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Pembroke Dock: Town Council discusses clerk’s resignation over bullying

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AT A MEETING of Pembroke Dock Town Council this week, emotions ran high as members tried to persuade the town clerk, who had earlier offered her resignation, to stay on.

Cllr Brian Hall offered a vote of confidence in Sarah Scourfield, which members supported unanimously. But some councillors have been accused of hypocrisy by Deputy Mayor Cllr Gordon Goff, as some of those who have offered their support are the same members who are accused of bullying, the reason for her resignation.

Mrs Scourfield, who has been town clerk for eight years, said that the constant harassment and bullying behaviours and pressure received from certain councillors had “pushed her into making the decision” to quit.

The Herald understands that Mrs Scourfield is the second clerk to resign over alleged bullying, her predecessor, Moira Saunders having resigned for similar reasons.

County Cllr Paul Dowson (Left) attended the meeting and wanted answers

At the October 5 meeting, Pembroke Dock Central county councillor Paul Dowson, who was attending in his capacity as a member of the public asked: “Given that this is the second allegation of bullying within Pembroke Dock Town Council; what processes have been put in place after the first allegation, and why did they fail this time?”

Another member of public who was watching the meeting, Mr. John Lloyd asked: “This is absolutely disgraceful from a body of people that we have voted for; we are losing a principled person; are the councillors concerned resigning on the matter? People that bully other people should be asked to resign; it is not something that should condoned and allowed to continue, and it has happened on a previous occasion

However, was told that none of the alleged bullies had offered their resignation.

Following the public meeting, the matter was further discussed in a private and confidential session lasting 90 minutes.

Councillors at the meeting said they have, “believe it or not”, tried to tackle bullying in the past.

Personnel committee member Cllr Dilys Burrell said it was “looking in to all these things” to “see what we can put in place to stop this happening again”.

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Haverfordwest: Police appeal for missing man

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Police are making enquiries as to the whereabouts of 63-year-old Terence Francis who was reported missing from his home in Haverfordwest on Tuesday (Oct 17).

Mr Francis may be in his vehicle, described as a silver Landrover Discovery with a black roof.

Mr Francis is described as being 5ft 10 inches tall with brown eyes. He may be wearing navy blue cords and a salmon coloured sweatshirt.

Information received suggests he may be in the Cumbria area.

Anyone who has information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact Haverfordwest Police on 101.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number: 07811 311 908.

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Milford Haven: Woman robbed in late night attack

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A WOMAN was assaulted and had her belongings stolen in Milford Haven on Tuesday night (Oct 16).

At approximately 10pm, a woman was walking along a lane leading to Brook Avenue in Milford Haven when she was hit from behind.

She was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been released.

A necklace and a quantity of cash were stolen in the incident.

Anyone who was in the area at the time, or anyone who has information which could help the investigation is asked to contact Milford Haven Police on 101.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number: 07811 311 908.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Multi-agency road operation sees positive results

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PEMBROKESHIRE ROADS POLICING UNIT carried out a proactive multi agency operation on the A4076 carriageway between Haverfordwest and Johnston last week.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit worked with partner agencies with the aim of reassuring the people of Dyfed-Powys that officers are out there making sure the roads are safe for all to use.

The following results were achieved:

  • 1 x arrest of wanted person;
  • 6 x driver warnings issued in relation to Construction and Use offences;
  • 1 x TOR relating to a Construction and Use offence;
  • 5 x delayed prohibition notices issued and;
  • 6 x immediate prohibition notices issued.

“This was a very successful operation carried out with our partner agencies,” said Sergeant Justin Williams.

“Operations of this kind are regularly carried out by Dyfed Powys Police and we will continue to carry them out to make sure that criminals are not allowed unchallenged use of our roads, making the roads safer for all.”

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