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Welsh politician who posed with a gun on a beach is suspended

Police are investigating after gun-toting politician posed with a gun on a beach in Wales, saying he made sure there were no ‘English people trying to cross the canal’ – as he has been suspended from Plaid Cymru

  • Plaid Cymru Councilor Jon Scriven posted a photo to Facebook on August 8
  • He said he ‘made sure there were no English trying to cross the canal’
  • Mr Scriven was pictured holding a rifle in Ogmore-by-Sea
  • He was pressured to be suspended after the post was labeled ‘xenophobic’

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An armed politician who posed with a gun on a beach in Wales and said he made sure ‘no Englishmen tried to cross the canal’ has been suspended from Plaid Cymru.

Councilor Jon Scriven faced mounting pressure after the post was dubbed ‘xenophobic’ to the English.

To read the Facebook status: “Ogmore-by-Sea tonight for a swim and see if there aren’t any English who want to cross the channel.”

The message was posted on Facebook on August 8 and was widely shared two weeks later, on August 22 later removed.

Mr Scriven apologized for the post, writing on Facebook: “It was poorly reviewed and I apologize to group leader Lindsay Whittle who has accepted my apology.”

South Wales Police are now investigating Mr Scriven’s social media post.

Police said they were aware of a post with a man brandishing what appeared to be a rifle in Ogmore-by-Sea.

Chief Inspector Michelle Conquer said, “We have been notified of an allegation of malicious communication and we are investigating.”

And a Plaid Cymru spokesman said he had been suspended by the party pending an investigation.

Councilor Jon Scriven (above) was pictured with a rifle in Ogmore-by-Sea.  There is mounting pressure on Plaid Cymru to suspend him after his comments were deemed 'xenophobic'

Councilor Jon Scriven (above) was pictured with a rifle in Ogmore-by-Sea. There is mounting pressure on Plaid Cymru to suspend him after his comments were deemed ‘xenophobic’

Mr Scriven apologized on Facebook saying the group leader had accepted

Mr Scriven apologized on Facebook saying the group leader had accepted

Mr Scriven apologized on Facebook saying the group leader had accepted

Councilor Scriven’s now deleted message was inappropriate and against the views and values ​​of Plaid Cymru, the spokesperson said.

He was right to apologize for any offense offended.

“All elected representatives of Plaid Cymru have a duty to maintain the highest standards.

“Alderman Scriven has been suspended pending an investigation.”

Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies had tweeted Monday that he was ‘speechless’, adding: ‘This is a Plaid Cymru councillor. This kind of xenophobic attitude is below us.’

He called on Plaid leader Adam Price to “not allow another scandal to rage without decisive action.”

Mr Scriven's post (above) was widely shared Monday afternoon, although it was uploaded to Facebook on Aug. 8 and was later deleted

Mr Scriven's post (above) was widely shared Monday afternoon, although it was uploaded to Facebook on Aug. 8 and was later deleted

Mr Scriven’s post (above) was widely shared Monday afternoon, although it was uploaded to Facebook on Aug. 8 and was later deleted

Welsh Liberal Democrats leader Jane Dodds MP said in a statement: ‘There is a clear implication of violence and xenophobia in this post.

Whether or not it was intended as a joke, it is completely inappropriate for an elected official to make such comments when they should know better.

“With so much hatred in politics in recent years, we should try to build bridges, not stir up divisions.

“Plaid Cymru must now do the right thing and suspend the councilor in question.”

Caerphilly Senedd member Labor’s Hefin David had tweeted a screenshot of the post earlier in the day: ‘Not appropriate, right Caerphilly Plaid?’

Hours later, in another tweet, Mr David said: ‘To those who made abusive comments in response. Our society faces major challenges.

“We should try to bring together and tackle the real problems, such as the cost of living crisis.

“Wrapping yourself in a flag and hating outsiders won’t help any person in need.”

A Plaid Cymru spokesperson said: ‘The now deleted message from Councilor Scriven was inappropriate and against Plaid Cymru’s views and values.

He was right to apologize for any offense offended.

“All elected representatives of Plaid Cymru have a duty to maintain the highest standards. Councilor Scriven has been suspended pending an investigation.’

Caerphilly County Borough Council has been contacted for comment