Cumbria Police chief suspended from duty

The Temporary Chief Constable of Cumbria Police, Stuart Hyde, has been suspended over alleged serious misconduct.

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Suspended police chief makes statement

The temporary chief constable of Cumbria has made a statement after being suspended following a number of claims of serious misconduct.

Stuart Hyde was relieved of his duties following a meeting of Cumbria Police Authority on Thursday.

"I have been very proud to serve the people of Cumbria as chief constable and wish to continue in that role. I was devastated when I was told last night about the allegations. I will await the full details and I will co-operate fully with any investigation. This has had a profound effect on me and my family and I want to clear my name as soon as possible."

– Temporary Chief Constable Stuart Hyde, Cumbria Police

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All allegations against police officers "taken seriously"

Cumbria Police Authority, which oversees the force, released a statement announcing the suspension of the Temporary Chief Constable, Stuart Hyde:

“The decision has been taken following a number of allegations of serious misconduct, which may indicate there has been a breach in the standards of professional behaviour, by Mr Hyde, in his activities as Temporary Chief Constable.

“The Authority takes all allegations against any police officer seriously and must address these allegations in an appropriate manner.

“This is an isolated matter and does in no way reflect the conduct of the wider Constabulary.

“All staff have been informed of this decision."

– Ray Cole, Cumbria Police Authority Chairman

The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Mr Hyde has been replaced as by Bernard Lawson, who is a deputy chief constable at Merseyside Police.

“I would like to reassure the people of Cumbria that we will continue to work hard during this difficult period to deliver the high standards of service they have come to expect from us."

– Bernard Lawson, Acting Chief Constable, Cumbria Police

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