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The former Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, who was sacked yesterday for gross misconduct, has spoken for the first time since his dismissal.
Derek Bonnard invited ITV News' cameras to his home to strongly deny that he is guilty of any wrongdoing and to confirm that he will appeal against the ruling.
Mr Bonnard spoke to our correspondent Rachel Bullock.
You can watch her full report below.
The former Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, who was sacked for misconduct yesterday, has told ITV News that he must appeal the ruling to clear his name.
Derek Bonnard was dismissed following a three week disciplinary hearing which found him guilty of six counts of gross misconduct.
The gross misconduct includes the misuse of a corporate credit card and accepting inappropriate hospitality.
Mr Bonnard told ITV News that he is innocent of any wrongdoing and, at worst, is only guilty of professional misjudgment while doing a difficult job.
The deputy chief constable of Cleveland Police has been sacked after being found guilty of six charges of gross misconduct.
Derek Bonnard was dismissed a short time ago following the outcome of an inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. It comes five months after the former Chief Constable, Sean Price, was also sacked because of gross misconduct. Both men deny any wrongdoing.
You can watch the full report from Rachel Bullock below.
Derek Bonnard, the former Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, has been dismissed from the force after six counts of gross misconduct were upheld in a disciplinary hearing held by Cleveland Police.
Mr Bonnard was found to have:
- deliberately obstructed the criminal investigation known as Operation Sacristy
- misused public funds in relation to a charity bike ride
- misused a corporate credit card
- inappropriately hired a vehicle which he crashed, costing the tax payer over £5,000
- accepted inappropriate hospitality
- failed to follow policy and procedure in relation to a redundancy matter
Cleveland Police have confirmed that Deputy Chief Constable Derek Bonnard has been dismissed from the force for gross misconduct.
In a disciplinary hearing, six counts of gross misconduct were upheld against Derek Bonnard.
These stemmed from an investigation carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission after a referral from Cleveland Police Authority in August 2011.
Derek Bonnard continues to deny strenuously any wrongdoing.
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The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police has released a statement about the dismissal of Deputy Chief Constable Derek Bonnard.