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Police and Crime Commissioner accuses Home Office of disrespecting local community

POLICE and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn today attended a further meeting with Home Office officials and partner agencies to discuss the planned housing of approximately 250 asylum seekers at a military base in Pembrokeshire.

Following the meeting Dafydd Llywelyn stated; “I am totally frustrated that the finer details involving numbers and timescales are being kept from local leaders and residents. There is a complete lack of ownership and leadership being shown by Ministers at the Home Office on this issue and this is disrespectful to the local community”.

PCC Llywelyn has actively been involved in ensuring adequate resources and planning is in place within Dyfed Powys Police since learning of the plans last week highlighting that the response by local leaders of service has been phenomenal. “I am grateful to the Home Office’s operational team in Wales who have supported the planning and I will continue to personally support this activity”.

Last week the PCC wrote an open letter to the Home Secretary, noting local concerns of apparent lack of strategic planning. PCC Llywelyn said; “I reiterate once again what I emphasised in my letter to the Home Secretary last week, that greater strategic planning and engagement is needed to ensure we support and safeguard these vulnerable individuals and respond to local concerns.”

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