Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner cleared of committing criminal offence

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An investigation into the expenses of Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner has cleared him of committing any criminal offence.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said that following an investigation by the City of London Police there was ‘no evidence’ Stephen Bett had committed a criminal offence.

As a result the matter would not be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service and the investigation had now ended, a statement said.

Mr Bett said: “When this investigation started a year ago I said I had every confidence that the IPCC’s investigation would clear me of any criminal wrongdoing and today’s news could not be more definitive. I hope this puts these spurious allegations to bed once and for all.”

The investigation began in June following a referral from the Norfolk Police and Crime Panel.

The IPCC Commissioner overseeing the investigation, James Dipple-Johnstone, has reviewed the findings and decided that a referral to the CPS should not be made as there is no evidence that Mr Bett committed a criminal offence.

The report will be sent to the Police and Crime Panel for Norfolk and prepared for publication.

The investigation related to more than £3,000 Mr Bett claimed for trips from his home in Thornham to offices in Wymondham.