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Photographer snapped while claiming benefits

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chrisyoungMAGISTRATES imposed a 12 month community order with the requirement of completing 200 hours of unpaid work after a man from Milford Haven was sentenced for two charges of dishonestly claiming Jobseekers Allowance, and two charges of failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions of a change in his circumstances.

Chris Young, aged 34, of Harbour Way, Hakin pleaded guilty to the offences. Prosecutor, Ellie Morgan said: “Young was claiming Jobseekers Allowance when he was not entitled to it, and received a total overpayment of £6,857.36 between 2011 and 2012. He claimed the money stating he was actively seeking employment, although there was evidence that he was working as a selfemployed photographer and had not notified the authorities.

“Young said the money he had was nothing to do with photography and that some was from his grandad, and some was money he had won gambling. In interview, he admitted that cheques he had were given to him for photography and admitted dishonesty, and said the reason he did not declare it was because he was worried he would not have enough money from the photography to survive.” Defending solicitor, Alex Scott told the court: “The situation arose when he was loaned a camera while he was claiming benefits. He took it up as a hobby and found he had a flare for photography, which then turned into a small business. He didn’t make a lot of money but admits he should have notified the authorities. It is likely he would have been eligible for working tax credits, therefore the overpayment total would be less.”

Magistrates imposed a 12 month community order with a requirement of 200 hours unpaid work and ordered him to pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge. He was not required to pay any compensation as no claim was made for it.

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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
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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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