Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Met Chief Cleared over [Pounds Sterling]15,000 Expenses Bill; Questions: Former Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman Was Investigated over His Relationship with IPCC Official Nikki Redmond, Pictured with Him, Left

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Met Chief Cleared over [Pounds Sterling]15,000 Expenses Bill; Questions: Former Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman Was Investigated over His Relationship with IPCC Official Nikki Redmond, Pictured with Him, Left

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Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT

THE former anti-terrorism chief at the centre of an inquiry overallegations of lavish expense claims has been cleared of wrongdoing.

Andy Hayman quit as head of the Britain's counter-terrorist operation inDecember amid accusations surrounding his expenses and his relationship with awoman police watchdog official.

The Met assistant commissionerwho had led the fight against al Qaeda since 2005was facing questions over more than [pounds sterling]15,000 worth of claims for drinks,restaurants, hotels and foreign travel.

He resigned when there were further accusations of "inappropriate conduct" witha civil servant working for the Independent Police Complaints Commission whileit was compiling a report into the Stockwell Tube shooting.

The Metropolitan Police Authority called in a chief constable from an outsideforce to carry out an inquiry into the expenses allegations. Gwent chiefconstable Mike Tonge has ruled there should be no action against the seniorofficer after a three-month inquiry.

He said that there was insufficient evidence to bring misconduct charges andthat it was not in the public interest.

However, the Standard can reveal his report recommends a review of allprocedures surrounding hospitality claims by senior officers. One MPA insidersaid there was concern among members over some of Mr Hayman's claims and theaccountability surrounding officers' expenses.

Mr Hayman's early retirement led to claims that he had been the victim of aninternal "dirty tricks campaign" at Scotland Yard.

Awarded a CBE last year for his outstanding work after the London bombings inJuly 2005 and for his role in rounding up the failed 21/7 bombing gang, he waspraised on his retirement by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

He has been on leave since his resignation and is due to formally retire withinthe next few weeks. …

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