Re­tired top­cop loses le­gal bat­tle

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - BY BRIAN FARMER

A re­tired po­lice chief who had de­nied a se­ries of al­le­ga­tions about his be­hav­iour has lost a High Court fight with a po­lice and crime com­mis­sioner.

Mark Gil­more, who be­came chief con­sta­ble of West York­shire in 2013, com­plained that West York­shire po­lice com­mis­sioner Mark Burn­sWil­liamson had un­fairly failed to de­cide whether he had a “case to an­swer” af­ter mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions were made.

He asked a judge to order Mr Burns-Wil­liamson to “make a case-toan­swer de­ci­sion”.

But Mr Jus­tice Sup­per­stone, who re­cently an­a­lysed ri­val ar­gu­ments at a High Court trial in London, dis­missed his

“He­wa­sun­der noobli­ga­tionto makea­caseto an­swer”

ap­pli­ca­tion. He said Mr Burns-Wil­liamson was “un­der no obli­ga­tion to make a case-to-an­swer de­ter­mi­na­tion”.

The judge spelled out a se­ri­ous of al­le­ga­tions made against Mr Gil­more when he was head­ing the West York­shire force in a writ­ten rul­ing pub­lished yes­ter­day.

Mr Gil­more had been ac­cused of hav­ing an “in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ship” with bosses at a car deal­er­ship; us­ing that re­la­tion­ship to “ben­e­fit per­son­ally via the pur­chase of a VW Golf for his son”; treat­ing col­leagues “in­ap­pro­pri­ately”; mak­ing “com­ments of a sex­ual na­ture to fe­male staff ”; mis­us­ing po­lice re­sources and by­pass­ing an “of­fi­cial pro­cure­ment process” in order to “em­ploy a friend in a se­nior man­age­ment role”.

He de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

Mr Jus­tice Sup­per­stone said Mr Gil­more had said he was re­tir­ing in Au­gust 2016, about two weeks af­ter Mr Burns-Wil­liamson was pre­sented with an in­ves­ti­ga­tor’s re­port.

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