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Answers demanded over Council’s five week police complaint delay

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THE LEADER of Pembrokeshire County Council is expected to give answers to a number of questions surrounding the letter of complaint to the Independent Office for Police Conduct at tomorrow’s (Feb 21) Full Council meeting.

The letter of complaint related to the police’s handling of the Pembroke Dock Grants scandal but there was a five week delay in that letter being sent, and councillors have since been searching for answers.

At a recent meeting of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee in January, Cllr Jacob Williams said the picture painted was one of ‘headless chickens’ and said the Chief Executive did not want to send the complaint because of his ‘cosy relationship’ with the police.

The Chief Executive distanced himself from that and stated he did have a ‘good’ relationship with them.

Cllr Mike Stoddart has submitted three questions asking which officers were involved in deciding who would draft the letter, why there was a lack of clarity as to who the letter should be addressed to and when former Council Chairman, Cllr Paul Harries, rediscovered a rejection letter from Dyfed Powys Police.

When a rejection letter was finally received by then Chairman, Cllr Harries, he simply put the letter in his briefcase and it was not sent out more widely.

When questioned about this in January, Chief Executive Ian Westley did not want to put blame on anybody adding he wanted to focus on getting it right.

It was also revealed that there was a five week delay in sending the complaint, for which the Chief Executive apologised for, but when quizzed about which officers were involved he said it was difficult to say.

Cllr Stoddart’s third question asks why there was confusion in who the letter should be addressed to when it was clear from the council resolution the Independent Office for Police Conduct was identified as the body the letter should be directed to.

A question has also been tabled by Cllr Ken Rowlands relating to those comments made by Cllr Williams. Cllr Rowlands asks the leader if he agrees with Cllr Williams comments.

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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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