MPs quiz PCC and ex-chief

Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston is being asked to explain why he forced the area's Chief Constable Carmel Napier to retire. He told the Gwent Police and Crime Panel that the force 'is in a better place' without her.

Expert urges review of who controls Welsh police forces

A leading expert on policing has tonight called on the Welsh Government to take over control of forces across Wales. The move follows the bitter row over how a Welsh Police Commissioner handled the forced retirement of a chief constable.

Dr Tim Brain says the Gwent Commissioner, Ian Johnston was within his rights to force out Chief Constable Carmel Napier.

Dr Brain is now calling for a review of who is responsible for the police forces of Wales.

Owain Phillips reports

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Gwent's PCC quizzed by MPs

Gwent's Police and Crime Commissioner, Ian Johnston, will be questioned by the Welsh Affairs Select Committee today. A one-off session is being held with all four Welsh PCCs, but the spotlight is likely to fall Mr Johnston following revelations over the departure of Chief Constable, Carmel Napier.

Carmel Napier suddenly left her post as Gwent's Chief Constable last month. Later it emerged that Ian Johnston had suggested she should retire or face being removed from her post.

Giving evidence to the Home Affairs Committee last week, the ex-Chief Constable said that Ian Johnston was 'bullying and menacing' when he told her she should retire or be sacked. Mr Johnston defended his decision, saying it was clear she was "hostile" to his role as Gwent's PCC.

It later emerged that the taxpayer footed the bill of £16,000 in legal fees over the removal of the Chief Constable.

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PCC and former chief to appear before MP committee

Ian Johnston was elected Gwent's Police and Crime Commissioner last year Credit: ITV News

Gwent's Police and Crime Commissioner and Gwent Police's former chief constable will appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee in London later.

A row broke out last month when it emerged that Ian Johnston had ordered Carmel Napier to 'retire or be removed.'

Both parties will give their side of events that led to Mrs Napier's departure at the meeting in Westminister this afternoon.

Former Chief Constable Carmel Napier Credit: ITV News
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