A COMPLAINT alleging criminal conduct by a police boss over his expenses has been referred to a watchdog.
Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes’ expenses claim was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is in receipt of a complaint against the police and crime commissioner for Hampshire which alleges criminal conduct, after it was referred by the Hampshire police and crime panelCouncillor David Stewart
Now the IPCC is deciding whether or not to launch an investigation into the allegation.
In a statement released to The News before the complaint was referred to the IPCC, Mr Hayes said: ‘My travel arrangements are organised and paid for by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, so I have no reason to claim money back for travelling to the Isle of Wight, or anywhere else for that matter.
‘The only personal claims I make are for mileage related to journeys in my car.
‘Occasionally I’ll claim for parking, but not always.
‘I don’t claim for food or other entitlements because I feel it’s not the right thing to do.’
He added: ‘Visits to the Isle of Wight are either by Red Jet, when I leave my car in Southampton, or when I need to travel extensively around the island I’ll take my own vehicle and use the car ferry. This is the most cost-effective way.
‘I don’t know the origins of this complaint, as the complainant in the matter hadn’t contacted me before informing the media.
‘So we will have to spend some time looking back at the exact meetings and travel arrangements being referred to.
‘The system put in place by Parliament to deal with complaints against PCCs is the same whatever the nature of the complaint, so due process has to take its course.’
The IPCC yesterday said it had received a referral from the Hampshire police and crime panel relating to a complaint about the PCC’s expense claims.
It added: ‘The referral will be assessed to determine whether there should be an investigation involving the IPCC.’
Chairman of the Hampshire police and crime panel Councillor David Stewart said: ‘The Independent Police Complaints Commission is in receipt of a complaint against the police and crime commissioner for Hampshire which alleges criminal conduct, after it was referred by the Hampshire police and crime panel.’