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School could be examined as part of the inquest

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MILFORD Haven School could be examined as part of the inquest into the death of Megan Evans.

It is alleged that the 14-year-old was being bullied before she was found dead at her home in Milford in February 2017.

The Coroner for Pembrokeshire, Paul Bennett, held a pre-inquest review on 1 October and said he will consider whether the school missed signs that a teenager was going to take their own life.

An inquest normally looks into the cause of death but can look into the conduct of outside bodies using Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the right to life.

Mr Bennett said he will think about expanding the inquest but a decision on that is not expected until 2020.

Police are currently looking into allegations of bullying that led to Megan’s death and the coroner’s decision will follow the force’s enquiry.

Megan’s family would like her Facebook page to be looked at and have also said that she received threats on multi-media messaging app Snapchat.

The hearing heard that one message said ‘why don’t you hang yourself’ and that Megan replied with ‘ok’.

It also heard from the family’s solicitor, Christian Howells, who said that the school missed ‘tell-tale’ signs that something wasn’t right with Megan.

Parents Nicola Harteveld and Shaun Evans had tried on numerous occasions to contact the school to speak about their concerns.

The school did not respond to those concerns and the parents said they would get the police involved.

A solicitor for Pembrokeshire County Council, Mr Malcolm Duthie, said that there was no evidence of risk to life which would justify widening the inquest.

He said that the school had in place a bullying response system which offered advice and support to parents.

At a previous inquest, it was revealed that the school had offered Megan counselling and that she was provided with a ‘time out’ pass which she could use when she was finding it hard to cope. Her parents had been made aware of this.

Megan’s mum Nicola had also appeared on ‘This Morning’ in 2017 in which she described her daughter as ‘bright, vivacious, hugely popular, sporty, confident, outgoing, fiery, and independent’. She also stated that Megan was ‘just a normal happy-go-lucky teenager’.

Since her death, Nicola has continually raised awareness of cyberbullying and where children can go if they need any help.

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Pembrokeshire residents will not be able to vote for the Brexit Party at General Election

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THE BREXIT PARTY will not field any candidates in the two Pembrokeshire constituencies in December’s General Election it has just been confirmed, meaning locals will not be given an opportunity to vote for the party.

Nigel Farage said that he will not field candidates in any seats where conservatives won in the last general election, and instead the Brexit Party will field candidates against Labour held seats or other parties who are pro-Brexit.

He made the decision last night he said.

Speaking at a press conference flanked with supporters, Nigel Farage said: “We will expose labours betrayal. It is also fair to say that the London dominated labour party is now thousands of miles away from his traditional safe seats, some held since 1918. It’s now time for a seismic shift.

He added: “Trying to stop a second referendum is the single most important thing in our country.

He ended his speech today by saying: “In a sense we now have a leave alliance. We have done this unilaterally.

“We decided ourselves that we have to put country before party and take the fight to Labour.”

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Delays for Pembrokeshire rail users due to downed trees and shortage of drivers

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TRAINS in Pembrokeshire have been hit by a series of cancellations this morning.

The 09:09AM Milford Haven to Manchester Piccadilly service was started in Carmarthen due a shortage of drivers.

E J Evans Coaches were running a bus replacement service on behalf of Transport for Wales picking up passengers at all stations to Carmarthen.

There was also trouble today on the Fishguard Harbour Branch Line. Unsafe trees were spotted on the line after Clarbeston Road and the line is now closed until November 18.

This follows delays earlier this month and in October due to the same problem.

There are also more delays across the network in Wales.

South Wales Central AM, Andrew RT Davies, has blasted the network operator, after another day of chaos for commuters on the country’s rail network.

Services in South Wales and North Wales have been hit by a series of cancellations and passengers are complaining across several areas about a lack of coaches and trains not running on
time.

Commenting on the ongoing crisis, Andrew RT Davies said: “Sadly, it’s Groundhog Day on the Welsh rail network with commuters in my region on the receiving end of yet more unsatisfactory service from Transport for Wales.

“The rail crisis in Wales is creating chaos on a near daily basis and commuters deserve a much better service than they are currently receiving from TfW.

“Labour’s economy and transport minister promised there would be numerous ‘quick wins’ on the launch of the service but things have only got worse.
“We’re seeing an appalling level of customer service – a real crisis on the rail network – which is having a detrimental impact on the lives of hardworking people.
“Transport for Wales and the Welsh Labour Government have run out of excuses and desperately need to get a grip on the situation before people give up on public transport.”

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Haverfordwest: Car tyres slashed and windscreen smashed at Castle Lake

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POLICE in Haverfordwest are appealing for information about damage caused to a car at Castle Lake car park..

Four tyres were slashed and the windscreen was smashed on a silver Mazda MX-5 sometime between 6pm on Friday, November 8 and 11am on Saturday, November 9.

If anyone has information about the damage please contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

Police said: “Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DPP/0017/09/11/2019/01/C.”

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