Dyfed-Powys Police commissioner ends Carmarthenshire News funding

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The Dyfed-Powys Police commissioner is to end £5,000 funding for a newspaper published by public bodies every two months, including his force and office.

Christopher Salmon says money for the Carmarthenshire News would be better used on crime safety initiatives.

It is produced by the Carmarthenshire Local Service Board, whose partners also include the county council, local health board and fire service.

The board chairman said he was surprised.

Chris Martin said although a representative of the police commissioner's office had been at its last meeting, members were not told of the announcement.

Mr Salmon, a Conservative, said he was a great supporter of "traditional local media" such as independent newspapers, broadcasters and websites which were trusted by people.

He described independent media as "the bedrock of democracy".

'Surprised'

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I'm confident that our Carmarthenshire News payments can be used more wisely”

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"We talk to local papers and other media across Dyfed-Powys and that works well," he said.

"We aim to communicate with the public in the way that they tell us best suits them, including through the media, face to face and on social media.

"I'm confident that our Carmarthenshire News payments can be used more wisely."

The commissioner confirmed that both Dyfed-Powys Police and his office will remain members of the local service board which meets every two months.

However, Mr Martin, who is also chairman of Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: "We were surprised to be informed of this press statement given that this matter was discussed at the last Carmarthenshire Local Service Board meeting which was held on Wednesday.

"Although the police and crime commissioner was not present himself, he was represented at the meeting and this message was not conveyed at that time.

"He did not copy us in to his press statement or informing us that he was releasing anything before sending the statement to the media.

"This matter will be discussed by the Local Service Board at its next meeting."

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