Suspension of Cumbria's temporary chief constable Stuart Hyde enters sixth month

STUART Hyde is to remain suspended as temporary chief constable of Cumbria Police amid allegations of misconduct.

The county's most senior police officer has already been cleared of allegations by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

But a separate inquiry, being conducted by South Wales Police, is still ongoing.

Writing on his website, Mr Hyde said: “I am extremely disappointed that my suspension is now entering its sixth month.

“Throughout this period I have co-operated fully and voluntarily submitted information to the IPCC, the Police and Crime Commissioner (formerly the Cumbria Police Authority) and to the South Wales Police investigation team and I will continue to do so.

“I understand the investigation is still yet to be completed; I still await the opportunity to see in detail any of the allegations and respond to them.

“I am aware that some allegations have already been shown to be without foundation and believe this will be the outcome for the remainder.

“I very much hope the investigation will conclude soon and I remain committed to return to my role as chief constable and to serving Cumbria.

“My family and I are extremely grateful for all the support we have received from friends and colleagues."

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In accordance with police regulations, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, undertook a four-weekly review of Mr Hyde's suspension but decided he will remain suspended.

Mr Rhodes said: “As part of the Police Regulations I have to undertake a four-weekly review of the suspension of temporary chief constable Stuart Hyde in order to consider whether it is necessary for the officer to remain suspended.

“Following a full briefing and given that the investigation by South Wales Police continues I have decided that temporary chief constable Stuart Hyde should remain suspended.

“As Commissioner, I take all allegations against any police officer seriously.

“The allegations against temporary chief constable Hyde must be addressed in an appropriate manner and following the process set out in the legislative scheme.

“I stress that suspension is a neutral act that will enable a full and thorough investigation by South Wales Police to take place.

“In line with the Police Conduct Regulations a further review will take place within the next four weeks.”

Temporary chief constable Bernard Lawson will continue in his temporary role.

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3:31pm Fri 15 Feb 13

onelocal says...

I guess he is suspended on full pay. I thought the PCC was elected to be accountable and decisive. Perhaps they are waiting for him to just disappear.
I guess he is suspended on full pay. I thought the PCC was elected to be accountable and decisive. Perhaps they are waiting for him to just disappear. onelocal
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4:06pm Fri 15 Feb 13

hogheaven says...

Typical get it resolved one way or the other it is not that difficult not fair to him and taxpayers
Typical get it resolved one way or the other it is not that difficult not fair to him and taxpayers hogheaven
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5:54am Sat 16 Feb 13

Moonbase says...

Don't be silly....far too much paper work flying about.
Jobs for the boys!!!!
Don't be silly....far too much paper work flying about. Jobs for the boys!!!! Moonbase
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11:53am Sat 16 Feb 13

Lakeuk says...

Rhodes is sounding like broken record, wheeling out the same press release every 4 weeks - Why has the investigation gone on for 6 months now, how far through are they and how long has it got to go.

The public and tax payer deserve a better response that everything is being done to conclude the investigation one way or the other.

PCC department not demonstrating their value to the public
Rhodes is sounding like broken record, wheeling out the same press release every 4 weeks - Why has the investigation gone on for 6 months now, how far through are they and how long has it got to go. The public and tax payer deserve a better response that everything is being done to conclude the investigation one way or the other. PCC department not demonstrating their value to the public Lakeuk
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10:34pm Sat 16 Feb 13

life cycle too says...

To be fair Stuart Hyde was suspended before the PCC elections were held, and caution has to be observed to ensure that the PCC does not leave himself open to a legal suit should the investigation show that Stuart Hyde has no case to answer.

Google ►Stuart Hyde Operation Champion West Midlands Police◄
for some background on our missing chief!
To be fair Stuart Hyde was suspended before the PCC elections were held, and caution has to be observed to ensure that the PCC does not leave himself open to a legal suit should the investigation show that Stuart Hyde has no case to answer. Google ►Stuart Hyde Operation Champion West Midlands Police◄ for some background on our missing chief! life cycle too
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10:40am Sun 17 Feb 13

Lakeuk says...

This is the 4th repeat of the statement, the public are non the wiser as to how far the investigation is and it's estimate timeline to reach a conclusion.

The content and outcome of the investigation are not important to the public but if you going to make regular public statements then they need a tad more meat on them - the PCC has sat quite nicely into it's quango role, it's sounding abit horse, it needs to get abit a beef in it.
This is the 4th repeat of the statement, the public are non the wiser as to how far the investigation is and it's estimate timeline to reach a conclusion. The content and outcome of the investigation are not important to the public but if you going to make regular public statements then they need a tad more meat on them - the PCC has sat quite nicely into it's quango role, it's sounding abit horse, it needs to get abit a beef in it. Lakeuk
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11:56am Sun 17 Feb 13

Desdan says...

I have no doubt that Mr Hyde will announce his retirement this year and that will put an end to it all.
I have no doubt that Mr Hyde will announce his retirement this year and that will put an end to it all. Desdan
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1:17pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Reverend Mark says...

Justice delayed is justice denied.
Justice delayed is justice denied. Reverend Mark
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11:52am Mon 4 Mar 13

angiiiii says...

Reverend Mark wrote:
Justice delayed is justice denied.
CUMBRIA POLICE....try this......
husband returned from Spain to collect last of several loads of goods stored with permission of his 90 year old Mum.
Discovered relative had quote, 'dumped' these.....reported to Police....28 hours later .... signed off as 'civil'. Husband gave a statement day after discovery, on Freedom of Information release discovered an email 'edited' by them, 31 missing emails off file, page 3 of 3 statement 'missing'. 47 days after the event, false facts and statements written up....redacted information.....this then taken to 90 year old, and she painfully writes a letter (she cannot even write a cheque) of two pages, backing up the nonsense.
Cumbria Police......you get what you pay for in life. Is the public aware that you do not even need a GCSE to be a policeman/woman, so long as you can answer aptitude tests.
I am also sorry to say I wrote repeatedly to Stuart Hyde who did nothing to help, so ...............
[quote][p][bold]Reverend Mark[/bold] wrote: Justice delayed is justice denied.[/p][/quote]CUMBRIA POLICE....try this...... husband returned from Spain to collect last of several loads of goods stored with permission of his 90 year old Mum. Discovered relative had quote, 'dumped' these.....reported to Police....28 hours later .... signed off as 'civil'. Husband gave a statement day after discovery, on Freedom of Information release discovered an email 'edited' by them, 31 missing emails off file, page 3 of 3 statement 'missing'. 47 days after the event, false facts and statements written up....redacted information.....this then taken to 90 year old, and she painfully writes a letter (she cannot even write a cheque) of two pages, backing up the nonsense. Cumbria Police......you get what you pay for in life. Is the public aware that you do not even need a GCSE to be a policeman/woman, so long as you can answer aptitude tests. I am also sorry to say I wrote repeatedly to Stuart Hyde who did nothing to help, so ............... angiiiii
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