Gloucestershire's Chief Constable could face criminal charges over murder investigation (From Cotswold Journal)
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Gloucestershire's Chief Constable could face criminal charges over murder investigation
GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S chief constable is among 14 police officers who could face criminal charges over their roles in a murder investigation.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has passed a file of evidence to prosecutors relating to five officers up to the rank of detective chief inspector, who were part of a Staffordshire Police unit that dealt with protected witnesses in the murder of Kevin Nunes.
A second file relating to another nine officers above superintendent - four of whom are serving at the rank of assistant chief constable or above - will be given to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the coming weeks.
The senior officers are understood to be chief constable of Gloucestershire Police Suzette Davenport, Northamptonshire chief constable Adrian Lee, West Midlands assistant chief constable Marcus Beale and Staffordshire assistant chief constable Jane Sawyers.
Five men were jailed in 2008 for the “execution-style" murder of the 20-year-old amateur footballer Mr Nunes, who was found dead in a country lane in Pattingham, Staffordshire, in 2002.
But they had their convictions quashed last year amid concerns about the running of the unit.
All 14 officers, who worked for Staffordshire Police at the time of the murder inquiry, have been interviewed by investigators at least twice, and the team have looked at 8,000 documents and taken about 300 statements.
Martin Surl, Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I welcome the fact that the investigation has moved a step forward. As I made clear when I appointed Suzette Davenport in February, I have full confidence in her.
“Having worked with her for seven months, I've seen her show outstanding commitment to Gloucestershire and prove that she has all the skills needed for such a challenging job.
“This investigation has been going on for a number of years and I will be glad when it has been brought to a conclusion."
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