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Latest statement on suspension of Stuart Hyde

In accordance with Police Regulations, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes has undertaken the four weekly review of the suspension of Temporary Chief Constable Stuart Hyde.

Whilst South Wales Police are still investigating the allegations he has decided that Mr Hyde will remain suspended.

"As part of the Police Regulations I have to undertake a four weekly review of the suspension of Temporary Chief Constable Stuart Hyde in order to consider whether it is necessary for the officer to remain suspended.

"Following a full briefing and given that the investigation by South Wales Police continues I have decided that Temporary Chief Constable Stuart Hyde should remain suspended.

“South Wales Police are investigating allegations made about the standards of Stuart Hyde's professional behaviour in his activities whilst at Cumbria Constabulary.

"Wide ranging enquiries have been necessary, which have included interviewing a number of witnesses as well as collating and analysing a considerable volume of documentary evidence.

"It is for this reason that the external investigation remains ongoing.

“As Commissioner, I take all allegations against any police officer seriously. The allegations against Temporary Chief Constable Hyde must be addressed in an appropriate manner and following the process set out in the legislative scheme.

"I stress that suspension is a neutral act that will enable a full and thorough investigation by South Wales Police to take place.

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria

Temporary Chief Constable Lawson will continue in his temporary role.