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Chief constable faces probe

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Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy

Greater Manchester’s Chief Constable faces a criminal probe over an allegedly poorly-handled investigation into a suspected child sex offender. Sir Peter Fahy was served with a criminal and gross misconduct notice by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), according to a BBC report.

 Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy (r) with Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd
Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy (r) with Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd

“The IPCC looked at allegations made by a whistleblower serving with the force. Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney is being probed over body parts in the case of serial killer Harold Shipman. He was served with a gross misconduct notice for his oversight role in the disposal of body parts belonging to victims of Shipman without the families’ knowledge, the IPCC said.
“Human tissue samples were kept in storage for a number of years to ensure that police had the appropriate evidence should the murderer or his family appeal against his conviction. The BBC understands the allegation against Sir Peter relates to a 2012 investigation in which police failed to intervene to prevent the alleged abuse of a teenager, the report said
Following the announcement, Sir Peter said: “As a chief constable you face making complex decisions on a daily basis about many high risk and challenging situations. It is right that this decision-making is scrutinised and that I am held to account as part of this investigation.”
Rochdale Labour MP Simon Danczuk said he wanted to see Sir Peter suspended as it was “only right and proper that he is until inquiries are completed”, the report added