A DISCIPLINARY hearing for the suspended deputy chief constable of Cleveland Police has been delayed for a week.

Derek Bonnard’s hearing will begin at a secret location on Tuesday, November 20. The hearing relates to seven allegations of gross misconduct and is expected to last for three weeks.

A Cleveland Police Authority spokeswoman said: “The misconduct hearing follows a managed investigation carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission following a referral from Cleveland Police Authority in August 2011.

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“One matter of potential gross misconduct has been deferred pending the outcome of the wider criminal investigation ongoing by Operation Sacristy.”

Mr Bonnard remains suspended from duty.