Wrongly jailed ex-PC Sultan Alam bids for commissioner role

Sultan Alam Mr Alam said Cleveland Police needed "decisive leadership"

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A former Cleveland Police officer, who received £800,000 in compensation after being wrongfully jailed, is bidding to become a police commissioner.

Sultan Alam, 48, was jailed for 18 months in 1996 for conspiracy to steal car parts, but was cleared in 2007.

He has now revealed he is to stand as an Independent candidate for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for the Cleveland area.

Voters in England and Wales are due to go to the polls on 15 November.

Police commissioners will replace police authorities under plans unveiled by the Coalition.

'Politically independent'

Mr Alam said: "It is only after long and very careful deliberation that I have made the decision to stand as an Independent candidate for the Cleveland area.

"In recent memory Cleveland Police has been subjected to more than its fair share of controversy, scrutiny and difficulties.

"Without any disrespect to the present police authority, it will only get better when there is responsible, decisive and politically independent leadership."

In June, Labour announced that Middlesbrough councillor Barry Coppinger would stand as the party's candidate for Cleveland.

The Conservative Party's candidate is former leader of Stockton Council, Ken Lupton.

The Liberal Democrats have announced they will not fund candidates.

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