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Controversial paedophile report published

Mik Smith: The paedophile was nearly allowed to become a foster carer

THE REPORT into how Pembrokeshire County Council dealt with convicted paedophile Mik Smith has been published today (Jun 19) after a landmark decision by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet.

The new Cabinet, led by new Council Leader David Simpson, voted unanimously in favour of publishing the report.

Cllr Mike Stoddart, who has long campaigned for the report to be published, also asked if a Task and Finish Group could be set up to investigate other issues that he was aware of which were not included in the report and that was supported by the Cabinet.

His notice of motion has been repeatedly knocked back by officers who said the report could not be published because it contained sensitive information.

At previous meetings of Full Council meeting and Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee in March, calls to release the document were defeated on the chairman’s vote after a tied vote.

The report had already been leaked to the press but at a previous meeting, Chief Executive, Mr Ian Westley, stated that it was his ‘personal preference’ that the report shouldn’t be published due to an agreement he had with the report’s author.

The report can be found on the Pembrokeshire County Council website here.