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Ann Barnes explains decision to appear in Channel 4’s Cutting Edge programme

PUBLISHED: 09:47 20 May 2014 | UPDATED: 09:47 20 May 2014

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes

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Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, has defended her decision to appear in a TV documentary about her job.

Channel 4 has released three clips from a Cutting Edge show, due to be published next week, on its website.

Ms Barnes said she agreed to be “open and transparent” during filming.

But Rupert Turpin, the vice-chairman of the body which scrutinises the PCC’s role said Mrs Barnes’ decision showed her inexperience.

Mrs Barnes, though, has hit back Mr Turpin’s claims.

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes said: “When I was approached with the idea to do this documentary I gave it very careful thought.

“I finally agreed because I have vowed to be open and transparent about my job as Kent Police and Crime Commissioner.”

Mrs Barnes did add, though, she felt the programme did not address the “many complexities” of her post.

“It’s a shame that after four months of filming, so much has ended up on the cutting room floor and the result is a mere snapshot of my working life, addressing none of the many complexities of the post of Commissioner,” she said, before adding: “There has been an element of mischievous editing here and I would ask people to make up their own minds after watching the whole programme and not after seeing a 32 second Channel 4 publicity clip.”


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