Deputy police and crime commissioner resigns from role following allegations relating to former career

PUBLISHED: 13:18 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:18 15 May 2017

Andy Coles

Andy Coles

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The deputy police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire has resigned today (Monday) following allegations about his time as a police officer in the 1990s.

Cambridgeshires police and crime commissioner, Jason Ablewhite with Andy Coles former deputy police and crime commissioner. Cambridgeshires police and crime commissioner, Jason Ablewhite with Andy Coles former deputy police and crime commissioner.

Allegations regarding Andy Coles’ work for the Metropolitan Police came to light at the weekend and have led to him stepping down from the role he took up last year.

In a statement, Mr Coles said the accusations were “significantly impacting” his ability to continue the role.

He said: “There have been news reports over the weekend about which I am unable to comment.

“This coverage is significantly impacting on my ability to carry out my duties as deputy police and crime commissioner.

“I have therefore today tendered my resignation with immediate effect, which police and crime commissioner Jason Ablewhite has accepted.

“I am aware that the allegations have been referred directly to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).”

Police and crime commissioner Jason Ablewhite has accepted Mr Coles’ resignation with immediate effect.

“The matter has been referred directly to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for their consideration, therefore I will not make any further comment,” Mr Ablewhite said.

A spokesman for the IPCC said: “We have received a referral from the office of the police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire. We are currently assessing that referral to determine the level of IPCC involvement required, if any.”

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