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Bryn furious over leak to The Herald

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county hallBRYN PARRY-JONES lost his temper, and threatened to hire in a private investigator to find out who was leaking information to The Herald, it was revealed on Saturday night (August 9).

Cllr. Jacob Williams has revealed on his website, jacobwilliams.com, that on May 13, the chairman of the Audit Committee, John Evans MBE, was summoned to see Parry-Jones at an emergency meeting.

It was in response to the story he had read on the front page of The Pembrokeshire Herald, Cllr. Williams said.
The East Williamston member wrote: “The Pembrokeshire Herald ran comprehensive coverage of the tampering scandal, and highlighted that these documents could be key pieces of evidence in an impending criminal investigation.”

He added: “The Herald dubbed the then unnamed officer the ‘minutes meddler’ – and featured the scandal in great detail over numerous editions, detailing the extent of the alterations to several documents, and citing statute which suggests the officer’s alterations constituted a criminal offence in its own right.”

Bryn Parry jones held up this edition and demanded to know who leaked information, according to John Evans MBE

Bryn Parry-Jones held up this edition and demanded to know who leaked information, according to John Evans MBE

In our May 9 edition under the headline ‘MINUTES MEDDLER UNMASKED,’ we revealed the identity of the council officer who had tampered with the grant panel meeting minutes, and also disclosed that the disciplinary process into the officer’s actions had resulted in just a written warning – one of the lowest sanctions possible.

Cllr. Williams says on his website that a letter between John Evans MBE and council leader Cllr. Jamie Adams reveals that Bryn Parry-Jones “held aloft a copy of the Pembrokeshire Herald and demanded to know who present had disclosed to the newspaper the name of the Officer who had tampered with the CPGS Grant minutes.”

The letter has been forwarded to all members of the Audit Committee by John Evans.

Cllr. Williams continued: “The Chief Executive stated that the only people to know the identity of the Officer were those present at the meeting bar one who was away on business and this unprecedented situation required immediate resolution.”

According to the letter Parry-Jones then “requested that those responsible own up then and there”, and after nobody did own up, he “threatened to engage a private investigator to investigate everyone present if no one would admit to the disclosure of the officers name.”

The full text of the letter can be seen on Cllr. Jacob Williams’ website.

John Evans MBE - resigned as Audit Committee chairman

John Evans MBE – resigned as Audit Committee chairman

Mr. Evans claims that this “threat” caused him “great anguish and concern,” as he was “uncertain of the extent of the activities that a private investigator would resort,” and in his letter to Cllr. Adams he questioned whether it could have included “surveillance” and “phone hacking”.

Mr. Parry-Jones is then claimed to have “instructed all present to issue a signed written statement of discussions or meetings during which the identity of the officer could have been revealed.”

Jacob Williams has posted that the meeting “ended in a stunned silence” and left Mr. Evans “shocked at the tone, attitude and hostility of the Chief Executive,” and says that the “hostile nature of the encounter” instigated by Mr. Parry-Jones and such “intimidation” had “violated” and “compromised” the Audit Chairman John Evans’ independence as the committee’s statutory lay member.

Cllr. Williams reports that the Audit Chairman’s no-nonsense letter expresses disappointment that Cllr. Adams failed to contact him following his resignation, and that he felt he was owed a ‘duty of care.’

Mr. Evans told Cllr. Adams that the more appropriate course of action for Mr. Parry-Jones to have taken under the circumstances was a one-to-one meeting, concluding: “Clearly it would appear that such an appropriate manner is below the high office of Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire County Council.”
In an interesting twist, Mr. Evans claims that during his inspection of grant scheme documentation, as well as the tampered minutes he also uncovered significant shortcomings of the Grant administration, control and scrutiny, Cllr. Williams said.

FOR THE FULL ARTICLE ON JACOB WILLIAMS WEBSITE VISIT:
http://jacobwilliams.com/6285/molehunt/

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  1. china teacup

    August 10, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I think some auditor or accountant needs to be employed to ask all previous owners, new owners and tenants of the buildings that have had these grants released….who ever is “supposed” to own them now..is slightly irrelevent..and they will then find out much much more. than already is in the public knowledge!!

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Johnston: Police appeal after boy on scooter injured in collision

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a collision in Johnston, near Haverfordwest, on Wednesday (Aug 5).

A boy on a scooter sustained minor injuries during the collision, which took place at around 4.20pm.

A red 4×4 is also believed to have been involved.

Anyone who was in the area of the St Peters Road pelican crossing, or nearby Langford road, and either witnessed the collision or who has CCTV that covers this area is asked to get in touch with Dyfed-Powys Police

As spokesman said: “You can telephone 101 or email contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired you can text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Please quote Dyfed-Powys Police Ref DP-20200805-249.”

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Police ask communities to stay alert to prevent raves this weekend

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Police are asking communities to stay alert to prevent raves this weekend.

As we head into the weekend, police are urging members of the public in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire to help them prevent illegal raves from setting up in their communities.

A police operation, called #OpFlamenco, is urging people living in rural communities, including farmers and landowners, to report anything suspicious to Dyfed-Powys Police.

The information will help police respond swiftly as illegal raves arise and hopefully prevent them from happening or at the very least allow police to respond before they become established.

Superintendent Jon Cummins, Head of Specialist Operations for Dyfed-Powys Police, said:

“We know raves can cause anxiety to the community they are held in, and if not dealt with swiftly are difficult to stop due to the sheer numbers of people involved. There is also a safety concern involved in breaking-up such events. And as we’re currently faced with the pandemic, it is absolutely crucial that these types of gatherings do not take place.

“As a force, action is taken as soon as we gather any intelligence of an event being planned. We will continue to respond swiftly to reports of illegal gatherings, and where appropriate will prosecute those responsible in order to protect our communities. Officers will also be conducting proactive patrols of areas identified as possible sites for these types of gatherings.

“However, these types of illegal events are carefully co-ordinated to avoid police attention, and organisers will always try to find new ways to avoid being found out.

“We rely on the support of communities to report any suspicious activity immediately, so action can be taken to disrupt illegal gatherings swiftly. And there has never been a more important time for us all to look out for each other, and report anything that seems suspicious.

“I would encourage farmers, landowners and local communities to report anything they feel is suspicious or out of the ordinary either online at: http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, or by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101.”

Know the signs:

Unusual numbers of vehicles, especially camper vans, vans or trucks, seen in the locality.
Illegal trespassers may recce sites in advance of any rave

People may approach landowners and ask around for land, in the guise of hiring it for acceptable activities such as gymkhanas or scout camps.

If you suspect anyone who approaches you for land hire might not be who they say they are, please do not hesitate to contact police.

Social networks make it easier for organisers to spread the word – rave attendance numbers can grow hugely in short spaces of time, and locations can change quickly.

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Haverfordwest: Appeal for information following incident at Morrisons

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POLICE are investigating a shoplifting and assault allegation which occurred at approximately 3.20pm on Saturday (Aug 1) at Morrisons, Haverfordwest.

A teenage male was involved in an altercation with the store security guard after he and two older people, a male and a female, were stopped for the purpose of checking receipts as they exited the store.

All three had left the store before police arrival.

Police said: “There were a number of customers of the store who may have witnessed the incident.

“Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked contact police.”

“Police can be contacted at contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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