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Cumbria's police chief suspended over claims.

THE temporary chief constable of Cumbria has been suspended following a number of claims of serious misconduct.

Stuart Hyde was relieved of his duties following a meeting of Cumbria Police Authority yesterday.

Cumbria Police Authority chairman Ray Cole said: "The decision has been taken following a number of allegations of serious misconduct, which may indicate there has been a breach in the standards of professional behaviour by Mr Hyde in his activities as temporary chief constable."

Deputy chief constable Bernard Lawson, from Merseyside Police, has assumed the role of chief constable of Cumbria Constabulary temporarily.

Mr Hyde was appointed to his present role in January when former chief constable Craig Mackey was appointed deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Bristol-born Mr Hyde was awarded the Queen's Medal this year.

His national responsibilities have included the police use of DNA, creating the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre CEOP and reducing crime against students.

Mr Hyde is president of the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace and chair of the charity Bullying UK.

A spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission said: "We can confirm we have received a referral from Cumbria Police Authority in relation to allegations against temporary chief constable Stuart Hyde.

"We will be carrying out an immediate and detailed assessment of this referral to determine the level of our involvement in an investigation into the allegations.

"We are unable to comment further at this stage."

Mr Hyde said: "I have been very proud to serve the people of Cumbria as chief constable and wish to continue in that role. I was devastated when I was told last night about the allegations. I will await the full details and I will co-operate fully with any investigation.

"This has had a profound effect on me and my family and I want to clear my name as soon as possible."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 15, 2012
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