The Chief Constable of trouble Cleveland Police has resigned this afternoon. following allegations of serious misconduct.
Police confirm they are unable to comment on the matter which has been referred to the Independent Office Of Police Conduct.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “I would like to make an announcement about a change in leadership at Cleveland Police.
“My office has been made aware of allegations about the behaviour of Chief Constable Mike Veale.
“On Friday 18 January Mr Veale resigned with immediate effect.
“Due to the serious nature of the allegations, the matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
“I am proud to oversee a police force where such allegations are always taken seriously.
“It is important that the appropriate processes are allowed to take effect and as a result, I am unable to comment further on this matter.
“Arrangements to secure an Interim Chief Constable are in the advanced stages and an announcement will be made later today. The current Cleveland Police leadership structure remains unchanged.
“As an organisation, Cleveland Police has undergone a comprehensive programme of transformation and improvement, which has been recognised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services.
“I am determined to ensure this progress will continue as I look to recruit a permanent replacement.
“I want to reassure our communities that the same dedicated and compassionate officers and staff, who bravely serve the people of Cleveland every day, will continue to work hard to keep you safe.”
Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald has claimed that Veale quit following allegations of serious misconduct.
Telling Police Hour “News of the Chief Constable is a huge shock and immense disapointment, he has resigned following allegations of serious misconduct and Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has done exactly the right thing by swiftly bringing Mr Veale’s tenure to an immediate end.”
Mike Veale was appointed as CC of Cleveland Police after allegations emerged relating to a mobile phone being damaged which belonged to Wiltshire Police.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation followed a top off that a phone was deliberately damaged to hide contact with various parties over Operation Conifer – the probe into allegations of historic child abuse linked to Ted Heath.
Mr Veale admitted telling some colleagues he dropped the phone in a golf club car park and it was run over by a car.
But he explained to IOPC investigators that the damage was actually caused when he swung a club at his golf bag in frustration after playing a poor shot.
The investigation found no evidence that the phone had been damaged and that he had no case to answer for discreditable conduct.