Scandal-hit Cleveland Police force branded the worst in Britain in damning report

A SCANDAL-HIT police force has been branded Britain’s worst by inspectors.

Cleveland Police was rated as inadequate in all areas in a damning report.

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HM’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Phil Gormley says Cleveland Police force has seen ‘significant deterioration’[/caption]

The force, which has had five chief constables in six years, is now facing fresh calls for it to be disbanded.

The report found it was failing in efforts to prevent crime, arrest suspects and protect the vulnerable.

HM’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Phil Gormley said: “There has been a significant deterioration since our last inspection.”

Chief Constable Mike Veale quit in January after less than a year while facing an investigation into “serious” but undisclosed allegations about his behaviour.

Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts is suspended after being arrested on suspicion of gross misconduct.

Last year Det Insp Simon Hurwood appeared before a misconduct panel for grooming colleagues for sex. He quit the force.

Tees Valley’s Tory Mayor Ben Houchen said: “This is official validation that the force is broken. It’s now time for the Home Office to intervene.”

Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “Improvements have been made and I take full responsibility for driving through change.”

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Cleveland Police was rated as inadequate in all areas in a damning report[/caption]



 

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