Crime deputy ‘did not com­mit of­fences’

IPCC takes no action af­ter re­ceiv­ing two re­fer­rals

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

No action has been taken against the for­mer Cam­bridgeshire Deputy Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner af­ter he was twice re­ferred to the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Com­plaints Com­mis­sion.

The IPCC ruled that it did not need to in­ves­ti­gate Andy Coles af­ter re­fer­rals from the po­lice and crime com­mis­sioner’s of­fice and Met Po­lice, where he for­merly worked as an of­fi­cer.

Mr Coles, who is also a city coun­cil­lor, re­signed as deputy crime com­mis­sioner in May fol­low­ing the air­ing of a Chan­nel 4 in­ves­ti­ga­tion which claimed he had a re­la­tion­ship with a young ac­tivist while work­ing as an un­der­cover of­fi­cer.

The pro­gramme cen­tred on an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ac­tiv­i­ties of un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cers in the 1990s who in­fil­trated a group of an­i­mal rights ac­tivists. The pro­gramme in­ter­viewed a woman who is tak­ing le­gal action against the Met Po­lice and made al­le­ga­tions against Mr Coles.

The IPCC said it can only in­ves­ti­gate a deputy po­lice and crime com­mis­sioner if “there’s an in­di­ca­tion of a crim­i­nal of­fence.”

A spokesman added: “In the re­fer­ral we re­ceived, there’s no in­di­ca­tion of that.”

The Of­fice for the Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner has now re­ferred the case to the county’s Po­lice and Crime Panel which will con­sider the IPCC’s re­sponse at a fu­ture meet­ing.

The Met said it was “not pre­pared to dis­cuss the rea­son” why it re­ferred Mr Coles to the IPCC in May, but that the IPCC re­ferred the case back for a “lo­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion to be car­ried out.”

A Met spokesman added that: “The case is cur­rently un­der re­view.”

Asked if the Met is still fac­ing le­gal action, the spokesman said: “We can con­firm that in May we re­ceived a let­ter threat­en­ing civil pro­ceed­ings re­lat­ing to Mr Coles. This is be­ing han­dled by the MPS’ (Met Po­lice Ser­vice) direc­torate of le­gal ser­vices.” He added that cur­rently there are no sched­uled court pro­ceed­ings.

Mr Coles, when con­tacted by the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph, said he was “not com­ment­ing on any­thing.”

The Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor for Flet­ton and Wood­ston has been sub­ject to protests at Peter­bor­ough Town Hall, with calls for his res­ig­na­tion as an elected mem­ber.

A coun­cil meet­ing two weeks ago was post­poned be­cause the protests dis­rupted pro­ceed­ings.

Andy Coles

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