Former police chief appears in court

Dave McLuckie
Dave McLuckie

THE former chairman of Cleveland Police Authority has appeared in court charged with perverting the course of justice.

Dave McLuckie, a Redcar and Cleveland councillor, indicated a not guilty plea at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.

The charge relates to an incident that took place in 2005 when he is accused of persuading a man to accept responsibility for an endorsable road traffic offence.

The 51-year-old was given conditional bail and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on December 20.