former chairman arrested and chief constable remains under suspension

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THE use of corporate credit cards by other senior figures involved in policing in Cleveland has previously been called into question by the Yorkshire Post.

Earlier this year it was revealed that former police authority chairman Dave McLuckie ran up restaurant bills on his corporate credit card totalling more than £4,000, with one bill running to £767.53.

Mr McLuckie resigned as chairman in May last year and was arrested on suspicion of corruption in November. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Suspended chief constable Sean Price was shown to have spent more than £1,000 buying flowers on a corporate credit card and more than £55,000 in total over a five-year period.

Just over half the total went on hotels, with around £7,000 spent on restaurants – including nearly £3,000 in the town of Yarm.

It was also previously revealed that more than £30,000 was spent on two trips to the United States and one to Estonia, all of which involved Mr Price and Mr McLuckie. Two also included Heather Eastwood, who was the chief constable’s staff officer at the time but subsequently became his partner and more recently Mr Price’s wife.