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North Wales Police & Crime Commissioner blasts BBC Wales ‘trash tv’ ‘hatchet job’ after tweets to Wrexham.com

The North Wales Police & Crime Commissioner has strongly criticised BBC Wales after Wrexham.com highlighted a promo for a debate taking place tomorrow night in Plas Madoc.

Over the last week we had been made aware of a recording of ‘The Hour’, a BBC Wales debate show that is being recorded locally tomorrow and broadcast later tomorrow evening. We tweeted a link to one of the debate videos, with our own view on the surprising contents:

The video can be found below, with the tweeted trail of “The reality of crime in one Welsh town.”

The show then got the most engagement is has ever had, with people responding to the comments made, a sample below:

The programme fronted by presenter Catrin Nye is being produced for BBC Wales by independent outfit, Avanti TV, and is due to be shown tomorrow (Monday) at 10.40pm.

North Wales Police & Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones issued a statement today over the video and debate, saying he had been asked to take part but has refused to cooperate.

He said: “Although I was unable to attend the debate itself, I had originally agreed to do an interview with the programme.

“But I pulled out when it became perfectly clear they wanted to do a hatchet job on Wrexham by generating more heat than light.

“I’m afraid the overwhelmingly negative promotional video confirmed all my worst fears when it made the town sound more like Baghdad on a bad day.”

“This is a scurrilous attempt to besmirch Wrexham. Of course, the town is not perfect and as a local resident and a former councillor I am fully aware of the challenges.”

“But The Hour are over-egging the negatives in a cynical attempt to drum up viewers. Shame on them for this trash TV promotional video.”

The debate is tomorrow evening and as far as we know there are spaces in the audience, and with this controversy it is likely to have an increased awareness locally of the show – which will also be viewable via the iPlayer for the many in the area who can’t pick up BBC Wales.

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