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Sean Price will NOT face criminal charges

The former chief constable of Cleveland Police, Sean Price, who was sacked for gross misconduct said he will not face criminal charges. He had been under investigation as part of the Operation Sacristy inquiry into alleged corruption within the force.

"I have maintained my innocence in these matters from the outset, and am of course pleased with the decision of the CPS.

"However, I think it is an absolute disgrace that I have been kept on bail for such a long period without even being spoken to.

"My extremely high-profile arrest ruined my life and my reputation, and it is now clear for all to see that it was completely unnecessary, disproportionate and unlawful.

"The ongoing and misguided criminal investigation has been a complete waste of £5 million of public money"

– Sean Price


IPCC Commissioner says Sean Price "almost got away with it"

Nicholas Long, Commissioner of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, said Sean Price almost got away with deceiving their investigation.

He told reporters that Mr Price had lied and put pressure on a member of staff to lie on his behalf.

Mr Long said the former Chief Constable used his position to order people to do as he wished and said his standards fell far below those expected of someone in his position.