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Inquest hears about ‘lack of consistency’ in teenager’s care

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AN INQUEST into the death of 14-year-old Derek Brundrett has heard there was a ‘lack of consistency’ in his care.

Derek was found dead at Pembroke School in December 2013.

The inquest was told that Derek had ‘several’ social workers and foster carers, and attended three different schools, in the 20 months leading up to his death.

Despite being recommended for referral to Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services, he never received any treatment.

Derek’s social worker at the time of his death, Sharon Reynolds, said that she found the boy to be ‘remarkably resilient’ as well as ‘very adaptable’.

She went on to describe him as a ‘very materialistic boy’.

She said: “If he got his own way, his trainers, trips to McDonalds, he was happy.”

The inquest also heard about a note which was written by David Littlehead, a social worker who was worried about Derek.

He detailed an incident in which Derek was crying over the loss of a lighter.

Lloyd Williams QC, representing Derek’s mother, Kirstina Wray, questioned Mrs Reynolds about the fact being in foster care seemingly did not upset Derek, but losing a lighter did.

Mrs Reynolds said: “It would have been significant for him at the time because he was a smoker.

“The little things were important to him.”

Mrs Reynolds also commented on Derek once saying he would jump from a roof, calling it ‘bravado and his sense of humour’.

Mr Williams said: “That’s how you interpret these events, as his bravado and his sense of humour?”

Mrs Reynolds replied: “No, you’ve got to take a balanced approach and balance risk.”

Mr Williams then questioned her judgement, saying: “If you really believed that, your confidence in your judgement was entirely misplaced.”

The inquest continues.

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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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