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



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”.


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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