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Investigation dropped into police commissioner Simon Hayes
PROSECUTORS have dropped an investigation into Hampshire's Police and Crime Commissioner.
Simon Hayes was interviewed under criminal caution about allegations that he misrepresented his home address when submitting his nomination form for the election for the job in November last year.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission started an investigation after the case was referred by the county's Police and Crime Panel, which scrutinises the commissioner's work.
Details from that investigation were passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), who decided that no further action was to be taken.
Mr Hayes said: “I am naturally pleased at the finding. In addition I can confirm that the CPS has considered that there was no evidence to suggest that there was anything improper in my nomination form.
“Although an intrusion into my personal life, this has not distracted me from my responsibilities to the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. I am satisfied that the matter has been thoroughly investigated and I have been found to have done nothing wrong.”
To be a candidate for the post of police and crime commissioner, individuals had to be resident in the area.
In a statement, the CPS said: “Although Mr Hayes was briefly absent from the address provided, a temporary absence does not deprive a person of their residence. We do not consider that Mr Hayes had another permanent home elsewhere and therefore consider him to be resident in the area.”
Mr Hayes had previously been the leader of New Forest District Council, and then chairman of the Crimestoppers charity, before winning the seat as an independent.
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