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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.

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PCC: 'Gwent Police in a better place' without Napier

Gwent PCC Ian Johnston has told the local panel that oversees him that "Gwent Police is in a better place without the Chief Constable".

He said he gave feedback to Carmel Napier in weekly meetings, but "you can only try so many times."

"We have the evidence ready if we go to judicial review."

Earlier this month, the Police and Crime Commissioner admitted he told her to retire or be removed from her post.

Police and Crime Panels were set up alongside the Police and Crime Commissioners last November - to oversee and scrutinise the PCCs. In Gwent, it is made up of local councillors and two independent co-opted members.

The panel is today "seeking further information" from Mr Johnston about Mrs Napier's exit.

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