A COUNCIL leader could be investigated by a public watchdog, it has emerged.

The office of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales has confirmed that a complaint has been received against Aaron Shotton, leader of Flintshire Council and county councillor for Connah's Quay Central, concerning whether he has breached the council’s code of conduct.

A spokesman for the ombudsman's office said the nature of the complaint could not be revealed, adding: "The complaint will be assessed before a decision is taken on whether the matter should be investigated.”

A spokesman for Flintshire Council said: “The council has recently been made aware of some allegations and has now been advised that a referral to the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales (PSOW) has been made.

“The PSOW is the appropriate route for investigating any alleged breaches of the code of conduct whilst the investigation is underway.

“It would be inappropriate for the council to comment any further, bearing in mind that we have a duty of care to any employee who may be implicated or is placed at risk by any allegations.”

Cllr Shotton and Welsh Labour have been approached for a comment about the complaint.