Breaking news: No IPCC investigation - but conduct of suspended Lincolnshire chief constable requires force investigation

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The Independent Police Complaints Commission has today confirmed an alleged conduct matter concerning temporary chief constable Neil Rhodes is not serious enough for the body to investigate - but admits its assessment has raised some concerns.

The IPCC carried out an assessment after Lincolnshire’s police and crime commissioner Alan Hardwick referred to it “potential conduct matters”.

After finding no serious corruption or misconduct, the IPCC has declined an investigation and has instead advised the force carries out its own enquiries into the actions of Mr Rhodes.

The IPCC statement in full reads: “The IPCC has now completed a detailed assessment of the referral of a potential conduct matter concerning the force’s temporary Chief Constable, Neil Rhodes.

“The outcome of the IPCC assessment is that we are satisfied the matter requires investigation but does not amount to serious corruption or misconduct which would merit an IPCC investigation.

“The decision to return this matter for local investigation has been communicated to the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner. It will now be for him to determine the way forward.

“The IPCC has advised that if further concerns come to light in the course of the investigation the matter should be re-referred to us.”