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Third time in jail for pensioner who keeps making nuisance 999 calls

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A 72-YEAR-OLD pensioner from Templeton will be spending Christmas behind bars. She was arrested after her dog bit a police officer who arrested her for making a multiple nuisance 999 calls.
Regular offender Ann Gateley of Little Chapel Hill, Cold Blow, pleaded guilty to owning a black Labrador which injured a police officer while being dangerously out of control on December 16.
Magistrates activated 10 weeks of Gateley’s suspended sentence and imposed a further 15 weeks in custody.
An order was made that her dog must be kept under control, and she was fined £440 and ordered to pay £200 compensation to the officer, £85 court costs and a £115 surcharge.
This is not the first time the same pensioner has been locked up.
Last year Gateley, of C​​hapel Hill pleaded guilty to using a communications network to cause annoyance or needless anxiety at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court this week.
On Saturday, Jan 21, 2017, Gateley made several calls to the 999 and 101 telephone numbers. The prosecution said that ’11 calls were made in total from 9.20am until 4pm.’
She had committed similar offences in the past, which led to her serving 18 weeks in custody leading up to Christmas. During this time, her husband passed away.
Prosecuting, Sian Vaughan said: “The nature of the calls was that someone had taken money from her handbag and people were banging on her door.
“She has a history of similar offences going back for some considerable time.”
Jonathan Webb, who was defending Gateley, said that the defendant had a history of alcohol problems and was seeking help.
However, her probation officer, Julie Norman, said that Gateley had not co-operated with the guidance and support offered.
Mr Webb said: “She is telephoning the police and making complaints that there are people trying to get into her house, and that people are after her.
“When she drinks, she gets this impulse, but does not know why.”
Gateley was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison and ordered to pay £65 in court costs and a £115 surcharge.
In 2015 Gateley was sent to prison on for breaching a suspended sentence by once again making nuisance phone calls to the police.
The then 69-year-old has been given many warnings in the past for wasting police time by making 999 phone calls while drunk.
After many “final warnings”, Gateley was issued a suspended sentence on April 7.
On September 15, she reappeared in Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court facing four charges of persistently making use of a public communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety between July 3 and 11.
Gateley was told that she would be going to prison on the day if she pleaded guilty, and so she pleaded not guilty.
However, on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 , she entered no plea and Magistrates activated her 12-week-long prison sentence. On top of that she will serve a further 12 weeks for the offences in July.
Upon release, she will have to pay a £150 criminal court charge and an £80 victim surcharge.

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Conservatives hold on to Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat

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THE CONSERVATIVES have held on to their Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat despite Labour closing the gap.

Sam Kurtz will take over the seat from the outgoing Angela Burns who held a majority of 3,400 at the last election.

This time, the gap was just 936 to Labour’s Hassan Riaz who picked up 10,304 votes.

Plaid Cymru’s Cefin Campbell picked up 6,615 votes.

The turnout in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire was slightly up to 52.12% from 51.2% in 2016.

However, with a larger electorate thanks to votes for 16/17-year-olds, the number of votes cast went up by almost 3,000.

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Paul Davies re-elected as Conservatives hold Preseli Pembrokeshire

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PAUL DAVIES has been re-elected to represent the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

He won with 12,295 votes, while there were 10,895 votes for Labour’s Jackie Jones.

Plaid Cymru candidate Cris Tomos gained just over 6,000 votes and there were also 1,239 for Reform UK candidate Alan Dennison.

There were over 3000 more votes cast in 2016, down largely in part to the fact that 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote in this election.

Both the Conservatives and Labour received more votes than before while the gap to Labour closed to just 1,400.

After being elected, Paul Davies said he would continue to ‘fight for Pembrokeshire’ and thanked those who had been involved in his campaign.

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Former Cardigan Castle director sentencing delayed

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THE SENTENCING of a former director of Cardigan Castle who has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft totalling over £40,000 has been delayed.

Former director, Jac Davies, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft was due to be sentenced on Wednesday (May 4) at Swansea Crown Court – but has now been delayed.

Davies who held the £40,000 a year post fraudulently obtained £33,098.75 and stole a further £7,932.97 from the award winning restoration project..

Davies held his position at Cardigan Castle from September 2017 to November 2019.

The defendant has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining £4,143.20 from the castle on December 21, 2017.

Again Davies admitted to fraudulently obtaining £28,955.55 between February 4, 2019 and November 3, 2019.

Two further charges of theft were also admitted – one charge of  theft from the castle of £1,908.18 between May 2, 2018 and May 24, 2019 and a further charge of theft from Cardigan Castle Enterprises to the sum of £6,024.79.

Dyfed-Powys Police conducted a year long investigation after being contacted by the castle board of directors.

Financial discrepancies were identified during financial monitoring.

An internal investigation was launched and Davies left his position within the castle in October 2019 following a disciplinary process.

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