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Cumbria Police Authority have released a statement regarding the decision of the IPCC that it does not need to be involved in the investigation into the suspension of Cumbria's temporary Chief Constable Stuart Hyde.
The IPCC has passed the investigation back to Cumbria Police Authority who say they are going to appoint an independent Chief Constable to lead the investigation.The statement is as follows:
Temporary Chief Constable Hyde will remain suspended and Bernard Lawson will continue in his role as temporary Chief Constable.
The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, say complaints that led to Cumbria's Temporary Chief Constable being suspended do not amount to serious misconduct. Stuart Hyde was suspended last month. It also said the claims 'were based on unsupported suspicion'.
In a statement, the IPCC said it's completed a detailed assessment and decided it does not need to be involved further in an investigation at this stage. The matter has been passed to the Cumbria Police Authority, who are meeting this afternoon.
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The IPCC say after investigations into allegations of serious misconduct by Cumbria's Chief Constable they no longer need to be involved.