Former Kirklees crime manager Detective Chief Superintendent David Knopwood charged over drink-driving offence

A senior detective has been charged with a drink-driving offence

DCI Dave Knopwood
DCI Dave Knopwood

A senior detective has been charged with a drink-driving offence.

Detective Chief Superintendent David Knopwood, a former Kirklees crime manager and current head of West Yorkshire Police’s protective services, has been suspended from duty after being arrested on Monday.

He will appear before magistrates later this month charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath.

He was held by North Yorkshire Police in Knaresborough at 11.30pm - around 12 hours after Mrs Maguire was attacked at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds on Monday.

Since November, Mr Knopwood, 48, has led the protective services department which was formed when the crime division was merged with the homicide and major enquiry team.

Mr Knopwood wrote the force’s Operation Newgreen report into officers’ relationship with paedophile DJ Jimmy Saville.

The department is now being led on an interim basis by Acting Chief Dept Superintendent Mark Ridley.West Yorkshire Police’s head of professional standards, Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Brennan, said: “An off-duty West Yorkshire Police officer was arrested and subsequently charged with a drink-driving offence by North Yorkshire Police on Monday.

“The officer, who is in his 40s and based in Wakefield, has subsequently been suspended from duty.”

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