Police chief faces sex harassment inquiry

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A TOP police officer is at the centre of a criminal inquiry into allegations that he sexually harassed police women and civilian staff. Chief Supt Arthur Jones, 56, retired last week on the day his own force launched an investigation. Senior police officers confirmed yesterday the inquiry could result in criminal proceedings.

Police sources say that the sex harassment claims go back over a number of years. They came to light after an officer broke his silence when he was moved to a far-flung station against his wishes.

Ch Supt Jones was told of the criminal investigation and immediately announced his retirement. He walked out of Newport police station in Gwent, last Friday, after more than 30 years' service.

An assistant chief constable has been appointed to carry out the inquiry which could take several weeks. Statements are being taken from the alleged harassment victims, believed to number at least three women.

A Gwent Police spokeswoman, Judith Jardine, said: 'The officer involved had completed his 30 years' service so he could retire at any time.'

An official statement said: 'A senior police officer has retired from the service and we can confirm that inquiries are being made into matters affecting this particular officer.'