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Secret pay-off for Bryn?



brynTHE AGENDA for Thursday’s full council meeting recommends the exclusion of the public and press and cessation of webcasting during the crucial debate over the embattled Chief Executive Officer Bryn Parry- Jones’s future. East Williamston representative, Councillor Jacob Williams, has told the Herald that he is “very unhappy but not in the slightest surprised” that the agenda for Thursday’s full council meeting to debate a possible pay-off for CEO-in-exile, Bryn Parry-Jones, is recommend to be held out of the public gaze, but said “the decision to exclude the public is ultimately a decision for councillors to vote on, so if a majority of councillors vote to refuse to go into private, the meeting and webcam will carry on as usual.”

Cllr Williams is also disappointed that the proposed settlement due to be voted on at the full council meeting is to be “sprung on councillors” on the day, with no details planned to be released until then. He told the Herald: “Days before the agenda was published I spoke to the leader of the council, Cllr Jamie Adams, telling him how important it was for councillors to be given plenty of time to consider the golden handshake he struck with the Chief Executive and that he wants full council to approve. I told him that whether councillors are minded to support or refuse a pay-off wasn’t the point, at that stage I just wanted to make it clear that I could foresee they were going to pull their usual trick of springing it on us on the day, and that’s exactly what it looks like their plan is.”

Furthermore, before the agenda was published, in a last ditch effort Cllr Williams sent an email to Cllr Adams, into which he copied all other councillors, to try to prevent details of the settlement from being sprung on councillors during the meeting. We reproduce the email he sent to Cllr Adams alongside: When contacted by our reporter, Cllr Williams concluded: “The agenda says that the details and conditions of the proposed pay-off settlement reached between Cllr Adams and Bryn Parry-Jones is to be “tabled during the meeting” – it doesn’t even say “circulated to councillors on separate sheets of paper during the meeting” so it is possible we may never get to see anything on paper. Nothing should surprise you about this council, but the powers at be – whoever they are – have still got plenty of time next week to release it to councillors on a confidential basis, just so we have time to consider it ahead of the meeting. Whether councillors support the golden handshake or not, is entirely up to them and their conscience.”


Dear Cllr. Adams,
You will recall that we spoke briefly on Tuesday about the full council meeting next
Thursday where the prospective settlement offer that you have reached with the Chief
Executive will be debated and voted upon.
For the benefit of other councillors who I have copied into this email, all I discussed
with the leader was the importance, in my opinion, that councillors have enough time
to consider this key proposal, and not the content of the settlement itself.
You suggested that the details of the tentative deal may be given to councillors on the
morning of the meeting with a short adjournment for us to consider the offer.
This is exactly what I suggested should be avoided, and why I raised the matter with you
on Tuesday. I write again to reinforce my view. Please could you ensure that councillors
have enough time to consider this very important proposal ahead of the meeting. It will
not be fair to spring it on us. I hope you now agree. I would welcome the views of other
councillors too.

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MP calls for cut in beer duty for pubs



PRESELI MP Stephen Crabb has written to the Chancellor ahead of next week’s Budget calling on him not to increase alcohol duties and to cut the tax on draught sales to help stop pubs going out of business.

Mr Crabb is one of more than a 100 MPs calling for a cut in the ‘keg tax’ to help pubs compete more fairly with supermarket sales of alcohol. 

Currently, beer drinkers have to pay around £1 in tax for every pint they drink in a pub, which is the highest rate in Europe and nearly twelve times higher than in Germany.

Commenting on the letter, Mr Crabb said: “Pubs are at the heart of so many of our communities and when a pub closes down something special is  lost. That is why I am calling on the Chancellor to reduce the beer duty from the keg. A cut will not only bolster our much-loved pubs across our towns and villages, but also have a knock-on boost for British agriculture and employment. 

“Over a hundred Conservative MPs and I hope that after a difficult period the Chancellor will give our pubs and clubs something to raise a drink to this budget.”

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County lines intensification week sees drug supply disrupted into west Wales



Officers from Dyfed-Powys Police carried out 11 raids during a week of action tackling county lines drug gangs.

COUNTY LINES intensification week (Monday, 11 October to Sunday, 17 October) saw officers carry out warrants, intercepting vehicles potentially involved in the supply of drugs, and working with partners to raise awareness of drug-related crime.

Seventeen people were arrested during the week, with crack cocaine (0.8grams), heroin (77g) and cocaine (6g) seized.

The value of those drugs is estimated to be around £4,500, while officers seized £6,500 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Also seized were an extendable baton and an ammunition magazine.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Cotterell said: “The county lines intensification week was successful for Dyfed-Powys Police, and we had a number of excellent results thanks to the proactive work of officers and police staff across the four divisions.”

As well as the front-line warrants and police work, a lot went on behind the scenes, leading to:

  • More than 2,000 people educated about County Lines and exploitation during the intensification week in the community and partner agencies.
  • Some 50 letting agencies/estate agents educated about the dangers of criminality, such as County lines activity in rented properties.
  • More than 150 businesses educated about county lines, with an emphasis on those who provide mobile top-up services and the use of ‘burner phones’.
  • 50 ‘at-risk’ or vulnerable children, young people and adults received targeted safeguarding support on a 1-2-1 basis and in group settings.

DCI Cotterell added: “Few people are aware of the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to support victims, or the measures we put in place to stop people from becoming repeat victims of drug-related crime.”

“It is very important to us as a force that while we act on all new intelligence to disrupt county lines, we also take a victim-oriented approach to working with those affected by these gangs to protect them from becoming repeat victims.”

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Pembroke Dock: Pensioner sentenced to 20 years for child sex offences



A PENSIONER from Pembroke Dock has been given an extended sentence of 20 years in prison with a further year on licence after being found guilty of historical rape of a child in the 1980s.

Barry Lake, aged 70, was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court today (22 October) having been found guilty of 10 counts of rape of a child and two charges of gross indecency with a child last month.

Lake, now of Newton-le-Willows in St Helens, had denied all 12 charges relating to offences between January 1986 and January 1989.

Lake was first questioned by Dyfed-Powys Police in April 2020 in what would become an intensive and complex investigation.

Investigating officer DC Claire Lewis said: “Lake denied all charges, putting his victim through the ordeal of a trial.

“As they have done throughout the investigation, they showed great courage and dignity in the face of adversity to help us convict their abuser.

“This was a long and intensive investigation with a lot of work to achieve this outcome today.

“This sentence shows that it doesn’t matter how long ago a victim has suffered sexual abuse, we as police are here to listen and take seriously any person who has suffered any form of sexual abuse albeit a day or 35 years after.

“Please do not be scared to come forward, we are here to listen to you.

“Once again, I would like to commend the victim for their bravery for coming forward and achieving this outcome today.”

After serving 20 years in prison Lake will serve another year on licence.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register indefinitely and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

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