Crime chief will not face expenses case

Waiting: Clive Grunshaw
Waiting: Clive Grunshaw

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has spoken of his ‘delight’ that he will not face criminal charges for over-claiming expenses as a county councillor.

The former milkman has been given the all-clear after a 12-month investigation when lawyers at the Crown Prosecution Service in London ruled he was only guilty of “errors” rather than dishonesty.

Mr Grunshaw, elected as Lancashire’s £85,000-a-year Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2012, said: “After more than 12 months of uncertainty, I am delighted with this outcome.

“Every claim I made was genuinely intentioned.”

It was alleged Mr Grunshaw had “double claimed” for trips between his home in Fleetwood and County Hall in Preston when he was both a county councillor and member of the police authority. The discrepancies amounted to £1,550. But the CPS decided there was insufficient evidence to prove he had been dishonest.