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.
"This is a cross party report, and it's quite scathing" says Caerphilly MP Wayne David.
"It's very scathing of the PCC for Gwent, both of his attitude and actions, but it also raises bigger questions of the power that a PCC has and certainly puts a question mark over whether we should have them in the first place."
"I would like to reiterate that the interests of the communities of Gwent have, and always will be, at the forefront of my decisions and that at all times I act within the relevant legislation" says Gwent Police & Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston.
"I will be moving to appoint a new Chief Constable at the beginning of September".
"In the meantime, I will work with the temporary Chief Constable Jeff Farrar to ensure the Force has the stability and leadership required, to continue to provide a police service for Gwent which meets the needs of the communities of Gwent"
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.
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.