Northamptonshire’s chief constable cleared of criminal wrongdoing over gangland murder investigation

Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Adrian Lee and police commissioner Adam Simmonds
Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Adrian Lee and police commissioner Adam Simmonds

The most senior policeman in Northamptonshire has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in relation to the investigation of a gangland murder in 2002.

A misconduct probe was opened almost three years ago, and related to Chief Constable Adrian Lee’s time with Staffordshire Police.

But the Crown Prosecution Service today (Wednesday, November 19) decided it would be taking no criminal action against Chief Constable Lee.

He had been investigated as part of Operation Kalmia, a complex investigation into a number of officers at Staffordshire Police following the conclusion of the 2008 murder trial which resulted in five men being jailed in connection with the murder of drug dealer Kevin Nunes.

Mr Lee and the other eight officers under investigation have now been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by the CPS.

The Independent Police Complaints Commmission, which has been investigating the case since December 2011, is yet to present its findings to the relevant authorities, including the police commissioner for Northamptonshire, Adam Simmonds.

Mr Simmonds has blasted the IPCC, saying the investigation had been delayed and branding those delays “totally unacceptable”.

He added: “After very nearly three years and millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money spent, we are still waiting for a final report from the Independent Police Complaints Commission that tells us exactly what conclusion has been drawn from this very long process.

“Despite promising to deliver this report by now, I am still waiting for it. I find this to be totally unacceptable bearing in mind the amount of public money that has been spent.

“The IPCC has failed in this respect and as a result I still await proper clarity in knowing what their findings are. I expect their delayed report to be made available to me at the very earliest opportunity.

“Until we receive the full report I am not going to comment further beyond saying this remains a good day for Chief Constable Adrian Lee as well as for Northamptonshire Police.

“Adrian continues to have my full and unflinching support. He is working incredibly hard and it remains a privilege to work with him.”