Prosecutors receive file in alleged misconduct case against West Yorkshire chief constable Mark Gilmore

Chief Constable Mark Gilmore
Chief Constable Mark Gilmore

Prosecutors in Northern Ireland are considering whether to bring charges against West Yorkshire’s top police officer in a probe over alleged bribery and misconduct.

The country’s Public Prosecution Service has been given a file by detectives investigating claims chief constable Mark Gilmore was involved in the alleged corrupt award of police vehicle contracts.

The news comes as it is revealed that Mr Gilmore has been paid nearly £90,000 by West Yorkshire Police since his suspension earlier this year.

Mr Gilmore, 50, who grew up in Belfast and spent most of his career there, is one of several officers facing claims including bribery, misconduct in public office and procuring misconduct in public office.

Seven men have been arrested. While Mr Gilmore is not one of them, he did voluntarily attend a police station in Belfast in August for interview.

Det Supt Jonathan Roberts, of the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s serious crime branch, said prosecutors were now considering the evidence.

He said: “Police inquiries are continuing. One file has been submitted to the Public Prosecution Service for consideration. Another file remains under preparation and will be forwarded as expeditiously as possible to the PPS.”

Mr Gilmore was suspended on full pay by West Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson in June – a little over a year after his appointment – after details of the investigation came to light.

A request made under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed that he has been paid £88,454 in the six months since, including £2,500 in housing allowance.

He has not had use of his company car and had to hand over IT equipment, including mobile phones.

Mr Gilmore has always maintained his innocence, saying he has conducted himself with honesty and integrity.