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Police watchdog to manage investigation into 2015 election expenses of Devon and Cornwall's PCC

Alison Hernandez was elected police and crime commissioner for Devon and Cornwall Police in May Credit: ITV News

The police watchdog has confirmed it will manage an investigation into allegations that Alison Hernandez - the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall - failed to properly declare election expenses while she was employed as an election agent in 2015.

At the time of the alleged offence Ms Hernandez was employed as an election agent for the Conservative candidate in the Torbay constituency.

The allegations against her were referred to the IPCC by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner following her election as PCC on 5 May.

As Ms Hernandez is now a Police and Crime Commissioner, the IPCC will manage an investigation looking at whether she properly declared election expenses whilst acting as an election agent during the 2015 General Election.

On completion of the investigation we will decide whether any matters should be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for its consideration

– IPCC Deputy Chair Sarah Green

The managed investigation will be undertaken by West Mercia Police under the direction and control of the IPCC.

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IPCC talked to neighbours of murdered Ebrahimi

Investigators call at the flat next door to where Bijan Ebrahimi lived Credit: ITV News West Country

Investigators from the Independent Police Complaints Commission have been speaking to residents in the Brislington about the time leading up to the death of Bijan Ebrahimi.

Two men were jailed after Mr Ebrahimi was beaten to death outside his home in July.

The IPCC is now investigating his contact with the police leading up to his death.

The IPCC have renewed an appeal for witnesses Credit: ITV News West Country

Appeal for witnesses in hours before death of Bijan Ebrahimi

Bijan Ebrahimi was beaten to death in July

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has renewed its appeal for witnesses in the hours leading up to the death of Bijan Ebrahimi.

Two men were jailed after Mr Ebrahimi was beaten to death outside his home in Brislington.

The IPCC would like to speak to anyone with information about his contact with police and with local residents in the weeks, days and hours before his murder in July.

It's part of an investigation into how Avon and Somerset Police dealt with Mr Ebrahimi before his death.

Investigation into police treatment of fire death victim

The police watchdog is to widen its investigation into the treatment of a disabled man from Bristol who was murdered after being wrongly branded a paedophile.

Bijan Ebrahimi had begged for help just hours before he was beaten to death last July.

Three police officers have already been interviewed in connection with possible misconduct.

Now the Independent Police Complaints Commission is to look at how the force dealt with Mr Ebrahimi in the years before his death. Our Bristol Correspondent Richard Payne reports.

Investigation into Bristol fire death to be extended

The police watchdog is to widen its investigation into the treatment of a disabled man from Bristol who was murdered after being wrongly-branded a paedophile.

Bijan Ebrahimi had begged for help just hours before he was beaten to death in July 2013.

Three police officers have already been interviewed in connection with possible misconduct and now the IPCC investigation will cover the years leading up to Mr Ebrahimi's death.

Tony Murphy of Bhatt Murphy, the family's solicitor had this reaction:

The family’s priority is to ensure that an effective and prompt investigation is conducted into the circumstances surrounding Bijan’s death by the IPCC, followed by the coroner.

Concerns regarding the investigation to date have been made clear to the IPCC by the family. As a result, assurances have been provided that the IPCC’s new team of investigators will now combat delay and ensure no stone is left unturned.

The family looks to the IPCC to honour those assurances in the coming weeks and months so that justice is served.

– Tony Murphy, Family solicitor

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Police officers face misconduct probe

Six officers at Avon and Somerset Police have been served notices of gross misconduct as part of an investigation into the death of a man in Bristol.

Bijan Ebrahimi's body was found near to his home in the Brislington area of the city in July.

Two men have been charged with his murder, but the Independent Police Complaints Commission is also investigating the contact that Avon and Somerset Police had with Mr Ebrahimi in the days before he died. David Woodland reports.

Police officers suspended in fire death investigation

Police outside Mr Ebrahimi's home in Capgrave Crescent in Brislington in July Credit: ITV News West Country

Three constables have been suspended by Avon & Somerset Police on suspicion of gross misconduct in an investigation of events in the run up to the murder of a man in Bristol.

Bijan Ebrahimi was set on fire on land near his home in Capgrave Crescent in Brislington on 14 July.

Two men have been charged with his murder.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says it's making good progress in its investigation into police contact in the days prior to his death.

In addition, it says an inspector, sergeant and constable who dealt with Mr Ebrahimi in custody on 12 July have also been served with notices of gross misconduct

IPCC investigation in connection with Plymouth murder

Keith Dance was found dead at a house in Molesworth Road in Stoke on 11 March Credit: ITV News West Country

The Independent Police Commission has started an independent investigation into the involvement of police before the death of Keith Dance in Molesworth Road, Plymouth.

IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne says,

"There is a criminal investigation being carried out by the police service and two people have been charged with Mr Dance's murder. The police investigation will take priority and we will make arrangements to share relevant evidence for the two separate investigations.

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