleypost’ to show his fun adventures and his fitness journey, after graduating from University after studying Sports Coaching and Development.

The young traveller stays positive about his disability, and keeps his followers up to date on all his latest news and adventures.

Jacob and his friends recently were able to raise money through an online fundraiser to get an essential ‘Triride’ for him to be able to have the freedom to go anywhere he would like to.

He had faced challenges within his local area due to steep hills and uneven roads making it harder for Jacob to have access to different places within Pembrokeshire, but due to his following and the power of social media he has been able to reach his goal.

Although Jacob has reached his goal, he explained that the left over funds raised will go towards helping charities which are supporting others who face challenges with disabilities within their everyday life.

In the future to come Jacob explained to Pembrokeshire Herald: ‘When we are able to travel freely again I look forward to going to even more places and documenting them through my Vlogs.”

To find out more about Jacob and his travels visit: https://theweakleypost.squarespace.com/abouttheweakleypost
Or follow his Instagram/ Youtube channel: theweakleypost

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Haverfordwest: Police appeal for information following high-value theft from Boots

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HAVERFORDWEST Police are appealing for any information following a high-value theft from Boots.

The theft occurred on Tuesday (Jul 7), anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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