Cleveland police and crime chief faces historic sexual assault investigation

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The constabulary and transgression commissioner of 1 of England’s astir troubled forces is being investigated implicit an allegation of a historical intersexual assault.

Steve Turner, who became Cleveland constabulary and transgression commissioner successful May, is resisting unit to resign aft the revelation by the Mirror newspaper.

Turner, a Conservative, was already successful the spotlight aft helium was named successful parliament arsenic having been cautioned immoderate years agone for theft erstwhile helium worked astatine a supermarket.

His occupation gives him oversight of Cleveland police, which successful 2018 became the archetypal English constabulary unit to beryllium rated inadequate crossed each areas.

The constabulary watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), has present begun an probe into the allegation of a historical intersexual offence, which volition beryllium carried retired by different force.

An IOPC spokesperson said: “Any allegation that a transgression offence whitethorn person been committed by a constabulary and transgression commissioner (PCC) indispensable beryllium referred by the due authorization to the IOPC to find whether the substance should beryllium investigated.

“We person present begun a managed probe aft a ailment referral from the Cleveland Police and Crime Panel regarding the alleged behaviour of the existent PCC anterior to taking up the role.

“This investigation, which follows an allegation of a superior non-recent transgression offence, volition beryllium carried retired by a unit from different country nether our absorption and control.

“We person contacted the complainant to marque them alert of our involvement. As this probe is astatine a precise aboriginal stage, it would not beryllium due to remark further.”

The IOPC is besides assessing whether oregon not enactment is required successful narration to the theft, a spokesperson said.

Turner’s bureau said helium has nary plans to resign oregon temporarily measurement down.

His predecessor, Barry Copinger resigned successful September 2020 aft the county’s main constable Richard Lewis raised concerns astir a state of accusation (FoI) breach.

An probe by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) concluded Coppinger did not perpetrate a transgression by deleting WhatsApp messages connected his phone.

In August the IOPC said erstwhile Cleveland constabulary chief, Mike Veale, would look gross misconduct proceedings.

There was “sufficient evidence” helium breached nonrecreational standards portion starring the force, the IOPC said.

Veale, who quit Cleveland police successful 2019 aft conscionable a twelvemonth successful post, led the Sir Edward Heath inquiry portion astatine Wiltshire police.

The bureau did not disclose the quality of the alleged misconduct but it has antecedently said it was looking into complaints of “inappropriate behaviour towards colleagues, discrimination, and unprofessional behaviour”.

Cleveland constabulary is presently seeking yet different constabulary main constable – its seventh successful 9 years – aft Lewis announced helium was leaving to rejoin Mid-Wales constabulary astatine the extremity of the year.