Crime tsar hits out at misconduct allegations

Ibrahim Master

Ibrahim Master

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Lancashire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner has insisted he is “totally innocent” after being accused of misconduct.

Ibrahim Master released a statement after it emerged the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was deciding whether to investigate his actions.

It follows a complaint from police investigating allegations of harassment that was passed on by the Police and Crime Panel (PCP), which oversees the work of the PCC’s office.

Mr Master said: “I was surprised and extremely disappointed the Constabulary decided to report a matter to the Police and Crime Panel (PCP) on the basis of what appears to be limited hearsay evidence, and before the full picture of the events in question had been clarified.

“I welcome an open, transparent, fair and impartial investigation by the IPCC because I know I haven’t done anything wrong whatsoever, and I strongly deny any misconduct.

“I am satisfied that any investigation will support this and I will be fully vindicated at the end of all this.”

He said his lawyers had written to the IPCC and the PCP over alleged inconsistencies within the complaint.

The referral follows an alleged incident in Blackburn, where Mr Master lives, when police were called to a domestic abuse claim in August. One man was arrested, and officers later spoke to Mr Master and one other man in relation to alleged harassment.

Mr Master was not arrested and police investigations are continuing into the matter.

Lancashire Police confirmed a complaint had been referred by the Chief Constable.