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Narberth Town Council hits back

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THE CLERK of Narberth Town Council dropped the following statement into The Herald, following thr article in last week’s paper regarding Colin Williams. The Editor agreed to print the statement in full. Mr Montgomery raised a few issues in last week’s edition of the Pembrokeshire Herald, dated February 27. Narberth Town Council would like to answer Mr Montgomery’s concerns.

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Firstly, the advice the Town Clerk, Mrs Caroline Coaker gave to the Council was correct as a Councillor can only cease to be a Councillor under the following circumstances:

• Death.

• Resignation.

• Disqualification.

• Suspension (by the legislative process)

• Removed by the electorate As the councillor mentioned by Mr Montgomery wished to stay in post that is his concern.

It would have been wrong for the clerk to advise the council that the councillor should ‘step aside’ as there is no lawful power for this. The clerk has to ensure that the council acts within the law at all times. In fact, in May 2013, Daventry Town Council was taken to Court for suspending a councillor without lawful authority and it cost the council nearly £8,000 in damages.

With reference to Mr Montgomery’s comment on the Welsh Assembly’s Good Councillor’s Guide (2012) Part 2 (Due Care and Attention) (4) The rules and the Town Council’s obligation to demonstrate that ‘they have identified and managed the risks to public money arising from their work’, the Town Council consider their Risk Assessment Policy annually and at no time has the council’s finances ever been at any risk as stringent measures are in place to ensure the safety of the council’s finances.

Finally, in relation to Mr Montgomery’s comment regarding the town clerk’s statement that the council is unable to make any comment at this stage, clerks are unable to speak for the council and as the clerk was asked this question by the media within several hours of a guilty plea being lodged at Swansea Crown Court, the clerk was unable to gain the full council’s opinion and thus was unable to make any comment. The councillor in question has now resigned from Narberth Town Council and any questions in relation to him should be made direct as he is ultimately responsible for his own actions.

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Tenby: Air Ambulance medivac patient with suspected broken leg

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PARAMEDICS asked for assistance, and the Wales Air Ambulance were subsequently tasked with tending to an incident at Tenby harbour on Sunday (Oct 2).

A male required assistance due to a fall around the beach area, and suffered a suspected broken leg.

A spokesperson for the air ambulance said: “Our overnight crew arrived on scene at 8.12 pm.

“Following treatment at the scene from our on-board medics, we airlifted the patient to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Our involvement concluded at 10.31 pm.”

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Cleddau Bridge was closed due to concerns over person in distress

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THE CLEDDAU BRIDGE was closed just after midnight on Sunday morning after reports of concern over a person in distress.

A number of police units attended the incident, and an ambulance was put on standby, but thankfully was not needed. The bridge was closed for around a hour, with a diversion put in place.

Nearby residents noted the flashing lights from multiple emergency services on the bridge and posted statuses on Facebook wishing for the person’s safety.

Some other witnesses on the Pembroke Dock side of the estuary noted activity in the water from small vessels in the area under the bridge, which they believed may have been boats put on standby.

In a statement a spokesperson from the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called in the early hours of Sunday morning at 12:43am to reports of an incident on the A477, Cleddau Bridge.

“We sent one emergency ambulance but were subsequently stood down.”

At just after 1am Sunday the police posted the following on their official Facebook page, confirming that the incident was over: “Cleddau Bridge has now reopened. Thank you for your patience.”

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Thirty bags of cocaine – worth £90m – wash up on west Wales beach

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has confirmed that what is expected to be a large quantity of the class A drug cocaine has washed up on on a west Wales beach this weekend.

The Herald understands that a man walking on Tan-y-Bwlch beach, south of Aberystwyth, made the discovery early on Saturday morning – which at street value could be sold for as much as £90m.

The beach walker found 30 black bags on the sand which had been tied together with a rope and empty gallon jerry cans for buoyancy.

Inside each black bag were 30 x1kg blocks, labelled with the name of fashion brand Dior – the mark of a Latin-American cartel – indicating 100% purity.

A similar brick of cocaine confiscated in Australia (File)

Thinking the package was suspicious, the man called the police.

When the police arrived, one of the bags was cut open and inside was what appeared to be cocaine.

The suspected cocaine was then taken away by officers, and it has now been confirmed that the white powder inside the bags is believed to be cocaine.

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “We are investigating the discovery of a significant quantity of what is thought to be cocaine, spotted along the Ceredigion coast this weekend.

“Enquiries are being undertaken to establish how such an unusually large amount of the controlled drug came to wash up on the Welsh shore, following recent storms.

“The precise quantity is still being established and at this time no-one has been arrested in relation to this matter. Officers have thanked those who found the packages and their sensible actions in reporting the matter immediately.”

No arrests have been made.

The UK’s cocaine market is estimated to be worth more than £25.7 million daily, according to the National Crime Agency’s latest strategic threat assessment.

Figures released by the agency earlier this year revealed how cocaine seizures nationwide have soared by 161 per cent between early 2020 and early last year.

A suspected £90million haul of cocaine was found on beach
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