Former Cleveland Police Authority Chairman jailed

Dave McLuckie, the former chairman of Cleveland Police Authority, has been jailed today after being found guilty at Newcastle Crown Court of perverting the course of justice.

Mr McLuckie, 52, was found guilty at trial of asking a family friend to accept three speeding points to avoid a driving ban. He was today sentenced to eight months imprisonment for his actions.

Gerry Sydenham, Head of the Crown Court Unit at CPS North East, said: “Mr McLuckie convinced Maurice Ward to accept speeding points on his behalf, in an attempt to avoid a driving ban that could have damaged his career.

“Mr Ward became increasingly troubled by his part in this and, while suffering from a fatal illness, he wrote a note to his family to clear his conscience.

“That short note prompted the criminal prosecution that led to McLuckie’s sentence today and I would hope that today’s result gives some measure of closure to Mr Ward’s family.”