Former police chief faces new probe

Wigan's former police commander, Chief Supt Lee Bruckshaw
Wigan's former police commander, Chief Supt Lee Bruckshaw

WIGAN’S former police boss has been accused of trying to get a case of theft against another officer dropped.

Chief Supt Lee Bruckshaw and two other officers are under criminal investigation for allegedly attempting to pervert the course of justice.

We are currently investigating an allegation of misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice involving three police officers, including two senior officers

GMP spokesperson

The 55-year-old, an inspector and a sergeant, have all been placed on restricted duties by Greater Manchester Police pending the inquiry’s outcome.

Mr Bruckshaw, who was Wigan’s borough commander for five years, and the inspector are also being investigated for alleged misconduct in public office.

It is claimed that all three tried to intervene in the case of a police constable who was under investigation for theft.

A GMP spokesperson said: “We are currently investigating an allegation of misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice involving three police officers, including two senior officers.

“This is being managed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”

An IPCC statement read: “Following a referral from Greater Manchester Police in April 2015, the IPCC is now managing a criminal investigation into three GMP officers for misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice.

Mr Bruckshaw is unavailable for comment, but the Police Superintendents’ Association released the following comment: “Our member, Chief Supt Lee Bruckshaw, is fully co-operating with the investigation and we hope this matter can be dealt with as soon as possible.”

Mr Bruckshaw has more recently been GMP’s head of criminal justice and has also worked at the police national training centre.

Last year he was put on restricted duties and his ambitions to become an Assistant Chief Constable were scuppered after 20 inappropriate texts were found on his phone which had been examined after he gave evidence at a disciplinary hearing in support of a Merseyside officer who was sacked for discreditable conduct.