Shamed top Cleveland cop will keep wages

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A POLICE force will not pursue a sacked former deputy chief constable over wages paid to him while he was suspended.

Cleveland Police will not now sue Derek Bonnard for £40,000 in wages paid to him while he was suspended from his role over gross misconduct allegations, of which he was later found guilty on six counts.

And it is believed that 50-year-old Bonnard will not now pursue an appeal against the dismissal, or an action claiming sexual discrimination.

Cleveland Police Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer confirmed that all matters regarding the force’s former deputy chief constable had ended.

She said: “All outstanding matters between Mr Bonnard and the force have been brought to a conclusion.”

Mr Bonnard was found guilty of gross misconduct by an independent panel following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The former top cop, who has always maintained his innocence, lodged a formal appeal against the decision.

He also claimed sexual discrimination in the appointment of the new woman chief constable, instead of himself.

However, the appeal and the sexual discrimination claim have now been dropped.

The former officer, who was paid £118,000 a year was on full pay for nearly 20 months amounting to about £200,000 following him being suspended.

Cleveland Police was previously trying to recover only £40,000 of the sum after Mr Bonnard’s legal team indicated in the High Court last November that he would pay back the salary from that point if he was to lose his job.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has also confirmed that it is seeking to recover money paid to Sean Price, former chief constable of Cleveland Police who was sacked last October for gross misconduct after being suspended from his job in August 2011.

In a statement it said: “We can confirm we are seeking to recover money paid to Sean Price above his statutory salary.

“As a judicial process is now in place it would be inappropriate to comment further.

Mr Price is still on bail following his arrest as part of the police’s Operation Sacristy inquiry.

He is expected to appeal against his sacking once the criminal investigation had been concluded.