The investigation into the conduct of West Yorkshire Police’s Chief Constable Mark Gilmore is continuing – almost two years after his initial suspension.

Mr Gilmore was suspended on full pay as long ago as June 2014 and was told in April last year by the Public Prosecution of Northern Ireland that he would not face prosecution as part of a probe into the awarding of police vehicle contracts.

He grew up in Belfast and spent most of his career there and was one of several officers there who faced claims about their conduct.

His suspension was lifted in May 2015 but he has not returned to his role.

A spokesman for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire said “West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson received a report from Lancashire Constabulary last year arising from alleged conduct matters involving West Yorkshire’s Chief Constable Mark Gilmore.

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“Having considered the report carefully the PCC voluntarily referred these matters to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for such directions as the IPCC felt appropriate.

“The IPCC decided that this matter should be subject to a local investigation and Lancashire Constabulary agreed to conduct this investigation on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

“They have kept the PCC fully briefed on the progress and direction of their independent investigation and they are due to report back in the near future.

“Mark Gilmore has been temporarily redeployed to work with the National Police Chiefs’ Council while the investigation takes place.

“It would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage.”