Police boss hits back

Clive Grunshaw
Clive Grunshaw

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has hit out at the costs of the lengthy investigation into claims that he had fiddled his expenses.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced last week Mr Grunshaw will not face prosecution on allegations he “double-charged” for journeys he made between his Fleetwood home and County Hall, Preston during his time as a Wyre county councillor and member of the county’s police authority.

Mr Grunshaw spoke of his jubilation after the CPS ruled he was guilty of ‘errors’ rather than dishonesty.

He said: “It’s a vindication of what I’ve been saying all the way through. I’ve always been confident. Clearly it’s a relief that this has been finally concluded.”

He reckons the ruling was “clear and decisive” so “neither myself nor the Labour party has been damaged.”

But he was critical of the length of time the investigationtook.

He said: “ It lasted nearly 13 months - it could have been concluded far swifter.

“I don’t think it should have been taken up in the first place.

“I think there would have been far easier ways to resolve this.”

He said questions should be asked about the “waste of resources that have gone into such a lengthy investigation.”

Mr Grunshaw said: “I shudder to think how much it’s cost. I do know there’s been a team of people working on this for an inordinate length of time. I don’t know but I can only imagine how much has been wasted.”

Mr Grunshaw is currently hosting a series of meetings round the county over the budget challenges and forthcoming cuts facing Lancashire Constabulary, and the proposals to increase the police’s share of the council tax precept.

See http://www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/ for more details.