Wednesday 21 February 2018

Police chief 'punched at barbecue by husband of assistant chief constable over affair'

Former head of legal services at Northumbria Police Denise Aubrey
Former head of legal services at Northumbria Police Denise Aubrey

Lexi Finnigan

A chief constable had an affair with his assistant chief constable, resulting in her husband, who was also an officer, attacking him at home, a tribunal has heard.

Mike Craik, who has since retired from Northumbria Police, was alleged to have been in a relationship with Carolyn Peacock, a fellow high-ranking officer at the force at the time.

Giving evidence at an employment tribunal, the former head of legal services from the force alleged that Mrs Peacock's chief superintendent husband, Jim, punched Mr Craik at a barbecue after learning of the affair.

The tribunal in North Shields, North Tyneside, was convened after Denise Aubrey, 54, who worked in legal services at Northumbria Police for 20 years, was sacked for gross misconduct after she allegedly disclosed information about the affair.

She denies this and has instead accused her former bosses of "unfair dismissal following a protected disclosure, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, victimisation and harassment".

The names of those involved can now be reported after restrictions at the tribunal were lifted.

Tomorrow, Sue Sim, the retired chief constable who was in charge at the time Ms Aubrey was dismissed is due to give evidence in her support.

Ms Sim left the force a month after she was cleared of misconduct over allegations of bullying made by a number of other senior officers. She later called for a police watchdog investigation into allegations of sexual discrimination in the force.

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