Deputy chief faces misconduct probe

Deputy Police and Crime Commisioner, Ibrahim Master.
Deputy Police and Crime Commisioner, Ibrahim Master.
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Lancashire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ibrahim Master is facing an investigation into alleged misconduct.

The allegation relates to Mr Master’s conduct following a domestic incident in Blackburn, involving another 49-year-old man.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We can confirm that the Chief Constable has referred a complaint over the conduct of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ibrahim Master in relation to an ongoing police investigation to the Police and Crime Panel and that the Independent Police Complaints Commission has been notified.

“A 49-year-old man from Blackburn was arrested in August following a report of a domestic incident at an address.

“He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

“During the course of the investigation two other men, aged 56 and 58 from Blackburn, voluntarily attended a police station and were spoken to about alleged harassment.

“They have not been arrested and inquiries are continuing into this aspect of the investigation.”

The Evening Post was unable to contact Mr Master, 56, but he told a national newspaper: “I haven’t done anything wrong whatsoever and I strongly deny any misconduct.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is now deciding whether to take further action, following a complaint from the Police and Crime Panel.

An IPCC spokesman said: “We have received a referral from Lancashire’s Police and Crime Panel that refers to the conduct of the deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, Ibrahim Master. We are conducting an assessment to determine whether the matter is something that requires an investigation involving the IPCC.”‬

A decision on whether the IPCC will launch a full investigation is expected in the next week.

It is understood Mr Master has not been suspended from his role as deputy PCC.