Complaint against top police official resolved

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NO action will be taken against a top police official as a complaint alleging criminal conduct has been dismissed.

Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes was facing a probe after a complaint alleging misconduct over expenses claims.

I’m pleased that following the panel’s investigation the public can be reassured that I haven’t made any fraudulent claims

Simon Hayes

The News understands the complaint involved travel expenses and in one instance claims for both parking at the shore and a vehicle ferry ticket to the Isle of Wight.

But Mr Hayes told the police and crime panel, which investigated the claims, that he had travelled in his own car and left it parked before getting a lift with colleagues in another car on the ferry.

The way claims were registered made it look as if there was a discrepancy when there was not.

Mr Hayes said: ‘I’m pleased that following the panel’s investigation the public can be reassured that I haven’t made any fraudulent claims.

‘I have no need to make claims for travel expenses, because necessary arrangements are made through, and paid for, by my office.’

The way claims are published online will now change to avoid any confusion.

Mr Hayes said he backs transparency of expenses but said the complaints procedure is both long-winded and expensive.