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Officer named in inquiry
12:53pm Thursday 30th August 2012 in News
AN officer at the centre of a major police probe has been named.
Inquiries into the work of former Cleveland Police crime scene investigator Stephen Beattie are ongoing following allegations that he potentially undermined a number of criminal cases.
Concerns over the handling of 90 cases in the Cleveland area led to Mr Beattie, 48, being arrested in May last year on suspicion of perverting the cause of justice and theft. He resigned in October.
An inquiry launched by the Independent Police Complaints Commission is examining cases suspected to have been mishandled by Mr Beattie.
An investigation into a death has been re-opened.
In a statement, the IPCC said it was examining allegations Mr Beattie conducted sub-standard work, potentially undermining investigations into a range of incidents including suspicious deaths and had lied about his qualifications when involved in arson investigations A dedicated team of officers is scrutinising the work of Mr Beattie, who was employed by both the Staffordshire and Cleveland forces between 1996 and 2011.
Detective Inspector Warren Shepherd, of Cleveland Police, described the investigation as extremely complex.
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