Video: Taskforce leader set to get to grips with Lincolnshire Police chief constable’s suspension

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A new taskforce has been created to allow the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel to ‘get to the bottom of’ the suspension of the force’s chief constable in February.

The panel’s meeting at East Lindsey District Council’s Manby HQ on May 9 was held to enable the panel to agree to find the best way forward in the wake of the overturned suspension of chief constable Neil Rhodes.

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The meeting was swiftly organised after the suspension of Neil Rhodes by police and crime commissioner Alan Hardwick over an employment dispute was quashed in High Court on March 28.

It was the first time a chief constable had been suspended by a commissioner since the elected role was introduced nationwide in November.

But both men were noticeable by their absences from the Tedder Hall meeting.

A taskforce was created which will be led by Chris Cook, an independent member of the panel, along with Couns Ian Cartwright and Anne Welburn.

Their task will be to look at the events surrounding the suspension and scrutinise the actions of the commissioner before reporting back in full on September 6.

Watch a video interview with Chris Cook on this page.