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Statement from Crime Commissioner

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has told us that the Chief Constable Nick Gargan remains suspended while the investigation continues.

“The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has made me aware of new evidence in their ongoing investigation into the conduct of the Chief Constable. I have referred the matter to the IPCC to investigate and the Chief Constable remains suspended.”

– Sue Mountstevens

Chief Constable faces criminal investigation

Nick Gargan faces criminal investigation Credit: PA

Avon and Somerset Police's Chief Constable Nick Gargan is facing a criminal investigation for allegations that he breached the Data Protection Act.

The IPCC are already investigating the police chief for allegedly abusing his position by making inappropriate advances to more junior female members of staff.

The IPCC say they have been looking at a large amount of computer and telephone data in their investigation and have spoke to over 50 people. They have now served a notice to Mr Gargan and say they are due to interview him.

"As part of our investigation the IPCC has uncovered evidence that the Chief Constable may have breached the Data Protection Act by sending emails concerning police business, some of which contained personal data, to individuals unconnected to the force." IPCC statement

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Body of middle-aged man pulled out of ditch in Clevedon

Police at the scene in Clevedon where a body was found in a ditch Credit: ITV West Country/Adam Grierson

Police have pulled the body of a middle-aged man out of the water in Clevedon.

The body was discovered in a ditch on Strode Road by a member of the public. Avon and Somerset police continue to investigate. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police search teams in Clevedon after discovery of body

Underwater police search teams are carrying out an investigation in Clevedon after the discovery of a body in a ditch.

Emergency services were called to Strode Road in Clevedon after being alerted by a member of the public.

Avon & Somerset Police have launched an investigation and the body is due to be recovered this afternoon. The death is being treated as unexplained.

Chief Constable Nick Gargan suspended from duty

Nick Gargan has been suspended over allegations of inappropriate behaviour Credit: PA

Avon and Somerset Police chief constable Nick Gargan has been suspended over allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female officers.

Avon and Somerset deputy chief constable John Long will act as temporary chief constable.

Mr Gargan started his career with Leicestershire Constabulary in 1988 after completing a degree in French and politics at the University of Leicester.

He worked extensively on the investigation into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Search for arsonist as 24 cars set alight

Police in Bristol are looking for a serial arsonist after 24 cars have been set on fire in the last month.

Many of the vehicles have been burnt in owners' driveways in the Southmead and Henbury areas of the city. Targeted police patrols are now taking place in the area to prevent further offences. Clare Forestier reports:

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Bristol police carry out targeted patrols after car fires

Police in Bristol are carrying out targeted patrols after 20 car fires in the last month. This car was deliberately burnt out on Sunday morning in Henbury. 12 other cars were also set fire to on Sunday morning.

This car was burnt out in Henbury Credit: ITV News West Country
Car deliberately set fire to in Henbury Credit: ITV News West Country

Police investigate after a spate of car fires in Bristol

Police have launched an investigation after 20 car fires in Bristol in the last month Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are hunting arsonists who set fire to 20 cars in the last month in the Henbury and Southmead areas of Bristol. Letters are going out to residents appealing to anyone who may have seen someone in the area acting suspiciously around vehicles, or who knows who is behind the fires.

The latest incident saw 13 cars deliberately set fire to in the early hours of Sunday 4th May. Police say they believe all the arsons are linked.

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