Top police officer is cleared of wrongdoing

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HAMPSHIRE’S chief constable has been cleared of any wrongdoing in his handling of a sex abuse investigation at a school.

Andy Marsh, the chief constable of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, was investigated by Essex police after a series of allegations were made to do with police inquiries over alleged sex abuse at Stanbridge Earls school in Romsey.

It was the first time an investigation had been launched by Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes into a police chief constable.

Chief constable of Essex police Steve Kavanagh said they would not be pursuing further action on Mr Marsh last Friday.

Mr Hayes said: ‘Although I welcome the verdict from the CPS, it is important to remember the wellbeing of vulnerable young people and their families was at the centre of the investigation.

‘Putting victims and witnesses at the heart of what we do, it was absolutely essential that concerns raised pertaining to activities at the school were fully and thoroughly investigated.’

Charges of sexual abuse of pupils at the school were also dropped due to a lack of evidence.