POLICE have confirmed that pension arrangements for the chief executive of Pembrokeshire County Council and another senior officer will be investigated to ascertain if criminal offences have taken place or not.

In a statement today a spokesman said that the public interest reports relating to Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire councils had been fully considered and it had been decide that it was a matter which should be investigated in the public interest by the police.

An outside force will carry out the investigation.

A Dyfed-Powys spokesman said: “Due to the close working relationships and partnership arrangements that exist between Dyfed-Powys Police and both local authorities, it is not appropriate for the Force to carry out the enquiry. As such the matter has been referred to Gloucestershire Constabulary who will undertake the investigation.

“Dyfed-Powys Police would like to make it absolutely clear that this decision has been taken by the Police alone, and has in no way been influenced by political commentary or media reporting on this issue.”