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The way in which Avon and Somerset chief constable Nick Gargan was forced to resign was unfair, an MP will tell Parliament today.Read the full story ›
Charlotte Leslie, the MP for Bristol North West, has told ITV News she believes Nick Gargan's dismissal to be "a joke".
The conservative MP condemned the process that led to the Avon and Somerset Chief Constable being asked to resign, and said she will launch an enquiry with other Tory politicians into the IPCC enquiry which started the process.
Mr Gargan was told to step down after an independent panel found him guilty of eight counts of misconduct - his resignation was accepted today. But Charlotte Leslie said at the time the process smacks of "a witch hunt devoid of real facts".
Avon & Somerset's Chief Constable Nick Gargan has resigned after being found guilty of misconduct.
Nick Gargan had faced mounting calls to quit after being found guilty of misconduct three months ago. He'd been suspended on full pay for more than a year.
The Police and Crime Commissioner of Avon and Somerset said he abused his position by forwarding confidential emails, interfering with a proper recruitment process and storing intimate images on his work phone.
Commissioner Sue Mountstevens had previously told ITV News the situation had been "damaging for everyone concerned", and initiated the process to require Mr Gargan to resign.
I have accepted Mr Gargan’s resignation with immediate effect. I think this is in the best interests of the Constabulary, and residents. It also means that the protracted and lengthy section 38 process will end immediately and no further legal expense will be incurred.
Mr Gargan will receive three-month’s salary in lieu of notice - as the terms of his contract state.
The Police Inspectorate is expected to give its verdict on the future of Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan this afternoon.
The Chief Constable was found guilty of eight counts of misconduct by an independent panel.
He remains suspended on full pay and has been asked to resign by the area's Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
An Avon & Somerset Police officer has told ITV News staff are 'scared to death' at the prospect of the Chief Constable returning to work.Read the full story ›
The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police has been found guilty of misconduct at a private panel hearing today.
Nick Gargan faced ten charges of gross misconduct and three of misconduct, and has been found guilty of eight at the level of misconduct, though not of gross misconduct.
The Chief Constable was accused of leaking internal emails and behaving inappropriately towards female staff members last year. He has been suspended on full pay ever since.
His suspension has been lifted, and after a hearing on what sanctions he will receive, he is due to return to work.
A gross misconduct hearing into the actions of the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset will not be held in public.
Nick Gargan was suspended from his role in May accused of inappropriate behaviour towards women and disclosing confidential information. The Independent Police Complaints Commission consulted on holding the hearing in the open but found that vulnerable witnesses should be protected in giving evidence. Mr Gargan denies the claims.
A gross misconduct hearing for the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset could be held in public.
Nick Gargan is accused of making inappropriate advances to female colleagues, and disclosing confidential information.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission can hold hearings in public if it decides there are exceptional circumstances. It is holding a consultation on the issue which will run until Wednesday 10 December.