Two people have been killed and a man is critical in hospital after a three-vehicle collision in Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough
The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police has released a statement about the dismissal of Deputy Chief Constable Derek Bonnard.
The police watchdog have released a statement after a complaint was upheld against Cleveland Police.
Cleveland's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has pledged to develop neighbourhood policing and ensure a better deal for victims as part of his new policing plan.
The force has spent months consulting with communities to find out what they wanted to see as local priorities and has come up with five main objectives in its Police and Crime Plan. They are:
- Retain and develop neighbourhood policing
- Ensure a better deal for victims and witnesses
- Divert people from offending, focus on rehabilitation
- Develop better coordination, communication and partnership between agencies
- Work for better industrial and community relations
PCC for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger said:
– Barry Coppinger, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner
" The Plan sets out what I believe the public of Cleveland wants to achieve over the coming years."
A senior police officer, who is married to the former Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, is facing a disciplinary hearing for alleged gross misconduct.
DCI Heather Eastwood is alleged to have covered up her arrest for being drunk and disorderly at Northallerton Station in 2011.
Her husband, Sean Price, was sacked as Chief Constable after a separate investigation in October 2012.
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.
Cleveland Police have confirmed that the suspended Deputy Chief Constable Derek Bonnard will not have his contract renewed once it ends later this year.
Derek Bonnard is currently involved in disciplinary hearings where he faces seven allegations of potential gross misconduct.
The 50-year-old denies all of the misconduct allegations against him.
Mr Bonnard's contract is due to end on 30 September and Cleveland Police have confirmed that the force is now starting a recruitment process for a new Deputy Chief Constable.