Police inquiry into Deputy Commissioner dropped

Ibraham Master (right) with Commissioner Clive Grunshaw

Ibraham Master (right) with Commissioner Clive Grunshaw

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A police investigation into allegations of harassment by Lancashire’s former Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ibrahim Master has been dropped.

Now the 56-year-old, who had strongly denied any wrongdoing, has launched a scathing attack on his former boss Clive Grunshaw for failing to support him during his “extremely difficult, stressful and traumatic” seven-month ordeal.

Mr Master was removed from his £29,000-a-year job as deputy in a mid-term restructure of the Commissioner’s office in November, less than two months after the investigation began into a domestic incident involving a 49-year-old man.

In a statement he claimed he had been pressurised by Mr Grunshaw to resign. Eventually he was made redundant in a departmental reshuffle.

“I am convinced that I lost my job as a result of the investigation and nothing else,” he said.

“What I find most disappointing is that I received no support whatsoever from the Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.

“I was constantly put under pressure by Mr Grunshaw to resign, despite my protestations that the complaint by the Chief Constable was factually inaccurate, hasty and premature. The right thing would have been to suspend me until the outcome of the investigation.”

Mr Master was investigated by Lancashire Police on the direction of the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The inquiry looked into allegations of harassment and attempting to pervert the course of justice in realtion to a domestic incident in Blackburn in August.

Now, in a statement, he said: “I am pleased to announce that the Crown Prosecution Service have said that I will face no further action in relation to the false allegations made against me.

“From the outset, I have always strongly and emphatically denied all the allegations and of doing anything wrong and was satisfied that any proper investigation and scrutiny of the facts by an independent body with an open mind would support this.

“I was extremely surprised, shocked and disappointed that the police decided to run an investigation based on what was limited hearsay evidence.

“I don’t have a history of harassing people and never will. To be falsely accused of something is an awful feeling, but to be falsely accused of something which is also totally and completely out of character, is even worse.

“I find it disgraceful that I and my family have had to endure and suffer this kind of treatment for over seven months.”

A spokesperson for the Commissioner, who is currently on holiday, said: “The role of Deputy PCC and the APCCs were disestablished as part of an office restructure to ensure that the Commissioner’s office is the best shape possible to deliver the police and crime plan priorities.”