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MP calls for inquiry into Gwent crime figures

Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith has called for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to look into claims crime reporting in the Gwent area was 'capped.' He made his call during a House of Commons debate on the rôles and powers of Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales.

Mr Smith said that the force's Commissioner Ian Johnston had not justified claims that the area's figures had been capped. He said an external inquiry is needed.

MP calls for review of Gwent crime figures

A Welsh MP is to call for the crime figures for Gwent to be examined by an external inquiry. Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith is expected to make the call during a House of Commons debate on the powers of Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales.

He'll tell MPs that the Gwent commissioner, Ian Johnston had called into question the force's statistics during the dispute which led to the ousting of the former Chief Constable, Carmel Napier. Mr Smith is expected to say,

Mr Johnston has had a troubled first year in office but questions still remain with key issues like the resignation of the former Chief Constable.

Mr Johnston has queried the police performance figures, so let’s have an external take on whether or not the crime figures in Gwent were correct. It’s in everybody’s interest that we have police performance indicators that are credible to the public.

– Nick Smith MP, Blaenau Gwent

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Call for regulation of private car park companies

A South Wales MP is campaigning for drivers to be protected from high car park penalty charges. Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith is also warning against personal driver registration details being sold on or passed into the wrong hands.

I want robust regulation of private car park companies as I feel there's a consensus that motorists aren't getting a fair deal. People want peace of mind when they park their car and pay the right fee. They shouldn't need to worry about hefty penalty charges or information about them or their vehicle falling into the wrong hands.

– Nick Smith MP, Blaenau Gwent