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




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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Two-year-old’s mother says she will ‘live with guilt’ following tragic death



Kiara, 3: Sadly died in the incident

THE MOTHER of Kiara Moore, a two-year-old girl who sadly died following an incident in the River Teifi in Cardigan yesterday afternoon (Mar 19), has said that she is ‘so sorry’ for her ‘stupidity’ which lead to her death.

Kim Rowlands said: “Sadly yesterday my beautiful baby girl passed away!

“Due to my own stupidity, I will have to live with the guilt for the rest of my life!

“Mummy loves you baby girl and I’m so sorry.”

Kiara was found in the river in her parent’s car.

Police originally put made a public appeal asking for information about the car believing it to have been stolen with her in it, however it has now been revealed that it was a tragic set of circumstances which lead to her death.

Posting on Facebook, Jet Moore, Kiara’s father, said: “Just to let every one who keeps asking how know, it was the lemons stacked up too far!

“They got in the car to go home. Sat on bank card which snapped and needed money to get home etc.

“Went back to the office to get money from the desk and came back to no car. Looked in the river, no signs. So we thought she and the car had been taken.

“The police found the car a while later and went way beyond the call of duty jumping in and pulling her out.

“They tried to revive her for hours but unfortunately could not.

“Everyone had done their best.

“Thank you all so much for the support it means the world!”

He added: “Thank you all so much for the support it means the world!

“She was an incredible happy young girl who lived I hope a great adventurous fun life. And may have done more than most people.

“Been skiing twice and skied her self! Paddled the great glen Scotland. Paddled the Wye.

“Played on every beach we could. Had a loving family and made us all happy.

“She always wanted to be called RAR RAR which was our nickname for her.

“Love her so much”

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told The Herald they are not looking for anyone in connection with the incident: “Sadly, we confirm that Kiara Moore,  was pronounced dead at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff last night, having being recovered from a car in the River Teifi yesterday afternoon (Mar 19).

“Police have made extensive enquiries into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident and can now confirm that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.

“The vehicle was recovered from the river early this morning.

“H.M Coroner has been advised.

“Kiara’s family are being supported by specially trained officers.”

Nicola Hughes added on the father’s Facebook page: “This brings tears to my eyes I can’t imagine the pain you must be feeling, I pray that god will watch over you and give you strength during this awful time, rest in peace in heaven beautiful girl.”

Kiara was airlifted to Cardiff by the Wales Air Ambulance, after police said she was ‘removed from the vehicle’ and ‘recieved medical attention’.

30 emergency service staff remained at the scene as they searched a 200-metre stretch of the River Teifi.

Milford Haven Coastguard said it was a ‘large multi-agency operation’ headed up by Dyfed-Powys Police.

A specialist dive team from South Wales Police were on the scene.


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Pembroke Dock police urge caution following vehicle thefts



PEMBROKE DOCK police officers are investigating a number of reports of stolen vehicles and thefts of property from inside unlocked vehicles, in the Pembroke and Pembroke Dock areas, over the past two weeks.

Detective Constable Phil Jones, Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “Unfortunately there are criminals around who take advantage of trusting people, and recently we have seen a spate of stolen vehicles, and thefts of property from inside vehicles. The link between these reports is the vehicles were all unlocked at the time.

“My advice is to double check you have locked your doors, even if you are leaving the car a short while, and never leave valuables on show – take them with you or lock them out of sight in the boot.”

Anyone with information which could help police with their investigations is asked to call Pembroke Dock Police Station on 101, or anonymously report it to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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Haverfordwest: CCTV appeal following criminal damage



DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating criminal damage at Haverfordwest Labour Social Club, Dew Street.

Sometime between 11am and 1pm on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, someone superglued the padlock of the gate and fitted an extra chain and padlock.

Police would like to speak to the men in the images, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who recognises the men, or believes they are pictured in the images, is encouraged to contact PC 424 Dan Morris at Haverfordwest Police Station by calling 101.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DPP/0058/17/01/2018/01/C.

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