Police bailed after arrests

Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean Price
Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean Price

TWO top police officers and a woman who were arrested in a corruption probe have been bailed until later in the year.

Cleveland Police’s Chief Constable Sean Price and his deputy Derek Bonnard have been suspended while the investigation is carried out.

They were arrested on Wednesday along with a woman on suspicion of misconduct in a public office, fraud by abuse of position and corrupt practice.

They were held in custody while they were questioned at a police station in North Yorkshire by officers from Warwickshire Police.

The force is leading an inquiry into a number of people with current or past associations with Cleveland Police Authority and the manner in which the authority may have conducted some of its business.

All three people have now been freed on bail until October.

A spokesman for the Warwickshire Police said: “Two men being interviewed by Warwickshire officers on suspicion of misconduct in a public office, fraud by abuse of position and corrupt practice have now been released on bail to a date in October.

“The woman was released on police bail late on Wednesday night until a date in October.”

Dave Pickard, assistant chief constable of Cleveland Police, has stressed that the developments will not distract the force from day to day policing.