Lancashire PCC Clive Grunshaw to face IPCC expenses probe

Lancashire PCC Clive Grunshaw
Image caption Mr Grunshaw became Lancashire's first PCC in November

Lancashire's police and crime commissioner (PCC) will be investigated over expenses he claimed while a councillor and police authority member.

An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) spokesman said it would investigate claims made before Labour's Clive Grunshaw became PCC.

The probe follows a freedom of information request by Chorley South councillor, Conservative Sam Chapman.

Mr Grunshaw said he would "comply fully" with the investigation.

The matter was referred to the IPCC by Lancashire's Police and Crime Panel, which scrutinises the work of the PCC, on Tuesday.

Mr Grunshaw became Lancashire's first PCC on 16 November, after having served for four years as the chair of the county's police authority.

Mr Chapman stood as the Conservative candidate for the PCC elections but Tim Ashton won the vote to become the Tories' candidate.

Mr Ashton finished second to Mr Grunshaw.

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