Plaid Cymru’s Simon Thomas quits after indecent images arrest

Simon Thomas
Simon Thomas had been Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales since 2011

Simon Thomas has quit as a Welsh Assembly Member after being arrested by police investigating allegations of possession of indecent images.

The Plaid Cymru Mid and West Wales AM, a 54-year-old married father-of-two, has also quit the party.

Mr Thomas, who was MP for Ceredigion between 2000 and 2005, has deleted his Twitter page and personal website.

Dyfed-Powys Police said an “individual from Aberystwyth” had been released on bail for 28 days.

A statement from the force said an arrest had been made “on suspicion of possessing indecent images”.

Simon Thomas was Plaid Cymru’s assembly spokesman on the environment and rural affairs

The assembly’s Presiding Officer Elin Jones confirmed Mr Thomas’s resignation in a statement at about 10:00 BST on Wednesday, saying “the Llywydd has received a letter of resignation from Simon Thomas with immediate effect”.

Asked if police had searched his office in Cardiff Bay, a spokeswoman for the Assembly Commission, which is…

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