Bedfordshire PCC Olly Martins suspended from Labour Party and may face criminal charges

PCC Olly Martins.

PCC Olly Martins. - Credit: Archant

Bedfordshire’s police and crime commissioner Olly Martins has been suspended from the Labour Party and may face criminal charges after an Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation concluded yesterday.

The IPCC had been carrying out an investigation into Mr Martins over the leak of secret information concerning the death of Leon Briggs, and evidence has now been passed onto the Crown Prosecution Service.

The IPCC released a statement which said: “The Independent Police Complaints Commission has completed its investigation into the police and crime commissioner for Bedfordshire, Olly Martins, and has passed its report to the Crown Prosecution Service.

“The CPS will determine whether there is evidence to warrant criminal charges.”

Mr Martins, who became the first PCC for Bedfordshire in November 2012, has subsequently been suspended from the Labour Party.

He said: “I have co-operated fully with the IPCC investigation and provided a full and detailed account of my actions. Even though the threshold for the IPCC referring their investigation to the CPS is a low one I am surprised the IPCC considered this case reaches that threshold. I am confident the CPS will make the right decision.”