POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING 15-YEAR-OLD PENARTH GIRL

The missing Penarth teenager Bethany Applewhite

The missing Penarth teenager Bethany Applewhite (aged 15)

South Wales Police have launched an appeal for anyone who can give any information about a missing 15 year old girl from Penarth  – Bethany Applewhite.

Bethany was last seen on August 24th (today) in Cardiff City Centre at 13:00 . Police ask anyone with any information to call 101. The reference number of the case is  1600321584.

A police missing person appeal has been issued for 15 year old Bethany Applewhite

A police missing person appeal has been issued for 15 year old Bethany Applewhite

It is very unusual for police to issue a missing persons alert only six hours after the person was last seen.

 

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CARDIFF & VALE NHS PAYS 300% ABOVE TESCO PRICES FOR PARACETAMOL

The Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust poster - pinned up in a local GP's surgery - amounts to an admission that the local NHS wastes at least £500,000 a year by paying way too much for basic over-the-counter pain-killers

The Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust poster – pinned up in a local GP’s surgery – amounts to an implicit admission that the local NHS wastes at least £500,000 a year  – by paying way too much for basic over-the-counter pain-killers

A notice displayed in a local doctors surgery has – perhaps inadvertently –  revealed that the Cardiff and Vale NHS Board is paying FOUR TIMES the price for basic pain-killers that is charged over the counter in chemist’s shops or supermarkets .

The admission is made in a poster pinned up in local doctors’ surgeries which says the Cardiff & Vale NHS spent a total of  £710,000  just on “prescribed paracetamol” last year.

What may surprise patients reading the poster is that the NHS appears to blame patients – rather than doctors or NHS managers  – for incurring that level of cost .

The notice is, in effect, a blunt message to local patients – even those with chronic pain – that they should think twice before asking their GP for painkillers – and that they should go and buy their own tablets, rather than ask doctors to issue prescriptions for them.

Tesco paracetamol is sold over-the-counter a quarter of the price which is paid by the NHS

Tesco paracetamol is sold over-the-counter for 25 pence for a pack of 16 tablets  – a quarter of the price which is paid by the NHS.

The notice goes on to point out that if patients bought their own drugs ‘over-the-counter’  – rather than asking their doctor for them –   then the £710,000 that the Cardiff and Vale Board currently spends on paracetamol prescriptions could instead pay for:-

  • 28 more Community Nurses
  • 182 Hip Replacement operations
  • 47 Breast Cancer treatments
  • 710 treatments for Alzheimer’s patients
  • 740 more cataract operations
The Cardiff and Vale poster as it appears in local doctor's surgeries

The Cardiff and Vale poster as it appears in local doctor’s surgeries

The notice bears the formal logo and imprimatur of the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust Board ;  however a spokesman in the Board’s Communications Department  has told PDN that he was  “not aware” of poster and would need to “check with the pharmacy team for an official answer”.

The spokesman said the notice could be to do with the “nationally-negotiated community pharmacy contract”  which “means that the NHS pays per item, rather than by the cost.”

One patient however, said the message of the notice amounted to a sort of “moral blackmail” to cover up the Cardiff and Vale NHS Board’s own ineptitude in administering its drugs prescriptions and purchasing system and asked “how many other drugs is the NHS overpaying for?”.

 

 

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RESURFACE OUR PITCH PLEASE – SAY PENARTH TOWN FOOTBALLERS

Penarth Town AFC in training on their pitch at the Cwrt-y-Vil Playing Fields , Penarth

Penarth Town AFC in training on their pitch at the Cwrt-y-Vil Playing Fields , Penarth

Members of Penarth Town Association Football Club  are calling for their home ground – the  Cwrt-y-Vil  Playing Fields –  to be resurfaced, using the proceeds of a Section 106 development deal.

Players say the soccer ground at the Cwrt-y-Vil fields is in dire need of resurfacing and having drainage improved  – and the same problems apply to the condition of two adjoining rugby fields on the site.

Penarth Town AFC in training for the coming season

Penarth Town AFC in training for the coming season

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has received £18,240 cash from  the developers of a housing project in Caversham Park and has already resolved  to spend the money on carrying out improvements at Cwrt-y-Vil Playing Fields.  However the council says the amount of money available is only sufficient to give the site what it calls a “face-lift”  .

Today members of the Vale of Glamorgan Council planning committee and planning staff are carrying out a site visit at the Cwrt-y-Vil Playing Fields  – (which are off Lavernock Road and reached via St Marks Road ) – to decide what to do with the money. The cash is ring fenced for local use only and has to be spent by January 8th 2019  .

The Cwrt-y-Vil Playing Fields were originally a quarry which was the source of much of the distinctive grey limestone used to build older houses in Penarth.

Penarth Town AFC has its origin in the original town soccer club which was founded almost 100 years ago. For some years it was renamed as Cogan Coronation AFC, but the original Penarth Town name – and the club’s original badge – was revived 7 years ago

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PENARTH MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER ALLEGED ASSAULT

A police car on Plassey St Penarth

A police car on Plassey St Penarth

A 23-year-old Penarth man has been remanded in custody – charged with assault – after a weekend incident in Plassey St.

Police and an ambulance crew  were called to the location of the alleged attack last Sunday afternoon, (August 21st) .

A 43 year old Barry man with serious injuries was  admitted to hospital where he is still receiving treatment but said to be stable.

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PENARTH MP DOUGHTY DENIES CO-OPERATIVE PARTY COULD GANG-UP ON CORBYN

Labour and Co-operative MP for Cardiff South and Penarth  Stephen Doughty - once a junior  member of Jeremy Corbyn's front bench - has now publicised a "denial" that the Co-operative Party will become the nexus for anti-Corbyn MPs in the Commons .

Labour and Co-operative MP for Cardiff South and Penarth Stephen Doughty (left) – once a junior member of Jeremy Corbyn’s front bench – has now publicised a “denial” that the Co-operative Party could become the new main opposition party in the Commons – “stifling” a Corbyn-led Labour Party  .

Stephen Doughty (who is both the Labour MP and the Co-operative Party MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) has publicised a statement from the Co-operative Party ‘denying’ that it could become an anti-Corbyn “party-within-a-party” inside Labour.

Doughty – like his predecessor Alun Michael – is a member of both the Labour Party and the shadowy and largely unknown Co-operative Party.

The Sunday Times reported that plans were afoot to increase the size of the Co-operative Party in the House of Commons and make that main opposition party instead of Labour

The Sunday Times reported that plans were afoot to increase the size of the Co-operative Party in the House of Commons and make that main opposition party instead of Labour

At the weekend The Sunday Times reported that if Corbyn wins the leadership of the Labour Party in September,  100 Labour MPs will be recruited into the Co-operative Party  – and will join the 25 existing dual-membership MPs (like Doughty).

The potential advantage getting all these Labour MPs into the Co-operative Party is that – for historical reasons – the Co-op Party is officially recognised as being a separate political party by the Electoral Commission. If enough Labour MPs join it, then the Co-operative Party – and not the Labour Party – would be entitled to be regarded as the main opposition party in the House of Commons – stifling Corbyn and the “official” Labour Party.

     The Co-operative Party's denial of weekend media speculation that it will  become an anti-Corbyn  "party-within-a-party" inside the Labour Party. Cardiff South and Penarth Stephen Doughty - who has re-published the notice on Twitter - is a member of both the Labour and the Co-operative Party as is Cardiff South and Penarth AM Vaughan Gething


The Co-operative Party’s denial of weekend media speculation that it will become an anti-Corbyn “party-within-a-party” inside the Labour Party. Cardiff South and Penarth Stephen Doughty – who has re-published the notice on Twitter – is a member of both the Labour Party and the Co-operative Party as is Cardiff South and Penarth AM Vaughan Gething.

Now however, in a “non-denial denial” – re-tweeted by Stephen Doughty –  the Co-operative Party has attempted to scotch the Sunday Times story and attenpted to deny that it could become the nexus of an anti-Corbyn “party-within-a-party” in Parliament.

In a statement, the Co-operative Party says “We are not a vehicle to be used by one political faction or another to advance their own agenda.The Co-operative Party has worked with Labour under each of its leaders since 1927 and remains neutral on the current leadership contest within the Labour Party.The Co-operative Party NEC has had no discussions about changing the way the Party operates based on the outcome of the Labour Leadership contest.”

The Co-operative Party is the political arm of the socialist trading movement the “Co-op” – which is  perhaps best known for the chaotic collapse of the “mutual” Co-operative Bank.

Rev Paul Flowers disgraced former chairman of the Co-operative Bank

Rev Paul Flowers disgraced former chairman of the Co-operative Bank

In 2013 the then chairman of the Co-operative Bank , the Reverend Paul Flowers stood down  and made a public apology after being filmed allegedly buying drugs.

The former chairman’s  competence – or lack of it – during his three years as the head of the Co-operative Bank was also exposed when investigations were made into the Co-op’s disastrous take-over of the Britannia Building Society. 

In addition a £1.5 billion shortfall was  discovered in the capital of the Co-op Bank.

The outcome of the embarrassing revelations was that thousands of Co-op Bank employees were made redundant. The Vale of Glamorgan Council – which was  a customer of the Co-operative Bank – had to quickly find an alternative bank .

In the wake of the Co-operative Bank scandal, Stephen Doughty claimed the Co-operative Movement had been “unfairly smeared” in regard to what he called “the concerning and disturbing events at the Co-op Bank “.

 

 

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PENARTH TAX-PAYERS STUMP-UP AGAIN FOR VANDALISM IN BARRY

Dozens of these new recessed low-level light-fittings have been destroyed by vandals at Barry Island

Dozens of these new recessed low-level light-fittings have been destroyed by vandals at Barry Island (Photo Ian Richards)

Residents of Penarth and the rest of the Vale of Glamorgan are to see yet more public money being spent on cleaning-up and repairing deliberate damage carried out by vandals on brand-new public facilities in Barry.

Yet again the  £3,000,000 Barry Island re-development has been targeted by anti-social criminals who have smashed  virtually every one of dozens of expensive light fittings installed to illminate the specially constructed ramped pathway and steps leading down to the Eastern end of the beach.

Unswept broken glass lies alongside every one of dozens of safety lights installed along access ramps to leading to Barry Island beach

Broken glass lay on the ground alongside every one of dozens of safety lights installed along the new specially built pathway  leading to Barry Island beach (Photo Ian Richards)

The latest damage to the lighting it will be difficult to access the beach at all in the evenings or during the winter unless expensive repairs are put in hand.

This damage comes on top of the vandalism carried out shortly  before the development was opened early last year when  vandals unscrewed the door-numbers on 21 of the 24 beach huts. A few weeks later the locks were ripped off all 24 huts.

The brand new Barry Island beach huts were vandalised even before they were opened last year

The brand new Barry Island beach huts were vandalised even before they were opened last year

The huts, and the new access ramps and steps built to link them and the beach with the adjoining car-park, were part of a £3,000,000 Welsh Labour Government-funded regeneration scheme at Barry Island.

Meanwhile the Barry vandals have also attacked what was to have been a “dog-free” children’s play area and park at Hatch Quarry in Barry’s Cadoxton Conservation Area which was only opened in March this year.

This Vale Council sign bore the wording "Dim Cwn - No Dogs" - but was deliberately obliterated with grey spray paint

This Vale Council sign bore the wording “Dim Cwn – No Dogs” – but was deliberately obliterated with grey spray paint

Time after time,  the “Dog Free” signage has been obliterated with spray paint – presumably by “dog-lovers” in a series of attacks costing  what the council describes describes as “considerable expense” to replace the defaced signs. Within a day of installing brand new signs only this month – the signage has been obliterated yet again with spray paint .

The area had been fenced-off and notices erected to keep dogs out   in a bid to stop the animals fouling the grass with faeces carrying the  toxocariasis roundworm – an infection which  can cause serious illness and blindness in children and adults.

Cllr Anne Moore

Cllr Anne Moore

Local Labour councillor Anne Moore – wife of council leader Neil Moore –  says “We have repeatedly placed signs in the park for well over a year and each time we do they are either removed or defaced. This is unacceptable, not only because the risk caused to the children, but also because this is costing the council tax payer a great deal of money at a time when resources are stretched to the limit.”

One Penarth Council tax payer says she intends to write to the Vale Council suggesting that the cost of  damage sustained in Barry should be borne only by Barry council-tax payers  through a local precept – rather than it being borne by all Vale council tax-payers.

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OOPS! CHINESE TOURISTS IN TROUBLE FOR PEDALLING TO PENARTH

With one person steering and the other navigating via GPS on a mobile phone there's no danger of getting lost - but the Pedal Power rules somehow got lost in translation

With one person steering and the other navigating via GPS on a mobile phone there’s no danger of getting lost – but the Pedal Power rules somehow got lost in translation

There’s a rap across the knuckles in store for any more Chinese tourists (like the pair in the picture)  who might be tempted to hire a four-wheel dual bike from Cardiff Bay – and then ride it across the barrage onto the main roads in Penarth.

These leisurely machines with – if not a fringe on top – at least a sun-canopy, are proving popular as rental rides for customers of Pedal Power of Pontcanna, Cardiff and Cardiff Bay – but the company claims it warns customers they’re not supposed to ride these machines on the main road – or use them to travel over the barrage to Penarth .

It's now come to light that the Chinese tourists had inadvertently strayed across the barrage into Penarth - evidently not understanding the Pedal Power terms and conditions of service

It’s now come to light that the Chinese tourists had inadvertently strayed across the barrage into Penarth – evidently not understanding the Pedal Power terms and conditions of service which state the crossing the barrage is forbidden and Penarth is out of bounds.

The pair spotted on the “pedal car”  in Penarth Marina were visitors from China where four-wheeled bikes are far more common than over here – and had innocently rented their machine from the Pedal Power Company’s base in Cardiff Bay.

Evidently however, the Pedal Power company’s English-language rules and regulations make about as much sense to Chinese tourists as do the instructions on imported Chinese gadgets to UK customers. After the pictures above were first published on PDN it turned out that the two charming Chinese visitors had – probably unintentionally – committed a major infraction.

A Pedal Power executive has now pointed out that their company’s  pedal cars (and go-karts) are NOT ALLOWED to pass over the Barrage from the Cardiff side to the Penarth side. Only the company’s  two wheelers and tandems are allowed to cross the Barrage to Penarth. The four wheelers – says Pedal Power – “should  only be ridden on the pavements and cycle lanes and not on the roads” .

The Chinese tourists pedalled confidently on toward the Baron's Court Junction

The Chinese tourists pedalled confidently on towards the Baron’s Court Junction

The Cardiff Harbourmaster also now been in touch with Pedal Power to let them know of his “concerns” and Pedal Power [a registered charity which helps disabled people to ride] has asked PDN to point out that crossing the barrage in a four-wheel pedal vehicle is strictly forbidden.

….As a service to all our Chinese readers therefore, we are doing just that :-

踏板車不准從卡迪夫側越過堤壩的一側珀納斯

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