Accused ex-police authority chief cleared of witness intimidation

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A former Cleveland police authority chief under investigation for corruption has been cleared of intimidating a witness.

Dave McLuckie, the ex-chairman of Cleveland Police Authority, was accused of going to the home of witness Peter Blyth to intimidate him.

The councillor was reported to have done so by saying: “You don’t know what I can do.”

Mr McLuckie denied saying 
that and yesterday a jury at Newcastle Crown Court found him not guilty following a three-day 
trial.

They also cleared him of an alternative charge of attempting to intimidate a witness.

Following the hearing Mr McLuckie said: “I am absolutely delighted that the jury came to 
the decision that they did and I would like to thank them all for that.

“This has been a particularly horrendous year for me and my family.

“I am glad it’s over, on this occasion, and what I’ll do now is go back home, have a night out with my family and have a good Christmas.”

Mr McLuckie is still on police bail in relation to the Operation Sacristy investigation, which is taked with looking into allegations of police corruption.

Earlier this year the 52-year-old local councillor was jailed for eight months for persuading a friend to accept his speeding points to protect his career.

He had nine points on his licence when he was caught speeding in 2009. He asked family friend Maurice Ward to accept the points on his behalf, which only came to light after Mr Ward’s death from cancer last year.