Wiltshire deputy chief constable facing investigation

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One of Wiltshire's top policemen has been removed from his normal duties while what the force calls an "internal staff issue" is investigated.

David Ainsworth, Wiltshire's deputy chief constable, will work on other projects while the probe takes place.

A statement from Wiltshire Police said: "It would not be appropriate to make any further comment about the nature of the allegation at this time."

Mr Ainsworth joined the county's constabulary in July 2008.

Before moving to Wiltshire, he had served with Kent Police for 22 years. As the Association of Chief Police Officers' spokesman on vehicle crime, he has been an active advocate of the use of speed cameras.

Wiltshire Police said the investigation into Mr Ainsworth's conduct would be undertaken by another force. They have yet to formally set up the investigation.

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