The crisis within Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police is under scrutiny after serious allegations about the way it investigated a sexual predator within its own force.

Politicians said it raises serious questions about the long term future of the force.

Politicians say the force has now run out of chances.
Politicians say the force has now run out of chances.
  • 1974 - Cleveland Police boundary created
  • 1996 - Det. Supt. Ray Mallon appointed as head of Middlesbrough CID. He earned the nickname Robocop as he promised to cut crime on Teesside by 20% in 18 months or resign. He achieved it in half the time.
  • 1997 - 'Robocop' was suspended for alleged criminal activity. Inquiry lasted four years and cost the taxpayer more than £6m.
  • No criminal charges were ever brought against Ray Mallon. By the time the inquiry ended, Cleveland was the worst performing police force in the country and facing calls for it to be disbanded.
Sean Price (left) and Derek Bonnard (right)
Sean Price (left) and Derek Bonnard were sacked for gross misconduct in 2011 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
  • 2003 - Sean Price appointed as new chief constable.
  • 2004 - Sean Price joined by deputy Derek Bonnard.
  • 2011 - Sean Price and Derek Bonnard investigated by IPCC and then sacked for gross misconduct.
  • 2011 - Operation Sacristy launched to look at allegations of corruption within the force.