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Winston Roddick: 'I believe I acted in a proper manner'

North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick says he believes he acted in a 'right and proper manner' following allegations that he committed an election offence by lying about where he lives.

It is alleged Mr Roddick claimed he was living in North Wales - a requirement under electoral rules - when his home is actually in South Wales.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed an investigation is in its early stages following a referral.

I believe I acted in a right and proper manner, but the IPCC is required to investigate such complaints and is doing so in a perfectly proper and transparent way.

– Winston Roddick QC

IPCC investigating Winston Roddick allegations

The North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner is being investigated for allegedly lying about where he lives.

Winston Roddick was elected to the post in November standing as an Independent.

It is alleged Mr Roddick claimed he was living in North Wales at the time - a requirement under electoral rules when his home is actually in South Wales.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed it is investigating the allegations.

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IPCC to investigate Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins case

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says it will investigate South Wales Police's investigation into Ian Watkins, singer with Welsh rock group Lostprophets.

We received a referral from South Wales Police on 25th January 2013 relating to Ian Watkins. Following a thorough assessment I have decided that we will carry out an independent investigation.

As criminal proceedings are active, it would be inappropriate to publish further information at this time.”

– Tom Davies, IPCC Commissioner for Wales

Mr Watkins, 35, is charged with conspiring to rape a child and possessing and distribution of indecent images of children.

He is due to make a further court appearance in March.

IPCC to investigate officers' contact with Cwmbran family

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has confirmed it will investigate following the deaths of three people in a Cwmbran house fire.

Three generations of one family - Kim Buckley, 46, her daughter Kayleigh, 17, and her six-month-old grand-daughter Kimberley - perished at their home on the Coed Eva estate on Tuesday.

Gwent Police had voluntarily referred the case to the IPCC as officers had been called to the property in the past.

The police watchdog will now investigate contact between Gwent Police officers and the family prior to the incident.

This matter was referred to the IPCC on Thursday, 20 September, and given the severity of the incident we have determined an independent investigation should examine the circumstances surrounding Gwent Police’s contact with this family.

Our thoughts and sympathies are extended to the surviving family and friends of those who have tragically died.

Our enquiry, which is in the very early stages, will be a thorough investigation scrutinising police contact and actions prior to the events on Tuesday morning.

– IPCC Commissioner Tom Davies

IPCC investigate a custody 'near miss' in Swansea

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) are investigating an incident in which a 30-year-old man from Sketty was found collapsed in a Swansea police cell on July 10th.

It is alleged that a custody staff member from a private contractor firm had confirmed that he had checked the cell on custody records, but CCTV does not show this visit.

South Wales Police have referred the case to the IPCC.

Fortunately, this man was found in time and has now recovered. Medical staff had advised that this particular man was to be visited at 30-minute intervals because of concerns about his health. There has been a lot of work and policies aimed at making detention safer and our investigation will examine what happened in this case and what specific training custody staff are given.

– Tom Davies, IPCC Commissioner for Wales

Taser men's police complaint thrown out

A father and son who were tasered by officers from South Wales Police have had their complaint against the force rejected.

Jeffrey Evans, from Briton Ferry, complained that when he was arrested, the barb from a taser was embedded in his head.

Police officers went to the Evans' family home on 15 August 2009 after a taxi driver reported that two men had racially abused and physically threatened him. This turned out to be Jeffrey Evans and his son Geoffrey

Jeffrey Evans pleaded guilty at court to racially aggravated criminal damage. Geoffrey Evans pleaded guilty to obstructing the police and racially aggravated Section 4 public order offences

Mr Evans' claim that he was an innocent man who was set upon by police officers who intended to kill him is not supported by the evidence. It is clear from the accounts of those present that both Jeffrey and Geoffrey Evans were liable to arrest due to their behaviour towards the taxi driver.

– IPCC spokesperson

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