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Police: Cleveland cops suspended

Issue No. 2264

The chief constable of Cleveland police and his deputy have been suspended by their police authority after being arrested by detectives investigating fraud and corruption.

The suspension of Sean Price, chief constable, Derek Bonnard, his deputy, and former force solicitor Caroline Llewellyn comes after the resignation three months ago of the chair of the police authority—which is also under investigation.

Price is also the subject of a separate investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) that he used “undue influence” to get an someone a job within the force.

Llewellyn recently received £213,379 in a voluntary redundancy payoff. Detectives at a police station in North Yorkshire questioned all three on suspicion of misconduct in a public office, corrupt practice and fraud by abuse of position.

Mersey cops booted out

Five police officers from Merseyside Police’s gun crime unit have been fired after a photograph surfaced of them fooling around in a house they were raiding.

The photograph, taken on a mobile phone, showed the uniformed men in the kitchen of a suspect’s home.

They were holding up everyday items including a packet of breakfast cereal and cleaning products, while grinning and pulling faces.

The photograph of them “behaving inappropriately” emerged during a professional standards investigation set up to probe allegations that items of clothing seized in similar raids were appearing for sale on eBay.

Two senior officers were also suspended for failing to supervise the search team properly. One has been reinstated but the second remains suspended.

Three officers, including a sergeant, were suspended over those allegations last month and remain on police bail.

Two Merseyside Police firearms officers were disciplined after going to a bike shop when they should have been on patrol.

In a separate unrelated incident, a serving Merseyside Police officer was arrested and questioned over the alleged theft of a push bike.The 49-year-old officer from the Roads Policing Unit was suspended after being arrested on suspicion of theft on Monday.

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Tue 9 Aug 2011, 18:01 BST
Issue No. 2264
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