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David Jones backs PCC rights to sack police chiefs

12 June 2013 Last updated at 15:39 BST

The right of police and crime commissioners to sack police chiefs has been defended by Welsh Secretary David Jones after Gwent's top officer was forced out.

Gwent commissioner Ian Johnston has confirmed he asked chief constable Carmel Napier to retire or be removed.

David Jones told the Welsh Grand Committee at Westminster he had "high regard" for Mrs Napier.

But he said the commissioner was "best placed to make that judgement".

BBC Wales parliamentary correspondent David Cornock explains.

Minister backs police sacking rights