Inquest into death of teenager while under the care of Pembrokeshire County Council is moved out of the county

Western Telegraph: Seren's mum, Sarah Pollock calls for answers into her daughter's death outside County Hall, Haverfordwest. Seren's mum, Sarah Pollock calls for answers into her daughter's death outside County Hall, Haverfordwest.

THE inquest into the death of a 14-year-old girl who died while in the care of Pembrokeshire County Council in 2012 will no longer be held in the county, after Her Majesty’s coroner ‘relinquished jurisdiction’.

The mother of teenager Seren Bernard, Sarah Pollock, has been waiting more than two years for answers about her daughter’s death and says she has spent much of that time fighting for information from the Local Authority.

She said she had been told of the relocation of the inquest hearing that it was due to a ‘conflict of interest’.

A summary report into Seren’s death was published in January found that there were a number of lessons to be drawn from the case but added it ‘must remain uncertain whether there were any steps that, if taken, would have prevented’ her death.

Sarah had previously expressed concerns about how her child was cared for by the council and is still trying to gain access to the full report into what happened to Seren.

Seren is understood to have taken her own life.

A pre-inquest hearing is due to be held on July 25 by Swansea and Neath Port Talbot senior coroner Philip Rogers at Swansea.

Sarah hopes that the ‘scope’ of Seren’s inquest will be decided at the hearing, as she pushes for it to be heard under article 2 of the European Court of Human Rights which would ask ‘whether the authorities knew, or ought to have known, of a real and immediate risk to the life of an individual and that they failed to take measures which could have avoided that risk’.

Sarah hopes she will also be given a date for when a full inquest will be held following a lengthy delay.

“I’m in a very frustrating and sad situation. I am agrevied that this has been prolonged for so long,” she added.

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5:03pm Fri 18 Jul 14

teifion says...

A fable - PCC press office claim Bryn jones and Jamie both on holiday at the time so they were completely innocent of any wrong doing and their conscience was clear.

jamie was reported to ask Bryn in an open meeting behind locked doors and two security guards - Sir, Sir,Would you be ever so good and tell me what is a conshunsh please Sir

Bryn reportedly told him to behave like a good boy and not ask questions otherwise he'd threaten the doomsday option and threaten to resign ( again)_ which would cost PCC MILLIONS and no one would protect those headless chickens coming home to roost - sorry for a mixed metaphor there.

Of course this did not happen, I was only joking.
A fable - PCC press office claim Bryn jones and Jamie both on holiday at the time so they were completely innocent of any wrong doing and their conscience was clear. jamie was reported to ask Bryn in an open meeting behind locked doors and two security guards - Sir, Sir,Would you be ever so good and tell me what is a conshunsh please Sir Bryn reportedly told him to behave like a good boy and not ask questions otherwise he'd threaten the doomsday option and threaten to resign ( again)_ which would cost PCC MILLIONS and no one would protect those headless chickens coming home to roost - sorry for a mixed metaphor there. Of course this did not happen, I was only joking. teifion
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5:54pm Fri 18 Jul 14

teifion says...

May i apologise If any one thinks I'm making light of this mothers fight to get justice for her daughter.

I wish Ms. Pollock the strength and courage in her fight to get justice for Seren
May i apologise If any one thinks I'm making light of this mothers fight to get justice for her daughter. I wish Ms. Pollock the strength and courage in her fight to get justice for Seren teifion
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10:26pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Ella*** says...

Now this infuriates me.. Before anyone says don't judge if you don't know - I DO! I knew Seren and her situation well. And what needs to be questioned is why she was in care in the first place?! Her mother didn't show this much concern before she took her own life! Hypocrite!
Now this infuriates me.. Before anyone says don't judge if you don't know - I DO! I knew Seren and her situation well. And what needs to be questioned is why she was in care in the first place?! Her mother didn't show this much concern before she took her own life! Hypocrite! Ella***
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