CPS not taking action against Simon Hayes

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THE Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to prosecute Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner over accusations he lied about his living arrangements.

As reported, The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigated claims that Simon Hayes was living with his wife Miranda in Earls Barton, Northamptonshire – despite him putting his address as Bishop’s Waltham on the nomination form for his job.

But a statement on the IPCC website says the CPS has decided not to take further action after it was passed the details.

Mr Hayes said: ‘I said at the beginning, I was comfortable with the complaint about me being investigated.

‘I am pleased they have and confirmed that I lived in Hampshire. I can now get on with doing my job.’

The IPCC also investigated a similar allegation made about the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Winston Roddick, but there was not enough evidence to support the claim. The investigation was therefore not passed to the CPS.

Mr Hayes took on the role in November last year, replacing the now-abolished police authorities.