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Council to consult on new school names



PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has agreed that more consultation is needed with members of the public on the names of the two new schools in Haverfordwest.

Cabinet members had been asked to approve the Instruments of Government, which included the new names, for three new schools at their meeting on Monday (Nov 27).

However, Cabinet member for Education, Cllr David Lloyd, said that because of the amount of interest in the names of the two schools in Haverfordwest, further consultation would be needed with the public.

The new Welsh Medium School in Haverfordwest has been named Ysgol Y Garreg Las whilst the other 11-19 school was named Haverfordia VC High School.

The instrument of government for the school in the St Davids peninsula, named Ysgol yr Eglwys yng Nghymru Penrhyn Dewi, which is to be shortened to Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi, was approved by the Cabinet.

Cllr Lloyd stated that the temporary governing bodies were currently working on preparations for the schools to be opened in September 2018.

He added: “The three governing bodies have chosen a name for their schools, the name has to be incorporated into the instrument of government for the schools which also details the composition of the new governing body.

“While the composition of the governing bodies is laid out in Welsh Government regulations, there are no regulations by which a school is named. Each governing body sought suggestions for names from the school community and used these as a basis for discussion.

“It’s almost inevitable that a chosen name will not win universal approval, however, there is a strong rationale behind the selection of the three names.

“First of all, Ysgol Y Garreg Las, this has been chosen because of the association with Preseli Bluestones and the symbolism of strength, in addition a feature of the new site will be a stone believed to date from the 18th century.

“The other school, Haverfordia, is an ancient name for Haverfordwest. The school is a voluntary controlled school because of its association with the Tasker Milward and Sir Thomas Picton charities.

“The use of Haverfordia and High in the name, as well as suggesting aspiration, would differentiate the school from the existing school known as Haverfordwest VC Junior School.

“The new 3-16 school on the St Davids peninsula located on three sites, in St Davids and Solva is a church in Wales Voluntary Aided School. In requesting Ysgol yr Eglwys yng Nghymru Penrhyn Dewi, the temporary governing body is emphasising that the school is serving the peninsula and has chosen a name which identifies its location, distinguishing it from the new school in Hundleton and is expected to be shortened to Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi.

“However, whilst there has been consultation with parents and pupils and governors, I know there are continued concerns about the names of the new Welsh and English medium schools in Haverfordwest, accordingly I recommend further consultation with the wider community by the temporary governing bodies, given the considerable public interest in these matters.”

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Ongoing incident closes busy Haverfordwest road



A MAJOR road in Haverfordwest has been closed due to a police incident this afternoon (May 5)

A man was seen holding onto the outside railings of a bridge, talking to police officers.

The police said: “We are dealing with an ongoing incident, with concern for the welfare of a male, which has meant the A487 between Cartlett Road and Thomas Parry Way in Haverfordwest has been closed.

“Motorists are asked to avoid the area and find alternative routes.

There are reports of long queues for motorists in and around Haverfordwest with some drivers messaging The Herald saying “Town is gridlocked.”

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James Oulton found not guilty of 30 counts of sexual assault against 11 ex-pupils



JAMES OULTON, 34, the primary school teacher who was accused of 30 charges of sexual assault against pupils has been found not guilty of all charges at Swansea Crown court today, following a lengthy trial (May 4).

The charges, now dismissed, had related to his time as a Haverfordwest primary school teacher, between 2012 and 2018.

Mr Oulton had described the accusations as a “witch-hunt”.

He confirmed he had made a formal complaint against one officer involved.

Speaking after the verdict, James Oulton said: “I am glad two years and eight months of hell for my family, colleagues and friends has come to an end.”

“I’m just glad it’s over and that the jury came to the right verdict.”

The press was only able to report on the prosecution case, but not the defence case – because Oulton him self via his barrister had made an application to the court for a press restriction.

The Herald feels that this press restriction on the reporting of both sides of the case, once granted, was unlawful, and is appealing to the Court of Appeal on a point of law.


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Nineteen arrests and weapons seized during knife crime action week



NINETEEN people were arrested and a number of weapons were seized as police took part in a national week of action against knife crime, police have said.

Dyfed-Powys Police has released its results from Op Sceptre, which ran from April 26 to May 2, during which officers across the force took part in activity to crack down on crime involving blades.

The week was led by the force’s roads policing units (RPU), with a focus on targeting operations in key areas throughout the four divisions.

Neighbourhood policing teams were instrumental in engaging with shopkeepers, creating educational videos for communities on social media, and working with RPU on joint patrols in crime hotspots.

Inspector Andrew Williams said: “There have been some excellent results forcewide  from this year’s Op Sceptre, and as a result of the increased proactivity in key areas, there has also been a vast amount of other offences detected.

“This was thanks to some outstanding work by roads policing units, neighbourhood policing teams, the joint firearms unit and response officers.

“Our approach was to educate our communities on the laws around carrying and selling knives, and the dangers associated with having a blade on your possession, which was backed up with operational activity across the force.

“This has been very well received, and will be continued during the next operation.”

During the week 20 stop searches were carried out, resulting in seven arrests and numerous weapons being seized.

Twelve people were arrested for drug driving following stop checks on vehicles, one of which led to the discovery of a cannabis cultivation in the Cardigan area.

Traffic offence reports were issued to 41 drivers, and two people will be dealt with for failing to stop for officers when requested.

Neighbourhood policing activity saw engagement with 95 shop owners and community leaders, with officers and PCSOs reassured to find that most businesses were complying with the Challenge 25 policy. Those who were not will be dealt with accordingly.

Insp Williams said: “Our work to tackle knife crime will continue as we consider intelligence logs that were submitted during the operation and develop targeted plans to deal with concerns in our communities.

“We would also like to remind people that while our knife amnesty has now concluded, the best way to dispose of an unwanted blade is to take it to your local recycling centre.”

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