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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Cumbria police clears male officer after fraud investigation

CUMBRIA police has cleared an officer suspended after allegations of fraud.

Police confirmed this evening that a 39-year-old man arrested on suspicion of fraud will face no further investigation.

The Evening Mail revealed today that a male and female officer, both serving at Barrow police station, were arrested last month.

Police have said they cannot confirm the identity of the officers but confirmed a 39-year-old male officer and a 36-year-old female officer have both been suspended from duty.

The pair were arrested on May 28.

The 36-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of fraud and theft while the 39-year-old was arrested on suspicion of fraud. Police said the allegations relate to an incident that took place between May 10 and May 16.

A statement released by police said: "As a result of Police enquiries the 39 year old man from Barrow who was arrested on suspicion of fraud will face no further action and he has had his bail cancelled.

"His suspension has been lifted and he is now due to return to normal duties with immediate effect."

The spokesman said the investigation into the remaining officer is ongoing and she will remain suspended until further notice.

Both officers have been suspended from duty for breaching the professional code of conduct.

Cumbria police’s professional standards department is investigating the incident.

No charges have yet been brought against either officer but under Cumbria Constabulary’s code of conduct it is clear that fraud offences will result in instant dismissal from the force.

Conviction of a criminal offence is also listed by the force in offences which would result in instant dismissal, along with bringing the force into disrepute or damaging public confidence in the force.

A Cumbria police spokesman said: “Cumbria police arrested a 36-year-old woman from Barrow on suspicion of theft and fraud following an alleged incident that is believed to have occurred between the May 10 and May 16, 2014.

“The allegation regards the theft of a credit card and the fraudulent use of it.”

“The arrests were made on May 28.

“Cumbria police can confirm that the two individuals are serving police officers with the force.

“Cumbria police takes allegations like this seriously and can confirm that the officers were suspended from duty with immediate effect and remain suspended whilst the investigation takes place.”

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