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Pembroke: Former Mayor appears in court accused of raping child

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THE FORMER Mayor of Pembroke appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court today (Sept 12) in connection with a number of historic serious sexual offences against children.

Recently elected County Councillor David (Dai) Boswell faces six allegations of indecent assault against two females under the age of 13 and a charge of rape in relation to one of the girls.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in the 1990s.

His solicitor Mike Kelleher said that Boswell will vigorously defend the allegations.

He was granted conditional bail until his next appearance at Swansea Crown Court on Friday, October 13.

Dai Boswell: Leaving court this afternoon (Sept 12)

Councillor Boswell won Pembroke’s St Mary’s North seat on May 4 by only 6 votes. He has since had his membership from the Conservative party suspended.

Cllr Boswell is known for the prominent role he plays as Parade Marshall for the British Legion.

A Dyfed-Powys police spokesperson said: “David Boswell has been summonsed to court to answer the following charges: six counts of indecent assault and one count of rape, against two victims who were aged under 13 at the time.

“The offences are alleged to have been committed between 1991 and 1994.”

A spokesperson for Pembrokeshire Council added: “This is a Police and CPS matter and the Council can make no further comment at this time.

“Pembrokeshire County Council continues to keep under review all necessary safeguarding measures pending the outcome of any prosecution.”

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Redberth: Police appeal following fatal crash

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POLICE are appealing for information following a fatal crash yesterday evening (Nov 21) on the A477 at Redberth.

The crash happened on the stretch of road between Pembroke Dock and Kilgetty and involved a red Renault Clio and Red Mazda 6.

The incident happened at approximately 6:40pm.

Tragically, the 80-year-old driver of the Clio died.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “At approximately 6.40pm on Tuesday, November 21, a fatal road traffic collision occurred between two vehicles on the A477 at Redberth between Pembroke Dock and Kilgetty.

“A red Renault Clio travelling towards Kilgetty, and a Red Mazda 6 travelling towards Pembroke Dock have collided, and the driver of the Clio sustained fatal injuries.

“Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact PC 1049 Griffiths of the Roads Policing Unit on 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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High winds could cause disruption to travel

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DRIVERS have been warned that high winds which are hitting the county today (Nov 22) may lead to the closure of the Cleddau Bridge.

Pembrokeshire County Council has said that a closure for high-sided vehicles is likely. A full closure to all vehicle is ‘less likely’, it was said.

The sustained high winds may also cause debris to be blown onto roads causing delays.

Drivers are advised to take caution at all times.

A spokesperson for Pembrokeshire County Council said: “Pembrokeshire is forecast to be hit by strong winds over the next 48 hours.

“With a view to helping road users plan any journeys during this period, and given that the disruption may extend through the peak commuter times, please be advised of the following:

“Looking at the current forecast for the bridge, it is thought likely that the bridge will be closed to high sided vehicles tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 22nd November) possibly from as early as 7 am or 8 am, and lasting through the majority of the working day untill say 5 pm or 6 pm.

“Please note that this information is indicative only and it is impossible to give any guarantees. A small change in wind direction may result in no closures being implemented.

“A full bridge closure is not anticipated, at this time.

“Road users are advised to monitor the situation carefully and adjust travel plans accordingly.

“It is stressed that the above information is based on current information and experience and provided to give maximum notice of possible disruption. However, the bridge status can change at any time, and no guarantees can be given.”

To check Cleddau Bridge closures either:

· Visit www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/bridge
· Text BRIDGE or PONT to 80039. (Texts are charged at standard network rates)

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Saundersfoot: Hampshire man admits sexual assault following plea bargain

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A MAN who was accused of raping a woman in Saundersfoot has this week admitted a charge of sexual assault (Nov 20).

Fritz Ortega, aged 35, was warned by a judge at Swansea Crown Court a prison sentence could still be the outcome.

Ortega, from Farnborough in Hampshire, had been due to go on trial today for rape, which he had denied.

The Crown Prosecution Service introduced a lesser charge of sexual assault, to which he pleaded guilty.

Nicola Powell, prosecuting, said the charge represented the full extent of Ortega’s offending as alleged by the prosecution

Ortega will be sentenced on December 11 after a probation officer has prepared a report into his background.

He was granted bail until then, but warned by Judge Heywood that prison could still be outcome.

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