Cleveland officer facing disciplinary inquiry quits

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A senior Cleveland Police officer under investigation after his son was locked up for child sex offences has resigned.

Ch Insp Mick Williams was one of three people arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in November.

In May, it was confirmed there would be no criminal charges, but the 48-year-old still faced a disciplinary inquiry.

Cleveland Police said his resignation prevented "further, unnecessary strain on the public purse".

In May Mr Williams' 19-year-old son, Darryl, was sent to a young offenders institution for two years and nine months after admitting sexual offences against five girls when he was aged between 14 and 18.

'Timely exit'

Although the CPS has ruled that no criminal action should be taken against Mr Williams, Cleveland Police was carrying out a misconduct investigation.

Police officers who resign or retire while under investigation cannot be subject to any disciplinary action.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "After careful and detailed consideration, Cleveland Police has decided to accept the officer's resignation, firmly believing that this is the right outcome when taking all available information in to account.

"His timely exit from the organisation prevents further, unnecessary strain on the public purse.

"The officer will be placed on the College of Policing's disapproved register of officers, which will prevent him working within the police service in the future."

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