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NI information chief is suspended

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Mr McCrory took up the post last June

The head of the Northern Ireland branch of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has been suspended.

BBC News understands it is alleged Aubrey McCrory engaged in inappropriate conduct within his Belfast office.

The ICO promotes public access to official information and protects personal information across the UK.

Mr McCrory was appointed as Assistant Commissioner for Northern Ireland at the Information Commissioner's Office last June.

He had previously worked at the Equality Commission.

"We can confirm that Aubrey McCrory, Assistant Commissioner for Northern Ireland, has been suspended on full pay pending an internal investigation into some allegations concerning his conduct," said an ICO spokeswoman.

"We stress that this suspension is a neutral act, with no presumption of guilt or innocence.

"To avoid prejudicing the investigation, we will offer no further information at this stage."

The post of Assistant Commissioner for the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) commands a maximum salary of £58,650.

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