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Tenby: Five new CCTV cameras now operational

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FIVE new state of the art CCTV cameras have been installed and are live and recording at Tenby.

The five cameras are located at High Street, South Parade, Tudor Square, St George St and Upper Frog Street.  A sixth camera will soon be installed near the harbour when a new pole has been erected.

Over 120 cameras are being installed in 17 towns throughout the police force area of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Powys.

The work started in Builth Wells in July 2018 and is progressing well.  Saundersfoot, Milford Haven, Llanelli, Carmarthen, Ammanford and Brecon have already benefited from the scheme.

Work is due to start in Haverfordwest this week and should be completed by the end of the month.

A modern CCTV Monitoring Room is also being introduced in the Force Communication Centre at Police Headquarters, Llangunnor, which will allow cameras to be monitored centrally by dedicated staff.

Divisional commander for Pembrokeshire, Superintendent Ross Evans said: “It is a very positive move to have these cameras up and running in Tenby.  The town attracts a huge number of visitors to the area as the holiday season starts up again in spring. Having the cameras in place in readiness of this influx of visitors can only help us to keep everyone as safe as possible and assist us in carrying out quality investigations when required.”

The PCC has been out and about in Tenby speaking to business owners to see what they think about the reinvestment in CCTV in the town.

The work has been carried out by contractors Baydale Control Systems Ltd as part of the reinvestment in CCTV programme being driven by a key pledge from the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “I have regular meetings with the CCTV Project Manager who is keeping me up to date on this project, and it is very encouraging to see that such progress continues to be made in the installation of CCTV cameras across the force area.  I’m glad that my key pledge to reintroduce CCTV in the Dyfed-Powys Police force area is being well-received amongst the communities that need it most.”

Syed Ejaz from The Royal Lion Hotel, High street, said: “I’m really happy with the Commissioner’s CCTV initiative.”

Michaela Edwards from Café No.25, High Street, said: “I think this is a good idea and should have been done sooner.”

Diane Richards from The Pet Shop, Tenby Market, said: “I’m very happy to see CCTV back up and running for a safer Tenby, especially for the summer months. It’s very welcome.”

Lee Davies from Scentinelle, High street said: “CCTV is a welcome addition to the armoury of the local Police, may it serve you well.”

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Conservatives hold on to Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat

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THE CONSERVATIVES have held on to their Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat despite Labour closing the gap.

Sam Kurtz will take over the seat from the outgoing Angela Burns who held a majority of 3,400 at the last election.

This time, the gap was just 936 to Labour’s Hassan Riaz who picked up 10,304 votes.

Plaid Cymru’s Cefin Campbell picked up 6,615 votes.

The turnout in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire was slightly up to 52.12% from 51.2% in 2016.

However, with a larger electorate thanks to votes for 16/17-year-olds, the number of votes cast went up by almost 3,000.

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Paul Davies re-elected as Conservatives hold Preseli Pembrokeshire

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PAUL DAVIES has been re-elected to represent the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

He won with 12,295 votes, while there were 10,895 votes for Labour’s Jackie Jones.

Plaid Cymru candidate Cris Tomos gained just over 6,000 votes and there were also 1,239 for Reform UK candidate Alan Dennison.

There were over 3000 more votes cast in 2016, down largely in part to the fact that 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote in this election.

Both the Conservatives and Labour received more votes than before while the gap to Labour closed to just 1,400.

After being elected, Paul Davies said he would continue to ‘fight for Pembrokeshire’ and thanked those who had been involved in his campaign.

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Former Cardigan Castle director sentencing delayed

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THE SENTENCING of a former director of Cardigan Castle who has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft totalling over £40,000 has been delayed.

Former director, Jac Davies, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft was due to be sentenced on Wednesday (May 4) at Swansea Crown Court – but has now been delayed.

Davies who held the £40,000 a year post fraudulently obtained £33,098.75 and stole a further £7,932.97 from the award winning restoration project..

Davies held his position at Cardigan Castle from September 2017 to November 2019.

The defendant has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining £4,143.20 from the castle on December 21, 2017.

Again Davies admitted to fraudulently obtaining £28,955.55 between February 4, 2019 and November 3, 2019.

Two further charges of theft were also admitted – one charge of  theft from the castle of £1,908.18 between May 2, 2018 and May 24, 2019 and a further charge of theft from Cardigan Castle Enterprises to the sum of £6,024.79.

Dyfed-Powys Police conducted a year long investigation after being contacted by the castle board of directors.

Financial discrepancies were identified during financial monitoring.

An internal investigation was launched and Davies left his position within the castle in October 2019 following a disciplinary process.

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