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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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Saundersfoot: Carer sexually assaulted woman as she slept at home

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A FILIPINO carer sexually assaulted a Saundersfoot woman as she slept in her own home, a judge heard on Monday (Dec 15).

She woke to find that Fritz Ortega, aged 35, had taken off her trousers and was trying to have sex with her. Ortega, now living in Farnborough, Hampshire, admitted sexual assault and was jailed for 15 months. He denied a charge of rape and his plea was accepted by the prosecution at Swansea Crown Court.
Nicola Powell, prosecuting, said Ortega had developed “a crush” on the woman. She returned from holiday with a gift for his son and Ortega gave her wine and beer as a thank you. He suggested they shared the drinks together, which she agreed to.
Ortega told his wife he was going downstairs to watch a late night film but slipped out to visit his victim.  Miss Powell said Ortega began acting strangely and told her he was falling for her.
After a while she fell asleep on a sofa and woke to find Ortega on top of her with his and her trousers on the floor. Ortega said “God forgive me” but the woman went to his home and told his wife what had happened.
His barrister, John HIpkin, said he had completely misread the situation.
Judge Peter Heywood said it was a distressing experience for the woman.
“Obviously, you had not made it clear to your wife where you were going. This was a serious sexual assault although it was very much out of character as far as you were concerned,” he added.
Judge Heywood said it would be for others to decide whether Ortega should be deported after serving his sentence.
Ortega was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for the next 10 years and banned from working with children or vulnerable people.
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Haverfordwest: MP meets concerned residents over car park safety concerns.

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STEPHEN CRABB MP recently met with concerned residents of Castle High, Haverfordwest to discuss serious safety concerns.

Following the completion of the new Lidl store, residents of Castle High were concerned that the removal of a crash barrier could prove to be extremely dangerous, due to the sudden drop from the street to the Lidl car park below. The previous crash barrier had stopped numerous cars whose handbrakes had failed from crashing over the edge.

Following meeting the residents and seeing first-hand the problem, the Preseli Pembrokeshire MP said: “I fully understand the concerns of the residents in Castle High following the removal of the crash barrier at the end of their street.

“I’d like to thank them and Cllr Sue Murray for highlighting this issue with me.

“The opening of the new Lidl has had a positive response but this is a very profitable company which has a duty to be a good neighbour. Safety must be a priority for both the residents of Castle High and shoppers in the car park below.

“I have written to the UK chief executive of Lidl asking if there is a sensible solution to this matter, to alleviate the concerns of the residents.”

Town councillor Sue Murray, who is also a resident of Castle High said: “I believe it is neglectful and disrespectful of Lidl not to replace the existing crash barrier (which they removed) that was in place at the end of our cul-de-sac on completion of their new store in Haverfordwest.

“However I do believe Pembrokeshire County Council could have ensured that our road was returned to its former state.  The health and safety risk is considerable.”

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A look inside Pembrokeshire’s abandoned bowling and Crystal Maze complex

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IT WAS only seven years ago that there were teams frantically collecting crystals on a mission to the dome at Pembrokeshire’s Crystal Maze.

But after 15 years of operations the popular indoor attraction at Canaston Bridge was closed.

The Crystal Maze closed down in July 2010, and that was followed at the end of 2011 by the bowling alley itself.

Since then the facility has been left to rot – complete with bowling shoes, arcade machines and other equipment.

However, there are no immediate plans to re-open a once loved indoor Pembrokeshire attraction that has fallen into an alarming state of disrepair.

A generation of Pembrokeshire people remembers the venue as a place for birthday parties and school trips.

In a series of photos taken by a regular photographer of abandoned buildings ‘Zombizza’ who is a regular poster to the derelictplaces.co.uk website we can show you how the Canaston Bowl building looks now. The photos were taken this summer.

Speaking to the press in 2014, Oakwood director Dominic Jones said there were plans for the attraction further down the line: “Canaston Bowl is part of our five year plan which aims to get the theme park back to its former glory.”

He added that he had to focus their priorities on the park.

He said: “We are considering a couple of internal options for Canaston Bowl and we would welcome outside opportunities as well, so if someone wants to present a case to us, we’d be happy to listen.”

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