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Council Chairmans message

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The Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, Councillor Dr Simon
Hancock, has issued the following message:

‘We are living through unprecedented times as society battles the
greatest public health crisis of the past hundred years.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones or
have had family members and friends taken ill from this awful virus.
‘But we are also witnessing some remarkable things. The
professionalism, dedication and selflessness of our National Health
Service and social care staff is beyond praise.

‘We also are mindful of the excellent work of our police who have to
enforce the lockdown and get to grips with new regulations during
these exceptional weeks.

‘Our County Council staff are working very hard indeed in catering for
the needs of Pembrokeshire residents and especially those who work
on the interface with health.

‘What has been truly inspiring has been the response of the
population and communities of Pembrokeshire.

‘Countless acts of kindness for neighbours and especially for
complete strangers is nothing short of inspiring.

‘The Community Co-ordination hub which went Iive on 26th March
has already dealt with more than 1000 calls and a some 50
community groups been registered with the Pembrokeshire
Association of Voluntary Services.

‘The third sector has done exceptional work in helping to promote
community resilience and providing information.

‘People continue to donate to food banks, volunteer to their local
community support group, remotely befriend, shop for necessities and
collect prescriptions for the elderly and vulnerable.
‘Communities are really coming together.

‘Every crisis produces different responses from people but I believe
the spirit of caring and compassion has intensified and grown.

‘We will move beyond this crisis and hope that a better society waits
for us beyond it.

‘As you will know, we are now entering a further minimum three
weeks of lockdown. I urge everyone to please follow the rules of
staying home and only going out if is absolutely essential to do so.
‘We must all play our part in tackling this virus.

‘I extend my best wishes to you and your families and let us
remember ‘You have not lived today until you have done something
for someone.’

‘These sentiments have certainly been taken to heart by the people of
Pembrokeshire.’

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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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