Three more arrests as part of Operation Sacristy probe at Cleveland Police (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Three more arrests as part of Operation Sacristy probe at Cleveland Police
MORE arrests have been made as part of a criminal investigation centred on Cleveland Police.
Operation Sacristy is an investigation into a number of people with current or past associations with Cleveland Police Authority and the manner in which it may have conducted some of its business and is being carried out by Warwickshire Police.
This afternoon the force issued a statement saying:
"Officers involved in Operation Sacristy last week arrested three men as part of the ongoing investigation.
"A 46-year-old man in Cleveland was arrested on suspicion of Fraud by Abuse of Position, Corrupt Practice, Misconduct in a Public Office, Money Laundering, Fraud by False Representation and Conspiracy to Defraud.
"He was taken to a police station in North Yorkshire to be interviewed and has been bailed until a date in April 2013.
"A 65-year-old man and a 35-year-old man, at two addresses in Warrington, Cheshire, were arrested on suspicion of Corrupt Practice, Money Laundering and Fraud by False Representation.
"They were taken to a police station in Cheshire where they were interviewed and bailed until a date in March 2013."
Mr Price will face a Cleveland Police Authority misconduct hearing on Wednesday which is separate from the criminal investigation.
Last night, Mr Price claimed it has been revealed in legal documents that he is unlikely to face any criminal charges.
He lost a legal challenge at the High Court last week in which he argued the misconduct hearing should be delayed, as the outcome could prejudice any future criminal trial.
Mr Price, who protested his innocence, said in a statement that a letter written by a North Yorkshire Police detective revealed that Operation Sacristy may not be completed until 2014, however it was unlikely to lead to any criminal charges against the chief.
He said: "I have always maintained my innocence of any gross misconduct and will continue to do so at the disciplinary hearing - though I do feel criminal matters should have been resolved
The misconduct hearing will be held in private.