Gwent Police sex claim inquiry to be robust, says IPCC

An investigation into alleged sexual offences by a Gwent Police sergeant will be "robust and thorough", a watchdog has promised.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has stepped up its involvement in the Gwent force's investigation into the officer.

The allegations also include potential abuses of power.

The IPCC was already involved in the investigation but its role is now more hands on to ensure greater scrutiny.

The officer has been suspended during the investigation.

Following a referral in January, an investigation was carried out by Gwent Police under the supervision of the IPCC.

But the IPCC says it will now play a more active role in the investigation, managing rather than just supervising it.

IPCC Commissioner for Wales Tom Davies said: "Allegations of this nature are both serious and sensitive and should be investigated thoroughly.

"The public rightly expect to have confidence in how they are treated when they are in custody and allegations to the contrary only erode confidence.

"The IPCC is managing this criminal investigation which will be both robust and thorough."

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