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Wednesday, 6 February, 2002, 03:59 GMT
'Robocop' ends bid to clear name
Ray Mallon
Ray Mallon has steadfastly denied the charges
The BBC has learnt that the former head of Middlesbrough CID is planning to plead guilty to 14 disciplinary charges.

Ray Mallon, who became famous for importing New York-style 'zero-tolerance' policing to the UK, is abandoning a campaign to clear his name by accepting the charges at a private police hearing on Wednesday.

Mr Mallon intends to stand for Mayor of Middlesbrough, but remains barred from doing so while still an employee of Cleveland Police.

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate Moor, who has been raising the detective's case in the House of Lords, said: "He is pleading guilty to help him put his life back in his control."

It is a private matter between an employee and his employer

Cleveland Police spokeswoman

Mr Mallon, 46, was suspended from the police force in 1997 pending an investigation into "drugs for confessions" allegations.

He and more than 30 other officers were accused of corruption.

But no formal charges were ever brought against the detective, and he always denied susbsequent disciplinary charges.

Mr Mallon first made the headlines for confronting anti-social behaviour on the urban beats of Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.

'System's prisoner'

He has been prevented from resigning from the police until he has faced an internal disciplinary panel.

Lord Mackenzie, a former senior adviser to the Home Secretary on policing issues, is using a debate on the Police Reform Bill to highlight the details of Mr Mallon's lengthy suspension - now in its fifth year.

He said: "Ray Mallon's case has obviously gone on for a long time.

"I certainly think this is an example of why the Police Reform Bill is dealing with changing the police complaints system.

"Mallon was a prisoner of that system for over four years and his life was left on hold.

"There is something wrong with the system that acts in this way."

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman told BBC News Online: "Our only comment is that it is a private matter between an employee and his employer."

The Mayoral elections take place in May.

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See also:

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22 Oct 01 | England
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