Police commissioner hopeful Caroline Jones is a victim of vandalism
A CANDIDATE in the upcoming police commissioner elections has herself become a victim of crime after vandals attacked her business.
Caroline Jones had to call the boys and girls in blue after the front window on a cafe she runs in Porthcawl was smashed in the early hours of the morning.
Ms Jones is the Conservative candidate in next month's South Wales Police commissioner election.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack on the Baker Boys cafe in the town's John Street to come forward.
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Ms Jones said: "Fortunately, no-one was hurt but there was extensive damage to the front of the building.
"This incident is a clear reminder that there is more to be done to tackle anti-social behaviour and if elected that is exactly what I will do.
"My number one priority is to reduce crime, particularly anti-social behaviour, which is a blight on our communities.
"In order to do this, I believe very strongly in ensuring that as many police as possible are visible on the streets. I want to see less back-room form-filling and more bobbies out on the beat."
Former teacher Ms Jones is one of four people hoping to become the South Wales Police commissioner next month — she is up against Labour candidate Alun Michael and independents Mike Baker and Tony Verderame.
The public will go to the polls on November 15 to elect police and crime commissioners, powerful new posts that come with the ability to control police budgets, hire and fire chief constables, and decide policing priorities.
Each force in Wales and England will have an elected commissioner who will replace the existing police authorities.
The UK Government says the commissioners will make police forces more accountable to the communities they serve and will give the public a powerful say in what the police do — but opponents have claimed it will lead to politicisation of policing.
Ms Jones, who lives in Margam, has previously pledged to donate 10 per cent of the £80,000 salary that comes with the commissioner job to victims of crime.
She said: "The reckless damage done to my property has served to reinforce my belief that my personal campaign pledge is absolutely the right thing to do."