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Milford Haven: Pair admit setting fire to Mount Estate flats at court hearing

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TWO Pembroke Dock residents have admitted setting fire to a block of flats in Milford Haven.

Rebecca Thomas, 24, of Johnston and Darren Griffiths, 37, of Pembroke Dock, have admitted a joint charge of arson with intent to endanger life.

The pair appeared in Swansea Crown Court after being remanded in custody by magistrates in Haverfordwest last month.

At the hearing on September 20, it was alleged that the pair set fire to a mattress which damaged a block of flats belonging to Pembrokeshire County Council on the Mount Estate, Milford
Haven in the early hours of Monday morning, August 19.

Thomas and Griffiths will now be sentenced on November 15.

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesman said: “Following a suspicious fire in a block of Council flats in Larch Road, Milford Haven, in the early hours of Monday, August 19, a total of 11 tenants have been temporarily re-housed by the Authority.

“While it is fortunate that no one was physically hurt in the incident, it is of course distressing for the people and families whose home has been affected.

“Due to the likelihood of structural damage to the property, it was decided by the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service that the residents should be moved out as a precautionary measure until a structural survey can be completed.

“The council’s housing department has worked closely with the tenants affected and has worked hard to ensure alternative accommodation was sourced for tenants as required.

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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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