Crime boss faces expenses probe

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's first Police and Crime Commissioner
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's first Police and Crime Commissioner

AN investigation is set to be launched into alleged expenses discrepancies by Lancashire’s newly elected police and crime commissioner.

Clive Grunshaw says he will comply with any probe into the accusations surrounding mileage payments.

Calls have been made for Labour’s Coun Grunshaw to resign from his £85,000 a year post after documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act appear to show on 23 occasions in three years he claimed expenses from both the county council and police authority for separate meetings which were held on the same day in or near Preston.

The matter is now expected to be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Coun Geoff Driver, Tory leader of Lancashire County Council, said Coun Grunshaw should resign, and added: “In a post as important as the police and crime commissioner, you expect complete transparency and honesty.”

The leader of Wyre Council Coun Peter Gibson, also a Conservative, has also called for Coun Grunshaw to cease claiming his basic allowances as a Wyre and Lancashire county councillor.

Coun Gibson said; “The job of police and crime commissioner must be a full-time one.”

Coun Grunshaw has said he will stand down from Wyre Council in the new year, and from Lancashire in May.

He said: “Every expense claim I have made has been genuinely intentioned and related to my ward and police authority duties, so far as I was aware.

“At no point have I wilfully submitted claims which I know to be untrue.”

Coun Grunshaw welcomed the investigation, and added: “I understand the matter has now been referred the Independent Police Complaints Commission and, therefore, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

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