Nine arrested in connection with corruption investigation involving Cleveland Police have bail extended (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Nine arrested in connection with corruption investigation involving Cleveland Police have bail extended
People arrested in connection with allegations of corruption in connection with Cleveland Police have had their bail dates extended until January next year.
The nine, including former chief constable Sean Price and former chairman of Cleveland Police Authority Dave McLuckie, had been due to answer bail early next month but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has asked for the extension to examine complex case files and reach decisions regarding potential criminal charges.
The seven men and two women arrested during Operation Sacristy all have connections with the force’s police authority.
Files of evidence in relation to the suspects have now been passed to the CPS and prosecutors are now considering all the material provided.
Operation Sacristy is an investigation, led by Keith Bristow, Director General of the National Crime Agency, into allegations of misconduct by individuals associated with the former Cleveland Police Authority.
Detective Superintendent Ken Lawrence, senior investigating officer for Operation Sacristy said: “Sacristy has been able to provide the CPS with one large file and six other files of evidence for their consideration. The information sent to them is extremely complex and we await their decisions on further criminal charges.”
A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “We have now received files of evidence resulting from the Operation Sacristy investigation, which we will carefully consider in order to determine whether criminal charges should be brought.”
Mr Price was dismissed from the force in October last year for gross misconduct following a disciplinary hearing into issues not connected to Sacristy.
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