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Senior police officers suspended

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Concerns were raised about a number of speeding exemptions

Two senior Surrey police officers have been suspended over alleged dishonest conduct relating to the avoidance of speeding fines.

Ch Supt Adrian Harper, East Surrey division's divisional commander, and West Surrey division's Supt Johnny Johncox were suspended on Friday.

The decision followed a force review into exemptions granted to police for speeding and red light offences.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating.

Surrey Police said the Professional Standards Department review had found the "vast majority" of exemptions were granted for "sound operational reasons", but had raised concerns about a limited number of cases.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said the IPCC had approved a file being sent to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision in relation to prosecution.

Prominent career

He added that Surrey Police had appointed temporary replacements for Mr Harper and Mr Johncox.

Mr Harper came to national attention when he headed the manhunt after young mother Abigail Witchalls was left paralysed when she was stabbed in an attack four years ago in Little Bookham.

As a detective superintendent, he led the investigation which led to Richard Cazaly, who police said would have been charged in connection with the attack if he had not committed suicide.

Mr Harper began his career in the Metropolitan Police force in 1983 and worked his way up the ranks as a career detective.

He served in several specialist units including an anti-corruption team and murder squads.

He moved to Surrey Police in August 2004 as detective superintendent before being promoted to his current rank in January 2006.



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