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Convicted garage owner apologises in local paper ad

A garage owner convicted of an MoT fraud has apologised to customers in a local newspaper advert.

Dylan James (30), of Narberth, who owns Pope's Garage in Haverfordwest, was convicted by magistrates last month.

His advert in the Western Telegraph says the court case had been a "humbling lesson" and he wanted to "rebuild" his reputation.

"I deeply regret what happened. I apologise to every customer who was wronged," he wrote.

James was convicted of nine offences of fraud in a case brought by Pembrokeshire County Council.

He was initially jailed for six months but released a week later after a crown court judge at Swansea ruled that sentence was excessive and replaced it with fines and costs in excess of £5,000.

He was ordered to repay £40 to seven customers.

He had denied in court deceiving any customer.

Craig Jones, representing James, said his client had given way to pressure while trying to grow his business too quickly.

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