Decision on police chief’s suspension expected soon

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A decision on whether West Yorkshire Police’s chief constable will return to his job is expected to be announced in the next two days.

Mark Gilmore, who was suspended on full pay nearly a year ago, was told in April that he would not face prosecution in his native Northern Ireland as part of a probe over alleged bribery and misconduct.

The investigation was launched into the alleged corrupt award of police vehicle contracts.

The decision not to prosecute was announced on April 15 by the province’s Public Prosecution Service, who said there was “insufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction.”

For the last month, West Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson has been reviewing Mr Gilmore’s suspension.

The Yorkshire Post now understands a decision will be announced either today or tomorrow. A spokesman for the PCC’s office said yesterday that a review of the suspension was “currently being undertaken”.