Final three people investigated as part of probe into Cleveland Police will not face charges

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THREE people investigated as part of a Cleveland Police corruption probe will not face charges it has been announced.

The three individuals were investigated over allegations they were part of corrupt relationships relating to obtaining public sector contracts.

But the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today said it had decided there was not enough evidence for a realistic chance of anyone being convicted at court.

In March the CPS announced it was not going to bring charges against a number of former high-ranking Cleveland Police officers despite a 41 month investigation costing £4.6m.

They included Chief Constable Sean Price, his deputy Derek Bonnard and former chairman of Cleveland Police Authority Dave McLuckie.

A CPS spokesperson said of the final three outstanding individuals: “The CPS has now made a charging decision in relation to three suspects who featured in the evidence previously provided by the Operation Sacristy investigation team but could not be considered for charging decisions at that time.

“It was alleged that the three individuals had engaged in corrupt relationships concerning the obtaining of public sector contracts.

“There is insufficient evidence to show that any contracts were awarded as a result of the relationships between the suspects and any public official, or to prove any deception on the part of the individuals concerned in the obtaining of contracts. We have therefore decided that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and that no further action should be taken in respect of these individuals.”