A sergeant from Cleveland Police will face a misconduct hearing after sensitive materials were found near a skip in Hartlepool.

The material, relating to investigations of a highly sensitive nature, dating back to 2016, was found by a member of the public in June 2018. They contacted a national newspaper and a reporter handed the material to Cleveland Police.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct carried out the investigation following a voluntary referral from Cleveland Police over the removal and disposal of sensitive material from police premises. The investigation included complaints from a number of people. It concluded in August 2019.

The IOPC found evidence to suggest that Sergeant Martin Skirving-Chehab, who had been in possession of the materials prior to them being found, may have breached the police standards of professional behaviour. It concluded that he had a case to answer for gross misconduct. Cleveland Police agreed with the assessment.

Sergeant Skirving-Chehab will face a misconduct hearing on Monday 25 November.

The hearing is scheduled to last four days and will determine whether or not he breached the standards of behaviour expected of a police officer. A decision on whether to take any disciplinary action will follow.