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Gwent police chief forced out

The former Chief Constable of Gwent Police says she is concerned about the independence of operational policing, after it was revealed she was forced out by the area's Police and Crime Commissioner.

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Johnston responds to criticism over police chief exit

Ian Johnston became Gwent PCC last November.

Gwent's Police and Crime Commissioner has responded to widespread criticism, after it was revealed he told the force's former Chief Constable to retire or be removed from her post.

Carmel Napier retired last Friday.

The story emerged in document leaked to the South Wales Argus.

Caerphilly MP Wayne David said Gwent PCC Ian Johnston's actions were "totally unacceptable", while Newport West MP Paul Flynn said it constituted "bullying."

Mr Johnston has now issued a statement admitting he "raised my concerns" about Mrs Napier's performance, and saying she then chose to retire, a decision he accepted.

"Had Mrs Napier not made the decision to retire, I intended to take the matter further, which may have resulted in her being asked to leave the force", he said.

Carmel Napier has not yet responded to the story today.

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