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Watchdog clears former Northamptonshire Police boss of 'gross misconduct'

Martin Jelley has been cleared by the investigation Credit: PA

A former deputy chief constable at Northamptonshire Police has "no case to answer" for gross misconduct following an investigation, a police watchdog has found.

Martin Jelley, who is now chief constable at Warwickshire Police, had been under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) since March.

It followed a claim against Mr Jelley, during his time at Northamptonshire Police, of possible inappropriate conduct for a delay in referring a separate matter to the watchdog.

"Following a thorough investigation, we have found Chief Constable Martin Jelley has no case to answer for gross misconduct or misconduct."

– Rachel Cerfontyne, IPCC deputy chair,

The Commission wouldn't release further details of the investigation at this time due to a linked inquiry into possible misconduct by Northamptonshire Police deputy chief constable Andy Frost.

Earlier this year, the IPCC announced investigations into Mr Jelley and then assistant chief constable Mr Frost over claims in relation to an "internal professional standards matter".

The IPCC confirmed the investigation into possible misconduct by Mr Frost, who was promoted in the summer, is continuing.

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Investigation into care home deaths re-opened

The families of five elderly residents who died suddenly at a Northampton care home have welcomed a decision by police to re-open the investigation into their deaths.

They were all residents at the Parkside House Nursing Home between July and August 2009.

Detectives say a criminal investigation would have taken place at the time but wasn't possible because the Coroner found the deaths had been due natural causes.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey.

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Investigation into deaths of residents from Northampton care home to be reopened

An investigation into the deaths of five residents of a former Northampton care home is to be reopened by Northamptonshire Police.

Between July and August 2009, five residents of the Parkside House Nursing Home in St Matthew’s Parade, Northampton, died.

At the time the Coroner ruled they died from natural causes as there was no evidence to suggest that neglect was a direct cause of death.

However, after reviewing the findings of an investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Northamptonshire Police has decided to reopen its investigation.

“We are taking on board the views of the relatives of the five people who died and they are 100 per cent supportive of the police investigation.

“We would also like to speak to anybody who had friends or relatives at Parkside during the time our investigation covers.

“And we would urge any health professionals to come forward if they have any information which they think could help us.”

– Detective Sergeant Ashley Turner, Northamptonshire Police

The investigation into the former home, which closed shortly after the five people died, is expected to last several months.

Anyone with any information which they believe might be helpful to the investigation can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555111.


Police step up patrols after rise in theft of iPads

Northamptonshire Police are launching a new scheme after a series of iPad thefts in schools Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police in Northampton are stepping up patrols at schools in the county, after a series of iPad thefts.

The force are setting up a new scheme so that people can register their devices, making them easier to trace if they are stolen.

Police to crack down on speeding motorcyclists

Police in Northamptonshire will be targeting speeding motorcyclists over the next few weeks. Police say more than 50% of collisions on the county's roads involve motorbikes.

In a recent speed enforcement operation, three motorcyclists were clocked travelling at speeds of 91, 96 and 121 miles per hour.

In addition to speed checks, there are three BikeSafe events planned for August, September and October. BikeSafe is a national, police-led initiative that seeks to engage riders of powered two wheelers.

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