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Keyboard theft case dismissed

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magisMAGISTRATES have dismissed a case of theft of a computer keyboard against a Fishguard man after they could not prove the case. Peter Bromley, aged 39, of West Street, appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for his trial after he had pleaded not guilty to the charge on July 8. A second charge of fraud, to which he had also pleaded not guilty, was dropped by the prosecution. Prosecuting, Dennis Davies said: “Bromley had been recommended to a Mr Glastonbury to help him dispose of items from a number of sheds at a property, and in one of those sheds was a keyboard.

“Mr Glastonbury used to rent his property from where the alleged theft occurred, but in April of this year he moved out. “The keyboard was taken but was recovered from Bromley’s property, who told the police he was given the keyboard. “Mr Glastonbury said he had given him permission to take some items but not the keyboard itself.” Mr Glastonbury then gave evidence, saying: “I was looking for someone to give me assistance with painting and gardening jobs and I would pay him a daily rate for helping.

“There are a number of sheds at the property, and in one of them was a computer keyboard which I put there when I upgraded to a wireless keyboard. I put it in the shed with the intention to sell it at a future car boot sale. “I wrapped the keyboard in bubble wrap and put it in a plastic bag to keep the damp off of it. “I told him he could get rid of the scrap metal and I also gave him paint brushes and rollers, which I said he could have with my compliments.”

Defending, Mark Layton suggested the keyboard was given to Bromley when he gave him the paint brushes and rollers, but Mr Glastonbury told the court that he gave him the paint brushes and rollers on a separate day and that the keyboard was not part of that. Bromley then also gave evidence saying: “He gave me the keyboard, paint brushes and rollers. The keyboard was wrapped in a bag on top of the box with all the paint.

“We were emptying the shed and I noticed the keyboard and said ‘I need a new one for my computer, is there any chance I could have this keyboard?’, and Mr Glastonbury said yes.” Bromley continued: “All he was doing was getting rid of old stuff, he was with me when I sorted the shed out. I took it home and set it up with my computer. Police then came round the next day saying that the keyboard was on a list of things that had gone missing”.

Summing up the case, Mark Layton told the magistrates that there were a significant number of doubts in the case and that they should rule in favour of the defendant. The Magistrates returned after a short time to tell the court that they could not prove the case beyond reasonable doubt and the case was dismissed.

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Permit applications open for Tenby pedestrianisation scheme

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is now accepting applications for vehicle access during this year’s Pedestrianisation of Tenby.

The scheme, which is due to start on Monday, July 5 and conclude on Friday, September 10, will again see the walled town divided into three ‘zones’, each having varying degrees of vehicle access.

Whilst all necessary plans are being put in place for it to start and finish on the above dates, the scheme will remain under constant review in light of Government guidance relating to Covid-19, and the Council will provide any updates as necessary.

Possession of an ‘access permit’ does not provide any exemption from Government restrictions, and any regulations relating to travel and the occupation of holiday accommodation or second homes must be observed at all times.

Following the success of last year, the permit application process will continue online, with paper application forms and guidance notes no longer being delivered to residents and businesses.

The application form and guidance notes are available from pembrokeshire.gov.uk/tenby-pedestrianisation

Residents and business within Tenby are encouraged to complete the application process as soon as possible, to ensure that there is sufficient time for the application to be processed.

Permits will be issued approximately 7-10 days prior to the start of the scheme.

For enquiries, e-mail tenby.pedestrian@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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Join the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel as an independent member

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THE Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel is looking for two members to join them in their work to support and challenge the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Panel is made of up of members nominated by Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys county councils along with at least two independent members.

Opportunities have now arisen for two independent members to join the Panel and carry out key statutory roles that will support the Commissioner exercise his role effectively.

Members will be expected to attend and take part in regular meetings and take part in decision making, creating reports and making recommendations to the Commissioner.

They will review the Commissioner’s annual draft Police and Crime Plan and annual draft budget, review and scrutinise his decisions and actions, and if necessary review the proposed appointment or removal of the Chief Constable and other senior police force appointments.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they can take a balanced and objective approach in supporting the Panel and the Commissioner, make strategic and well-informed decisions, and interpret and question financial, statistical and performance related information.

They will also need to be able to act as a ‘critical friend’, challenging views or proposals for change constructively.

Applications close on May 31, and appointments to the Panel will be made until October 31, 2024. 

For further information, visit www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.wales

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Successful Fire Service and Health Board partnership to enhance COVID-19 vaccine roll out comes to end

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TUESDAY 11 May 2021 marked the end of a hugely successful partnership between Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Hywel Dda University Health Board, initiated to enhance the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to the communities of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Since February, Community Safety Staff from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have transported 125 passengers over 9450 miles to ensure they were able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Recognising the configuration of our Service, the areas we cover and indeed the people we employee, this seemed an ideal opportunity for us to widen our response to the pandemic and support our partners in safeguarding our communities.

“Whilst we already collaborate with the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, this opportunity enabled us to expand our assistance further within the health arena. This partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board was the first of its kind for Fire and Rescue Services in Wales and paved the way for a number of similar partnerships for us and the other Fire and Rescue Services in Wales.

“I am extremely proud of our staff who have participated in this collaboration and have made a huge difference to the lives of so many people. Their contribution has without doubt had a positive impact on our response to this global pandemic”.

Mydrian Harries, Corporate Head of Prevention and Protection for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, coordinated the Service’s response to this call for assistance.

“Our communities are at the heart of our core business. Knowing we were in a position to make an impact, we put in place a robust solution in record time, to not only ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, but to also safeguard those who were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, but may have had barriers preventing them from attending their appointments.

“Using this partnership as template within which we could expand, we have since been able to offer our assistance to other Health Boards across the Service area. Indeed, a group of 10 vaccine heroes from our Service have joined Powys Teaching Health Board’s vaccination team, playing their part in distributing vaccines at mass vaccination sites in Newtown and Builth Wells. This is another fantastic example of how working together has been vital in our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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