Anger after Hampshire crime commissioner Simon Hayes say Portsmouth girls aged five want to be Jihadi brides

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  • Portsmouth City Council leader Donna Jones ‘deeply concerned’ by comments
  • Home Secretary Theresa May to be told of dispute
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POLICE chief Simon Hayes is to be reported to the home secretary after he suggested Muslim girls as young as five in Portsmouth were interested in becoming ‘Jihadi brides’.

Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said she was ‘deeply, deeply concerned’ by the comments made by Hampshire police and crime commissioner during a BBC TV interview last night.

Cllr Jones has already hit out at Mr Hayes over his criticism of the city authority’s handling of extremism in the city.

But now she is complaining to Theresa May and believes Mr Hayes needs additional training by the police to deal with matters of national security.

Cllr Jones said: ‘I am deeply, deeply concerned. What he is doing is sending out the wrong message and managing this the wrong way.

‘This has to be handled in a sensitive way.

‘He is saying Portsmouth has not got a grip on extremism, and that is completely wrong.

‘We are one of the strongest cities in the UK on this issue.

‘If he is criticising us, then he criticising the efforts of the police.

‘If Simon Hayes has got so many concerns about Portsmouth, why did he raise it at a public meeting and not with me?

I am deeply, deeply concerned. What he is doing is sending out the wrong message and managing this the wrong way. This has to be handled in a sensitive way.

Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council

‘The lack of professionalism is unbelievable.’

The pair also came to blows on Twitter last night - with Cllr Jones claiming Mr Hayes had done nothing to help Portsmouth in its efforts to curb extremist activity.

Cllr Jones added: ‘I am going to be writing to Theresa May to inform her of the situation and the concerns I have about the police and crime commissioner.

‘I will be asking her to send a directive to the special branch of the police requesting Mr Hayes is given the proper training to deal with critical issues of national security.’