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Grange claims 'unfair' says force
Terry Grange
Terry Grange stood down after seven years in charge
Claims a former chief constable may have been biased in a reported child sex abuse inquiry have been dismissed by the force he worked for.

Terry Grange retired from Dyfed-Powys Police after allegations of computer misuse and financial irregularities.

It has since emerged there had also been a claim of bias against Mr Grange in relation to the child abuse inquiry.

But those claims against Mr Grange have been described by the force as "unfair and misleading".

The force and the Dyfed-Powys Police Authority issued a joint statement on Monday, saying they felt it necessary to respond to claims in the media that "Mr Grange allegedly covered up allegations of child abuse".

At the centre of this latest twist is an unidentified complainant - the ex-wife of a judge.

She made two complaints to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) claiming allegations of child abuse involving her ex-husband had not been properly investigated.

Andy Edwards
Any suggestion that Mr Grange would have interfered in such a case is unfair and misleading
Acting Chief Constable Andrew Edwards

Monday's statement said the first of these complaints was made in February 2007 to the Dyfed-Powys police force's professional standards department alleging "operational officers" had failed to properly investigate allegations including child abuse.

The professional standards department ruled "a thorough and proportionate criminal investigation had taken place".

The statement also said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) "concluded that there was insufficient evidence to reveal the commission of any criminal offence."

The IPCC also rejected the woman's appeal against this ruling, the statement continued.

A second complaint was also made by the woman.

This time the complaint was against Mr Grange himself - alleging he had been biased because of a personal relationship he had with the judge.

Dyfed-Powys police authority decided there was no complaint to answer and did not record it.

The woman again appealed to the IPCC, who told the police authority to record the matter - this is now being dealt with by the authority's professional standards committee.

On Monday, the Acting Chief Constable Andrew Edwards strenuously defended Mr Grange against the accusation of bias.

He said: "Neither of the two senior officers who investigated this matter nor I were approached by the former chief constable in respect of this investigation..any suggestion that Mr Grange would have interfered in such a case is unfair and misleading."

Mr Grange resigned last week amid an inquiry by the IPCC into allegations of potentially criminal financial irregularities.

However, his retirement meant the IPCC had to drop inquires into separate allegations that he had misused police computers, because they were not potentially criminal.

The police authority has confirmed those allegations related to claims Mr Grange sent "private emails concerning a personal relationship".



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