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Salmon on the slicks

chris salmonIT emerged this week that Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon is being investigated by the IPCC.

The investigation relates to an allegation that Mr Salmon drove a police-owned vehicle with defective tyres in October last year.

Mr Salmon, who hopes to retain the role of P&CC after the coming election in May, has said that he will ‘cooperate fully with the investigation’.

A spokesperson for the Independent Police Complaints Commission said: “The IPCC is independently investigating an alleged road traffic offence involving the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Christopher Salmon.

“The allegation relates to driving a police owned vehicle with defective tyres on a date in October 2015. The IPCC investigation follows a referral to the IPCC from the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel in January 2016.”

Meanwhile, the use of a police vehicle by the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner has been questioned by his Welsh Liberal Democrat opponent.
Richard Church has questioned why Salmon has been given use of a police vehicle at all.

A Freedom of Information request has found that the BMW 530 supplied to Mr Salmon is equipped with blue lights and a siren that he cannot use. The request also states the Commissioner is entitled to claim 45p a mile in mileage expenses for use of a private vehicle.

Mr Church said:  “Christopher Salmon has been accused of driving a vehicle with defective tyres. That in itself is a serious accusation, and will doubtless follow the due process of the law.

“But this saga begs the question of why he has use of a specialist police vehicle at all. I can see no reason why an elected official on a good salary should be given a vehicle, complete with sirens and blue lights and paid for by the public purse, to go about his duties.

“This perk of public office that our Tory Police Commissioner is enjoying should be scrapped immediately, and if I’m elected in May I will do just that.

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