Cleared police boss slams investigation

Police Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.
Police Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.

Exonerated police boss Clive Grunshaw has slammed a 13-month investigation into his council expenses as “a huge waste of money and resources.”

Finally cleared of any dishonesty by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) this week, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner revealed: “I haven’t a clue how much all this has cost - I shudder to think.”

Mr Grunshaw, elected to the £85,000-a-year job as the Labour candidate in November 2012, insists he will repay any money claimed in error.

“I think the motivation for this has always been politcial,” he said. “It would be useful to have an indication of the cost and whether it merited the intensity and level of investigation that has taken place.”

The inquiry, initially by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and then by the CPS, was sparked by a Freedom of Information request by former Tory councillor Sam Chapman, of Chorley.

But the CPS said there was insufficient evidence to prove Mr Grunshaw dishonestly claimed expenses as a county councillor.

It added that 37 claims could have been made in error, rather than part of a deliberate attempt to make financial gain.