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Suspended police chief at centre of fraud probe spent £55,000 on taxpayer-funded credit card

A chief constable used a publicly-funded credit card to spend thousands on restaurant bills and more than £1,000 buying flowers, it has been revealed.

Sean Price, who is currently suspended from his role at Cleveland Police, based in Middlesbrough, spent over £55,000 on his corporate card over a five-year period.

Just over half the total was spent on hotel stays, with around £7,000 spent on restaurants.

Another £1,350 was spent in one purchase from a furniture supplier while smaller-scale spending was also recorded with the likes of John Lewis, Argos and Marks & Spencer.

Spending on the card is forming part of an ongoing police inquiry into a range of allegations surrounding Cleveland Police Authority and the Cleveland force.

Any wrongdoing identified could result in either misconduct or potential criminal charges against Mr Price.

A law firm representing Mr Price, who lives in North Yorkshire, said he was unable to comment on the details of the spending while investigations continued.

The credit card data was obtained via freedom of information requests.

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Emily Allen | Daily Mail | 16th April 2012

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