FIFTY-EIGHT BIKES REGISTERED IN PENARTH POLICE “BIKE-MARKING” EVENT

Penarth PCSOs Gareth Parry and Rhys Allen with PC Ceri Frost of British Transport Police - and a local cyclist

Penarth PCSOs Gareth Parry and Rhys Allen with PC Ceri Frost of British Transport Police – and a local cyclist

South Wales Police have announced that 58 bicycles, three scooters plus  several laptop computers, mobile phones and tablets were applied with invisible security markings in last month’s anti-theft initiative in Penarth.

The operation was conducted in conjunction with British Transport Police outside the St Fagans pub in Windsor Road and in Penarth Marina. In attendance were well known local Police Community Service Officers CSOs Gareth Parry  and Rhys Allen and  PC Ceri Frost from British Transport Police .

PCSO  Parry said: “We are delighted with the response from the community, who made the most of the security advice available and the bike marking. This was an opportunity for residents to meet with their local Police Community Support Officers in an informal setting and it was a great success”.

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MORE MYSTERY “NORMANDY” POSTERS APPEAR ON PENARTH’S BRIDGEMAN ROAD

The location of the two new posters which appeared on Bridgeman Road at lunchtime yesterday

The two new posters appeared on the wall of a property next door to the derelict mansion “Normandy” in Bridgeman Road

Two more mystery-posters have been pasted onto stone boundary walls at Bridgeman Road in Penarth near the controversial ruined mansion “Normandy”.

One of the notices pasted onto a boundary wall in Bridgeman Road Penarth yesterday

One of the notices pasted onto a boundary wall in Bridgeman Road Penarth yesterday

This latest fly-pasting incident is understood to be the third which has occurred in the area in the last few weeks and appear to relate to the alleged removal of building stones from the site of “Normandy” – the classic 120-year-old Penarth mansion which has unaccountably lost its roof, ceilings, floors, porch and windows over the last three years.

The former owner Michael Boland had pleaded guilty at Cardiff Magistrates Court earlier this year to failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by the Vale of Glamorgan Council .

Michael Boland is no longer the registered owner of Normandy

Michael Boland is no longer the registered owner of Normandy

Land Registry records dated June 17th 2014 show that “Normandy” has been transferred to his daughter Madeleine.

The latest posters are understood to have appeared at lunchtime yesterday and, rather than being stapled to the blue wooden hoardings surrounding “Normandy”,  have been pasted  onto the boundary wall  of an adjacent  property.

The posters are headed “2nd Warning”  but local residents say it’s actually the third time posters have appeared in the immediate vicinity – within what is Penarth’s Conservation Area.

Like the previous notice – these notices also demand the immediate return of “quoin-dressed stones” allegedly  “illegally taken from this Normandy property” . The authorship of the notices is not given on the posters. For legal reasons PDN has removed any identifying text in respect of the party against which the allegations are made.

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PRE-TAX LOSS FOR PENARTH’S STOCK-MARKET-QUOTED COMPANY EKF PLC

EKF Diagnostics logo

EKF Diagnostics logo

EKF – the international diagnostics company based at Avon House in Penarth – has reported a 12.6% rise in revenue but a pre-tax loss of  before tax of £2,470,000

It says the loss was  because of “exceptional items” including “costs associated with key acquisitions made during the periods and the costs of transferring its Quotient business to Germany”.

The firm's HQ is at Avon House, in Stanwell Road Penarth

The firm’s HQ is at Avon House, in Stanwell Road Penarth

David Evans, executive chairman says   “Whilst trading conditions continue to be challenging, the general outlook for the second half is very positive”. The firm, he says, remains confident of  “meeting market expectations for the full year ” and that the “focus in the second half and beyond is on rebuilding shareholder value”.

In the first half of the current year EKF acquired  Separation Technology Inc in Florida, DiaSpect Medical AB  in Frankfurt and Selah Genomics Inc  in South Carolina which, it’s claimed  ” will make a considerable contribution to the future growth of the business”.

EKF has appointed two new Non-Executive Directors. David Toohey and  Doris-Ann Williams – and Paul Foulger, formerly interim Finance Director, has been appointed Finance Director.

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MALICIOUS FALSE ALARM IN CARDIFF BAY

A Penarth Coastguard officer in blue overalls at Channel View as a South Wales Firre and Rescue boat examines the "casualty" vessel

A Penarth Coastguard officer in blue overalls at Channel View as a South Wales Fire and Rescue boat examines the “casualty” vessel. Penarth Coastguard photo

Penarth Coastguard and South Wales Fire and Rescue  responded tonight to what turned out to be a malicious false alarm in Cardiff Bay.

The Penarth Coastguard team was asked to investigate a report of  “a motor vessel taking on water”  in Cardiff Bay near the Channel View centre on the River Taff  early this evening.

A police helicopter hovering over Cardiff Bay tonight

A police helicopter hovering over Cardiff Bay tonight

When the fire-fighters rescue boat “22-Bravo-1″  arrived on location the crew found the “sinking” vessel still on its mooring, not in any danger  and not taking on any water.

Penarth Coastguard say the original alert appears to have been a malicious call and it is now to be investigated by the police.

Later in the evening a police helicopter undertook an extensive surveillance of the area hovering for some time over the Channel View area.

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CLIFF STREET PENARTH CLOSED AS BBC “CASUALTY” CAUSES ANOTHER ‘NASTY ACCIDENT’

Some of the BBC crew at work on Cliff St this morning. The actors are wearing green paramedic uniforms

Some of the BBC crew at work on Cliff St this morning. The actors are wearing green paramedic uniforms. At the door of the Fiesta is Jane Hazlegrove who plays Kathleeen “Dixie” Dixon

Penarthians these days are so inured to the sight of fake blood, crashed cars, and look-alike ambulances that hardly anyone bats an eyelid save to observe – “Oh it’s probably Casualty filming here again” – and this morning they were doing just that.

The Vale Council gave householders four days notice that  Cliff Street would be closed today

The Vale Council gave householders four days notice that Cliff Street would be closed today

The Vale of Glamorgan Council had agreed last week to the temporary closure of Cliff Street in the St Augustine’s Ward for a whole day’s location filming today by BBC Wales.

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The director uses his hands to line up the camera shot

The unit's prop ambulance - a veteran of many a gory but fictional accident had a camera

The unit’s prop ambulance – a veteran of many a gory but fictional accident had a camera mounted inside

As a film location Cliff Street, which runs between Lord St and Queens Road,  is well-known to film-makers as being more than a match for any of the streets of San Francisco.

Cliff Street became "Stanley Place" - just for today

Cliff Street became “Stanley Place” – just for today

Indeed it’s probably steeper – and certainly narrower –  than nearby Steep Street itself  – with an incline is almost guaranteed to invoke that pit-of-the-stomach sensation.

Today however out-of towners might have found some trouble in locating Cliff Street as the street signs had been changed to the fictional – and perhaps less-evocative – name of  “Stanley Place”.

The episode being filmed today seemed to involve a learner driver in a wayward Ford Fiesta – but  neighbours were loyally keeping tight-lipped about the plot.

Given the prop car’s number plate however maybe the driver sneezed before hitting the skip….

Maybe there's a clue to the plot in the car's number plate

Maybe there’s a clue to the cause of the “accident”  in the car’s number plate

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PENARTH MP STEPHEN DOUGHTY IS THE FOURTH MOST-EXPENSIVE IN WALES

Stephen Doughty's high  expenditure is partly due to set-up costs.

Stephen Doughty’s expenditure is partly ascribed to office set-up costs.

Out of all Wales’s 40 Members of Parliament MPs,  Penarth’s MP Stephen Doughty (Labour and Co-operative Party Cardiff South and Penarth) has the fourth-highest administration costs – according to the latest figures released by IPSA the Parliamentary Standards Authority.

His total office running costs were £157,829.14 and other parliamentary costs were £25,215.85 – a total of £183,044.99 (not including salary).

Doughty has told Media Wales that the cost includes the expenses of setting up his office after winning the Cardiff and Penarth by-election in November 2012 . A one-off allowance of  £6,000 is normally provided for the first-year set-up costs of a new MP. In Doughty’s case  £1,682.42 was spent in what remained of the 2011/12 financial year and the remaining £4,317.58 was spent during 2012/13 financial year.

Doughty's predecessor Alun Michael had to pay back over £19,000 in overclaimed expenses

Doughty’s predecessor in Cardiff South and Penarth, Alun Michael, had to pay back over £19,000 in wrongly-claimed Parliamentary expenses. He blamed  a “clerical error”

[PDN Note: Following his election in 2012 Doughty also declared that a private donor called Clive Jones had provided the  "use of campaign office, with a value of £2,636.29 (equivalent to rent and rates chargeable)". This appears to have been a pre-election campaign office and not the post-election constituency office - the costs of which appear in the IPSA accounts.]

During the 2013/14 financial year Doughty was paid a salary of £66,147.00.

The IPSA report shows that Doughty had a both a £4,000 “advance”  loan and a £2307.73p  “accommodation deposit loan” outstanding  as of 31/3/2014.

Doughty was the fourth-highest spender out of forty 40 MPs in Wales at £183,044.99. The  highest expenditure was that of  Chris Ruane (Labour Vale of Clwyd) at  £189,334.67. The lowest was Martin Caton (Labour Gower) at  £113,979.06.

The full details are on http://parliamentary-standards.org.uk/AnnualisedData.aspx

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TERRORIST BEHEADING OF EX-RAF MAN IS CONDEMNED AT PENARTH’S BATTLE OF BRITAIN SERVICE

RAF veterans and cadets salute the fallen of the Battle of Britain

RAF veterans and cadets salute the fallen of the Battle of Britain at Alexandra Park Penarth today.

The chaplain of RAF St Athan conducting today’s Battle of Britain service in Alexandra Park has made a pointed reference to the news of the beheading of a British aid worker David Haines (a former RAF engineer) by Muslim ISIS terrorists in the Middle East.

The remark was made in the course of the annual Battle of Britain Thanksgiving and Remembrance Service service organised by the Penarth branch of the Royal Air Forces Association at the war memorial in Alexandra Park this morning.

RAF chaplain Wng Cdr Lance Clark condemned the killing as "man's humanity to man"

RAF chaplain Wng Cdr Lance Clark condemned the killing as “man’s humanity to man”

Conducting the service was the Reverend (Wing Commander) Lance E.D. Clark MBE , chaplain of MoD/RAF St Athan  who told the congregation today’s service was to commemorate, and to give thanks, for all those who fought in the Battle of Britain, who lost their lives in the battle and who were injured in that battle, in the cause of freedom.

The chaplain read out Churchill’s famous wartime speech extract “Never before in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few ” and said that “Whilst we give thanks today for the victory of ‘the few’  we should also spare a moment in grateful memory of all those who have served our nation so well in the Royal Air Force and in the air forces of the Commonwealth and all those who have served their military service.

He went on to say: Our thoughts this year have been many as we have commemorated the start of the First World War, remembering all those battles which have been fought since – right up to the sad news of this morning where man’s inhumanity to man continues in the Middle East

Left to right Sdn Ldr David Clark, Stephen Doughty MP, enarth's Mayor and Mayoress Cllr and Mrs Martin Turner and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Duncan Cantley prepare to pay wreaths

Left to right Sdn Ldr David Clark, Stephen Doughty MP, Penarth’s Mayor and Mayoress – Cllr and Mrs Martin Turner and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Duncan Cantley at today’s Battle of Britain memorial service in Alexandra Park  Penarth

Wreaths were laid on the war memorial by Duncan Cantley – Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Glamorgan,  Stephen Doughty –  MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, Squadron Leader, David Lawrence – RAF/MoD St Athan, “Tich” Taylor – chairman of Penarth RAFA Branch, Richard James –  chairman of the Royal British Legion Penarth, Stephen Coonham – Burma Star Association, Cllr Howard Hamilton – Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan, Cllr Martin Turner – Mayor of Penarth and Cat Sulley of 1148 Air Training Corps.

The  Salvation Army Band accompanied the Battle of Britain Memorial Service

The Salvation Army Band accompanied the Battle of Britain Memorial Service

The band of the Salvation Army accompanied the service. The chairman of the RAFA Association in Penarth Mr ‘Tich’ Taylor who organises the event said the congregations for the outdoor service had dwindled over the years – with last year’s commemoration being held in heavy rain. Today however the sun came out in the course of the service and there was a larger than usual turn out of young RAF / ATC  Cadets.

As the congregation dispersed some members, reflecting that the Battle of Britain victory had saved the nation, wondered – in the light of the Scottish Referendum –  whether today’s service could be the last to be held in the United Kingdom as we now know it.

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