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.