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BEDFORDSHIRE CALLS FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO COUNTY POLICE

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Bedfordshire CC last night agreed to call for a public inquiry into allegations of police malpractice against membe...
Bedfordshire CC last night agreed to call for a public inquiry into allegations of police malpractice against members of the Luton-based Exodus collective, reports BBC Three Counties.

The chairman of the new Bedfordshire police authority, Philip Hendry, who is also Conservative group leader on the county council, welcomed the decision. He said it was the only way to clear the air. All but six Conservative councillors backed Labour and Liberal Democrat members in their call for the Home Office help set up the inquiry. Mr Hendry said Bedfordshire did not have the money to do it, but it should be done.

'We felt it was very much in the best interests of the police, as well as the best interests of all the people of Bedfordshire, that those questions should be answered. But it seemed to us that the only way we could get an answer to these questions is by an inquiry'.

Councillor John Jefferson, who has pressed for an inquiry over many months, said 35 charges against members of the collective, had collapsed in separate cases. He suggested the inquiry be chaired by Michael Mansfield QC.
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