Hampshire Constabulary's chief constable under investigation for alleged breach of confidentiality and contempt of court claims
The chief constable of Hampshire Constabulary has been placed under investigation over an inquiry surrounding a school which has been rocked by sex abuse claims.
Andy Marsh is facing a police probe amid breach of confidentiality and contempt of court claims in connection to Stanbridge Earls, a Romsey-based school set to be taken over by the More House School in Farnham.
The inquiry is being carried out on behalf of Hampshire’s police crime commissioner Simon Hayes.
It is understood that it is the first time that a UK Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) has ordered an investigation of its own chief constable.
A spokesman for Hampshire’s PCC office said: “We are able to confirm that the commissioner has received a formal complaint in connection with the Stanbridge Earls School investigation.
“The allegations made are now being investigated by another police force on behalf of the commissioner and it would be entirely inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
The Stanbridge Earls school hit trouble earlier this year when a January tribunal found that it had failed to protect a "vulnerable" girl who claimed she had been raped twice by fellow students.
Her parents started legal action on discrimination grounds when she was excluded after making the allegations.
Chief Constable Marsh was appointed to his position in January this year to take over as chief constable from Alex Marshall.
Mr Marshall left to become head of the new national college of policing.