Derek Bonnard: "The last 18 months have been hell"

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.

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Cleveland Police chief sacked

Cleveland Police have confirmed that the Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Derek Bonnard, has been dismissed from the force for gross misconduct.