Deputy will now face seven matters

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A DEPUTY chief constable at the centre of misconduct investigation will face seven allegations at a misconduct hearing.

But after a meeting of Cleveland Police Authority’s Professional Standards committee, Derek Bonnard previously faced six allegations with a further two due to be deferred.

Now he will face seven, with only one being deferred.

A CPA spokeswoman said: “This brings to a total seven matters that are being referred to a misconduct hearing for Det Chf Con Bonnard, and one matter is being deferred pending the outcome of the wider criminal investigation ongoing by Operation Sacristy.

“Eleven matters are being referred to a misconduct hearing for Chief Constable Sean Price, and seven matters are being deferred pending the outcome of the wider criminal investigation ongoing by Operation Sacristy.

“The two misconduct hearings will be run separately and it is hoped that hearings will start within the next two months.

“The Authority has also been informed that Det Chf Con Bonnard has been released from police bail.

“Both Mr Price and Det Chf Con Bonnard remain suspended from duty.

“The criminal enquiry being run by Operation Sacristy continues.”

Mr Bonnard was informed earlier this week he has been released from police bail following his arrest as part of the long-running Operation Sacristy investigation.

Operation Sacristy is a criminal inquiry conducted by Warwickshire Police into allegations surrounding insurance claims, hospitality and the award of police contracts from 2006 to 2009.