Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Stephen Bett, has today, Thursday, June 19, stood down from his post after a fresh inquiry was ordered into his expenses claims.
Mr Bett, who represented the North Coast division on Norfolk County Council before winning the PCC election in November 2012, said he had taken the decision with “huge reluctance”, but insisted it was temporary while the Independent Police Complaints Commission examines the issue.
The IPCC has appointed the City of London police to investigate whether claims Mr Bett made between November 15, 2012 and October 31 last year were accurate.
He said: ”This allegation is not new, has already been independently scrutinised and found to be baseless.
“However, in order to protect the integrity of the IPCC’s investigation, and to avoid any damage being caused to the office of Police and Crime Commissioner or to Norfolk Constabulary, I feel that to step aside from my duties is the right thing to do.
“I have every confidence that the IPCC’s investigation will fully exonerate me. I have at all times been transparent and done everything above board.“
So far, it is unclear who, if anyone, will serve as acting commissioner while the investigation takes place.
A spokesman for the commissioner’s office said they were awaiting advice from the Home Office.