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IPCC to investigate new Lancashire Police Commissioner

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will investigate allegations made against Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

The allegations centre on expenses claims made by Clive Grunshaw before his election in November to the office of PCC.

The matter was referred to the IPCC by Lancashire’s Police and Crime Panel, which scrutinises the work of the PCC, following an article in the Sunday Times (£).

Hackers target Conservative MP's website

Conservative MP David Morris said his website has been hacked by an organisation claiming to represent "Freedom for the Mujahideen".

Mr Morris, who represents Morecambe & Lunesdale, said: "I was shocked to discover that my website has been hacked. I have alerted the company who host my website as well as Lancashire Police."

He also tweeted: "My website has been hacked, currently working on the situation please e-mail or telephone until further notice."

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: "We received a report from a complainant relating to a website and an investigation is under way."

Police hunt 'dangerous and predatory' offender on the run

Police are hunting a "dangerous and predatory" offender who is believed to have committed a serious sexual offence while on the run.

Ivan Leach, who is also known as Lee Cyrus, went missing from an open prison in Lincolnshire on October 9.

Ivan Leach, who is also known as Lee Cyrus, has been on the run since October 9. Credit: Police Handout

Lancashire Police are investigating reports two schoolgirls were approached as they sat at a bus stop in Preston city centre on October 17.

The girls were approached by a man matching Leach’s description who made sexual remarks towards them and encouraged them to participate in sexual activities with him. Fortunately the girls boarded their bus and reported the incident to the police.

Leach was jailed in 2005 for robbing a 90 year old woman in Ribbleton. He was given a life sentence with a minimum tariff of five years. He also has convictions for burglary and robbery and assault.

Police say Leach was born in Preston and has connections across the city as well as in South Ribble.