Anti-corruption cops are probing an alleged cover-up of a “sex scandal” involving a former chief constable.
Lurid claims about ex-Northumbria Police chief Mike Craik and his Assistant Chief Constable Carolyn Peacock were made at an employment tribunal two years ago.
Mr Craik, now 63, was alleged to be “shagging” Mrs Peacock, now 62, whose husband Chief Supt Jim Peacock allegedly punched him at a barbecue in June 2007.
Mr Peacock, also 62, is alleged to have gone to Mr Craik’s home to confront him after claims of his wife’s alleged infidelity emerged.
Mr Craik’s wife Sharon allegedly hit a panic alarm at the house in Bamburgh, Northumberland, which meant armed cops were called to it.
But the employment tribunal into the sacking of the force’s legal chief Denise Aubrey heard that details of the alleged showdown were removed from police logs, with officers ordered not to discuss it.
Now Northumbria Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has enlisted Staffordshire Police to carry out a review into the claims.
It is being led by Det Chief Insp Phil Duffy, head of Staffordshire’s anti-corruption unit, who has visited the North East to talk to former senior officers in the case.
Ms Aubrey, 54, said: “The timing of this investigation is something I do not understand, given the delay. But I am willing to assist.”
The tribunal upheld her sacking for breaching confidentiality over allegations surrounding Mr Craik.
Northumbria Police’s legal bill for the tribunal was £645,000, including the cost of advice to Mr Craik and other ex-senior officers.
Inspector Paul Gilroy, who was in charge of armed response vehicles, told the tribunal that officers had been deployed at the Craiks’ home in Bamburgh.
“This followed the activation of the personal attack alarm,” he said.
“Before terminating duty I viewed a computer-generated log for the incident to find all the text subject of it had been deleted.
“After speaking to officers dispatched to the incident, it became apparent why the log had been deleted. The incident apparently involved an altercation between the Chief and Mr Peacock.”
Mr Craik retired in 2010. Asked if he had an affair with Mrs Peacock, he said: “Absolutely not. There was never any evidence other than unpleasant rumour and they are still rumours which are untrue.”
He called the allegations deeply distressing for his wife Sharon.
She said in 2016: “Mike first dealt with this nine years ago but it has come around again. It is nonsense. We did not have a party and the Peacocks have never been to my house.”
The Peacocks, of Ponteland, deny all claims of an affair and a dispute at a barbecue. Mrs Peacock retired in 2007.
Ms Baird and Northumbria Police declined to comment.
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