Crime chief to face new delay

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
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Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner will have to wait even longer to find out if he faces criminal charges over allegations he fiddled his expenses after the CPS announced it had received “additional evidence”.

The Crown Prosecution Service in London said they received the new information from the Independent Police Complaints Commission and it will have to be assessed before Clive Grunshaw finds out his fate.

Mr Grunshaw, a former Fleetwood councillor, has continued to carry out his duties in his £70,000 a year role despite the on-going investigation.

He hoped the CPS would have ruled on the allegations by now.

But today’s announcement is likely to mean further delays to an inquiry which has already been underway for more than 10 months.

Only three weeks ago Mr Grunshaw said he was eager to see the probe resolved “as soon as possible.”

He added: “I am confident I have done nothing wrong and I will not be charged.”

A CPS spokesman said:“The CPS has received additional evidence from the Independent Police Complaints Commission in relation to the allegations against Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire.

“We are currently reviewing this to determine whether or not criminal charges should be brought.”

Former milkman Mr Grunshaw is approaching the first anniversary of his appointment as PCC.

Yet for most of that inaugural year he has been under a cloud of suspicion following allegations he “double charged” expenses totalling more than £1,500 while he was a county councillor and also a member of the Lancashire Police Authority.

The amounts relate to 23 trips to Preston from his Fleetwood home for meetings of both authorities.

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