No prosecution for Lancashire crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw

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LANCASHIRE Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw will not face prosecution over his expenses when a Labour county councillor.

The Crown Prosecution Service yesterday said there was no evidence of dishonesty concerning the disputed cash claims.

Now, the Lancashire Police and Crime Panel, which oversees Mr Grunshaw’s work, will decide whether to take disciplinary action of its own.

Former milkman Mr Grunshaw was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over alleged discrepancies in his expenses before winning the November 2012 election.

Former Tory county councillor for Chorley, Sam Chapman alleged the new commissioner had ‘double claimed’ for meetings of the county council and police authority in Preston on the same days from his Fleetwood home on 23 occasions, amounting to £1,550.

CPS lawyer Gemma Carsey said: “A file was submitted in October 2013, and all evidence received in mid-November 2013, in order for the CPS to consider if potential charges of fraud by false misrepresentation should be brought against Clive Grunshaw.

“To prosecute this offence, dishonesty must be proved.

“We have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to prove any claim had been submitted dishonestly, and therefore there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction for any relevant criminal offence.

“The evidence suggests errors rather than deliberacy on his part.”

Mr Grunshaw said: “After more than 12 months of uncertainty, I am delighted with this outcome. I am especially pleased with the view from the CPS that I never deliberately submitted any claims which I knew to be untrue.

“Every claim I made was genuinely intentioned. It has been a difficult year.”

An IPCC spokesman said: “The IPCC will send its investigation report to Lancashire’s Police and Crime Panel so that it can decide about disciplinary action.”

Panel chairman and Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Kate Hollern said: "I am pleased there has been a conclusion to the IPCC investigation.”

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said: “You could not see Clive ever doing anything malicious. It’s not in his nature.”

Mr Chapman said: “It is imperative the people of Lancashire should have confidence in the integrity of their Police and Crime Commissioner. I call on Mr Grunshaw to publish those receipts so this can happen. This is something the Commissioner has repeatedly failed to do.”

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12:08pm Fri 10 Jan 14

woolywords says...

As they say in Scotland, not proven.
Of course, this wouldn't fool anyone in the Fraud section of the Benefits Agency, would it? As they tend to view things with a more jaundiced eye.
As they say in Scotland, not proven. Of course, this wouldn't fool anyone in the Fraud section of the Benefits Agency, would it? As they tend to view things with a more jaundiced eye. woolywords
  • Score: 9

12:22pm Fri 10 Jan 14

theboxman says...

23 MISTAKES ? Does this inspire confidence to oversee the conduct of others ?
23 MISTAKES ? Does this inspire confidence to oversee the conduct of others ? theboxman
  • Score: 16

3:59pm Fri 10 Jan 14

blackburnwithdarwen says...

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour county councillor. False Expense Claims, Polling Station Fraud, Safe Seat Councillor’s, Illegal war maker and Safe Seat MP.

The Labour Party - No wonder Jack Straw’s son is wanting to follow in his fathers footsteps. Having spent nearly all of my life voting for and supporting that once proud Labour Party Name living in Blackburn with Darwen has certainly changed my opinion. The whole political party system is corrupt. No difference between any of them. All are millionaires and Tony Blair now has seven large London houses and reported to have made himself ninety million last year alone. A once Labour Party Leader who made it ‘A Conservative Party’ pretending not to be.

Just what is the point in voting when you don’t trust any of them?
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour county councillor. False Expense Claims, Polling Station Fraud, Safe Seat Councillor’s, Illegal war maker and Safe Seat MP. The Labour Party - No wonder Jack Straw’s son is wanting to follow in his fathers footsteps. Having spent nearly all of my life voting for and supporting that once proud Labour Party Name living in Blackburn with Darwen has certainly changed my opinion. The whole political party system is corrupt. No difference between any of them. All are millionaires and Tony Blair now has seven large London houses and reported to have made himself ninety million last year alone. A once Labour Party Leader who made it ‘A Conservative Party’ pretending not to be. Just what is the point in voting when you don’t trust any of them? blackburnwithdarwen
  • Score: 10

4:25pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

blackburnwithdarwen wrote:
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour county councillor. False Expense Claims, Polling Station Fraud, Safe Seat Councillor’s, Illegal war maker and Safe Seat MP.

The Labour Party - No wonder Jack Straw’s son is wanting to follow in his fathers footsteps. Having spent nearly all of my life voting for and supporting that once proud Labour Party Name living in Blackburn with Darwen has certainly changed my opinion. The whole political party system is corrupt. No difference between any of them. All are millionaires and Tony Blair now has seven large London houses and reported to have made himself ninety million last year alone. A once Labour Party Leader who made it ‘A Conservative Party’ pretending not to be.

Just what is the point in voting when you don’t trust any of them?
Try a new party? It's UKIP for me this time, the other main party's have all lied to us once to often.
[quote][p][bold]blackburnwithdarwen[/bold] wrote: Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour county councillor. False Expense Claims, Polling Station Fraud, Safe Seat Councillor’s, Illegal war maker and Safe Seat MP. The Labour Party - No wonder Jack Straw’s son is wanting to follow in his fathers footsteps. Having spent nearly all of my life voting for and supporting that once proud Labour Party Name living in Blackburn with Darwen has certainly changed my opinion. The whole political party system is corrupt. No difference between any of them. All are millionaires and Tony Blair now has seven large London houses and reported to have made himself ninety million last year alone. A once Labour Party Leader who made it ‘A Conservative Party’ pretending not to be. Just what is the point in voting when you don’t trust any of them?[/p][/quote]Try a new party? It's UKIP for me this time, the other main party's have all lied to us once to often. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 13

5:11pm Fri 10 Jan 14

leyton says...

i love the not in the public interest hahahahahahahah
i love the not in the public interest hahahahahahahah leyton
  • Score: 9

5:28pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Legal Beagle says...

Some people (not myself of course) might consider it a remarkable coincidence that the `errors' just happened to be in his own favour.
Some people (not myself of course) might consider it a remarkable coincidence that the `errors' just happened to be in his own favour. Legal Beagle
  • Score: 8

7:34pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Pan-cake says...

"“Every claim I made was genuinely intentioned.
This will be perfect defence for any of his officers should they be caught inflating their expenses.
Perhaps he can explain why an overwhelming number of his meal expenses were close to, or at, the maximum allowable.
"“Every claim I made was genuinely intentioned. This will be perfect defence for any of his officers should they be caught inflating their expenses. Perhaps he can explain why an overwhelming number of his meal expenses were close to, or at, the maximum allowable. Pan-cake
  • Score: 4

10:33pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Good call says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
blackburnwithdarwen wrote:
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour county councillor. False Expense Claims, Polling Station Fraud, Safe Seat Councillor’s, Illegal war maker and Safe Seat MP.

The Labour Party - No wonder Jack Straw’s son is wanting to follow in his fathers footsteps. Having spent nearly all of my life voting for and supporting that once proud Labour Party Name living in Blackburn with Darwen has certainly changed my opinion. The whole political party system is corrupt. No difference between any of them. All are millionaires and Tony Blair now has seven large London houses and reported to have made himself ninety million last year alone. A once Labour Party Leader who made it ‘A Conservative Party’ pretending not to be.

Just what is the point in voting when you don’t trust any of them?
Try a new party? It's UKIP for me this time, the other main party's have all lied to us once to often.
UKIP want to allow syrian refugees into the country , so much for cutting immigration.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackburnwithdarwen[/bold] wrote: Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour county councillor. False Expense Claims, Polling Station Fraud, Safe Seat Councillor’s, Illegal war maker and Safe Seat MP. The Labour Party - No wonder Jack Straw’s son is wanting to follow in his fathers footsteps. Having spent nearly all of my life voting for and supporting that once proud Labour Party Name living in Blackburn with Darwen has certainly changed my opinion. The whole political party system is corrupt. No difference between any of them. All are millionaires and Tony Blair now has seven large London houses and reported to have made himself ninety million last year alone. A once Labour Party Leader who made it ‘A Conservative Party’ pretending not to be. Just what is the point in voting when you don’t trust any of them?[/p][/quote]Try a new party? It's UKIP for me this time, the other main party's have all lied to us once to often.[/p][/quote]UKIP want to allow syrian refugees into the country , so much for cutting immigration. Good call
  • Score: -5

1:36pm Sat 11 Jan 14

leyton says...

so he claimed double travel expenses for travel to the same building because he attended 2 meeting at the same building bizarre and he thought this was legal or ethical .
so he claimed double travel expenses for travel to the same building because he attended 2 meeting at the same building bizarre and he thought this was legal or ethical . leyton
  • Score: 2

12:01am Sun 12 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Good call wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
blackburnwithdarwen wrote:
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour county councillor. False Expense Claims, Polling Station Fraud, Safe Seat Councillor’s, Illegal war maker and Safe Seat MP.

The Labour Party - No wonder Jack Straw’s son is wanting to follow in his fathers footsteps. Having spent nearly all of my life voting for and supporting that once proud Labour Party Name living in Blackburn with Darwen has certainly changed my opinion. The whole political party system is corrupt. No difference between any of them. All are millionaires and Tony Blair now has seven large London houses and reported to have made himself ninety million last year alone. A once Labour Party Leader who made it ‘A Conservative Party’ pretending not to be.

Just what is the point in voting when you don’t trust any of them?
Try a new party? It's UKIP for me this time, the other main party's have all lied to us once to often.
UKIP want to allow syrian refugees into the country , so much for cutting immigration.
This is correct, the UKIP leader says genuine refugees are welcome but as soon as it's safe for these people to return to there country's they WILL be sent back, humanitarian-ship at its best.
It's the immigrants/ refugees who want to come over here and stay to claim benefits that's the problem.
[quote][p][bold]Good call[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackburnwithdarwen[/bold] wrote: Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, Labour county councillor. False Expense Claims, Polling Station Fraud, Safe Seat Councillor’s, Illegal war maker and Safe Seat MP. The Labour Party - No wonder Jack Straw’s son is wanting to follow in his fathers footsteps. Having spent nearly all of my life voting for and supporting that once proud Labour Party Name living in Blackburn with Darwen has certainly changed my opinion. The whole political party system is corrupt. No difference between any of them. All are millionaires and Tony Blair now has seven large London houses and reported to have made himself ninety million last year alone. A once Labour Party Leader who made it ‘A Conservative Party’ pretending not to be. Just what is the point in voting when you don’t trust any of them?[/p][/quote]Try a new party? It's UKIP for me this time, the other main party's have all lied to us once to often.[/p][/quote]UKIP want to allow syrian refugees into the country , so much for cutting immigration.[/p][/quote]This is correct, the UKIP leader says genuine refugees are welcome but as soon as it's safe for these people to return to there country's they WILL be sent back, humanitarian-ship at its best. It's the immigrants/ refugees who want to come over here and stay to claim benefits that's the problem. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 2

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