Investigation launched into county’s top police chief

INVESTIGATION: Simon Hayes. Picture: Dan Wilson
INVESTIGATION: Simon Hayes. Picture: Dan Wilson
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HAMPSHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner is being investigated for allegedly lying about where he lives.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the claim that Simon Hayes lives with his wife Miranda in Earls Barton, Northamptonshire.

But on his nomination form for his post, he gave his address as Bishop’s Waltham.

If the IPCC decide Mr Hayes was not living inside his police force area the day he was elected, he could face prosecution for election fraud.

He could also be sacked from his £85,000-a-year role, in which guidelines state the commissioner must live within the authority’s area, and trigger a by-election.

Speaking to a Sunday paper, Mr Hayes said: ‘I am content that I completed the nomination form correctly.

‘There is an accusation which is being investigated by the IPCC. I am quite content that it is being investigated.’

The IPCC is investigating a similar allegation that has been made about the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Winston Roddick.

An IPCC spokesman confirmed it was investigating both PCCs.

They said: ‘We have received a referral and are at the early stages of an investigation. We are unable to comment further at this stage.’

The man Mr Hayes defeated to win the poll – former Conservative MP Michael Mates – is also under investigation for allegedly lying about his address.

Police have been looking into claims that Mr Mates was living in West Sussex when he stood as PCC.