Deputy chief denies claims of misconduct

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 has vowed to clear his name following allegations of misconduct.

Mr Master is facing an investigation, with allegations relating to his conduct following a domestic incident in Blackburn, involving another 49-year-old man.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is now deciding whether to take further action.

In a statement, the 56-year-old said: “I welcome an open, transparent, fair and impartial investigation by the IPCC because I know I haven’t done anything wrong whatsoever and I strongly deny any misconduct. I am satisfied that any investigation will support this and that I will be fully vindicated at the end of all this.”

He claimed a report to the IPCC contained “inaccuracies and inconsistencies”.

Mr Master, who was previously a Labour party councillor in Blackburn, said: “I was surprised and extremely disappointed that the constabulary decided to report a matter to the Police and Crime Panel on the basis of what appears to be limited hearsay evidence.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police confirmed the Chief Constable had referred a complaint over the conduct of Mr Master to the Police and Crime Panel, in relation to an ongoing police investigation, and the IPCC had been notified. He said: “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.”