Welsh Police Commissioner stops policing fracking protests

North Wales’ Arfon Jones, a former anti-fracking activist, had queried why his force was helping Lancashire police 

Police monitor protests at Cuadrilla’s site in Lancashire earlier this month.
Police monitor protests at Cuadrilla’s site in Lancashire earlier this month. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

The North Wales police and crime commissioner has been accused of “cronyism” after his force withdrew from policing anti-fracking protests following his intervention.


Arfon Jones

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Arfon Jones is the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales Police. He is a member of Plaid Cymru.

Jones had a long career in the North Wales Police, becoming Operational Inspector for the eastern division before retiring in 2008.[1] Jones served two full terms as county councillor for Gwersyllt West ward on Wrexham County Borough Council from 2008 until 2017. [2] He was lead member for Children’s Social Care in the Wrexham county administration led by Aled Roberts, and stood as Plaid Cymru’s candidate for the Wrexham Constituency in the 2010 General Election.

In 2012, Jones was reprimanded by the Chief Executive of Wrexham County Borough Council for sending Tweets from a council meeting contrary to the Council’s standing orders.[3]

Jones was elected North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner in the May 2016 election, succeeding Winston Roddick.[4]

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