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Carmarthenshire County Council manager guilty of assault

dickinsonTHE FORMER Harbourmaster of Burry Port, Rory Dickinson, was ordered to pay financial penalties and costs totalling almost £1,000 at Llanelli Magistrates Court this morning (Oct 28).

Dickinson, of Cliff Terrace, Burry Port, who also acted as park manager at Pembrey Country Park, pleaded guilty to assaulting the former catering franchise holder at Pembrey, Stephanie Thomas.

At a previous hearing, Dickinson had entered a not guilty plea and a trial was scheduled for this afternoon.

59 -year-old Dickinson was captured on CCTV grabbing Stephanie Thomas by the arm and pushing her up the stairs, where Ms Thomas says she was compelled to sign tender documents.

The Herald contacted Stephanie Thomas following the court case. Citing her own ongoing legal dispute with local authority, Ms Thomas declined to comment on the outcome of today’s hearing.

The Herald has previously revealed that a former senior manager, who remains in a high-profile post outside the authority, and a further manager, who is still employed by the local authority, were not only aware of issues at Pembrey Country Park but tried desperately to cover them up.

The County Council’s own inquiry into allegations of misconduct and mismanagement at Pembrey Country Park is continuing.

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