Police Commissioners start work

Wales' four elected Police Commissioners will officially begin their new roles today. The job involves deciding police budgets, appointing chief constables and setting up a crime plan for their area.

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Police and Crime Commissioners start work

Four new Police and Crime Commissioners were elected last week Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners will start work in their four force areas today.

Christopher Salmon (Dyfed Powys), Ian Johnston (Gwent), Winston Roddick (North Wales) and Alun Michael (South Wales) were elected last Friday.

The new commissioners will replace police authorities and will set out local policing priorities, decide how forces' budgets should be spent, and have the power to appoint and dismiss Chief Constables.

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  1. Adrian Masters

Two zero-voting stations in Wales

Newport Council has confirmed to me that only one polling station in the city had seen not a single voter yesterday. It had been thought there was a second. Newport council won't tell me which polling station it was but a reliable source confirms it was at Malpas Cricket Club.

The club's previous claim to fame had been one of its most notable members, the late act Desmond Llewellyn who played Q in the James Bond films. He was from Malpas and boasted he wore a MCC (Malpas Cricket Club) tie in all the Bond films.

Meanwhile Labour MP Wayne David drew my attention to Tir y Berth in Caerphilly. He told me nobody voted there either.

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Dyfed Powys PCC Christopher Salmon defends mandate in face of low turnout

"Yes, it was a low turnout, but the mandate comes with the office", newly-elected Police & Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys Christopher Salmon told Kevin Ashford.

"100% of people had a chance to vote. Clearly, there are lessons to be learnt, and I'm not under any illusions about that."

"It happens at an unusual time of year - that will change in future. It's the first time for the post, and it's taken a lot of explaining to people".

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