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Crime Commissioner to give press conference

Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes will give a press conference at 2 o'clock. He's expected to comment on his expenses and an ongoing police investigation into the alleged leaking of information.

The press conference follows a statement that was released yesterday:

Operational policing matters are the responsibility of the Chief Constable. I do not have the powers to instigate or influence an operational policing investigation and the decision to commence an investigation has been made by solely the Chief Constable. I have not received an update on the investigation other than what has been released in the public domain to allow the Chief Constable his full operational independence.

Nothing more than concerns were raised by my Office... and a criminal investigation was not requested. All subsequent actions... have been made solely by the Constabulary.

Three people have been arrested as part of the police investigation into leaked information.

Mr Rhodes has paid back a £700 expense claim for 2 chauffeured Mercedes trips. The details were released as part of a freedom of information act request, but were due to be made pubic later in the year.

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