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Determined motorist will take ‘wrongful conviction’ to the High Court

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Niall Taylor says his car was stopped here, not on a Haverfordwest roundabout

A PENSIONER, who has been convicted of speeding by Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court, and again on appeal to The Crown Court on Friday (Jun 16) says that he is going to take the case to the Court of Appeal ‘because the police are liars’.

Niall Taylor, 67, is determined that the police stopped him on Arnolds Hill on the A40, which is a 60mph zone – but the police told two courts that Taylor was sighted by the Toyota Garage just outside Haverfordwest in a temporary 40mph zone, and was stopped on the nearby roundabout.

Taylor says that he has asked for number plate recognition (NPR) information from data cameras near the scene – all that is needed to prove his innocence according to him – but he claims he has been repeatedly blocked in his request.

Niall Taylor, 67, is determined that the police stopped him on Arnolds Hill

Taylor insists that the data will show that he was not stopped where the police say, and that the two police officers involved are liars. Speaking at the Magistrates’ Court hearing in February he said: “I am in total disbelief at this. The officer is not telling the truth. I would not go to all this effort just to dodge a speeding fine.”

But data from the two police officer’s TETRA Airwave radios showed that the police were parked on a nearby roundabout, which supported the police’s side of the story in court. At the appeal, the police ICT specialist Suzanne James, however, was unable to confirm how accurate the radio location data was.

The police traffic car involved did not have any operational CCTV cameras according to official statements. The PC said: “None of the RPU vehicles, including the [vehicle I was driving], are fitted with dash cams, CCTV or any other video recording equipment. Neither myself, or my colleague, were issued with or in possession of personal body cams.”

The officer, of Haverfordwest’s Road Policing Unit had told Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court in February that he and a colleague had been conducting speed checks on the A40 near the Toyota dealership on August 22 last year.

At the magistrates’ court Taylor was found guilty and fined £55, and three points were added to his licence. With court costs included the total he owed the court rose to £710

The PC told the court: “At about 7.30pm on August 22, Mr Taylor’s car came into sight and the device recorded a speed over 40mph. A speed of 52mph in fact.”

On May 15, at Swansea Crown Court, at a preliminary appeal hearing, Judge Paul Thomas was minded to strike the case against Taylor out because the CPS would not produce the data which had been ordered. But Taylor said he did not want the case against him dismissed.

He told the judge: “No I am not being found not-guilty by default, my name has been splashed all over the newspapers. I am innocent and I want to prove my innocence one hundred percent. I do not want to be let off on a technicality.”

On hearing that Judge Paul Thomas ordered that the appeal go ahead.

Taylor, who was representing himself in court, was again convicted last week by a different judge.

When asked how he could pay his fine at the end of the hearing, Taylor said: “I’m not going to pay a penny I would rather go to prison! The whole system is corrupt!”

Judge Peter Heywood replied: “There is no need to take that attitude.”

The Herald has emailed the police press office to confirm that police vehicles in Dyfed-Powys have no CCTV. As yet there has been no response.

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Council wants your comments on its Improvement Review

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has published its Improvement Review which details the Authority’s performance in 2017 – 2018.

This annual report assesses whether the Council has met the improvement objectives which it set for that year and how it has contributed to the seven national goals in the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

As well as reporting back on actions and performance indicators, the review contains information on spending, work with other local authorities and how citizens can get involved in planning for future service improvements.

Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson said 2017-18 was the year that Pembrokeshire County Council started a process of ‘significant change’.

“Some of this change will take time, but I am confident the momentum is building,” he said.

“As a Cabinet we have developed a Programme for the Administration. This is the first time that the political leadership of this Council has set out its stall and provided clarity and direction. We also have re-launched and re-energised Transformation programme.

“The Council is continuing to make progress on improving school results and the 21st Century school building programme is leading to new or substantially refurbished primary and secondary schools. This investment will create learning environments that are fit for the future.

“We made progress across a broad range of other services including social care, as well as decisions to how waste services will be delivered in future.”

“We balanced the budget in 2017-18, but as we look forward to future years, it is clear that the size of the financial challenge we face is growing. Whilst our transformation programme will play its part in making savings, it is clear that we as a Council face some very hard choices.”

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Alec Don resigns as Chief Executive of Port Authority

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MILFORD HAVEN PORT AUTHORITY has confirmed that Alec Don, Chief Executive, has resigned.

The Port said that with the support of a great team Alec has set a vision for the business, securing planning consents for the development of Milford Waterfront and establishing Pembroke Dock Marine as a core component of the Swansea Bay City Deal.

Chairman at the Port of Milford Haven, Chris Martin, has today confirmed that Andy Jones has been appointed interim chief executive.

Andy, who had been deputy chief executive since 2014, said: “Despite this management change, it is very much business as usual here at the Port. I look forward to building on the strong foundations Alec has made for the future of our business”.

In a statement the Port said: “The business has been shepherded through some challenging times, with the closure of Murco, but it has a strong balance sheet and is now more than ready to proceed with a phase of substantial investment and growth.”

Commenting on the resignation Chris Martin, Chairman of the Port, said: “Alec is a person of the highest integrity and is one of the Port’s and the region’s greatest advocates.  We have in front of us a fantastic opportunity to develop the Port’s position in some exciting new markets and this change gives us the opportunity to refresh and develop our skill sets to take the organisation forward into the next phase of its development.  For his part Alec has himself expressed the wish to seek new and fresh challenges.  I personally have greatly enjoyed working with him and we all wish him well for the future.”

Alec Don said in an official statement: “It has been nothing but a privilege and honour to work for the Port of Milford Haven and I most genuinely wish the Board and all colleagues at the Port every success going forward.  For my part I feel more than ready for a new challenge and look forward to the future with relish.”

The Port said they would not comment further on the development.

Alec Don has been the Chief Executive of the Port since 2010.

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Mount Estate: Man arrested after gas explosion threat

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Armed police: In the Mount Estate (pic. Herald)

ARMED POLICE have arrested a man on the Mount Estate in Milford Haven this afternoon (Oct 16) after responding to reports of a man who is threatening to set a fire using the gas supply in his flat.

The windows of the first floor flat, in Birch Mead, were smashed and a man was shouting to officers below threatening to cause an explosion.

Threatening: To cause an explosion (pic. Herald)

A Herald reporter at the scene had counted at least a dozen Dyfed-Powys Police vehicles, including vans and undercover cars.

Nearby residents have been evacuated and a cordon has been set up.

Emergency services: Gathered by the flat (pic. Herald)

Police asked residents and a Herald reporter at the scene to move back further after the arrival of the armed officers.

Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue, as well as specialists from the gas board, are also at the scene.

Watching: Locals were evacuated (pic. Herald)

A large crowd has gathered by the cordon.

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Armed officers: Locals were asked to move back upon their arrival (pic. Herald)

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