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brynDYFED-POWYS POLICE has announced that no Police action will be taken over the unlawful payments made to Council CEO Bryn Parry Jones

An original desk-top investigation conducted by Gloucestershire Police determined that no criminal charges would be pressed.

That investigation was simply a review of written material and did not involve interviewing or speaking with any witnesses.

Following further allegations made in July this year by Labour Leader Paul Miller, Gloucestershire Police launched a fresh investigation.

That investigation was brought to an end on Tuesday, October 14 by an announcement that no further action would be taken.

A spokesperson from Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Following receipt of new information relating to Pembrokeshire County Council and the Public Interest report published by the Wales Audit Office earlier this year, Dyfed-Powys Police decided that the matters should be investigated ‘in the public interest’ to ascertain whether or not any criminal offences had taken place.

“Due to the close working relationships and partnership arrangements that exist between Dyfed-Powys Police and Pembrokeshire County Council, it was not appropriate for the Force to carry out the enquiry.

“As such, the matter was referred to Gloucestershire Constabulary who agreed to undertake the investigation.

“Gloucester Constabulary have now completed their enquiries and have confirmed that following an objective and independent analysis of the evidence, they did not find any evidence to suggest that any criminal offences had taken place.

“On the basis of this, Dyfed-Powys Police will be taking no further action in relation to these matters. The local authority has been advised of this decision.”

The Herald is awaiting details from Gloucestershire Police as to whether any councillors or officers were interviewed as part of the investigation.

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  1. What???

    October 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    What??? The Police ARE NOT going to pursue UNLAWFUL payments?
    Dereliction of duty, surely?

    BPJ and co clearly have dyfed powys in their pockets then I assume?

  2. Robbie Burns

    October 14, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Another cover up no wonder they call him Teflon, and now he collects his £1.8 million golden handshake this is all bullsh1t

  3. Tomos

    October 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Too often we’ve seen what counts for the “establishment” sticking together – right and wrong don’t come into it, I for one will never again support or defend the Police

  4. Jacqui Thompson

    October 14, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I made a FOI request to Gloucestershire Police after the three month long criminal investigation in Carmarthenshire following the unlawful payments to Mark James. I was told they did not speak to, nor interview, nor have any correspondence with anyone at the council. Also, the CPS were not involved at all. I also requested a list of documents used in the investigation, these were withheld due to unspecified ‘ongoing or potential civil litigation’.
    I suspect this latest investigation relating to Bryn Parry Jones was the same…..a complete joke.

  5. Flashbang

    October 15, 2014 at 12:30 am

    It doesn’t appear to have been investigated if all they did was read some papers which would not have had any crucial information on them. Was Paul Miller interviewed? Why were the Gloucester police used again when their first investigation was beyond incompetent? Who was the officer(s) who investigated and were they tasked with the second investigation? It’s beyond belief that such shoddy police work is allowed.

  6. Ianto

    October 15, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Wait for the results of the investigation into the grants fiasco, same result says the smart money!

  7. Terrys trousers

    October 15, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    when my sister told me when I moved back to Wales 10 years ago she told me to chnage my car and get a local plate as I’d be “safer” I didn’t believe her comments about the local cops and how they behaved – since I was invited and joined the local Lodge I do believe her and how corruption works in Pembrokeshire – I’ve become a school governor, I’ve become a magistrate and my kids however useless and lazy they are – sorry girls – I can ensure they get a job – thanks B

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“Re-opening a station at St. Clears would complete a missing piece in the network in West Wales. I trust the UK Government will make the necessary funding available as soon as possible.”

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