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Couples awarded seven figure compensation

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TWO Pembrokeshire couples have just been awarded a seven figure compensation package following an action that started in 2012. Phil and Dorothy Turpin and Peter and Anne Phillips owned the family business, TPT Construction, that was a successful company turning over £6-7m per annum, before ‘businessman’ Gareth Darbyshire took over the business and, as Mrs Turpin said, ‘destroyed it almost overnight’.

In 2008, Gareth Darbyshire was introduced to the family as an entrepreneur who had plans to build a network of construction businesses, however, what followed scuppered any plans the family had for a lucrative and hard earned retirement.

In 2009 the industry website, building.co.uk, published an article on Mr Darbyshire singing his praises. The interview, which took place in a fifth floor suite at Claridge’s in London, presented the then 20 year old as an entrepreneur looking to expand his multimillion pound business, with an ambitious plan for TPT, though, the article does cite some nervousness, by the owners, at the time of his involvement with TPT because of his young age. The article went on to describe him as having an ‘effective personal style’, but did note it was an ‘odd scene’ that this executive was talking growth at a time, during the depth of recession, when other companies were more occupied with redundancies. Darbyshire claimed in the article that he had plans to grow TPT’s workforce by 40%.

However, by 2010, Darbyshire was making headlines for all the wrong reasons, as the Nottingham Post ran an article on issues arising from his involvement with TPT Construction. At the time Dyfed Powys Police were investigating his involvement with the construction firm. Complaints had been made against him by the former owners, as it was reported that the company was going into liquidation, 16 months after Mr Darbyshire’s purchase. It was claimed he used a company credit card to help pay for an extravagant lifestyle and that 45 members of staff had been forced to look for new work, with suppliers left £80,000 out of pocket, and with over £4.5m owed to creditors.

In giving the award the ruling was that the family’s legal team at the time had given them misleading advise about Mr Darbyshire and the deal he had proposed, which, ultimately, was not acting in their clients’ interests. At the end of the trial, the judge stated that Gareth Darbyshire was, ‘a dishonest, manipulative and untruthful individual with aspirations to grandeur’.

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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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