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Avon and Somerset chief constable complaints dismissed

Andy Marsh Image copyright Avon and Somerset PCC
Image caption Andy Marsh took control of the Avon and Somerset force in December 2015

An investigation has found no grounds to support complaints made against Avon and Somerset's chief constable.

In May, the police and crime commissioner (PCC) received a complaint relating to Andy Marsh's role in Hampshire Constabulary's investigations at a special needs school.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said as no evidence had been forthcoming, she has decided not to uphold the complaints.

A 2014 inquiry by Essex Police also cleared Mr Marsh of misconduct.

Mrs Mountstevens said: "This latest investigation has taken seven months.

"Essex Police has spent hundreds of hours on this matter and reviewed thousands of documents and I would like to thank them for their time."

During Mr Marsh's tenure as Hampshire chief constable, the force investigated two rape claims by a girl at Stanbridge Earls School in Romsey.

Following allegations of misconduct against Mr Marsh over his handling of the investigation, a report by Essex Police found "no grounds to justify" the claims.

Image caption Stanbridge Earls School called in administrators and closed in 2014

Following the police investigation and Ofsted inspections which raised concerns about safeguarding of pupils, the independent school closed in 2014 after calling in administrators.

Mr Marsh replaced Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan, who quit after being found guilty of misconduct by an independent panel.

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