We have been speaking to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset about the decision to suspend Chief Constable Nick Gargan over allegations of inappropriate conduct towards women colleagues. Sue Mountstevens says the allegations are serious, which is why the action has been taken.
The Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Police Nick Gargan has been suspended from duty over allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
The IPCC has begun an investigation.
This investigation follows a referral from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset and is in to a number of serious allegations that relate to inappropriate conduct towards female members of staff at the force."
This was a nasty assault which came out of the blue against three men who had done nothing to provoke the offenders. It was an extremely reckless act spraying such a harmful substance in people’s faces and the victims are very lucky that their vision was unaffected and they have no long-term injuries.
I have identified two people who might be able to help me with my enquiries. I would appeal to anyone who recognises these people to get in touch with me straight away.”
The number of racially motivated crimes reported to Avon and Somerset Police has dropped in the last two years. Incidents went down by 19 per cent. But victims and case workers have told ITV West Country the figures may not reflect reality - as reporting crime can be difficult.
People living in Frome are concerned that their police station may be about to close because the building it's housed in is up for sale. Local councillors are worried policing in the town may change if it's forced to move elsewhere.
It comes as the Police & Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable visit the town to take part in their first public forum event in the Avon and Somerset force area.