The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria, Richard Rhodes, has said that a new matter has arisen as a result of recent developments in relation to the suspension of Cumbria's Temporary Chief Constable, Stuart Hyde.
Mr Hyde was suspended in September 2012 following allegations of serious misconduct.
“As a result of recent developments in the South Wales Police investigation it has been necessary to refer a new matter about Mr Hyde to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for their consideration in accordance with the Police Reform Act 2002.
“The IPCC have considered the referral and is content for South Wales Police to continue investigating the matter.
"The IPCC has asked that any further significant developments be reported to them.
“It would be inappropriate for a Police and Crime Commissioner to be seen to be trying to influence any aspect of the police investigation into concerns about the standards of Stuart Hyde’s professional behaviour in his activities whilst at Cumbria Constabulary.
“The allegations against Temporary Chief Constable Hyde must be addressed in an appropriate manner and following the process set out in the legislative scheme.”
– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria